“Instead of spending your time thinking about how bad things are, think about how good they will be.” ~ Chris Widener
We need practical tools to help us understand how we can keep our attitudes up when the circumstances are down. Here are some thoughts to help us do so:
1. Take some time away.
The next time life turns against you, take some time to just step back from the problem and think. This will enable you to rationally deal with the issue at hand, instead of emotionally reacting. Go grab a cup of coffee and relax. You are in control—not the circumstances.
2. Keep your eye on the goal.
If you find yourself getting down about circumstances, sit down and write out what your goal is, and give some thought to how you can achieve it. Make sure you’re keeping the important things important.
3. Focus on solutions, not problems.
Instead of talking about problems, talk about solutions. Instead of spending your time thinking about how bad things are, think about how good they will be!
4. Get some positive input.
When circumstances have you against the emotional wall, meet with a friend who can encourage you. Pick up a good book and read. Whatever external influence you can get to put your attitude back on the positive side of the tracks—do it!.
5. Tell yourself the good.
There is an old childhood song that says, “Count your blessings—name them one by one.” That’s great advice! Let your positive attitude develop from within as well as from without. This makes all the difference!
6. Remember that circumstances are not forever.
Sometimes it seems like we are going to be up to our eyeballs in the situation forever, when in reality, “this too shall pass.” There will be a time in the future when circumstances will change and you will be on the mountain instead of in the valley. This will give you a sense of hope as you live and work that will change your attitude, make you feel better and put you on the fast track for growth.