It’s a common misconception that great achievements are merely a result of hard work and luck. In actual fact, a positive attitude is the most critical factor for any success or living a happy, fulfilled life.
You may not realize but your attitude defines the very world you live through now. It’s the root of all your successes, failures, actions and reactions.
If you’ve ever felt perplexed about how to be more positive, you’ll be reassured to know it’s very much under your own control. Becoming aware of your thoughts and feelings will allow you to change them on the spot. One cannot simply switch from a negative attitude to a positive one overnight, however, it can be achieved by anyone willing to dedicate time and willpower.
If you’re feeling trapped by a negative attitude right now, understand that positivity is rarely an inborn gift, it requires conscious acts to develop a positive attitude. There’s a number of essential habits you can use to reinforce your transformation:
How to Be More Positive Using 5 Habits
The key to deploying all these habits is catching negative thoughts as they appear, then consciously replacing them with positive ones.
1. Remain Grateful Even When Facing Disappointments
There’s always going to be times when things go wrong. It’s a fact of life, a necessity for growth and eventual prosperity. Yet, during the moment it’s difficult to see the bigger picture, instead, the world seems to cave in around us!
So next time you experience one of those “I wish I’ve never done that” moments, don’t linger within the negativity of regret. Instead, accept that you can’t change the past. The best thing you can do right now is to learn from the experience, be grateful and move on.
“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so let us all be thankful.” — Buddha
2. Stay Faithful Even When All is Hopeless
Faith is the most powerful driving force, it will keep you sailing true regardless of waves thrown by the sea of life. At times, you may feel hopeless and want to give up, but you must remember they are only momentary.
There’s no use wondering and worrying whether things are ever going to work out, accept the fact that what’s meant to happen will happen. Have a faith in yourself and continue to do the best you can. Instead of worrying about the future, you should be enjoying and making the most of your current moment.
“I’m a very positive thinker, and I think that is what helps me in the most difficult moments.” — Roger Federer
3. Give Love Even When You Are Unappreciated
True love must always be unconditional, for both self and others. It shouldn’t be used as a reward, or activated by the right emotions. You’ve got to learn to live through love continually and positivity will flow through you.
If others hurt you with their behavior or actions, stay positive by accepting the fact you can’t control the actions or emotions of others but only your own. Don’t let their negativity influence your reactions. If you begin to question what’s wrong with you, remember you are perfect the way you are and if others can’t see or accept it then so be it!
“The thing that lies at the foundation of positive change, the way I see it, is service to a fellow human being.” — Lee Lacocca
4. Trust in the Power of Positivity Even In Times of Hardship
We are all tested at times during life, yet positivity can provide a shining guide that guides you through the darkest moments. However, if you don’t trust in positivity, you are left at the mercy of others and circumstance.
Always remember that whatever you’re doing or facing, a positive attitude will enable you to perform far better than a negative one. If you find yourself slipping into negativity, reignite your positivity by affirming these beliefs:
“Pessimism leads to weakness, optimism to power.” — William James
“Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” — Colin Powell
5. Failures Can Always Be Blessings in Disguise
Your attitude, whether positive or negative, will apply a filter to every situation you face in life. Negative attitudes suffer the worst failures and their successes are dulled or momentary. Whereas, positive attitudes are highly resourceful, finding value in every situation they encounter.
Let’s say if you got declined for your dream job, it’s easy to see this situation as a complete failure. Yet by simply shifting your mindset, it becomes a valuable experience. Perhaps you gained a valuable insight into the interview process, allowing you to far better prepare next time. Or maybe, it results in a different career choice that fulfills you even more. So instead of dwelling on failure, seek out the value and use it to reinforce your future!
“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.”— Helen Keller