t may seem like your life is completely out of your control, and for the most part, it’s true. Many things are out of your ability to control; however, your attitude is the one thing you do have control of, and if displayed correctly, it can make your life just that little bit easier to deal with.
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Attitude Is the Ultimate Secret to Success
You can have a great business idea, great products or services and still not receive profits due to poor service. To be successful, you need to have the right attitude. Think about the last time you purchased a product or paid for something. Was it a positive or negative interaction, and are you likely to do it again? This is precisely what happens when you communicate with others. You either leave them with a poor or positive impression that can alter your future or success.
Attitude Is Contagious and Reflective
Like laughter or seeing someone smile, a good attitude makes you want to do it too. When you have a positive or negative attitude towards someone, it can change their day instantly. Often negative attitudes can cause more damage as it results in negative emotions or pain. If you are hostile towards others, they are likely to reflect this behaviour towards you. It was ultimately, you making your day more difficult due to your bad attitude.
Attitude Affects Your Self-Worth
A negative attitude can creep into your mind leading to low self-worth and a poor view of the world. Trusting your abilities and being confident in yourself no matter what, is vital for leading a successful life. A great technique to increase your self-worth is to practice words of affirmation. Each morning look into your eyes in a mirror and tell yourself things you love or like about yourself. Dig deep within yourself and believe every word you say. As you continue this practice daily, you will gain more confidence and find yourself taking on more challenges you never thought you could do.
Attitude Affects Your Happiness and Overall Health
Negativity is known to increase cortisol levels and other hormones responsible for stress, reducing happiness. Stress can lead to many illnesses over time if left untreated. Problems like general anxiety disorder, depression, and heart disease rise with more negativity. Don’t let a negative attitude get in the way of your success. Smile more and inspire others to be positive, achieve goals, and make the world a better place.
ENGAGE Top Tip
The way we perceive and explain the world has a powerful effect on the results we achieve. A negative attitude will certainly make life more difficult and less fulfilling than it should be. Furthermore, a pessimistic outlook can adversely affect our health, relationships, and professional development.
Don’t turn yourself into a victim. If you constantly think that things are happening to you, you’re taking responsibility out of your hands and become powerless. This only stunts your ability to change a negative aspect into a positive one. Nothing is ever out of your hands; you are responsible for your own thoughts and how you handle each situation and event.
Quotes to Ponder
“Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.”
- Dale Carnegie: American writer and lecturer, and the developer of courses in self-improvement, salesmanship, corporate training, public speaking, and interpersonal skills
“Whenever you’re in conflict with someone, there is one factor that can make the difference between damaging your relationship and deepening it. That factor is attitude.”
- William James: American philosopher and psychologist, and the first educator to offer a psychology course in the United States. James is considered to be a leading thinker of the late nineteenth century, one of the most influential philosophers of the United States, and the “Father of American psychology”
Ask Yourself This
Why is attitude more important than intelligence?