Start with a good attitude. When you do, no matter what happens, you will feel better about the outcome.
Over the past several weeks, the articles here dealt with starting the day in a way to make success more likely. Last week this space was devoted to prayer. In the weeks ahead there will be articles about starting the day with :
looking at the end
planning to be happy
This week the article is all about starting the day with a good attitude. There are all kinds of cliched expressions about attitude. One of my favorites is “your attitude determines your altitude.” I am a big believer in the idea that you can talk yourself into a better day by having a better attitude. People often ask me how I came up with the daily descriptions for these magazine articles.
It was all about psyching myself into having a better attitude. I believed then and believe now that even when my day is going nothing like I want it to go, I can trick it into being better with the sheer force of my attitude. So, even if my day is hard and the schedule looks like it is going to keep going that way, I do what I do. I put on my big girl panties and my fake it until I make it (with work) dress and depending on the day of the week I decide it is going to be a:
Sensational Saturday or a
Let me show you how this worked this week. On this Magnificent Monday morning, life was not going as I would have liked. I got up late. My son could not find his socks. The twins lost their sneakers and library books,. The Simmie had a bad attitude. My husband was out of town on a business trip. I had leftover laundry from the weekend and a few articles I needed to write.
If I was a different woman, I would have crawled back into bed and thought about trying it again another day. But I am, a superwoman, aka a wife and a mama, so I did what we superwomen do. You know the next sentence. I put on my big girl panties and my fake it until I make it (with work) dress. I decided, “Hey it is Magnificent Monday. I am going to find something magnificent to be happy!”
When I got the Magnificent Monday attitude, I realized that life was pretty good in the Bryn Mawr hood. Check out what I discovered when I decided to seek out the magnificent:
1. my son’s ankle was sprained, not broken
2. my son could wear two different black socks because he had a special boot from the doctor on one foot
2. the twins had two pairs of the same sneakers
3. the SImmie always has a bad attitude, so this was not news
4. my husband was on a business trip making money, not gone for good
5. the twins would be gone from 8:40 am until 12:00 pm so I would put off the housework and blogging work until they got home and have two cups of coffee while I read a book
I sucked down the bad attitude that was trying to sneak in. I put on the proper attitude clothes (see above. Then I started telling myself it was Magnificent Monday until I believed it. It worked, I made myself have a good day.
If you want to read more about creating the confidence you need to succeed, check out:
- Confidence Tip – Keep Track of Your Wins
- Creating Confidence – You Can Do It
- Confidence Tip – Start Your Day with Affirmations
- Take Action Now and Create the Confidence You Want
Also, check out our Confidence Tip of the Day YouTube channel for hundreds of videos on creating the confidence you need to succeed.
Starting your day with a good attitude makes all the difference. It determines whether your day is a horrible thing you wish you never got out of bed for. Or if it is magnificent. So, the question for you this wonderful day is what do you do to get a good attitude when the day seems shot?