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21 Days to A Positive-Attitude Habit
By Patricia Wagner a
World Natural Sports Organization www.worldnaturalsports.com
This may come as a
surprise… but your attitude is more important than your aptitude in
determining your success in life!
Just how critical is attitude to
achievement? Well, take a look at one of the greatest inventors of the last two
hundred years – Thomas Edison. Every time you turn on a light switch, you
experience the result of his persistence in the face of continuous failure.
Edison tried 10,000 times to get his light bulb invention to work, but
failed each time. However, he had this to say about his lack of success. “I have
not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
You can learn
to have this kind of outlook on life, but it needs to be purposefully installed
into your daily living.
You probably know it takes about 21 days to
break a habit by replacing it with a new one. If you are plagued with persistent
negative thoughts toward life, you can replace this mindset with a new
Here is a 21-day five-step program to change a
negative attitude to a positive one.
1. Take charge of what you’re
This is a moment-by-moment decision that doesn’t happen
overnight. It’s a habit that will take some time to build. How can you do this?
Choose to think uplifting thoughts instead of discouraging ones.
to decide what you think, which in turn determines how you feel. Become aware of
this and dwell on positive ideas throughout the day.
Consider keeping a
journal and write down at least one good thing in your life each day for three
weeks. Then think about these blessings instead of discouraging thoughts.
2. Read inspirational material.
During this 21-day training
period, fill your mind with good thoughts. The best book of all to read is that
priceless diamond of world literature – the Bible. You’ll never know what
wonderful results from reading it are around the corner until you open its
3. Focus on others.
For the next 21 days make an extra
effort to help other people. Concentrating on assisting others will help you
more than you realize. If you succeed in becoming wealthy but are poor in
respect to your relationships, you will not be truly prosperous at all!
So make a special effort of focusing on others during your 21 days of
building your new positive-attitude habit. This will free you up to allow the
butterfly of happiness to land on your shoulder when you least expect it.
4. Take care of your health needs.
It’s hard to maintain a
positive mindset if you’ve neglected your physical needs. So during the 21 days
of your attitude retraining make an extra effort to eat nutritious balanced
Not getting enough sleep will also be a tremendous hindrance, so
make sure you’re getting adequate rest. And don’t forget to get enough exercise.
When you feel down, try to take a brisk 30-minute walk. You’ll feel revived!
5. Learn contentment.
For the next 21 days focus on what you
have and not on what you don’t have. Live in the present and enjoy your
Try to forget acquiring stuff for the purpose of keeping up
with others. That only leads to more anxiety. Be thankful for what you do have
When going through difficult experiences – remember that
adversity can be a blessing in disguise. You might learn some important lessons
during those tough times – like Thomas Edison did. (I know I have.)
These lessons can turn into credentials that will enable you to help
others when they’re going through tough times.
So don’t let negativity
ruin your present and future. Instead, build a new habit of having a positive
attitude. It will take about 21 days to start seeing consistent changes in the
way you think, but it will be worth it!
Now choose the starting date for
your attitude-renewal adventure and go for it!
How about today?