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Attitude Matters

Aug 17, 2007
It may be a truism that during times of crisis or adversity, it is especially hard to have a positive attitude. But that simply underscores the fact that a positive attitude is a cornerstone of living. It is the number-one quality that many of us strive to cultivate personally, as well as seek in others we enjoy working and associating with. Listed below are seven simple but proven tactics that business author and consultant Barry Farber offers for gaining and keeping a positive attitude:

1. Read something inspiring every day. When you get up in the morning, before you do anything else, spend 15 minutes reading something motivational or enlightening. Do the same thing at night for 15 minutes before you go to bed. Remember, what goes in - comes out. Keeping plenty of positive, uplifting information in your mind is very important!

2. Find a quote that really means something to you, copy it or cut it out, and hang it where you can see it every day. Memorize it or make it a meaningful mantra that you refer to often throughout a given day or week. A short quote can take you a million miles.

3. Take an honest look at the people around you. What kinds of attitudes do they bring to the table? Do they pump you up or bring you down? Everyone is entitled to a bad attitude now and again - but if the people you know are constantly angry, bitter, or scared - it might be time to find yourself a new crowd. As is often stated, the people we choose to spend time with have a big impact on who we actually become more like.

4. When you are going through a bad time, think about others who have gone through adversity and made it out to the other side. Count your blessings, and recall other people who have turned bad attitudes around.

5. Be selective about the books and magazines you read, the shows and movies you watch, the tapes you listen to. Remember that just as inspiring movies can improve your attitude, too much negative content can have the opposite effect. Again, what goes in the mind will manifest itself and will come out in thoughts and actions.

6. Find attitude mentors, people you can call for an infusion of excitement and enthusiasm. These are people who can teach you, often through their own accomplishments, what having a positive attitude can do for you.

7. Change your focus. Stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about those around you. Mark Twain once said, "If you want to cheer yourself up, cheer up everyone around you." Be of service to others. Help somebody else, with no expectations of getting anything back. Help move someone else's achievements forward, and your attitude will lift itself.
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