Select Page

Shifting Your Attitude

Whether you believe it or not, you control your mindset. When it comes to setting goals and achieving them, you have to have a specific mindset. In many cases, people set goals and then reach a point where they don’t feel like working toward that goal anymore. They lose motivation and let themselves slip further and further away from their goal. But that doesn’t have to be the case for you. Continue reading and discover how to start shifting your attitude to help you achieve your goals.

Take out the negative.

Negativity doesn’t help. Remove the negative influences and inputs from your life. This means separating yourself from people, activities, things you consume (physically and mentally), and environments that don’t add anything to your life. If it detracts from your life or drains your energy, there’s a good chance it’s shifting your attitude—and not in a good way.

We all respond differently to influences like this, so use your best judgment and decide what you need to remove first!

Don’t let setbacks upset you.

Obstacles and challenges will arise. You will fail every now and then. Once you come to grips with that, you’re better off. You’ll also find that failure and struggle aren’t inherently bad. In fact, they’re good, if you choose to look at them in a positive manner. Start shifting your attitude to view failures as lessons and realize that you can come back from them.

As you start to accept failures, your attitude will become more positive and less focused on the loss. Instead, you’ll fix your focus on recovery and the learning process that helps you overcome your previous obstacle.

Keep your timeline in mind.

A switchback road through a green hillside with one red car driving on it.

Remind yourself that everyone is on their own timeline when it comes to success. Don’t compare yours to other people’s journeys. Instead, pay attention to your goals and your own progress. If you think you’re knocking goals down quickly, maybe it’s time to set more challenging ones for yourself. But, if you seem to be missing every single goal, consider setting more attainable ones. This article outlines great methods for making your goals more achievable.

Practice gratitude daily.

Another way to continue shifting your attitude in a positive direction is to be purposeful about your gratitude practices. Instead of being grateful whenever the moment comes to you, try practicing gratitude with intent. This means taking time out of your day to focus on what and who you’re grateful for. It also means finding ways to express that gratitude.

Being grateful on a regular basis helps to put everything in perspective. You begin to appreciate the little parts of life that you would’ve overlooked before. To start appreciating even those minor moments and details, here are 10 ways to practice daily gratitude.

Boost your self-image with positive self-talk.

A circular wooden frame holds a white material with the phrase “expect good things” written on it.

Sometimes our poor attitudes stem from feelings of low self-esteem. To start shifting your attitude away from that place, try positive self-talk. We know that repeating affirmations to yourself in the mirror feels a bit cliché or silly, but it works. Not only that, but there are other ways to reaffirm yourself.

For example, rather than allowing the initial “I can’t” thought to be the final thought on an obstacle, replace it with “I can.” Then, refine the statement with, “I can, I just need to find out _____.” Whatever the obstacle is, you can overcome it, if you’re willing to put in the work to determine how.

If you forget to use positive self-talk throughout the day, place sticky note reminders around your home. Or hide them in places where only you will see on a regular basis if you’re feeling more private. Post notes like “I am courageous and will face my fears,” or “My perspective matters and my voice have power.” For other examples of positive-self talk and self-image boosting practices, check out this blog.

Shifting your attitude to help you achieve.

In any case, the whole point of shifting your attitude isn’t just to be in a better mood. Sure, that’s a bonus because it means you’re more enjoyable to be around and you’re uplifting others in the process. Aside from that, the main purpose of shifting your attitude is so that you feel good more frequently and have the motivation, energy, and enthusiasm to press forward. We want this mindset shift to happen so that reaching your goals will happen!

After your attitude has improved, continue improving it by continuing your learning journey! Learning should be a daily goal, just like shifting your attitude (and it may help that goal, too.)