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Confessions on Top 7 Ways to Improve Your Attitude

Do you remember the TV show from the 80’s entitled, Crime Story?  This show was on TV when the lead actor, Dennis Farina, had dark hair.  That’s how far back it goes!

Any of you who remember Farina know most of the shows he had salt and pepper hair color.

Anyway, the show lasted three seasons and was pretty popular.  I was reminded of it because the lead character, Mike Torrello (Farina) was in a constant battle trying to stop the crime committing antagonist, Ray Luca, from rising in the ranks of organized crime.

Well, in a similar fashion you could be having a constant battle.  I’m talking about the crimes you commit against your future through having a bad attitude about life.  It’s an attitude worse than that of the criminal attitude of Ray Luca in Crime Story!

Luca was hell bent on rising to the top of the hierarchy in his world of criminal activities.  If you continue with your lousy attitude, you clearly are hell bent on dropping to the bottom of the hierarchy of opportunities in your life!

Your attitude is nothing more than the way you think about things.  You can make a choice to change your thinking.  Just like any criminal you can choose to “go straight” and make positive decisions.

Confess your crimes against your future!  Own up to them; learn from them; and subscribe to any or all of the following 7 ways you can improve your attitude and maximize your future.

I confess…I believe the 7 ways discussed below are your get out of jail free card to a life well lived.

BEGIN WITH “WHY” IN MIND

Nothing in your life will change, least of all your attitude, if you don’t stop and take inventory.

Answer these questions:

Why is my current attitude what it is?

Why did I make the choices to think the way I do?

Why would I want to change to a different way of thinking?

Why do I think a positive attitude would be better for my future?

Your objective in answering the above questions in to find your passion for taking positive action.  Finding that passion will give you the necessary belief that you can change your thinking and your attitude.

If you don’t believe it, then you can’t do it.  Don’t bother with the other 6 ways to improve your attitude until you are sure of your answers for “why.” 

Confess your “why” and you will be free to achieve anything you want to be, do or have.

SEE WHAT IT IS YOU WANT

When you have specific, written goals, you can feel you have purpose.  I like to say a goal only in the head is already dead!

You can’t change anything in your life until you know specifically what you want.  That is the job of defining, stating and writing specific goals.

So, for everything you want to be, do or have in your life create a specific, written goal.

And, for each of those goals make sure you have a very strong reason why you want to achieve the goal.

When you have your goals written, find representative images of those goals.  Post those pictures on what is called a Vision Board.

Your Vision Board will help you physically see your goal and give you more powerful impetus to escape the prison of limited thinking.

DON’T LIVE IN A REPLICA OF A JAIL CELL

You may never have spent any time in a real jail cell.  Yet, your physical surroundings can contribute to a sense of being imprisoned.

Feeling imprisoned entraps your thinking into negativity.  Fix it by brightening up your place where you live or work.

You don’t have to buy a new house or anything else that extravagant!  If you don’t have the creative skills to destroy the “jail cell” feeling of your place, hire somebody who does.

At a minimum, clean the place up!  Keep it organized!  Clutter creates confusion and confusion destroys your focus on the positive.

TUBE THE TUBE

Now, I have to confess I am the first one to reinforce the belief being well informed is foundational to living a full life.

However, leveraging being well informed requires you to accept the good with the bad.  By good and bad I mean the things you judge that you like or dislike.

Developing a positive attitude requires you not to allow your attitude to be derailed by what you judge to be the ignorance of others.  If you get all het up by what others do and say and allow all that to negatively affect you, you’re committing a crime against your mind.

So, one way to minimize what you perceive as the ignorance of the world around you is to stop watching the “tube” so much.  It’s such a wasteland of negativity it is a crime against humanity!

BE A FUND OF INFORMATION

One of the most powerful things you can do to improve your attitude is to grow your base of knowledge.

The more you know the better you feel about yourself and your potential!

Opportunity is born from accepting new and different things.  But, opportunity can’t be seen when your mind is a crime scene of negativity.

Discipline yourself to learn new ideas.  Read; watch; study; and listen to learn about those areas in your life of great interest to you. 

EXERCISE FOR YOUR MIND AND BODY

Did you know there is a very beneficial drug you can take that will make you “high” and you won’t have committed a crime in taking it?

If there is a contemporary crime against yourself and humanity that may exceed all others, it is obesity.  Given the increase in obese people throughout the world, it could be said the condition is out of control.  Its negative impact on the infrastructure of society measures in the 100s of billions of dollars.

One legal solution to the problem?  The drug I referenced above and you don’t have to go to the rough side of town and buy a “hit” off of some sleazy criminal.

The drug is already on your person and even if you’re in the airport and a drug sniffing dog approaches you, it won’t be able to detect you are guilty of possession.

The drug is endorphins and the only way you can get it and its beneficial, healthy effects is through physical activity.

You may have heard the phrase, runner’s high.  It is the body producing endorphins while exercising vigorously that produces that sense of well-being.  Stress is reduced and your body grows strong and lean with the overall effect being attitude improvement.

Shoot-up all the endorphins you want and you will avoid a life sentence of physical and mental malaise.

AFFIRM IT TO DO IT

Remember the time you knew you were going to succeed at something even before you actually did?

Somehow success seemed affirmed and all you had to do was take action.

I’ve had many such events in my life but one always stands out in my mind.  I assumed (affirmed) years before it happened that I would be first string on my junior high school’s varsity basketball team.

I knew it from the time I was in the 4th grade.  It happened because I affirmed it every day in my mind and actions.

You can create a lifetime of affirmed events.  Doing so makes life so much more positive and fulfilling.

You do it through practicing the use of positive affirmation statements.  Here’s a link to several examples you may want to consider.

Another way of thinking about it is to…confess success even before you’re eligible for parole to actually achieve it.

Why not commit the ultimate crime against a bad attitude!  Change it…through using these 7 “breakout” ways!b2ap3_thumbnail_shield-417828_1280

How many of the ways for improving your attitude will you immediately put into practice?  Why will you take those actions?

Please share your thoughts by commenting below.  

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Crop of GNCC ShotMindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) provides self-employed people inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps self-employed people better profit through performance.

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Sandy Geroux, M.S.

January 12, 2016 10:43 am Reply

Gary, I especially love the message about brightening up the place where you work! We re-decorated our office recently, and I just LOVE coming into it and working there now. I’m proud of how it looks and how it makes me feel. Great point – thanks for sharing

    Gary Greenfield

    January 14, 2016 12:18 pm Reply

    My pleasure, Sandy, and thank you for the comment. As they say, “Attitude is everything!” Improving it is always in our individual control.