Why You Must Be Intentional About Your Attitude

Well, how can I graciously tell you this? You too have your not-so-pleasant side. It’s easy to see and pinpoint other people’s “dark side,” but can you see and recognize your own. The tables can be turned: sometimes, you may be the one who deserves the label of having a negative attitude. Like everyone else, you’re susceptible to become negative.

You too can get on other people’s nerves at times. You too can overreact to situations. You too can be unreasonable when negotiating with others. You too can take cheap shots. You too can worry yourself to death. You too can whine and complain more than you should. You too can have a bad attitude.

The truth is that if you don’t make a conscious effort, the not-so-pleasant side of your personality will come out more often than you wish it would. A situation arises and triggers your complaining, defensiveness, worry, overreaction, unreasonableness, etc. And just like that, you have a negative attitude about the whole situation.

A negative attitude doesn’t produce positive results. You must be aware that you’re not immune to a negative attitude. No one is. Thus, you must become intentional about cultivating a positive attitude. In particular, when it comes to your areas of weakness (i.e., when you have to deal with situations that “set you off” and elicit a negative response from you).

In every situation, you can choose your attitude. However, unless you’re intentional about maintaining a positive attitude, you’ll fall back on your natural tendencies. In some situations, your natural tendencies push you to react with a positive attitude, and in some situations, with a negative attitude.

Specific triggers thrust you into the land of negativity. Seek to gain greater awareness of what those triggers are and strive to remain positive when facing those situations. It’s not easy, but it’s possible. It starts with awareness and a firm commitment to master your attitude.

Your attitude matters. Thus, you must be intentional about making sure it’s supporting, not hindering, your progress.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.