The Power of a Positive Attitude

Greg DabbsPost written by Greg Dabbs, Business Development Manager

Has life not always gone the way you want it to?

Have you had challenges that were difficult to overcome?

Of course you have. All of us have from time to time.  Whether it be at work or in our personal lives, we’ve all had, and will continue to have, challenges to face.

One of the best remedies for times like these is having a positive attitude. Maintaining this mindset isn’t always easy.  I’ve often thought it would be nice if we could fill up a syringe with positive attitude and confidence and shoot it into our bloodstream whenever we need it.  But, since that isn’t currently an option, we just have to get it in other ways.

I can tell you, from years of experience with life and the challenges it brings, that maintaining a positive attitude and confidence can get you through the worst of times and help you succeed in life.

A positive attitude has helped me get through a divorce, career changes and many other challenges big and small. That attitude also helps keep me on my path to be who I want to be at work and home.

There are many celebrities who can also attest to the power of a positive mindset. Jennifer Lopez says that she commits at least 15 minutes every day to affirmations.   Steven King kept rejection letters spiked on his wall and received 60 of them before his first short story was published. Oprah Winfrey went from poverty to the richest woman in the world.

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How do you maintain a positive attitude?

First,  you can’t listen to the negative voice in your head.

Sometimes I find myself thinking: “I should have done this or I should have done that”.  I then quickly shut off the negativity of the past and focus on the present and the future.

What can I do or what should I do now, and moving forward, that will make a difference?

The second thing is that you have to remind yourself of all of the good things in your life.

Replace every negative thing that happens to you with something good that is happening or has happened, such as a memory that was a “feel good” moment in your life.

A few other suggestions:

  1. Affirmations
  2. Visualize what you want to do and the success you want to achieve
  3. Be mindful of the people you hang out with in your life

Affirmations come from within your mind and soul. You repeat them to yourself over and over again. They remind you what kind of person you want to be in your life and/or what you want to do.

There are a couple things you have to do without fail.

Visualizing your success is huge! I do this at work with daily tasks and meetings and envision how I want the outcome to be. I also like to visualize when I play sports. As a former baseball pitcher, I would focus on seeing the pitches in my head I was going to throw to each batter and visualize them striking out or hitting into a double play.

Finally, the people you surround yourself with might be one of the biggest influencers to your successful positive attitude. If you’re around people who are genuinely positive all the time, who laugh and who always have good things to say, then that will undoubtedly rub off on you.

What do you think? What other techniques do you use to keep a positive attitude? Leave a comment below. I’m always open for suggestions!