In everything that you do, your attitude is crucially important and indicative of how something will turn out. You’ve probably heard the phrase “Not with that attitude,” when complaining about something that you won’t get, won’t win, won’t be able to do.
There is definitely truth to that statement, your attitude is highly deterministic of your results. Even in the face of impossibility, it is often your attitude that determines whether you will see through your incompetence, shortcomings, and unfortunate circumstances.
It can be difficult to stay positive and to constantly be aware of your attitude as well as the impact it has on yourself and those around you.
However, this article will hopefully give you some insight into why your attitude is so important, how it benefits you and others, the residual effects of positivity, and how to keep that healthy positive outlook.
It takes practice and it takes work to monitor your attitude, but the fact that you are here already says that you are trying.
Why Attitude Is Important?
Attitude is often the product of a lack of analysis and in place of that, mass generalization.
An example may be to take an unfortunate circumstance you are experiencing and lumping it into a category of dread and misery. While instead, it would be more useful to understand what is happening and work to develop pragmatic solutions available to you.
Stop Unnecessary Complaining
Sometimes you can get caught up in getting the short end of the stick so much that you like to complain. Furthermore, you might like to wallow in misery when it really isn’t justified.
Deleting those moments of unnecessary complaining can create a positive moment in your life. Additionally, removing unnecessary complaining can better prepare you to handle instances where you have a right to complain or when an unfortunate event takes place in your life.
Your attitude is what you reflect to other people and you have 100% control over it. Therefore, a negative attitude is no one’s fault other than your own.
Even in unfortunate circumstances, the onus is on you to take control of your situation. Detach yourself for a moment if necessary and get your attitude in check.
Attitude Is A Predictor Of Success
It has also been shown that attitude is a better predictor of success than IQ. According to an article by Forbes that references the work of psychologist Carol Dweck, people fall into two mindset categories: fixed mindset or growth mindset.
Those in the fixed mindset are essentially stuck in the mud. It is their belief that they are who they are, they aren’t going to change, and this can cause hopelessness.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, those with a growth mindset not only believe that they can better themselves, they actively try to better themselves in everything that they do.
Rather than shying away from challenges due to lack of experience, insecurity, or fear of failure, those with the growth mindset face challenges head-on and view them as a tool for growth.
Attitude greatly alters your response to criticism, setbacks, and adversity. Those who maintain a positive attitude are able to see the use in criticism and the need to sometimes fight through tough times.
It is true that often, the struggle is a predecessor to success. However, many individuals cannot see the bigger picture. They only see the struggle and are immediately defeated. As a result, they never get to reap the blessings of success.
As difficult as it can be, you should always be trying to maintain your passion and motivation. Work hard to actively better yourself and take control of your success as much as you possibly can.
While you cannot control everything, if you focus on making the most of what you can control, studies show that you will be better off for it.
The Benefits Of A Positive Attitude
A positive attitude helps you to deal with the everyday struggles that you may be facing.
Furthermore, many of your daily struggles are insignificant in the grand scheme of things. If you can train your mind to see the insignificance of your daily struggles, then you will be trained to see through the tough times in a more healthy manner.
If you dwell on the negatives, you’ll be highly unequipped to deal with real tragedy when it strikes.
Attitude can be a form of manifestation. While it is no guarantee, having a positive attitude increases your chances of experiencing positive outcomes.
Increased Creativity And Motivation
Positive thinking can help with skills such as creative thinking, motivation to attack your goals, and staying happy.
As you might know, happiness is healthy. While depression, stress, and anxiety can all lead to sickness, laziness, and poor motivation.
When you are happier and more positive, you are not only healthier, but you are also more motivated to do what is needed to realize your goals.
Also, you will be better equipped to achieve your goals by thinking creatively and analyzing the necessary steps you need to take to get where you want to be.
Furthermore, creative thinking can be hard when you have a negative attitude as it often works as a mental block. Alternatively, a positive attitude can be the breeding ground for innovative and creative ideas.
Changing your situation and realizing your goals first starts with an attitude adjustment to the positive side.
Increased Confidence And Self-Esteem
If you can keep a positive attitude, you’ll find that you have a more natural confidence and sense of self-esteem about you. Confidence and positivity will help to insulate yourself from negative circumstances that are out of your control.
Outside of professional success, positivity is attractive. Rarely do individuals flock to negative people. However, alternatively, individuals have a tendency to flock to the positive people they interact with.
If you maintain a positive attitude, others will want to be in your presence. As a result, you will be opening yourself up to more personal and professional opportunities.
Furthermore, you will feel more energized by the positive picture of your future that you have framed in your mind.
Persistence, confidence, motivation, inspiration, all of these and more are benefits of a positive attitude.
Now let’s talk about what happens when you fail to maintain a positive attitude and slip into negativity, which we all do from time to time.
The Effects Of A Negative Attitude
After reading the benefits of a positive attitude, you might be able to guess what some of the effects of a negative attitude are. However, below we cover these in detail in case you still aren’t sold on why you should be focusing on a positive attitude.
A Negative Attitude Can Result In A Lack Of Motivation
First of all, negativity can be an energy sapper. When you are dwelling in dark places, there is no source of energy or motivation. There is no reason to move or to act when all is doom and gloom.
Additionally, you might start playing the blame game if you are stuck in negativity. Complaining, making excuses, blaming others, these are all defense mechanisms to protect yourself from acknowledging what efforts you can take to improving your situation.
You should instead focus on how you can make a situation better whenever you are tasked with overcoming difficult situations.
When your mindset is negative, you will be more judgmental of others and be less likely to see the good in them.
A Negative Attitude Can Cause You To See The Worst In Every Situation
You may have been burned by someone that you trusted in the past. As a result, this may have caused you to less readily give your trust away again. However, those experiences should not damage your ability to see the good in people that you meet.
Don’t let one negative experience ruin everyone else’s chances of becoming your friend or earning your trust.
Just like seeing the worst in other people, a negative outlook will cause you to see the worst-case scenario in your mind without justification. A negative outlook can be a blinder from reality.
There are instances when it is necessary to consider the worst-case scenario to determine a plan of action. However, seeing the worst-case scenario when there is little to no chance of that scenario ever formulating is unhealthy.
In the end, it may only increase the chances of the worst-case scenario happening due to the effects of your negative thinking.
While at times it can be challenging to remain positive, there is never a time when being negative is better than being positive. If you notice yourself being negative, remember that the best and often fastest way to change your scenario is to look at it with a positive attitude.
How Does A Negative Attitude Form?
Some people are naturally born with thicker skin, whether it’s from their personality type or their actual physical pain tolerance, people are built and wired differently.
However, aside from this, negativity is also created when it’s reinforced.
You’ve probably heard the saying “misery loves company.” There’s a lot of truth to that statement. Negativity can be contagious if you are not insulated from it by keeping your attitude positive.
At a young age, individuals may not be focused on maintaining a positive outlook and they may be susceptible to negativity even more so than as adults.
As adults, you should have the maturity to be able to see the big picture and not let negativity affect you as much.
However, parenting, life experiences, close acquaintances, and other external influences can all affect how your attitude is wired to react to adversity.
Now let’s talk about how you can take that script and flip it to maintain a positive attitude as much as possible.
How To Maintain A Positive Attitude?
An attitude is something that is formed over long periods. Similar to any other skill that you have had to learn in your life, it takes time to reverse the bad habit of negativity as well.
Staying positive is a skill that is learned and practiced. It takes a presence of mind and self-evaluation to realize when you are negative and remediating that as soon as you can.
One way to do this is by looking at the bigger picture. If you can look at where you want to end up, you’ll realize that a negative attitude will not help you to reach your destination any faster.
Additionally, you can practice gratitude and recognize all the things in your life you can be grateful for. Counting your blessings, so to say, gives you many more reasons to be positive.
Give yourself something to look forward to, especially after a tough day at work. Getting to do something that you enjoy can be rewarding and can help to erase the stress and frustrations of your day.
Finally, if you find yourself getting burnt out or pessimistic, take a break. Sometimes even a few minutes can make all the difference. Step away from what it is that is causing you to have a poor attitude, gather your thoughts, and return to it with a fresh mind and a positive outlook.
Attitude is the root of how people see you, how you see yourself and your life unfolds in front of you.
You can choose to wallow in negativity, remain stagnant, and have others dislike you for it. Alternatively, you can choose positivity, keep moving forward and impacting those around you in a positive way.
The choice is yours.
The realization that there are 86,400 seconds each day. What are you doing today, so that tomorrow you are a step closer to where you want to be? If not now, then when?
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