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Be Positive: How to Acquire a Positive Attitude?

Updated on July 22, 2012

Do you believe that our attitudes are our most important assets? Think of the people that you admire the most. Chances are along with their talents and skills are their attitudes that draw you to them.

When we hire preschool teachers, we are on the look-out for those with positive attitudes – openness, willingness to be trained; yearning to grow tops our list. My partner confesses, “The skills can be learned but the attitude and passion is entirely another thing.” I agree wholeheartedly. We both remember several teachers who had the potential to be great but their attitudes pulled them down.

So how do you have a positive attitude and stay positive?

An inspiring quote on positive attitude.
An inspiring quote on positive attitude. | Source

Stop Blaming and Start Being Accountable

Listen. Can you hear these words uttered? A grouchy mother says, “I got out of the wrong side of the bed today. That’s why I am irritable!” A cross employee laments, “I never get opportunities because I was born poor.” When a son feels dejected because his brothers or sisters are achieving more, “I know this is happening to me because I am a middle child.” Some even blame God or the government.

If you want to have a positive attitude, stop blaming and start being accountable for your actions. Positive people know that they are responsible for their life especially their attitudes.

Say it aloud, “I choose to have a positive attitude! I am responsible to have a great attitude and maintain it!”

Learn to Handle Your Feelings Positively

We have often heard of these famous words. “Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent how I react to it.” There is nothing wrong with feelings. Feelings tell us where we are at a given moment. But how we handle our feelings and how we respond is what matters the most.

I know of two mothers who were in the same boat. They were having financial problems and debts were piling up. Both were feeling the burden of their situation. One was often ill-tempered while the other became easily despondent. After they attended a financial coaching seminar two responses came out. The other one complained, “No matter how we plan, I know this will not work.” While the other one chose to use what she had learned and put it into practice. A year after, the latter had gain a new attitude towards finances. She had learned to budget and slowly paid off their debts. The former continued with the same attitude and belief that life was difficult and still walked around feeling dejected.

“I may not be able to control what happens to me but I can sure control how I will respond to it. I can be bitter or better. I choose to be better!”

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I Can, Therefore, I Will.

If you want to change your attitude, start thinking, believing and breathing in these words every day. I can. I will. Paul Meier said, “Attitudes are nothing more than habits of thought, and habits can be acquired.”

Create new habits of thought by being aware of the words you say to yourself or others. Is it “I can’t or I can?” and “I won’t or I will?” Do you read books that give you new positive ideas and inspire you to be a better person? Are you surrounded with positive people or do you hang out with people who love to complain? Do you have a grateful heart? Do you count your blessings and be thankful for each one of them?

Read books. Surround yourself with positive people. Count your blessings. These little things when done every day will change your attitude. I have watched myself transform and I am amazed at how different I was years ago; and how I have replaced my negative attitudes with positive ones. I even like myself more now!

Say it aloud and say it often, "I am creating new habits of thoughts and actions. I can and I will!"

Yes it does happen. A positive attitude can replace a negative one. I know if you decide you can, you will! Blessings in your journey.

BY: Michelle Simtoco


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    • Kamalesh050 profile image


      13 months ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Very well written and I fully agree with you.

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      5 years ago

      This short movie got me very emotional. I almost cried when the old man was speaking. In order to be grateful we have to see. and in order to truly see, we have to be present. We are all in such a hurry that we are not present and we do not see. Every day I strive to be present, even if for just a few minutes.

    • Gamerelated profile image


      6 years ago from California

      This is a great Hub. I particularly like the last section about habits. Having a positive attitude and maintaining it is about having the habit of thinking positively.

      Positive thinking fuels itself. Positive thinking increases your chances of success and success encourages you to think positively.

    • toknowinfo profile image


      6 years ago

      Well done hub. Having a positive attitude is so valuable. Thanks for sharing and helping us all keep the right perspective.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you guys...keep up the positive attitude! :)

    • raciniwa profile image


      6 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      great hub ripplemaker...i do agree that positive attitude is the key to a harmonious living...

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Inspirational! Thankyou!

    • ayng29 profile image


      6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Staying positive is really important especially when faced with personal troubles. It's something I also suggested in this hub: It's my first hub here. I hope that you can support me. Thank you!

    • superpipoy profile image


      6 years ago

      Yes! It is totally great to have a positive attitude! Also, for those who have issues concerning on uncontrolled anger, it would be great for you to have a positive attitude and learn how to control your anger. Please also visit this hub, . It is something related from ms. ripplemaker's hub. Thanks. :)

    • VioletSun profile image


      6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Michelle, your hub will help many! I resonate with everything you said. BTW, you have helped me tremendendously as I went through the challenge with my hearing, with your positive and loving energy. You are indeed a Ripplemaker!

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Thank you so much!!! Blessings and love.

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      Maree Michael Martin 

      6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Absolutely wonderful! A positive attitude is worth the energy to maintain. Thank you for an outstanding Hub on the easiest, best ways to accomplish it!

      I always think of the children's book, I think I can, choo, choo, chugga, chugga.

      The videos are so inspiring. Voted up!

    • alipuckett profile image


      6 years ago

      Great advice! It can be a challenge to stay positive, but it's something worth fighting for.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi everyone...Thank you so much for dropping by to comment. Your positive thoughts uplifts me that's for sure!

    • maryhoneybee profile image


      6 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

      Fantastic, wonderful, uplifting hub! I should go over this every morning to keep my spirits up and maintain a positive attitude throughout the day. I always blame my surroundings, other people, etc., for my rotten attitude, and in my heart I've always known that's not right. Now it's at the forefront of my mind to change that and work on it more! Thank you!

    • superpipoy profile image


      6 years ago

      Having a positive attitude will also likely help you control your anger if you have anger issues.

    • chamilj profile image


      6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      Great hub! I always try to be positive.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      6 years ago from Pune, India

      Well written, useful Hub, thank you for inspiring. Voted up and share with followers.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Great coaching! I love our statement “I may not be able to control what happens to me but I can sure control how I will respond to it. I can be bitter or better. I choose to be better!” This is what makes for a better life. BEing positive is a character trait that will help you to overcome those tough times that would knock others down. Thanks for the inspiration. Blessings.

    • ripplemaker profile imageAUTHOR

      Michelle Simtoco 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hello all. Thank you for your comments. Reading your thoughts, sharing and experiences on positive attitude gave me a lift! Love and light.

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Great words of advice scattered throughout your Hub make for an inspiring read. The person who goes out with the attitude of seeing the glass half full will be so much happier and successful .This will help those who pause to read your collection of wisdom.Thanks!

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      hi friend 

      6 years ago from India

      interesting hub

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      Ashish Jain 

      6 years ago from New Delhi

      This is a nice hub. I have experienced this issue very closely in my life. I am a patient of depression from my teens itself.

      Even small troubles used to give me a nervous stroke. I was lucky in one way that I was bold enough to discuss it with my parents and my doctor and I was put on medication also.

      Its been 20 yrs since then that I have been taking a medication for it.

      One thing I realized all through these years is that negetavity is like a termite. It creeps into you silently and by the time you realize about it , it has damaged a lot of you.

      Changing attitude is the only way that we can fight this termite but some people may also need some psychiatric help to fight it.

      So its my message to all those who are suffering from negative attitude or so called depression , that don't hesitate in sharing it with your doctor and family. Consulting psychiatrist doesn't mean you are mad , it simply means you need some help with some part of your nervous system

      I have a very positive attitude in most of the spheres of my life. I have experienced many failures in life , but have never set back and today I feel I have achieved a lot in life.

      Another important thing is that this positive attitude needs to be developed on an ongoing basis because we face troubles and setbacks in our life on regular basis.Life is never trouble free and positive attitude is the only tool to fight.

    • superpipoy profile image


      6 years ago

      Always go and go! Think positive even if others are trying to pull you down! The only thing that gets on your way is yourself... No matter how other people will try to pull you down, if you are just persistent to your goal, then you will really SUCCEED! ??

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      Bradrick H. 

      6 years ago from Texas

      Excellent excellent hub. Probably one of the best that I've read on here. I love reading things like this as I'm one of those people who focuses on trying to be positive. It's a daily process that I've gotten better at. I know some of my family members need to read this. I know they won't though, but I will definitely tell them about it. Great great hub. Thanks for sharing. I'm sharing this on my Facebook and Twitter pages also.

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      6 years ago

      Nice hub! I definitely agree - and it's also important that one does not interpret "taking responsibility" as "self-blame." Positivity is definitely the key!!

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are speaking my language. I have several hubs on this subject and I agree with all of your points. Great hub!


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