How To Become More Optimistic (And Why It’s Important)

“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” — Jimmy Dean

How optimistic are you in all the areas of your life? Have you sat down and taken some time to really think about it? Having a positive attitude about life, work, and the people I encounter has always been extremely important to me. Attitude is a huge part of success.

If you’re reading this and thinking to yourself, “I’m not sure I’ve been very optimistic lately…”, then it’s time to refocus your thoughts and start today and the rest of your days moving forward with a positive, optimistic attitude.

I read an article from Inc Magazine the other day and in it the author offered six tricks for being more optimistic (and in turn, improving your overall attitude about life, work, relationships, etc.). I’d like to share three with you below, and then encourage you to click the link to the article at the bottom of this post to view the other three from the list. Here are the three I liked:

Tip Number 1: Stop using negative phrases. In other words, take phrases like “I can’t”, “that’s impossible”, “that will never work”, out of your vocabulary. You’ll start noticing a difference.

Tip Number 2:  Substitute neutral words for emotionally loaded ones. Instead of lashing out and making other people feel like you’ve gone a little crazy, when you have a problem, view it as a challenge that you can overcome.

Tip Number 3: When asked “How are you?”, try to give a positive response. Think positively. It’s as simple as that. Don’t let temporary hardships drag you down. Change the way you approach challenging times. Create change from within with a positive attitude and with optimism.

To read the other three tips in the article, click here.

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