We’ve been talking about Attitude Fitness the last few weeks. If you’ve given your attitude awareness some thought, what kind of grade would you give yourself? Take a minute, think about it and grade yourself. The trick here is to be completely honest with where you currently stand, right this minute . . . . Ready?
Grade yourself on the following scale of A+ to F.
A+ I would say, Norman Vincent Peale, move over! I have the next best, greatest book ready to come out on the power of positive thinking.
B In all humility, I have a very positive attitude. There are only a few things that get me off my game. Just ask my spouse.
C I’m encouraged most of the time but when something goes wrong, I always think the worst.
D When I get up in the morning, I just know something will spoil my day. It’s either going to rain, I’m going to get into a car accident or something bad is going to happen.
F I don’t want to get out of bed. You are likely to see my picture on TV’s Top 20 Most Frustrated People program.
If you’ve been honest with yourself you are likely somewhere less than the A+. The good news is that your attitude is a habit you can improve and correct. It takes just 21 days to develop a new and improved habit.
To prove to yourself that you can do it, take this simple test. When you cross your arms, which arm is on the outside or on top? For the right handed person it’s usually the right arm that rests on top. For the next 21 days every time you cross your arms, change it up and place your left arm on top and on the outside. In other words, whichever way you did it originally do the opposite for the next 21 days. At first it will seem awkward but you will remember that you decided to change. And, after 21 days it will seem just as comfortable as the original way you used to cross your arms.
Once you’ve experimented with that test, tackle the task of improving your attitude.
Step 1. Identify the area of your attitude you want to change, only one.
Step 2. For the next 21 days every time something triggers you in that specific area to get you off your game (bad attitude), change it up. Try looking for the silver lining or possibly force yourself to just say “Thank you” - whatever fits your particular situation. Sounds crazy I know but just try it. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the progress you will make in your attitude.
Finally, repeat, repeat, repeat steps one and two for 21days on your next project.
Most of us will not likely become an A+ positive person, but we can move closer to the A every 21 days!