“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference” -Winston Churchill
“The only disability in life is a bad attitude” -Scott Hamilton
“Having a positive attitude in a negative situation is not naive… it’s leadership” -Ralph Marston
I have learned so much about attitudes, beliefs, and perspectives in the last year or so. For starters, they are at the root of how we think and see the world before us. We make assumptions, snap judgments, and decisions based on these foundational perspectives. Our attitudes, beliefs, and perspectives develop as we grow and experience events in our lives. They are essentially at our subconscious level always feeding us thoughts and viewpoints of our outside world. Eventually, they go on autopilot and work behind the scenes as we navigate throughout our day.
At the same time, our instilled beliefs and attitudes about the outside world come from an internal source. They come from inside our hearts and minds. In fact, our beliefs and attitudes make us feel in certain ways. A negative attitude makes people closed off, stressed, and even afraid to make decisions. A positive attitude creates an open mind, joy, and peace. Even so, our attitudes make our physical state different. I’m sure you have seen someone who is sad- head down, clenched muscles, frowning. Now, think of someone who is happy- bright eyes, smiling, head up, full of energy. Therefore, certain attitudes not only change the way we view the world, but our outward appearance and demeanor reflects our inner world.
The good news- your attitude is a choice! Just like how you choose your clothes, friends, or meals, you can choose your attitude! It does take some work. But, in the end the results are worth it. If there is a negative belief you would like to change (I will NEVER be able to lose weight), focus on replacing it with a new positive, empowering one (I haven’t found how I can lose weight YET). Use these methods:
- Speaking your new attitude repeatedly out loud with emotion
- Write out your current, negative attitude. Cross it out & write in your new one
- Post positive pictures and saying in places you spend a lot of time
- Speak with positive people and ask for encouragement
- Listen to positive music
Do you have other methods to change your attitudes? Comment them below. As Always, eat, move, and improve!