Have you ever heard anyone say, “I think it’s time for an attitude adjustment” to someone, or about themselves? It may have even been about you! You’re attitude affects you and everyone around you. Here’s a tough question – Is that a good thing?
Do you feel like your life could be happier? If so, what are you doing about it. Are you hopeful you are on the right path, or are you ruminating over the happiness you don’t have at the moment. Our perspectives have a huge effect on our overall level of happiness. They can affect our success as well.
Over time, attitudes become habitual. Because of this, they can take a bit of effort to change, but such work is well worth your time! If you’d like more info on changing habits, I’d highly recommend the book “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. For now, try these techniques to start you on the path to bringing greater happiness and success into your life:
Make a Gratitude List
Start each day by making a mental list of things you’re thankful for. You can do this while you’re lying in bed just before you get up, in the shower, or while driving to work. This simple mental exercise will adjust your focus to the good things that you already have. If you want to take it a step further and reinforce the positive vibes from making your mental list, set aside some time during the day to make a gratitude list, but on paper or in a journal.
Love life, not stuff
Do you feel that having more possessions will make you happy? What usually happens is that, after you acquire something, it never seems to mean as much to you as you thought it would. After the newness wears off, you’re back to wanting some more new stuff! So the joy in most new possessions is temporary, at best, and leads to more “wanting.”
The quality of your life itself is what will bring you the most happiness, not the quantity or quality of your stuff. Spend some time each day doing what you love. Build meaningful relationships that uplift you. Take action to create a life filled with what truly means the most to you.
Our society has trained us to be in a hurry and expect immediate gratification. However, some of the greatest and sweetest things in life take time to bring to fruition.
Enjoy the process of creating the life you desire. Each day will bring you one step closer. Make it a journey, and enjoy the adventures along the way. Being impatient tends to push your goals farther away.
Believe in yourself
Life is much more pleasant when you have faith in yourself. Remember: You’ve already done things that are much more difficult than just about anything you may still wish to accomplish. So you know you can achieve your future plans.
Consider learning to walk. How many times does a baby fall before they finally can stand up unassisted, let alone walk? And we keep learning more over time. Even a 10-year old doesn’t walk as well as a 30-year old. It takes many years of practice.
How many times are you willing to fall down and get back up now? When you believe in yourself and expect success, you’re more likely to succeed. Your upbeat attitude will lead you to seek solutions to your challenges until you reach your goal.
You are smart enough already
We often believe that everything worthwhile requires a lot of work. We may feel we need to do the research, weigh all the options, make a spreadsheet, do the analysis – just STOP! You are going to end up in analysis paralysis! With all the data and info we have available to us, it’s easy to get caught up.
Think about this for a minute – sometimes, simply approaching challenges by working smart instead of making a mountain out of a molehill can save a lot of time and grief. Tell yourself not to make a such big deal out of something you know is really simple. Sit down and reflect on your situation from the perspective that there’s a simple solution to each challenge. You might be surprised how clever you can be if you make an effort to find an easy but satisfactory solution.
There’s no such thing as failure
Each time your plans fall short, analyze where they went wrong, learn from the experience, and continue moving forward. When you think you “fail,” all you’ve really done is discovered an ineffective way of trying to do something. That’s all. The knowledge gained only makes you more capable in the future. Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed 10,000 times—I’ve successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.”
Adjusting your attitude and making the changes permanent will take some work, but this effort pays off. Your attitude affects your perspective, what you notice, and what you fail to notice. So by adjusting your attitude, you can shift your whole reality!
Examine the attitudes you already hold that may be limiting your life and happiness. What perspectives and beliefs would serve you better? Adjust those ineffective attitudes today for a happier tomorrow. You’ve got this.
Find your purpose – find your joy!
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