Want to grow your opportunities and shrink your problems? Start cultivating an attitude of optimism!
If you truly want to be successful, it's in your best interest to create and maintain a positive attitude. When you've got an attitude of optimism, expectancy, and enthusiasm, opportunities grow and problems shrink. Here's how it's done:
Begin each day with expectation. Your experience in life generally lives up (or down) to your expectations, so when you rise from bed, make your first thought: "Something wonderful will happen today." Your day might not proceed in the manner you'd prefer, but you keep looking for something positive, you'll find it.
Assume other people mean well. Attributing other people's weird behaviors to evil motives adds extra misery to life, while assuming good intentions leaves you open to reconciliation. You can't read minds and you don't have everyone wired to a lie detector. Truly you have no idea what anyone is really thinking or why people do what they do. In most cases people are doing the best they can with the resources they've got, so always give people the benefit of the doubt.
Avoid depressing conversations. It's wasting your breath to argue about things, such as religion and politics, that get people all riled up. When such topics surface, bow out. Some battles aren't worth fighting, and many people are easier to handle when they think they've won the argument. At work, what's important isn't winning arguments, but what must be done to move forward.
Let go of your results. Once you've taken action, there's nothing more you can do, so focus on the job at hand rather than some fantasy of what might happen if things go wrong. The nature of the physical universe is change so whether you're celebrating or mourning or something in between, remember that this too will pass.
Improve the quality of your life. At least once a day, try to eat something really delicious, such as a small chunk of fine cheese or an imported chocolate. Focus on it; taste it; savor it. Then use that experience as a model for enjoying all the little pleasures in life. Remember: the quality of your experience in life is always in how you're perceiving it!
Adopt an attitude of gratitude. Successes in your life, small and large, deserve recognition. Don't move on to the next task or goal without celebrating, even if only by patting yourself on the back. Give a verbal gift to everyone you meet--a smile, a word of encouragement, a gesture of politeness, or even a friendly nod. And say "Thank you" more frequently.
Focus on the future. While you can and should learn from the past, keep your thoughts on the future. Always believe that the best is yet to come.
This article was written by Geoffrey James, we shared it with you because we know happiness is important to your overall well-being. Happiness does not just make you enjoy life more but it actually affects how successful you are in both your personal and professional life. Happy Monday from Rootology!