What can a positive attitude do?

By Des Menz posted in Work, Life, and Yourself

Part 5 of a 5-part series on optimism, creative thinking, and innovation, a
nd how to use a series like this for personal advantage and profit.  





Part 5 - Positive Attitude

Only a mediocre person is always at their best

               W. Somerset Maugham

When faced with a challenging situation, or any situation for that matter, and there are many alternatives, what do you think most people would choose? They would make a choice that causes the least discomfort to themselves.

There’s a fear factor at play here. Most people would play safe, they would be risk averse, and they would not choose the alternative that would more likely enhance their lives.

How do you get around this?

The answer is … pause, ask the question - “Which of the alternatives would produce the greatest happiness?” 

Can you see the difference here? Playing safe all the time. Making decisions that enhance happiness, to make things better, having the power to imagine.

The difference is all about a frame of mind, a positive attitude.

Thoughts Can Be Influential

Here’s a brief exercise for you.

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What are you thinking right now? 

Are those thoughts positive or negative? 

What you’re thinking right now is totally within your control, and it is up to you and you alone what thoughts are in your head. 

This will depend on your mood, what has happened in the recent past, and how complex your life is.

Now imagine this. You are walking down the street with some thoughts, any thoughts. Would anyone you meet be able to tell what’s on your mind?

The answer can be generic. You could put on a different mask and conceal your inner thoughts, and so people will not be able to determine exactly what you think.

But they might have an idea of how you are feeling. 

Here's another question. When you enter a room filled with friends, do they all fall silent as if something terrible has happened? Or does everybody there light up as if waiting for something exciting to happen whenever you appear?

The common thread to all these questions is the frame of mind.

Thoughts are very powerful, and they affect your general attitude. The attitude you carry reflects on your appearance, unless of course you are masking it.

Attitudes Will Influence

You would know that your attitude can affect the people around you. You’ve most likely experienced this in your work place, in public, or in your home.

The type of attitude you carry with you each day is totally up to you. It can be either positive or negative. Either one or the other and not much in between. You have total control over your attitude.

Positive thoughts have a fulfilling effect; they can inspire, energise, and invigorate. Negative thoughts on the other hand have a detrimental effect on other people.

Aside from looking gloomy and sad, people with negative thoughts can turn others away in the blink of an eye. We’ve all seen that moaner and groaner in a group session; nothing positive to say, always negative comment. 

Just like a magnet with positive and negative poles, a positive attitude attracts people, while a negative attitude repels them. 

Attitude as a way of looking at the world. Choose to focus on the negative things in the world will merely conjure up a negative attitude. However, if the choice is to focus on the positive things, then more than likely a positive outcome will emerge.

The Power Of A Positive Attitude

There is much to gain from a positive attitude. Studies have shown that there are better health outcomes, better social results, and a better ability to handle stress and problems.

A positive attitude begins with a healthy self-image. Positive people like their appearance, they are satisfied, confident, and self-assured, and all this makes others around them feel the same way.

Conversely, a negative attitude has an opposite effect. People who feel bad about themselves will affect others the same way. Have you ever noticed how negative people attract others with the same outlook? Not so strange is it? While they find solace in each other, it is very destructive to both parties.

Having a positive attitude means having healthy thoughts. It might be a bit more of a struggle these days, with the endless news cycle featuring mostly bad news stories. This is a problem that the media has, or is it the ATTITUDE of the general community that the media THINKS it has?

Strategies For A Better Attitude

To get a healthier outlook in life, think happy thoughts, hear positive things, interact with others with an attitude that is uplifting. 

Although it is impossible to avoid the negative things around us, it is still possible to carry a positive attitude by focusing on the good things, and all the things that can have a meaningful impact on other people’s lives. Reflect your attitude on to others.

Show caution however. Sometimes when other people feel down, it is best to avoid giving advice, but instead just sit by and listen. Having a positive attitude may very well have an impact without even having to say anything.

Why do some people choose to adopt a negative attitude? This is a vexed question, but the answer might be that they are sending a signal for help or for attention.

Feeling sad, angry, or gloomy are normal human emotions, but dwelling too much on these for too long is not healthy. Problems can be overcome, and this is where positive people have concern for others. 

One of the best ways to prevent people from being negative is to get them to talk about a recent success that they have had, and then reaffirm it to them.

Switch their attitude.

There is nothing to lose by adopting a healthy, positive attitude. Studies show that such an attitude actually retards ageing, makes you healthier, helps you develop a better stress coping mechanism, and has a very positive effect on all the people you meet every day. So, what's not to like about a positive attitude? Adopt one today.

Attitude is everything.

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That's the end of the 5-Part series. What can we do with these five parts?

Of course, use them yourself.

But there's also much more that can be done, not only to benefit yourself but to benefit others. It is about extending the reach of these articles. We’re stepping into …

Phase 3

So, coming up, we’re going to try to reach a wider audience. I’ll demonstrate how to take these articles and put them into a digital info-product for selling in a number of marketplaces.

After that, Phase 4 kicks in. I haven’t announced this yet, so stay with us.

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