Changing Your Attitude
Attitudes Shape Your Life
By: Ashley Smith
What is the relationship between core values, attitudes, and behaviors?
ABC Model of Attitudes
How the person is feeling/emotions about the person, idea, or event.
Example: "I am scared of sharks"
"The way the attitude we have influences how we act or behave"
Example: "I will avoid sharks, scream, and swim to shore as fast as possible"
"This involves a person’s belief / knowledge about [the person, idea, or event]"
Example: "I believe that sharks are dangerous"
The powerful influence of attitudes
Positive vs. Negative Attitudes:
- People with positive attitudes are more likely to achieve personal and professional goals.
- "Positive energy"
- People with negative attitudes find it difficult to achieve contentment or satisfaction in life.
- "Negative energy"
How to change your attitude?
Negative to Positive
This shift in thinking has a tremendous affect on someone. However, changing one's attitude is extremely difficult but not impossible. To foster positive thinking, an individual must:
- Choose happiness
- Embrace optimism
- Think independently
- Keep an open mind
Step 2: Embrace Optimism
"Optimistic thoughts give rise to good moods, which help develop positive attitudes"
Optimism - a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of eventsor conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome. (dictionary.com)
"Avoid Pessimism which leads to cynicism"
Pessimism - the tendency to see, anticipate, or emphasize only bad or undesirable outcomes, results, conditions, problems, etc.: (dictionary.com)
Cynicism (cynic) -a person who believes the worst about people or the outcome of events (dictionary.com)
Step 4: Keep an open mind
"Grow more flexible by exposing yourself to new experiences and information"
"You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you!" - Brian Tracy