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21 Days to a Positive-Attitude Habit ~ [Issue 0605-3]  Wellness Weekly
 Jun 17, 2005 09:17 PDT 

Copyright 2005 by Patricia Wagner

This may come as a surprise, but your attitude is more important than
your aptitude in determining your success in life!

Just how critical is attitude to achievement? Well, take a look at
one of the greatest inventors of the last two hundred years - Thomas
Edison. Every time you turn on a light switch, you experience the
result of his persistence in the face of continuous failure.

Edison tried 10,000 times to get his light bulb invention to work,
but failed each time. However, he had this to say about his lack of
success. "I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't

You can learn to have this kind of outlook on life, but it needs to
be purposefully installed into your daily living.

You probably know it takes about 21 days to break a habit by
replacing it with a new one. If you are plagued with persistent
negative thoughts toward life, you can replace this mindset with a
new positive-attitude habit!

Here is a 21-day five-step program to change a negative attitude to a
positive one:

1. Take charge of what you are thinking.

This is a moment-by-moment decision that does not happen overnight.
It is a habit that will take some time to build. How can you do this?
Choose to think uplifting thoughts instead of discouraging ones.

You get to decide what you think, which in turn determines how you
feel. Become aware of this and dwell on positive ideas throughout the

Consider keeping a journal and write down at least one good thing in
your life each day for three weeks. Then think about these blessings
instead of discouraging thoughts.

2. Read inspirational material.

During this 21-day training period, fill your mind with good
thoughts. The best book of all to read is that priceless diamond of
world literature - the Bible. You will never know what wonderful
results from reading it are around the corner until you open its covers!

3. Focus on others.

For the next 21 days make an extra effort to help other people.
Concentrating on assisting others will help you more than you
realize. If you succeed in becoming wealthy but are poor in respect
to your relationships, you will not be truly prosperous at all!

So make a special effort of focusing on others during your 21 days of
building your new positive-attitude habit. This will free you up to
allow the butterfly of happiness to land on your shoulder when you
least expect it.

4. Take care of your health needs.

It is hard to maintain a positive mindset if you have neglected your
physical needs. So during the 21 days of your attitude retraining
make an extra effort to eat nutritious balanced meals.

Not getting enough sleep will also be a tremendous hindrance, so make
sure you are getting adequate rest. And do not forget to get enough
exercise. When you feel down, try to take a brisk 30-minute walk. You
will feel revived!

5. Learn contentment.

For the next 21 days focus on what you have and not on what you do
not have. Live in the present and enjoy your blessings.

Try to forget acquiring stuff for the purpose of keeping up with
others. That only leads to more anxiety. Be thankful for what you do
have instead.

When going through difficult experiences - remember that adversity
can be a blessing in disguise. You might learn some important lessons
during those tough times - like Thomas Edison did. (I know I have.)

These lessons can turn into credentials that will enable you to help
others when they are going through tough times.

So, do not let negativity ruin your present and future. Instead,
build a new habit of having a positive attitude. It will take about
21 days to start seeing consistent changes in the way you think, but
it will be worth it!

Now choose the starting date for your attitude-renewal adventure and
go for it! How about today?

Patricia Wagner offers informative tips on living a more
energetic lifestyle at http://www.a-to-z-wellness.com. She
is also an artist and you can view her original paintings
at http://www.artbywagner.com.
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