Attitude Tune Up - Make Your Life More Positive
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I have a confession. Something so deep that even if you know me, you probably would never guess. Most people know me as a pretty positive person, but I have had to work really hard on my attitude.
Back in college they called me Greg “MF” Hill… and despite the rumors it didn’t stand for Mr. Friendly.
For as long as I could remember my default mindset was in the negative. I was so down about myself that I put on a positive outward performance for people around me because I didn’t want them to see the real me.
I’m sharing the real old me in hopes that no matter where your attitude is currently at, these tips can help to tune it up even better! In the spirit of keeping things positive, I know being perfect is not the goal, so there is always room for growth, myself included. So I am going to share things that I use personally and have shared with others, so you can implement them into your life to make your attitude more ideal! (PS this works on your kids as well!)
Discover What Motivates You– This needs to be fueled daily! In his book “Attitude is Everything” Harrol wrote: “Motivation is the hope that puts attitude into action in an attempt to fulfill a desire or achieve a specific result. It must energize you, be able to overcome days when positivity is not at its peak, be framed in the positive, evoke positive memories and most importantly you have to believe in yourself and your god given potential.” A simple way to find out what your real motivation is to ask yourself “why” you want to achieve your goal 3-5 times. Each answer will bring you deeper to your true motivation. I want to drop 10lbs - Why? Because I want to be healthier - Why? Because I want to be there for my kids.
Develop a Clear Vision - Set goals and deadlines. You should have results you want to achieve, behaviors of someone who has achieved those results, and specific skills and tasks that will help you carry out those behaviors. Need more help? See our blog on goal setting.
High-Didily-Ho Neighborino: Create an Upbeat Greeting - You don’t have to be as extreme as Ned Flanders, but I can not tell you the amount of positive feedback I get from people when I reply to “How are you today?” with “Fantastic” or “Amazing”. Even if you are tired or down, try to put a positive spin like “I’m pretty tired today, but we will make it”. It not only brightens their day, but helps to lift your spirits!
Give Thanks - A drill I practice with my kids everyday is to say something you are thankful for, something you want to accomplish today and someone who you want to have a super awesome amazing day. In my own journal I write down 3 of each. Practice writing down what you are grateful for and reach out to someone who you are thankful that they impacted your life.
Take Care of Your Body -This should go without saying, but taking care of the vessel that carries your brain around will improve your attitude! Exercise most days. Move more and get out for walks. Get enough quality sleep and down time. Fuel your body with nutrient dense whole foods. There is a direct relationship between the care for your body and the rewards for your brain.
Listen to Motivation Daily - There are so many ways to bring motivating voices to you every day. Just type in “motivation” into YouTube and you will have hundreds of hours of highlight reels of motivational speeches and movie scenes ranging from 2 minutes to 2 hrs. There are apps, podcasts, social media influencers, and icons from history who are available at the touch of a button. Bring them into your daily routine. My favorite times to recruit some extra motivation is when I’m getting myself and my kids ready in the morning or while I am sitting down for lunch. Right now some of my favorite speakers and podcasters are Eric Thomas, Les Brown, Rob Dial, Bedros Keuilian, Tony Robins, and Joel Osteen.
Positive Affirmation -Early in my transformation journey I created a mantra that I read at least one time every day. This should not be your mantra or your positive affirmation. Yours needs to be unique to you. I only share this to inspire you to create something that is your own. Mine was “I am a winner. I will continue to strengthen my mind, body and spirit. I will achieve my goals and help others achieve theirs. I will approach each day with a positive attitude, energy, and enthusiasm like no other. I will attack each day like it’s my last.” This still gives me goosebumps!