Can A Positive Outlook Change Your Life?

No matter your age, it is never too late to make a positive change in your life.  You may feel stuck in a rut or feel that you have been doing the same things for so long that it is impossible to make a change, but it isn’t impossible! Changing one thing in your life can snowball into other areas, making a change throughout your whole life. That one thing you can change is your attitude! Having a positive attitude every day can make your whole life more positive. If you make an effort to be optimistic, you can change your life!

You may not be able to change all the big things at once, but having a positive outlook on life can lead to little changes which can lead to bigger changes. Start with where you are right now and work towards the changes you want to make using your new positive outlook. As you succeed in the little changes, your confidence and ability to change will grow and expand. Your newfound confidence paired with your newly minted positive attitude will make bigger and bigger changes possible for you. Don’t try to make every change all at once. Ask yourself what you can do today to start on the path of change.  What is one step you can take to affect change? Take that step today. Then take another tomorrow. Step after step builds the change you are looking for. Each success generates another and another until you’ve reached your goals. It all starts with you finding the positivity within yourself.

Another way a positive outlook can change your life is when you view situations in the best light possible. Rather than viewing bad situations as terrible and the worst thing that’s ever happened to you, try to see them as challenges that you can overcome.  Don’t dwell on them, letting them grow in your mind from small problems to the biggest problem you’ve ever faced. Think about a way to overcome the situation or how you can use this situation as a lesson to learn from, rather than as just one more in a string of horrible things that are happening to you. If you keep a positive attitude, any hard situation you find yourself in can become a learning opportunity, a lesson that you can use to make your life better.

If you find yourself stuck in a negative thought pattern, telling yourself that you can’t do something, or thinking about your problems as insurmountable, the first thing you must do is STOP that train of thought. Find a word or phrase that snaps you out of that loop of worry and pessimism, and use it as soon as you realize that you are thinking negatively. Second, think of a new way to look at the problem. Try to view it as an opportunity to flex your positive muscles and use the problem as a chance to grow and learn. Finally, think about the ways that overcoming this issue will help you in the long term. Gaining strength and developing good character are just two ways that you will benefit long term from short term challenges.  And there are always more specific things that you will gain from each setback you face and conquer.

If you make a daily effort to be more positive and optimistic, you can affect a real and noticeable change in your life. You can set and accomplish goals, overcome any problem or issue you are faced with, and make the most of every aspect of your life.  Being positive is a simple change that can make a huge difference.