The Power of a Positive Attitude
by Christina Ellis
In a world filled with stress, worries and tensions at every turn, it is difficult to maintain a positive attitude. And quite often the more you try to be positive, the more it seems like the negative energy gravitates towards you. As a mother, companion, friend and full time recruiter for M Force, this is something I have struggled with and continually work on. My customers and clients are all extremely important to me, and I aim every day to provide a great experience for them. That’s why attitude is everything in my business.
We all want to feel good and enjoy our careers, families and friends. But with only so many hours in the day, many of us lose our way and no longer know how to find the joy in everyday tasks at work. Not to mention enjoying and fully listening to the conversations at the dinner table. By cultivating a positive attitude in the workplace, home and your life in general you will change people around you. Just like some people can really bring you down, your attitude and behavior can elevate other people to great heights and new possibilities!
Where I started
- Admitting that my attitude may not be exactly as great as I had told myself it was. If I wanted to see a change in my environment and other’s attitudes, I had to change my mood. (as an only child, this was not an easy task)
- Realizing I am not the first to discover the power of positive thinking, I picked up 3 books to help my transition to a healthier mind and way of thinking. I highly recommend:
- Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life by Dennis S. Brown. This is a quick read and it really helps re-frame your way of looking at everything in life and offers useful tips throughout the book to help you stay positive and to truly transform your life from every angle.
- DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF…and it’s all small stuff by Richard Carlson. The more negative your thinking, the more things get to you, even the smallest things. This book helped me to let go of the worry of little things that I usually had no control over so I could manage the big things. There are several other “Don’t Sweat” books written by Carlson that he tailored especially for work, families and love.
- The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. An oldie but a goodie! My mother had this book when I was younger and I thought to myself “I would never read such a boring book”. And here I am 20 years later learning many of the same things I’m sure she learned from such a powerful book! Expect the best and get it, believe in myself and in everything I do, develop the power to reach my goals, break the worry habit and achieve a relaxed life, improve my personal and professional relationships, assume control over my circumstances, and to be kind to myself.
An attitude change is not something that will happen overnight, it takes work and LOT’s of pep talks to yourself but DO NOT WAIT FOR HAPPINESS! You need to work towards happiness. If you create a happy environment around you today, it will be easier to remain happy tomorrow. This is called an attitude. If you adopt a positive one, life becomes a rewarding game instead of a challenge to ‘get through.’