Developing a Positive Attitude

Does it feel like your road is always under construction?  Are you detoured by personal roadblocks or friendship pile-ups? Does your battery feel low?

Your attitude and outlook on life is the fuel that will drive you to personal happiness. Your attitude can either help you travel through life’s roadblocks and minor pile-ups with ease or it can create chaos and setbacks.

Your attitude determines the choices you make and how you feel about people, things and events around you.  When you have a positive attitude, you can choose how to react to each situation you encounter.  You CAN’T choose everything that happens to you, but you CAN choose or handle what you think, feel and do.  This ability gives you an enormous personal power to control yourself from the inside out…to direct your future.

Are you a positive thinker or a negative thinker?  When something bad happens, do you tend to look on the bright side of bad situations, or do you dwell on the negative?  We can’t control where we live, who our parents are or what the weather will be like. The fact is, you have control over only one thing and that is yourself.  You have the ability to make choices for yourself everyday.

Here are three tips to help you develop a positive outlook:

1. Fuel-up your engine with your goals and dreams! Envision the exciting life you want to live. The clearer the picture of where you’re going in life, the more purposeful your life can become!

2. Surround yourself with positive people! A positive support team is the “crew” who keeps you moving when the road gets rough!  As the driver, your destiny it is up to you to find a well-balanced pit crew to help you succeed.  Surround yourself with people who encourage you to believe in you!

3. “Recharge Your Battery” when your feeling less optimistic or a roadblock comes your way, take 15 minutes to give your mind a quick break!

  • Repeat positive affirmations.
  • Sit quietly/meditate for 15 minutes.
  • Read an uplifting article/book.
  • Listen to an inspirational CD.
  • Practice positive self-talk.
  • Seek out the lessons from every adverse situation.

Submitted by Laurie Tarter, Program Director for Winning Futures, a goal-setting and mentoring program in Warren, MI. Learn more about Winning Futures at

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