Positive Attitude – If I Can Do It, YOU Can Too!
If I were to have a FAQ page, the number one question would be about positive thinking. I’m frequently asked how I got to be such a positive person. Funny enough, it didn’t happen naturally. In fact, up till about 15 or 16 months ago, I was only positive in appearance but not in thought or feeling. I was the typical fake it till you make it kind of person.
I spent many years, from the time I was 16, working to figure out why I was so “messed up”. Why couldn’t I be happy like it seemed everyone else was? Well, if people are attracted to happy people, then I’ll pretend to be happy and maybe some of it will rub off.
Unfortunately, it never did. But that didn’t stop me from looking for an answer. I believed that being positive would help me to achieve all of my goals and ambitions. So I kept looking. And looking.
Then, one day, I made one little shift. I started making myself record my gratitude on a daily basis. Then I made another little shift, and then another. The things I was changing seemed to be compounding. As I changed more things, the positive energy and thinking increased exponentially and continues to grow to this day.
What I realized is that shifting to a positive attitude is not like flipping on a light switch. You won’t get an instant result. And the result you get will not be permanent. At least not yet.
Creating a positive attitude requires repetition and adjustments. It’s like going to the chiropractor. Your muscles have gotten so used to your spine being in one position that one adjustment is not enough to make a lasting change. Instead, the muscles slowly pull the spine back to the old position. But keep going to the chiropractor and the muscles slowly learn to adapt to the new position. Eventually they do a much better job of holding this position and your chiropractor sees you less and less frequently.
The same goes for our positive attitude. At first it will be hard and our mind will try to pull us back down. But the more and more we work to maintain that positive attitude, the more and more it stays that way on its own.
It takes practice and time. Don’t give up. YOU can get there too!