10 Steps To Promote A Positive Mental Attitude In Your Life

“Better late than never!”

Let’s start with that positive thought. It not only eases anxiety, but it reinforces hope; hope that good things could happen at any time.

This is just a small example of a positive mental attitude at work.

Now consider this: the sight of a beautiful lotus is so enthralling, but a lotus needs muddy water to grow and bloom. Although it takes nourishment from the muddy water, it grows tall and stays untouched by it.

Similarly, a human being needs to be in a society, accept all that the society has to offer, and yet stay unaffected by the negativity of it.

The human being is a social animal and cannot last long in isolation, but blaming people and society for who you are or for your flaws and failures is not the path to take.

A positive mental attitude can change your perspective toward life which can, in turn, aid your personal development.

How can you promote a positive mental attitude in your life? Here are some steps you can take:

1. Let Go Of The Past

In order to move ahead, you need to break the shackles of the past. The more you cling to your past, the less you are able to focus on your present and future.

Blaming someone else or sulking about the past may be a temporary comfort to you, but this stress is not good for your general mindset.

The marshy swamp of the past will completely swallow you unless you quickly grab a vine of positivity and focus on escaping from it. Only then you will be able to move ahead.

2. Master Your Emotions

Evolutionary psychology describes emotions as programs which help us acclimatize to and resolve the situations we face, whether good or bad.

Emotions help us to make judgments about the past and present, and allow us to gauge what might happen in the future.

Positive thoughts are rewarding as they bring positive emotions such as joy, hope, inspiration, and motivation.

Negative thoughts, on the other hand, can be devastating and can lead to anxiety, despair, resentment, confusion, and guilt.

These negative emotions can be taxing and leave you feeling utterly drained.

Judgment and perception are the main tools used to master your emotions because these determine whether we accept the situation positively or negatively.

That is why mastery over your emotions by identifying and controlling your judgment and perception, and preventing an automatic reaction to a situation is so helpful.

Having a handle on your emotions – or rather the effect your emotions have on your thoughts – allows you to gauge whether or not a particular emotion will be beneficial to your situation.

3. Learn To Accept What Has Happened

Many a time, things don’t turn out as we expect them to. Instead of brooding over how they should have gone or what you could have done differently, it is better to accept that some things are outside your control.

This will prevent negative energy from paralyzing your life. By learning to accept the limits of your influence, you can move on with a positive mental attitude.

Don’t mistake this with being a victim of circumstance. You very much do have a say in how your life pans out. You are not merely a passenger, but neither do you always have a clear idea of where a particular road will take you.

4. Meditate

Meditation does to the mind what exercise does to the body. How it unravels the mind is amazing.

Initially, it may be difficult to bring the mind under control, but soon you will start feeling all the positive energy opening up inside you.

Meditation helps you discover yourself and, in the process, heals you from within. It allows you to better understand what is and is not important in life.

5. Seek A Different Perspective

Sometimes, looking at life from a different viewpoint can help you take control of your thoughts. It will not just help you explore different aspects of yourself, but it will also help you discover your hidden talents and strengths.

An exploration of your inner self will help you find your life’s purpose and create clarity. These will paint a much brighter picture of your present and future and help you to think positively.

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6. Surround Yourself With Positive People

You become like the people you spend the most time with, so spend time with positive people.

This will help you stay in the positive energy zone and thereby help you stay focused on your goals and achieve better results in everything you do.

Avoid negative people who bad mouth, envy, or complain about others. Their negative energy is infectious and can cause you a lot of stress, which, in turn, has a negative impact on your personal development.

7. Love Thyself

People may say a hundred things about you for good or ill. So what? They are entitled to their opinion, but you do not have to believe all that they say.

It is important that you discover love for yourself. That way, what others think or say about you can have no lasting effect on your mindset. Self-love feeds positivity and helps to dissolve limiting beliefs.

When you feel good about yourself, you do not need to compare yourself with others. Love turns to confidence which allows you to move mountains and realize your goals.

8. Keep Your Cool

When you are filled with negativity, it leads to frustration and then to anger. A slight trigge like someone cutting you off at a traffic signal can make you angry.

But you know what? The world is full of such people, and every time you react like this, it affects your mental and emotional well-being.

Although showing anger might make it feel like you won, ultimately you are the loser because the stress caused by the whole episode will negatively impact you in more than one way.

Hence, if you can train your mind to stay calm whatever happens, you will be more able to retain your positive mindset.

9. Seek Help When You Need It

If you feel like you are losing control of your life and stress is taking over, you can always ask for help.

A good life coach can help you assess your current situation and guide you toward achieving your goal.

For your personal development, they can help you integrate your mind and emotions with your body and spirit so that you can rediscover yourself and take hold of your life.

10. Be Grateful And Contribute

Whatever lessons you learn from life and from others, you can pass them on to others in society. You can choose to help those who are facing similar situations to those you have faced and overcome.

This way, you contribute a positive energy to society. Giving back is rewarding in so many ways.

Be positive and spread positivity, it will come around for your benefit.

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About Author

Charles Goodwin is a regular writer and blogger who loves to write about social and psychological issues. He also writes for Integrative Coaching, a site that offers online courses for stress management and personal development.