Where you put your focus will have a profound effect on your attitude.
If you put your focus on what can be done and what you can learn from what has been done, then you are going to see more solutions and actions you can take.
So, another way to change and train your attitude would be to learn to focus on the right things at the right time. Spending 5 minutes focusing on negative thoughts will breed more of those thoughts. Five minutes on what can be done about what’s bothering you will result in thoughts that you can take action on.
If you want to change your attitude and you want to change it fast. Start by asking the right questions. Questions that empower. Then put your focus on what needs to get done to change the situation. It can happen very fast. When you see very productive people working you will see this principle put in practice.
Henry Ford and the V8. His focus never moved from having it done. They told him it was impossible, he said do it.
Thomas Edison and the incandescent light. He never took his focus off his goal. Even after 1000’s of unsuccessful attempts.
If at any time they turned their focus on what wasn’t working or why it could not be done, the world would be a different place.
Put your focus on things that you can take action on like:
- Tasks to get the results
- Resources to help get the results
- The motivation of why it is important to you to do
- The end results
- The goal
Just focus your thoughts on what you need to do to move forward and start doing it. You will be amazed at how fast this can turn your attitude and mindset around.
Need a practical exercise to understand this?
Take a piece of paper and draw a line down the center.
On the left side of it write down what’s bothering you or stressing you. Or you can write down the negative comments and questions you ask yourself.
On the right side, at the top, put the heading ACTIONS.
Then list all the things you could do, no matter how impossible, that would change the situation or move you closer to your goal.
Then pick a few that seem right to you and break them down into simple steps and do one or two of them. In a matter of minutes you will have gone from a reactive mindset to a proactive mindset.
Change your mindset and you change your attitude and the world around you changes. Start with yourself. Make yourself a better person and the world improves by one person.
That is something we all have the power to do.