How To Create A Positive Mental Attitude (Guide)

No matter what you strive towards, the best of your skills, knowledge, and strategies will only get you to a certain level. You also need stamina, faith and a genuine belief in yourself in order to become great at what you do. While negative attitude will rob you of all that makes life worth living, a positive mindset is key to paving the way for success and peak performance. 

A positive minded person sees multiple solutions to problems and make better decisions which leads to greater creativity. Further, it leaves you feeling happier and more satisfied with your life. Neuropsychologists have found that a positive mindset enables better problem-solving through enabling better use of the pre-frontal cortex, the part of the brain responsible for higher level, complex thinking tasks.

The concept of developing a positive mindset was first introduced in 1937 by Napoleon Hill in the book Think and Grow Rich. Positive mental attitude is that philosophy which asserts that having an optimistic disposition in every situation in one's life attracts positive changes and increases achievement. 

This has been well established through decades of research, which shows that when people work with a positive mindset, performance on key metrics like productivity, creativity and engagement improves. 

Success does not happen by accident, there is a science to achieving success. And, the only tool you need to begin to successfully use the science of success in attaining the life you desire, is one you already possess — your mind — making the attainment of success possible for virtually everyone.

Our mind is the only thing which we have complete control over. It can either become your biggest asset and ally or your biggest liability and foe. It’s a personal choice. You can decide to harness the power of your mind to deliver you the success you conceive of or let it have power over you delivering you unnecessary delays, chaos, confusion, challenges and potentially permanent failure.

There is overwhelming evidence in positive psychology that people who are happy are more successful. Happy brains are smart brains. While negativity narrows our focus to help you respond to a threat, positivity does just the opposite; it opens you up, broadening the range of ideas that come to mind. 

There are also countless testimonials from many of the most successful business leaders like Elon Musk, J.K. Rowling, Peter Jones, Warren Buffet, Arianna Huffington, Sheryl Sandberg, and Jeff Weiner and Richard Brandon about the power of building and maintaining a positive mindset.

An optimistic person interacts with their emotions in a hopeful and constructive manner when the going gets difficult. Having a positive attitude is a choice. People are drawn to those who have a positive attitude because of the contagious energy they exude.

The truth is, everyone can adopt a more positive mental attitude. Developing a more positive orientation can improve your mood, relationships, and work life. A positive outlook has a real impact on your physical health. All of that combines to make a strong argument for the power of a positive mental attitude on your performance, too.


How Do You Create A Positive Mental Attitude?

It is said that a positive mindset is connected with optimism, courage and kindness. Positive thinking is not the same as smiling, being cheerful, or forcing positivity. A positive mental attitude means approaching every situation and challenge in life with optimism. In saying that, a smile is contagious. 

People with a positive mental attitude have an infectious way about them that compels others to gravitate in their direction. They’re optimistic, uplifting, and don’t give in to hopelessness even in the worst of times. A positive mindset is a choice. It promises that when you choose to look on the bright side of life and make the best out of any situation, you’ll create a better reality for yourself.

According to studies, 75% of our daily thoughts and beliefs are negative. We might not feel good enough, clever enough, old enough, young enough or experienced enough – all of which affects our ability to apply ourselves effectively to achieving our goals.

In order to make your thoughts and outlook more positive, for starters, replace the attitudes that are not serving you with a mental attitude that encourages you to take action and pursue your personal and professional goals without hesitation or self-doubt.

Take Responsibility For Your Mindset

Don’t allow yourself to become a victim to negative thinking and adverse circumstances otherwise you’ll enter a vicious cycle of low self-confidence, pessimism, helplessness and eventually depression.
We can all learn from Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, who pointed out in his bestselling book, Man’s Search for Meaning:
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Choose to have a positive mindset. Because, the key to manifesting your dream life is to align yourself with your intentions. You may align yourself to get you where you want to go if you make a conscious effort to be self-aware of your ideas. Pay attention to your thoughts and the feelings they evoke.

Determine your triggers and what causes you to become frustrated, upset, or anxious. Then, choose your battles and win them too.

Be Courageous And Resilience

Courage allows you to go after what you want without fearing failure, rejection, and other mind-made fears. Instead of fearing failure, courageous individuals embrace it as an opportunity to learn.
This positive mindset helps you reach your goals more easily and grow personally and professionally.

In positive psychology, resilience is being able to recover from stressful and challenging life events. Resilient people face difficult situations with ease and don’t give in to negative emotions during hard times.

Get Inspired by Books, Audio And Videos

There are moments in your life when you fail to appreciate what you have right now because you are so focused on what is ahead. As soon as you start reading a motivational novel, you will be on the road to recovery reminiscing won’t bring it back to you any faster.

Worrying about the future simply makes you feel more helpless and anxious. And that is not how to keep a positive mindset. Reading motivational books are the ultimate solution to a bad day. Those pages will give you hope and motivation to get things done once you’ve finished reading them.

Build Your Career Around Your Strengths

Your personal strengths are those underlying qualities that naturally energize you, not just skills you have learned or competencies you’re good at. What do you love to do that you could do everyday without getting bored? For example, some people are energized by being strategic and creative, while others are more organized and detail oriented. 

The areas where your strengths and skills overlap are what we call your “sweet spots”, they are areas where you have opportunity to make the greatest contribution and impact at work. When you discover your strengths and find ways to use these more fully in your day-to-day work, you are more likely to enjoy work, perform better and achieve success in your career.

Choose How You Respond

The most empowering belief you can adopt on your road to success is to accept that you are in control and that you always have a choice. You choose your own beliefs, you choose what you want to focus on and you choose the decisions and the actions that you take. This is a very powerful belief system because it means that you can take full responsibility of your actions without having to deflect blame onto others. 

You might not be able to control everything that happens around you, but you can control how you react to situations and how you influence other people. You have to feel that you are worthy of a successful life, and you have to have absolute faith that as long as you take the necessary action, then you can be as successful at running your business for example. It is this undeniable belief in yourself – and being willing to back yourself all the way – that fuels your motivation and inspires others around you.

Accept Where You Are Now

Happiness, according to evolutionary psychologists, served as an adaptive advantage in the course of evolution. When you are happier with a good attitude, you are better able to adapt to your surroundings and your social circles; you are also better able to pass on your happiness genes to your offspring. In the beginning, the pleasure was just a genetic variant, but as with all evolutionary adaptations, it has endured because it has helped you survive.

Acceptance is the first step in the process. True happiness is a state of mind in which one accepts reality for what it is and even comes to appreciate and enjoy it. As a result of this acceptance, people feel content with a positive attitude. In order to truly be happy, one must accept the fact that things are as they are and that change is unavoidable. 

Those who are truly content with their lives are more likely to be adaptable because they are willing to accept change as an inevitable part of life. Understanding that both good and bad are fleeting in the grand scheme of things means that truly happy people have an appreciation for the fact that “this too shall pass.”

Reflecting on past experiences with a sense of gratitude can lead to increases in both hope and happiness.That’s a great reason to give it a go today. Spend time undertaking work and leisure activities that make you feel more fulfilled and genuinely happy.

To achieve a positive mental attitude, keep your mind on the things you want, in all areas of your life, and do not allow your mind to work against you and your goals by developing a habit of thinking about what you don’t want.

A positive mental attitude gives you the ability to perceive opportunity within every interaction and circumstance. And, it keeps your mind open to conceive and receive new information, creative ideas and ways to innovate. Most importantly, a it delivers you the consistent stream of positive insight, energy, and enthusiasm and the steam you need to establish and sustain success.

The key to cultivating and maintaining a positive mental attitude is to take control of your thinking and avoid negative minded people. It’s a challenging task to develop a calm, focused mind, but well worth the effort.

What you decide to think about is directly linked to how you perceive and interact with people, opportunity, obstacles and the world around you. Taking command and control over your mind to adopt a habit of having a positive mental attitude determines your ability to 1st see, then seize success.

Every setback and failure you experience also comes with a great opportunity. When one door closes, a window of possibility opens. The key is to look for the opportunity and avoid dwelling on failure. Think thoughts of defeat and you are bound to feel defeated. Your attitude is not determined by circumstances, but by how you respond to those circumstances.

The great inventor, Thomas A. Edison, was known for his positive mental attitude. In December 1914, the Edison Laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey, was almost entirely destroyed by fire. Edison lost $2,000,000 worth of equipment and the records of much of his life’s work. The morning after the fire, as the 67-year-old inventor walked among the ashes, he was anything but defeated. Looking around, he remarked, 
“There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew.” 
Yes, there is magic in a positive attitude!
“A positive mental attitude is a must for all who wish to make life pay off on their own terms. Nothing great was ever achieved without a positive mental attitude.” –Napoleon Hill

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