This week in response to hearing a lot of moaning about the weather and the general January blues flowing over into February, I decided to write an article for my Inspirational Toolkit entitled 7 Tips for a positive attitude. Please feel free to add your own as a comment below.
There is a saying that if you think positive, then positive things will happen. It’s to do with the Law of Attraction which is the name given to the belief that “like attracts like”and that by focusing on positive or negative thoughts, one can bring about positive or negative results. If you are interested in finding out more about the Law of Attraction, I suggest you read the bestselling book The Secret. In the meantime, read on to get my 7 tips for a positive attitude:
- Set yourself goals/dreams and be led by them – the first step is to know what it is you want to achieve and to write it down but you need to be specific. If your goal is to get a new job, what kind of job, in what sort of environment, will you have to travel, what kind of company do you want to work for, how many hours do you want to work? You need to be really specific and answer all these questions and more. By being really specific you can direct your mind to focus on your goal.
- Do one thing every day to get you a step closer to achieving your goal, using the example above, start by updating your CV. The road to achieving your goal may not be straightforward but don’t become disappointed or disillusioned see any setbacks as a challenge and keep going forward rather than giving up (if you don’t get an interview or the first job you apply for, find out why, learn from it and move on) – you want to be able to remember all the things you tried in life rather than the things you didn’t!
- Be proud of yourself! We are all our own biggest critics but it’s time to start being your own best friend. When job hunting, this is all about knowing your strengths, skills and achievements. This is not about bragging or thinking that you are perfect because you are not, none of us are; rather it is about accepting who you are and quietly knowing that you are worth a lot.
- Be happy! Stop telling yourself that you would be happy if you had a better job, if you had… Happiness comes from within and how you view yourself is your choice; it is a mindset that you control. Begin by being grateful for what you have, no matter how little.
- Make use of your time. This means no more procrastinating or feeling guilty about the things you haven’t made time to do – if you really wanted to do them you would find the time! Make time for the things that matter to you and be in the moment. Being in the moment is a critical tip for when you are in an interview as you need to make every second count and that means being present and noticing and reacting to the manner in which the interviewer is communicating , both verbally and non verbally. Once time is lost, you can never get it back!
- Be honest with yourself and your life. Remember, you are your own best friend so if you can’t be honest with yourself, who can you be. Be honest about what you want to achieve and who you want to become.
- Be accountable to yourself, your choices and your mistakes. Only by doing so can you take action to improve them and become a pioneer of your dreams.
There is of course one last thing for a positive attitude, have no regrets – by being yourself and doing what makes you happy and appreciating what you have you can smile and let go of the things you can’t control.
“Each of us has a fire in our hearts burning for something. Don’t let others extinguish your flame!”