The phrase “you need to check your attitude” or you need an attitude adjustment” is usually voiced after you’ve said something out of line or character to someone, or during those rare moments when we hear that inner voice saying “you need to check your attitude”.
Let’s face it, we all have had days and will continue to have days when our attitude will need adjusting. It’s important to NOT allow ourselves to accept and go through life’s journey with bad or wrong attitudes…they will eventually poison not only your soul, but those around you as well.
Having a bad attitude can have a toxic effect not only the mind, but can also creep outwardly in our behavioural pattern. A lack of motivation to exercise; poor dress appearance, low or no energy which stems from giving little or no emphasis to proper nutrition, and Internalizing and replaying past or recent situations that bummed us out, increases the release of negative attitude.
Here are a few indications that let me know when I need to have an attitude adjustment
- When negative thoughts about self out-weigh the positive – thoughts laced with more negativity and the internal cycle of failure about everything overwhelms me, and going as far as to project future failure at what I’ll attempt.
- Having a bleak outlook at what I see – doom and gloom isn’t just on the daily news; the usual “no big deal” and “life happens” in my eyes are looked at as major, and my emotional state is fragile.
- Giving a voice to the negative thoughts – speaking out the negativity, the doom and gloom, the “I am having a pity party all day and night long”, woes rolls off my tongue, no one understands me, and I am no fun to be around, and I find myself wanting to run from me too.
So, what do I do when I find myself in need of an attitude adjustment one the realization sets in?
- I get away and meditate – shutting myself away in a private place gives me the chance to re-evaluate my life, take stock, pin point the cause. (Bad attitude begins with a seed that was planted and grew to negatively affect the internal and external state of mind and body). Once the cause is discovered, I deal with it – most times by an act of “self-talk” and releasing it.
- I make the decision to see the good – in my life, the simple things I sometimes take for granted; like – my five senses, a roof over my head, a healthy body, a safe county to live in etc.
- I seek to do good deeds – acts of kindness towards others – neighbours, family, friends, partner, strangers in passing; by offering a smile, holding up a door, baking cookies and sharing, placing a call to let another know how much I appreciate them.
- I exercise – lace up my running shoes and run; with no specific route, distance or timeline…I run.
- I eat better – by re-implementing a healthy balance of nutrition and minimizing the junk intake.
As a result of re-engaging a right attitude it
sets the tone for hopeful and healthier outlook, better conversations, and a positive perspective. We all KNOW when we operate on that level; our internal and external thoughts and actions are aligned in a healthier place and the people we interact with benefits as well.
So, tell me what do you do to get yourself on the right track when you know you need an attitude adjustment?