How to Maintain a Winning Attitude

How to Maintain a Winning Attitude

Negativity happens. We all get to a place sometimes in our lives where we’re facing some difficult challenges. Whether it’s a financial problem we didn’t expect, a difficulty balancing both school and work, or we are running into a tough personal decision, sometimes we let the difficulty of the situation get the best of us. The most healthy and effective way to live our life is to live it positively. As difficult as it may seem at times, there are things you can do to keep a winning attitude.

Recite Affirmations:
Affirmations are positive sayings meant to focus your mind. These can be quotes you’ve heard before, advice from people special to you, or anything you know will specifically help you overcome something. Below is short list of affirmations you can start to use to help put you into a better mindset and a more positive mood. Try saying these to yourself when you face your next challenge:

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. This time more intelligently.”
– Henry Ford

“It doesn’t get better; YOU get better.”
– Joan Rivers

“We can complain because roses bushes have thorns or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the idea that you can’t have it.”
– Dr. Robert Anthony

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
-Wayne Dyer

Surround yourself with positive people:
It’s important to build up a support group in your life of people who keep things positive. It’s difficult to be positive yourself if you always have people around bringing you down. Relationships can be a give and take as well. If you are there to be positive for someone in your life that is going through a tough time, they are more likely to remember and be that positive support for you in the future.

Express what you are grateful for:
We all probably cringed when we were younger and a parent replied to our complaints by saying we have it good, but they were right. It’s important, when times get tough, to remember what we have in our lives that we should be thankful for that we may forget to acknowledge. Remember where you were a year ago and how you’ve grown. Think of the good people who are there for you. Smile about all of life’s necessities you have that you may take for granted like health, home, and family. The world is beautiful and it helps take a second to remember that.

Being positive is a habit. It takes work to train your brain to overcome negative thoughts and replace them with positive ones. It only takes 30 days to build a habit of becoming a positive person. Make a challenge for yourself. Every time, in the next month, that you think negatively, remind yourself about the good things in your life and how good things can come of any negative situation. By April, you will have a winning attitude that will help you grow into a happier, healthier person.

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