Recently I needed to develop some tools to help me build a more positive attitude. I’ve used 5 tools to build my confidence and develop a more positive attitude.
1. Create a Happiness Plan
Every person who cares about his or her life should have a happiness plan. When you are happy, you are less susceptible to heart disease and you’re more creative. That means you need to figure out how to be happier. Yes, it does take a little work, but a simple plan can make a big difference.
The biggest improvement to my happiness has been keeping a one sentence journal. It helps me assess my career and make adjustments.
You have to figure out what problems you keep running into and how you can improve the way you respond to them. Reflection is a much underused skill. The more you understand how to improve your attitude, the more you can cultivate a resilient mind.
2. Understand How You Transition Between Tasks
This is a personal development opportunity that is often ignored.
When you finish an email, what is the next thing you do?
You probably just go to the next task. This is a bad habit. If you can create the habit of taking a few seconds to celebrate your previous task, then you can create a more positive attitude for your next task.
3. Know Your Kryptonite
There are certain tasks that will drain your energy. The more you can tune into this feeling, the less likely you are to subject yourself to these tasks.
Yes, there will be times when you’ll have to do work that you don’t like. It’s a part of every business. You can’t escape it. The idea is to do more fun stuff than boring stuff throughout your day. Every person’s balance is different. You’ll have to discover what works for you.
The best way to do this is to create a routine. Can you figure out when to do your creative work that fits into your sweet spot (the time of day that you have the most energy)? If you love to write and you are at your best in the morning, then block out this time to get into the writing zone. Use the afternoon to do the work that drains you, just take time to do some fun stuff in between to keep your energy at a high level.
4. Levity Your Face Off
Many of us take our careers too seriously. We don’t take the time to laugh at ourselves and the situations we are in. If you really take the time to look at your life, it’s very funny.
A friend taught me how to create a little levity when I’m feeling overwhelmed. Let’s say you have a client who is breathing down your neck and is being unreasonable. A good technique is to say (out loud) what is happening and after each sentence say “ha, ha, ha.” This will allow you to create some emotional space between you and the situation.
5. Stay Curious
You want to believe that you are curious, but are you really? Do you ask your co-worker questions about why they do what they do? Do you ask a client to explain how they came up with a certain concept? You just want to do your work. It’s easier to dive into work then the messy world of digging for more information.
You need to think about what you need to learn from a situation then figure out who can teach you the ropes.
I’ve been stuck in ruts before when I have stopped being curious. What them what they did to stay motivated. The answers weren’t as important as my own curiosity.
You need to start asking the right questions. The questions that make you want to dig deeper. Once you dig a little deeper, you can find out what the core problem is and that’s where you can turn your attitude toward a more positive direction. One that will get you taking action on the problem.
I haven’t completely stopped complaining, but I have reduced my complaining by at least 80%.
Share Your Positivity with the World
To get you started they ask a few questions that might help you get your creative juices flowing:
> Has the power of positive affected your life?
> Have your positive actions had an impact on others?
> Has positivity impacted the life of someone you know?
> Has someone else’s positivity had a profound impact on you?
> How might you spread positivity to others if given the opportunity?