Posted on 2 January, 2020 at 3:45


"If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude."

Maya Angelou



The last year has just come to an end and the new year has just begun. Fact. But how do you view that fact?

Do you see last year as a wasted opportunity? Or are you focussing on this year as a wonderful blank sheet on which anything could be written?


You stuck in your work and need support.

Do you see this as a weakness or as an opportunity for others to express themselves and share their skills with you?


An element of your project doesn’t work out as expected.

Do you see this as a failure or a chance to find a new way of doing things?


Whichever side you came down on (or anywhere in between) in the examples above, it was just your way of thinking or feeling about the situations. These are your attitudes.


Attitudes can be positive or negative. They can sometimes be long standing, hanging around your mind almost like a habit. But if they aren’t working for you, they can be changed.


When things don't quite work out or you are feeling panicked or uncertain, adopting a positive attitude can help you see new opportunities and break through barriers. Even if you find this difficult, at least giving yourself the space to step back and see a positive attitude as an option can help you to look at alternative solutions. This is not about having an unrealistic outlook, only about knowing you have a choice on how to view situations, finding the lessons and opportunities out of them.


If you can have a positive mental attitude, it will often take on a tangible form, with others seeing you as a positive, confident person who is enjoyable and inspiring to be around and to work with.  And funnily enough, you may find that more and more positive things start to happen around you!


For more advice on how to change your attitude, check out my vlog Catch It, Check It, Change It.

Categories: Attitude, Motivation