This book has been filled with activities and exercises that you can do to enhance a positive attitude, but in this chapter we will expound on some of the things you have already done and learn some new things to do. I have also included video links that you can watch in order to enhance your attitude and I have also included my web site for my other books that will also help you to keep a great attitude and become successful in life.
VISION BOARD EXERCISES
We’ve already learned how to make a vision board and some suggestions were given on how to use it. If your vision board does not exemplify where you want to be in five to ten years, then change it. Prioritize steps that are needed to reach that dream. Write them down and then memorize them. That way it will etch into your brain. Memorize your steps at least three times a week and the steps will come naturally to you even when you are out in the community and one of the steps crops up. Pretty soon you will realize you have been taking your steps all along without even thinking about it. If you achieve your vision on your board, make a new one with a new goal. In order to stay positive you should always have a goal to achieve and challenge you. Don’t be afraid to strike when the opportunity arises. You deserve success… strive for it and take it whenever the opportunity presents itself.
STRIVE TO BE NICE EXERCISE
It is much easier to have a good attitude if you are a nice person. Those with sour dispositions rarely have anything but a bad attitude. Choose to do something nice for someone every day. Maybe the person in front of you at Starbucks doesn’t have enough cash in their pockets for their coffee. Pull out a buck and give it to them. Maybe the kids down the road lost their ball in the high grass at the end of the street. Go find it for them or get them a new one. Your wife or husband may be having a rough morning and just can’t get things together. Offer to help them out. The smallest thing you do that makes someone else smile will improve your attitude and theirs as well.
AFFIRMATION EXERCISES AND ACTIVITY
Get a book of quotes from the library and find ones from famous people that support a good attitude. Write them down in a notebook, computer, scrapbook or on note cards. Here are a few to start you out.
“Those who wish to sing, always find a song” – Swedish Proverb
“If we shall take the good we find, asking no questions, we shall have heaping measures.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
“If you don’t get everything you want, think of the things you don’t get that you don’t want.” – Oscar Wilde
“Oh my friend, it’s not what they take away from you that counts. It’s what you do with what you have left.” – Hubert Humphrey
“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer” – Albert Camus
I know a man who founded a very successful drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility. He has, in his top drawer, a quote written on an index card. Every morning, when he comes to work, he opens that drawer to retrieve his pen. The quote is right there to remind him to be compassionate and kind and to do the best he can every day. He has been doing this for about 45 years.
ATTITUDE CHECK EXERCISE
You can do this exercise alone, but it is much better to ask a trusted confidant to help you. If you have the aid of someone else, who will be blatantly honest, pick a word or words you both will recognize as a signal word. Choose a word that would not normally pop up in general conversation. It might be the word “dragon” or “red zone”. When you start complaining and fretting with a negative attitude, your friend should say the signal word. This should immediately signal you to stop, take a look at what you are saying and it also signals you to change your thoughts to something more positive.
If you are doing this on your own, it is a bit more difficult. You will have to recognize that you have slipped into negativity and sometimes we just don’t see that in ourselves.
Keep track of how many times you slip up and strive to do better the next week.
One of the best ways to be able to look back on your progress to becoming a more positive person is to start a journal. You don’t have to take the time to write every night. Once every few days can do the trick. Actually, once most people start to journal, they enjoy it so much they want to write something in it almost every day. There is something strangely cathartic about writing down your feelings, strategies, goals and experiences. In your journal you may want to write what you did to stay positive. You may want to keep a record of goals and achievements or explain a situation when you slip up. You might want to record happy times during the week. You can look back on your journal to see your progress or refer to it when a similar situation comes up where you either handled it positively, or didn’t. You can track your diet, so that you know what the best foods and supplements are for your optimum performance. A physical journal is great for this, or you can use a digital program like OneNote or Evernote.
PHYSICAL EXERCISE AND ATTITUDE
Endorphins are those things that release in your body during exercise that make you feel good. They are supreme mood enhancers and they help you to stay positive. We usually think of endorphins being released after very high energy physical exercise, but some studies indicate that enough endorphins are released during low intensity exercise. If you can engage in high energy exercise, go for it and release those mood enhancing endorphins. If you can’t, engage in yoga, light running or walking or swim. Just 10 minutes of exercise that you enjoy doing will release enough to give you a more positive attitude. But ideally you should strive for at least 20 minutes on a daily basis.
The Internet has a plethora of helpful YouTube videos that explain and enhance a positive attitude. Here are some very good ones that are very informative and enjoyable:
- Positive Mindset Tips 5 – How to Develop a Positive Mindset by Work Life Balance by Work Life Balance.
- Life Coaching Skills – A Positive Attitude – Career and Life Coach by Dieter Pauwels.
- Positive Affirmations – Meditation Part 1: by thereachapproach. This explains how affirmations work and Positive Affirmations – Meditation Part 2 is the actual meditation.
- 3 Words that can Change Your Life Forever by Brian Tracy – shows that using three neutral words work wonders rather than using negative words.
- Change Your Attitude – Walter Bond by Primeau TV
- Attitude Slideshow by boytown999’s channel
- Positive Thinking Meditation: Endorphin Meditation with Positive Affirmations by Linda Hall
Enjoy these videos, books, advice, insights, strategies and all the exercises included that will help you become a positive and successful person! Remember it’s your life! You design the course and you control your own destiny! Don’t forget the past, but don’t let it control you either. Forgive and move on. Fortune favors the brave. Focus on the positive, live in the now, and move forward with will and conviction. Get some loyal and trustworthy friends, believe in yourself, strive to do what is right and move forward with purpose and conviction. I believe in you always.
The next step is to try to become a more positive person on a daily basis by utilizing your favorite strategies from this book. Everything you do that creates a more positive atmosphere, makes you a better and more successful person able to reach goals and be a respected person in the community. Wouldn’t you love to be the person that everyone looks up to? Wouldn’t you love to be happy almost every day of your life? Wouldn’t you like to wake up every morning and know there is something good in store for you? That’s the true power of a positive attitude!
The benefits of having a positive attitude include:
- It helps you achieve your goals and attain success.
- You will tend to have more happiness in your life.
- You tend to have more energy to deal with what the day brings.
- It can increase your faith in all your skills and abilities.
- You will tend to have more hope for the future.
- You are much more likely to inspire and motivate others.
- Obstacles may still come, but you will tend to be better equipped to deal with them.
- You will tend to get more respect from those you know and those who follow you.
- You will tend to give more smiles and get more smiles in return.
The choice of what type of attitude you want to have for your life is yours. It’s never easy. The winner’s in life tend to be made up of the people who are willing to make the hard choices and do the hard work. But in the end, when they are sitting in victory lane, it is all worth it. How bad do you want to have a happy and productive life? You now know exactly some things that you can easily incorporate into your life to increase your success potential. Be sure to utilize them with an iron will and a conviction that you will succeed, that you will be positive and that nothing is going to stop your greatness from blessing this world!