In the worlds of education, athletics, business, government, etc., it's recognized that a person's attitude is often the determining factor in how well they do. In the business world, the dominant factor of successful employees identified by employers was attitude.
Unfortunately, there are more people with a negative rather than a positive attitude. Fortunately, people can change. Psychologist Shad Helmstetter says, "You can't change from a negative mindset to a positive mindset without changing from negative talking to positive talking. To do that, you must change the input from negative to positive."
Here's How: Make a conscious decision. "Yes, I not only can change, I am changing and will continue to change." Claim that as a positive affirmation, and repeat it to yourself several times each day.
Second, seek friends and family who are optimistic and upbeat, and spend more time with them. Third, pick up an optimistic, upbeat, self-help book that gives specific instructions on how to move from the negative to the positive.
Next, acquire the tapes of a speaker, preacher or teacher you enjoy and admire, whose messages are upbeat and uplifting. Listen to each tape until you can complete many of the sentences, examples, illustrations and stories. At that point, the message becomes positive self-talk, and over a period of time you will change from the negative to the positive.
With a new positive mindset, you will have the confidence to acquire the new skills that will make a major difference in your life. That will give you something to smile about.
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