Adjusting your attitude is tougher than it sounds.
If you’re in a crappy mood and you realize you need to swing back to the sunny side of the street, what can you do?
Is there some magic technique you can use to get happy? Probably not. That’s the reason you have to carefully control and monitor your mood before things get out of hand.
When you’re ready to explode, or you’re in a bad mood, it’s probably already too late to get a handle on your feelings. What matters most is that you know how to monitor your mood and make adjustments. Like most aspects of personal development, doing this is much harder than it sounds.
Change Takes Time and Commitment
Nobody expects you to be able to turn over a new leaf instantly. The time required to make behavioral changes varies from person to person. Research says it can take between 18-224 days to form a new habit from an ingrained one. Changing behavior is possible, but it may take time! That’s why it’s so crucial to consider your starting position. If the habit you want to change been a part of your life for many years, it could be a real challenge to convert.
However, your attitude is a bit more malleable than habit. Your behavioral patterns probably play a significant role in impacting your attitude, and your attitude may be the reason for some of your habits. Your approach to change should focus on improving both at the same time, in pursuit of a goal or cause.
Create a mission for yourself and then implement the action necessary for achievement. Whether your assignment will provide enough motivation depends on a few factors. It’s imperative that you desire to make a change, and you must also be in a position to cope with challenges. Most people fall short of achievement because they give up. If you steel yourself against that happening, you’ll give yourself a solid chance of getting what you want.
Does your “attitude problem” represent something deeper? Sometimes a persistent bad mood may indicate a genuine unhappiness about where you’re at in life. You don’t want to ignore this possibility in exchange for faking positivity. If there’s some deep-seated issue that’s impacting your mood, it’s worth examining! Understanding what motivates us allows us to make changes more quickly.
Pretending to be positive when you’re not can’t help your mood. It may affect how people interact with you, which could be good. However, if your public persona is masking a deep discontent, you’ll probably run into problems at some point. In simple terms, it pays to “Know Thyself.” The better you stay in tune with your feelings, perceptions, thoughts and attitudes, the more likely you are to be able to withstand any challenge. When you feel adrift from your core beliefs, you lose strength in a number of areas.
Personal development is about strengthening yourself. A positive attitude is a benefit. Keep striving until you gain the control you want. When you do, the results will pay off quickly.