Sunday, January 13, 2013
Last time I wrote about ATTITUDE I discussed NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and how choosing the words you use to express yourself can lead to a change in how you think. What I failed to mention is this is only one tool in changing your attitude on life.
A NEGATIVE attitude is learned. I believe as humans we are naturally optimistic beings. We strive for goodness and look for that in our environment. We LEARN how to be negative. It starts when we are young and get yelled at for spilling the milk, then we go to school and the other kids are mean to us and we are laughed at. Then we might have a negative home environment full of sarcasm because our parent(s) are overwhelmed and don't know how to deal with their pain. Then there is the media, full of negative messages about body image and self-centered greed. A media that thrives on class envy and "keeping up with the Jones'." Maybe we work in an environment where it seems everyone is griping about one thing or another, and complaining is the normal way of communication.
It doesn't matter where it comes from, negativity is all around us. It's up to us as individuals what we do with it.
Years ago I was the most miserable person to be around. My life was going great, but it was never good enough. Looking back, I still can't believe I had any friends. But you know the old saying... "Misery loves company." I was even told by several of my employers over the years that I had a bad attitude, but they couldn't fire me because my performance was so high. I just didn't get it. Then, I started reading books that motivated me and it was like a lightbulb went off in my head.
You can "reprogram" your brain to look for the POSITIVE. If you look around you today the people with the most success have at least one thing in common, they are POSITIVE people. The most successful athletes, have a positive "CAN-DO" frame of mind. They are the first one's to practice everyday and the last ones to leave. They put in the extra effort required to be successful. They are what I like to call "Extra-milers." They are willing to go the extra mile to achieve their goal. It's the same in business and other walks of life. If you dedicate yourself and go the extra mile eventually you will achieve SUCCESS.
But it all starts with a POSITIVE ATTITUDE or a POSITIVE STATE OF MIND. Only you can make the change for yourself. No one can do it for you. We can support you by reminding you to look for the positive, but ultimately it is up to you. Decide for yourself, are you going to be a better person with a positive outlook or a negative one.
Think about it.
JUICE to you all!