November 27, 2014

10 Steps to Make Over Your Mindset and Adjust Your Attitude

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“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” ~ Zig Ziglar

One of my all time favorite quotes that changes me every time I read it. This quote resonates with me because I’ve gone through my own cycles over the past few years.  I work daily with professionals who are stuck and stalled. The mindset makeover and attitude adjustment always begins between the ears.

Sustaining a positive outlook and energy is not the easiest thing to do when “stuff happens,” and we are usually our own worst enemy.

The benefits though of a PMA (positive mental attitude) and the liabilities of pessimism are well documented in various books and studies. Napoleon Hill’s famous work, “Think and Grow Rich” (1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill’s death in 1970, “Think and Grow Rich” had sold 20 million copies.) Hill’s works examined the power of personal beliefs and the role they play in personal success.

We move through cycles of motivation, commitment and interest that affect our disposition simply because we are human and it’s human nature. The National Institute on Aging reported “given the right disposition, in the face of difficulty, people can still find renewed happiness.”

Do you:

  • Dread Mondays?
  • Feel like you’re stalling or in a rut?
  • Procrastinate on projects and follow up?

Below are 10 steps that can help you makeover your mindset and adjust your attitude, if you commit to them.

Makeover Your Mindset and Adjust Your Attitude

Review Your Systems

Review all your systems and make sure they are really working for you now.

Review Your Time Management

Review your daily time management and priorities and watch out for those “bright, shiny object” distractions.

Create Quiet Time

Set aside quiet time for yourself to get centered, focused and take a break.

Address Your Fears

Address your fears and put them into a realistic perspective.

Wake Up Earlier

Get up 30 minutes earlier, especially on Monday and Tuesday, and add days as you get comfortable.

Eat Breakfast

Eat a good breakfast so that you fuel yourself  to start the day.

Connect with Others

Connect with your “A” people who nurture you and call you out.

Set “Fun” Days

Make Monday and Friday full, fun days that start and end your week strong and set the tone.

Read Positive News

Read positive news and information and listen to your favorite music daily.

Dress Up

Dress up, perk up and show up ready to make the most out of the day and make a personal statement about yourself.

Oftentimes we need to shake up our habits, let go of a few bad ones and start building new ones. Personal and professional development is key to professional advancement. Seek out a coach, consultant or other professional to help you, or get an “accountability partner” or start an “accountability group” of dedicated people and do it together.

Don’t accept being stuck or let fear hold you back. Your success and happiness is an inside-out job that you control. Start with your mindset and attitude and your heart will follow. Here are some additional ideas and suggestions for your mindset makeover.

How do you sustain your positive mental attitude?

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Deborah Shane


Deborah Shane Deborah Shane is a past staff writer for Small Business Trends covering marketing, branding and social media topics. She is a Top 100 Small Business Champion, career transition consultant, personal branding strategist and social media specialist. Deborah hosts her Top 100 Small Business Podcast weekly. Her book #trusthewhy Fundamentals, Values and Humor Get You Through Anything and award winning "Career Transition: Make the Shift" (2011) are available through all major book sellers.

18 Reactions

  1. I’m very interested in the things that you do to stay positive. Post them here.

  2. I stay positive by leaving work at work. You can’t haul the baggage around all the time.

    And as to the post, time management has always been tough for me, but the first step is simply tracking your time. Just the exercise of accounting for where your time goes is very motivational (and helps keep you on target).

  3. Dean this fits quite well on your Positive Mindset site. Thanks for posting it.

  4. Excellent!! I think the best way to be prone to positiveness and success is to surround our self with professional individuals. They are the great instrument that guides us through the right way and lift us through failing point. Thanks for the professionalize tips :)

  5. Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude…was and will remain my favorite quote…very sad that Zig has gone on…however Tom is doing a great job from where he has left off..

  6. Zig left an amazing legacy. His niece Christy lives near me in Tampa Bay and is a parenting author and writer carrying on his ideas.

  7. Thank you for this article. This would be a great motivation so that I can be productive. thanks

  8. Thank you Wilkins I’m glad you found this article helpful. Please come back.

    • Will do. Hope that you can get more trick on the book of Sood – The 5-star business network. It will be good for the business

  9. Thanks Commulink. Tell us more about community service?

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