It’s not just about what you do, it’s about how you do it that makes a tremendous difference in the effect you have on the world. Your actions cannot replace a positive attitude, but a positive attitude can magnify the power of what you do.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou
The person who embraces a positive attitude is more likely to spread joy, attract positive support and results, and make the world a better place. This isn’t just about behavior–the energy you infuse into your actions speaks louder than anything.
Your actions speak louder than your words if they’re not backed up by your words. Your energy, however, speaks louder than both your words and your actions; it’s easy to spot sincerity (or a lack of). This applies to work, relationships, and the level of joy you feel on a daily basis.
Courtesy of Marie Forleo, who first shared the following thoughts in her video (which I highly recommend watching, because her energy is fabulous), here are three reasons why adopting a positive attitude is a game-changer when it comes to work, love, and life.
Why Having a Positive Attitude Is Important
1. Your attitude is contagious.
Your acts of kindness and generosity not only make you and the other person feel better, but they inspire everyone who witnesses the kindness. In the same way, your positive attitude (as well as your crappy attitude) will rub off on other people, and vice versa.
Emotions are infectious due to little things called mirror neurons in the brain.
Complaining about people, situations, events, inconveniences, and imperfections only magnifies the intensity of negativity associated with the topic of complaint. On the other hand, being joyful and optimistic about things is a signal to the universe that you’re ready for more to be joyful and optimistic about. This can be referred to as the law of attraction.
An attitude of abundance attracts abundance; an attitude of scarcity breeds scarcity.
2. This moment makes your future moment.
Continuing with the above sentiment of contagious energy, how you do what you do impacts how people respond to you, and it affects the outcome.
Positive people are not without the temptation of negativity; they experience negative thoughts just like anyone else, but there’s a conscious decision not to let those thoughts control them. When we associate ourselves with the negative emotions and thoughts–when we identify ourselves with them–we give them power to lead our lives.
You will have negative thoughts; don’t identify with them, but call them out and let them pass through. You will have positive thoughts; greet them and let them in. At some point, you’ll become aware of that space in between the stimulant and the response, the thought and the emotional response, the emotion and the thought response–you are the awareness.
Identify yourself with the awareness that is aware of all that transpires. This practice will strip the power away from negative energy and is supportive of maintaining a genuine positive attitude. This attracts more positive experiences, people, and outcomes.
3. You can make a difference in the world, no matter what you do for a living.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said that, “What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say.” Is it not true that you can also feel the way someone does something, so much so that it either intensifies their actions or diminishes them?
You can make a bigger impact on the world not necessarily by changing what you’re doing, but by changing how you’re doing it. If you’re not bringing the light of joy into what you’re doing here and now, why would things change if you bring that same low level of energy into another line of work, another relationship, or another arena of life?
A crucial key to creating long-lasting change is to adjust your energy right now, right here. The support and guidance you need will come after you’ve decided to show up first.
If you need an attitudinal shift, try one of these 3 tried-and-true practices.
- When has your positive attitude made a big difference in how an experience played out?
- Have you ever witnessed the contagious effect of one person’s good energy?
- What’s one thing you know you’ve been complaining about? Are you willing to infuse some joyful energy into that situation?
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Shine your light, no matter what you’re doing.