There is power in a positive attitude, because it can empower you to keep going. But how can you generate a positive attitude when you are used to being negative?
I struggled most of my life with a negative attitude. When I would think negatively things would spiral out of control. I would say things to myself like, ‘I am my own worst enemy.’ However, something shifted for me when I was unemployed in the summer of 2013. I decided that if I wanted to change my present position in I was going to have to ditch my negative attitude. I did and everything change.
Wayne Dyer says, ‘When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.’ I took the quote to heart and over a period of time my world became better.
One of the things I did was to keep a gratitude journal. I write in it things, people, and experiences I am thankful for. Even the situations that in the past I would have considered horrible, I write how grateful I am for them. Why? Because I have the choice to go through the experience being upset or being happy. Personally I’d rather be happy everyday of my life than spend my time being angry or bitter.
Writing out what I was grateful for began to direct my happiness. The more I write the more my attitude became positive. I realized I had much to be thankful for. Even when our huge tax bill came this year. I decide to be glad for it, because we have been blessed financially to be able to pay for it.
Our attitudes create our environment. What do you want your world to look like?