Your personality: positive attitude for personal outlook

Excerpt from 'Working English', a working title for a manuscript
by Airil Haimi Mohd Adnan

Having a positive attitude, can actually bring about positive outcomes. It is not just about positive thinking, but about taking positive actions so that the outcomes would be positive too. There are many things you can do to assure that your attitude is the very best it can be, whatever the situation. Here are five recommendations:

Number one, whatever challenges you face, focus on the future rather than on the past (although this is a really difficult challenge for most of us).

Do not just worry about who did what and who is to blame, focus on where you want to be and what you want to do to make things better. You must get a clear mental image of your ideal successful future, and then take whatever action is necassary to begin moving in that direction.

Number two, whenever you’re faced with a conflict, dilemma or problem, you need to focus on the solution rather than the problem.

Think and talk to yourself about the ideal solution, rather than wasting time reflecting on the situation but not doing anything about it. Solutions are inherently positive, whereas problems are always negative. You need to become a positive and constructive human being, by not limiting yourself all the time.

Number three, assume that whatever situation you are facing at the moment is exactly the right situation you need to grow and become better. 

Sometimes we do not realise that certain situations happen for a reason, and those situations have chosen us, not the other way round. Of course sometimes we do silly things and land in hot soup, but still try to learn from it (so that at least in the future, you will not be damned to repeat it).

Number four, make sure to note down whenever you have a goal that is unachieved, a difficulty that is unresolved, or a problem that is blocking you from getting where you want to go.

Leave them be for a while, and then come back to them when you are more relaxed and focused. Just don't let them get in the way of your life's momentum. You should not just sit down and become angry or sad, right?

And number five, don't think too much. Thinking is good, but if you think too much without really going anywhere you will only make things worse.

For example, you will become afraid to try out new things or you don't want to meet new people because you think that they might not like you. So, take things easy and live one day at a time. You are sure to find that your life is happy and fulfilling!

I am not one for 'motivational' articles as i think most of them are rubbish. But consider the five points above, if you would like to enlighten your personal psychology. By the way, this is an excerpt from a book that i have been working on for many years now entitled 'Working English'- Ed.


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