Some things in life are inevitable if you want to live well: working on relationships, performing well at your job, paying bills in full and on time, and staying healthy. The attitude that you approach each of these areas with will determine the quality of the life that you live. Here are some steps of how you can generate and maintain a great attitude and increase your quality of life.
- Accept the things you cannot change. There’s only so much that you can do. Beyond that are the things we just refer to as “life”. Stuff happens and it’s not always because of anything you did. My wife’s grandmother always said, “If you can’t change your situation, change how you think about it.”
- Smile. For any of you who know me, you know that smiling is first nature to me. The part that suprises most people is that I fake it at times. Even when you don’t feel like smiling, it improves your outlook. Emotions are fickle and can easily be swayed. Choose to control your emotions so they don’t control you.
- Complement publicly and criticize privately. This may seem like an unusual tip, but it really influences your vocabulary. It forces you to see the good in others. People love to be praised and recognized. When you do it with others around, you increase the chances of creating a loyal friend. Conversely, if you decide to criticize publicly, you increase the chances of creating an adament enemy. And honestly, that may not mean a lot to you, but that person has influence on others. Those are the people that you may need one day.
- Put things in perspective. Few things are really as important as we make them out to be. In reality, most things will blow over in time. For those things that don’t, just remember that God is still in control. He’ll guide you if you’ll be open to listening.
- Choose to influence your environment and not let the environment influence you. This is so key. Be the change that you want to see in the world. You can impact the lives of many just by remembering this simple step.
Having a good attitude is something I’ve had to guard for years. Sometimes you have to fake it until you make it. But eventually, it becomes a part of who you are. Relationships flow smoother. Your job becomes a blessing. You begin to feel blessed to be able to pay your bills. Your mental, emotional, and physical health become thinsg you don’t take for granted.
Do you have any other tips or comments regarding how to generate and maintain a great attitude? If so, let me and the others listeners hear from you!