How To Change Your Attitude Towards Life, And Whether You Should

A reader asked “should I change my attitude towards life?” We decided to answer. And to provide this guide to how to change your attitude towards life.

I don’t know how many times I said to myself that things would be different “in the future.”

Whenever I came across something I wanted I would tell myself, “Well, in the future I will have it.” When I was upset about something I would say, “Well, this will all change soon.” I must have placed half my life on a cloudy dream of the future. And things that I put in the future yesterday are still in the future today.

No, this isn’t another post about the power of now. Nor is it a post about not wishing for things in the future. Rather, it’s a post about simply being self aware, being aware of your present attitude, because your attitude controls your life.

All those times I put things in the future we’re a failure of attitude. When we say we’ll do something “later” or that we’ll have / be something in the “future,” what we’re really doing is tossing our hands up in the air and saying “I don’t know how to achieve this right now, so I’ll just hope that somehow, by some miracle, I’ll work out how to achieve it later on in life.”

This attitude can and does ruin many people. But how do you change it?

If you want to know how to change your attitude towards life, start with self awareness

 

There’s one major problem with changing your attitude. That problem is that  thoughts like “I’ll do it tomorrow” happen so quickly that half the time we’re not even aware that we’ve thought it. Consider it. You’re walking down the street, you see the kinda house you might like to own one day. You quickly say to yourself “One day that will be mine” and then you keep on walking. Your attitude has revealed itself in a heartbeat and you were barely even aware. And the same attitude will be back tomorrow, and the day after, and the day after, possibly until its too late, unless you learn to catch your attitude, to catch negative thoughts and to change them there and then.

So, how do you change your attitude and stop those negative thoughts happening.

First off, you’re going to need to slow down. You’re going to need to still your mind enough so that you can actually see the thoughts that go on in there, so that the next time you say “Someday I’ll have that, “ you can catch yourself and change the thought to a more positive one.

There are a ton of ways in which you can slow your mind. My favourite is meditation, though you may prefer relaxing walks, yoga, listening to relaxing music, playing relaxing games, watching relaxing movies. . . whatever you like.

This simple exercise is the best way how to change your attitude towards life

Slow your mind down. This will help you to catch those thoughts.

Then, when you find yourself thinking “one day” do this one simple thing: mentally run through a list of ten things that you can do today, right now, to make “one day” begin now.” Sure, you probably wont get your dream home today, but if you can say, “I’m doing this today, FOR tomorrow” then you make it about the present moment.

This simple exercise will stop the dreadful cycle of making everything about tomorrow and empower you in the moment.

Thanks for reading,

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