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Living life with positive attitude confidence and great expectations

Updated on August 25, 2011

Living life with great expectations

Great expectations is the stuff dreams are made of. Being optimistic or having a positive attitude always is indeed an art, especially when things around you start crumbling down. Having a positive attitude doesn't happen overnight; it is the result of positive thinking that you have developed over the years. Without great expectations, life is rather dreary and there is nothing much to look forward to. People often get confused between being realistic and having an attitude of gloom and doom. Optimistic people are also accused of living with their heads in the air or may be even living a lie. There is a difference between delusion and optimism; you could be realistic and optimistic. I would rather live with great expectations and optimism than dread, mourn, weep and wail about things as they happen around me. Over the years, I have worked hard on shedding off this negative attitude that I had which only made me see the dark side of things. I love this positive attitude, confident outlook that I’ve developed over the years and I wouldn’t throw it away in another million years.

How to develop a positive attitude and a confident outlook

Developing a positive attitude is sometimes easier said than done. You find it difficult when things around you are falling apart and everything that you put your hands to seems to fail. It is more so, when people around you are vindictive, mean and critical. It is amidst all the chaos that you really need to be optimistic if you want to survive.

Adopt a positive attitude confidence in approach and have great expectations

To cultivate a positive attitude and a confident outlook to life, one needs to adopt some changes in the way he/she thinks, speaks and acts on a day to day basis. Your choice of words to express yourself says a lot about your attitude. If you go around saying negative things about yourself, others and your circumstances, you cannot expect to have great thngs happening to you. We really need to train ourselves in the way we speak. It would be better to speak ten positive words than a whole bunch of negative stuff. Sometimes, silence is golden.

The thoughts that you think are precursors to the words that you say. This is the first place where the change needs to be effected. You need to keep a track of the thoughts that you think. What kinds of thoughts fill your minds moment after moment? Are you even aware of the thoughts that you think? Negative thoughts are like the grime and the dust that clogs the wheels of a machine, and if we take so much care to clean, oil and restore the machine to its former functioning, how much more should we be doing that with our mind which is doing so much for us? Most of us aren’t even aware of the negative thoughts that occupy our minds. Great expectations never begin with negative thoughts.

Great expectation needs positive attitude and a positive environment to take root and grow

If you find that you are thinking negative thoughts often, you need to take stock of your thoughts. The thoughts that we think come from the friends and companions with whom we interact throughout the day. They are also triggered off by the stuff we read, the music we listen to and all the other forms of information that we receive through our senses. If we let our minds stay for too long on negative things, it is difficult to be optimistic. You need to break away from people and thoughts that are negative. We need to cultivate positive thinking, which means that we take note of every thought and allow only positive thoughts to take root in us.

Living a life of great expectation and confidence begins with faith in self and others. Skepticism and criticism should never be allowed to linger around for too long. When circumstances seem to be against us, it is time to take stock of all the good things that have come our way, particularly in that area in which we are facing difficulty.

Focus on the positive is the way to living life with confidence

Keeping track of good things helps your mind to remain positive when things are not working out. I, for one, would like to list down the things that I have learned, the people I have met, the lovely experiences that I have had, the recognitions that I have got and all the little perks that have come my way, and mull over them for some time. This helps you to keep your balance - in the way you think and feel about something or someone. It actually checks negativity at its root and puts you in a very positive frame of mind.

Focus on the positive. Do those things that make you feel good and feel like you have accomplished something. For example, if something is not working out with regard to work, then I would focus on a craft or some creative work which I am pretty confident about the end result of which would leave me happy and give me the feeling of having accomplished something. It is easier to handle difficult times with optimistic or positive approach.

Having a positive attitude is another way of self- discipline, where you discipline your mind to stay on a certain track and not run its own negative course.

Open yourself to possibilities rather than living life without expectations great or not.

Focusing on what can be done rather mourning about how bad things are is not only a positive or an optimistic way to handle the issue, but it is the only way to move forward. Negativity and grumbling about how bad things are cause you to be static and without growth. Sometimes, it could even undermine chances of future growth.

Being optimistic opens your eyes towards all possibilities, which gives you a fair chance of being open and willing to try newer opportunities that come your way.

Living life with a positive attitude fills you with great expectations and confidence

Having a positive attitude not only enables you to accept reality but also helps cope with it in a positive manner that is conducive to your mental and physical health. Having great expectations is indeed the very spice of life without which life would be bleak and bland. Though like every good thing, adopting a positive attitude calls for effort and hard work from your side, it is an attitude worth cultivating. In fact, I would go as far as to say that if there’s one way to live life, live it with great expectations, positive attitude and confidence. You are then ready to receive the best that life has to offer. Go ahead expect great things from life and life life, loving it!!


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      sofs 6 years ago

      Wonderful summary.. best wishes to you and thanks for taking the time to comment.

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      DAVID CHUKWUMA 6 years ago

      To succeed in life requires that one should be optimistic. Have a great expectations : expect something wonderful and extraordinary even when others don't believe. Stay focus with a determined positive attitude and confidence.

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      sofs 6 years ago

      Earthday, oh yes! negative people do drain you out.. while I will not suggest cutting yourself off totally from such people (may actually be impossible in work situations) associating more with positive people keeps you feeling happy and motivated. I am glad that this hub did help you.. there is more that can be accomplished by positivism than negativity. Thank you for the visit and the comment.. there are many more related could check by clicking more on my profile.. :)

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      earthday22 6 years ago

      Sofs, thank you so much for the confirmation! I have an officemate and I am his only friend here in this office. He seemed nice at first but the more I know him the more I wanted to keep away from him because he is pulling down my energy of his being so negative almost in everything. Finally I did it two weeks ago. I am feeling so nice deep inside of me!

      Thanks for this uplifting hubs!

      More power to you!

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Robert, I think positive thinking is the only way to live, if we don't think positive we just exist. It is a choice that each individual has to make to better his/her life. I have been negative and done it all until I changed my thoughts and changed my life. Thanks for the comment and rating it up, I honestly appreciate it.

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      Robert Veight 7 years ago

      Sofs, this is very true - there is power in positive thinking. And like you said, it doesn't mean ignoring reality or wishing circumstances away. Similar things happen to everyone, but not everyone handles a situatuion with a positve outcome in mind. Better thinking usually brings about better circumstances, but even when things don't turn out as planned, the positive people know that the real key lies in how they will now handle it. Very nice (& positive) post! voted it up and useful. Blessings to you!

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Thank you Sylvia and welcome to my hubs. I appreciate the read and the comment :)

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      Sylvia Van Peebles 7 years ago from Southern California

      Well said.

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Allexia, We really need to change the way we think and act. Even the most positive of people get affected by the negativity of others. We really need to be aware of such negative thoughts creeping in and need to cut them out at the very root in order to make the best of life. Thank you for the read and the comment.

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      Puroney 7 years ago

      Nice hub, it is true that sometimes we do need to change our way of thinking,

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Loves to read, I couldn't have said that any better. It is indeed our attitude that sets us apart. Yes, an attitude of gratitude and being ready to count our blessings can truly ward off negativity. Glad to have these words of wisdom from you..I honestly appreciate the visit and the comment. Love and (((hugs))) back to you. :)

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      Loves To Read 7 years ago

      Sofs,you are so right. Our mental state determines whether we are positive or negative in the way we live our lives. Negative people can bring even happy positive people down if we spend too much time around them.

      In this life we all face trials but it is how we deal with them that sets us apart. No matter what we face in life, there is always someone worse off than ourselves. When we realize this fact, we can start to see our life differently. Also facing each day with a grateful heart for each and every blessing God has bestowed upon us.

      Great hub, thanks for sharing.

      Love and Hugs

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Ruby, you are bang on target as always. Negativity = unhappiness, miserable life. It is just a decision away to wallow in negativity or not I opt to be positive and optimistic in my approach to life. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment. Keep smiling :D.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 7 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I've found that being nagative leads to unhappiness..Really there is no looking forward when there is no optimism. Have you ever been around another person who has nothing but negative comments?.. Soon you feel down too. I like this positive hub...Thank you.

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      sofs 7 years ago

      That is what I call positive:) Thank you Paradise. It is easy to write about what you do day in and day out. I love positivity and that is the only way I want to live life :) Thank you for making my Sunday!

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      Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Excellent advice, as always, and a great lift to my day; a great way to start a Sunday morning. Thank you!

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Hi Tim, You are right about that, thinking and acting positively is less stressful, more pleasant and easy on you, physically, mentally and emotionally. You reap what you sow - a wonderful Biblical principle. Thank you Tim for sharing your thoughts and enriching this discussion.

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Ahorseback, it is good to see you again. Thank you for that very positive comment :) I appreciate it very much. :D:D

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      Tim Nichol 7 years ago from Me to You

      I couldn't have said it better myself, sofs. It really is a choice. Thinking and acting positively is also much less stressful, whereas thinking and acting negatively is actually more work. Your words and actions send out good or bad karma..that's also your get back what you put out. I voted it UP.

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      sofs 7 years ago

      Minnetonka Twin, I am glad that you feel this way. Ever since I adopted a positive attitude, my life has changed and changed for the better. Yeah, you hit bullseye when you say it is a choice, it truly is. I am glad to have found this way of life. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, it adds value to this hub and I appreciate it very much.

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      Now this is a possitive hub.!!!!:-}

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      Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

      Thanks for a very inspirational hub. I so believe that what we say to ourselves, whether out loud or in our head, does affect us. It really is a choice to live with a positive or negative attitude. When one see's this concept, I think it's easier to start living in this way. Thanks for the uplift today:)


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