The great news about attitude development is that it is something that you have 100% control over. You have to be able to transform the way that you think to be able to achieve this. However, relying on tried and tested attitude development techniques that result in negativity will not help you to become positive, and if you are not positive then your chances of succeeding will be lessened.
Attitude is known to be a learned response to different kinds of situations and stimuli.
Attitude is known to be a learned response to different kinds of situations and stimuli. Attitude has the impact of causing a person to choose a certain response based on a set of beliefs about a situation. This means that people become predisposed towards certain types of attitudes or beliefs that influence them. These can be changed and there are some steps that you can take to develop a positive attitude. These are now outlined below.
Attitude, drive and enthusiasm can be changed. Here are the steps
‘Can do’ approach
“Can’t” in many cases means “won’t”, and saying “can’t” to people, including to yourself, will have a negative impact on your drive and enthusiasm.
Develop a “can do” approach. When someone asks you to do something, do you ever tell them, “I can’t” and make excuses? If so, you need to develop a “can do” approach. This simply involves turning the concept around in your mind and presenting what you can do rather than what you cannot. It also helps you to look for what you can do and focus on that rather than focusing on things that are more challenging. “Can’t” in many cases means “won’t”, and saying “can’t” to people, including to yourself, will have a negative impact on your drive and enthusiasm. Instead always decide what you can do in any given situation.
Seek out solutions
People make their own luck by finding opportunities and recognising them when they come along.
There is always a solution to any problem. Some solutions may be less favourable than others, but nonetheless, they are solutions. By presenting solutions rather than problems you appear to be a positive person that wants to effect change, rather than a negative person that always brings problems to the table. Just as with a can-do approach, you will find that if you start looking for positives instead of negatives, your drive and enthusiasm will improve too, as you realise what the possibilities are, rather than focusing on the negatives of a situation. Look at the bright side.
There is a famous song that suggests you should always look for the bright side in life. This is true and it helps with building a positive attitude, developing an increased drive for success and improving enthusiasm. There almost always is a positive in any situation, so look for it, and it will help to pick you up. No one person is any luckier than any other. This is a myth. People make their own luck by finding opportunities and recognising them when they come along. They then grab them by the horns, even if the overall situation is not that bright. This helps them to drive their own success.
Have a plan
Setting goals that are small and achievable can help you see yourself making progress.
It can be hard to tackle any situation with a positive attitude, drive and enthusiasm without a plan in place. If you develop a plan of how you are going to go about achieving something and then start taking action towards achieving that plan, you will find that your drive and enthusiasm grow. Setting goals that are small and achievable – that drive you closer to a longer term goal – can help you see yourself making progress and this can stimulate you further to keep moving forwards.
Instead of being around naysayers, focus on spending your time with people that encourage you and believe that you can achieve your goals.
There are naysayers in every walk of life. They are the people that try to tell you that things are impossible and that nothing can be done. They do not believe in you, and if you hang around with them for too long, their lethargy and negative approach will rub off on you too. Instead of being around naysayers, focus on spending your time with people that encourage you and believe that you can achieve your goals. This will help to bolster you up as you work towards achieving them, building a positive and can-do attitude in you and a drive and enthusiasm towards continuing and achieving.
About Jimmy Pertuzzi
The article is courtesy of Jimmy Petruzzi, who is a world-renowned performance coach and NLP, CBT and Hypnotherapy Expert. For over 15 years he has worked and continues to work with many top professional soccer teams and individuals at a national and international level in the English premiership and worldwide. He also works with international and Olympic athletes, top professional sports people and is a consultant to sports organisations, businesses and associations, helping them achieve peak performance in all aspects of their lives. Over the past 15 years, Jim has worked with 1000s of people worldwide and is a sought after and highly regarded speaker for conferences and seminars internationally.
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