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Attitude Swaps That Improve Your Mindset

Mar 25, 2024

If you’re in the negativity habit, it can be hard to stop the doom and gloom mindset. Operating from a place of lack, disillusionment, or generalized dissatisfaction makes being open-minded and positive nearly impossible. It requires intention to shift your mind from seeing the glass half-empty and draining to half-full and filling up.  


If you’ve determined to shift your mindset and overhaul your attitude, it helps to have swaps that replace negativity.  


Attitude swap: exchange blame for taking responsibility- When you feel the urge to blame someone or something, take responsibility for your feelings. Ask yourself what your role in the situation is. What can you do to keep your peace or have a positive attitude despite what’s happening.  


Attitude swap: exchange rigidity for flexibility- If you tend to have black and white thinking, ask yourself what the more flexible response could be. Negativity leads to controlling behaviors or an unwillingness to go with the flow. What can you do to make it easier going in this moment. What is really lost by being more flexible?  


Attitude swap: exchange closed mindedness with being open minded- When you are steeped in negativity and doom, it’s harder to be open minded to possibilities. Negative forecasting is often a by-product of a negative attitude. What can you do to look at positive possibilities rather than what could go wrong. What can you do to try something new or allow for multiple options?  

Attitude swap: exchange forecasting for being present- Worry can cause fear and anxiety. If you’ve had negative things happen in the past, it can be easier to stay caught up in the fear of history repeating itself. Rather than forecasting negative outcomes, consider the precise moment you’re in and experience the here and now. Worrying about what may go wrong tomorrow makes it impossible to enjoy what’s great about today. 


Attitude swap: exchange a negative focus for a positive one- What you think about, comes about. That means whatever you give the most attention tends to be your greater experience. Instead of nit picking and finding fault and blame, focus on what’s right with a situation and train your eye to see the positive in even the most negative circumstances.  


There’s a swap for every negative thought, feeling, and behavior. Ask yourself the opposite reaction is for every negative attitude you have. Focus on swapping them out so you can begin to have a more positive experience. 

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