New Attitudes Bring New Results
Human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds,
can change the outer aspects of their lives. – William James
Changing the inner attitudes of your mind—how would that work? In psychology an attitude refers to a set of emotions, beliefs, and behaviors toward a particular object, person, thing, or event. Attitudes are often the result of experience or upbringing, and they have a powerful influence over behavior.
In simpler terms your attitude is how you judge people, events and things. We might say, “How do you feel about so-and-so?” Your answer will most likely be based on your attitude.
If, for example, your friends favor a different candidate than you, it might be tough to refrain from conflict.
Some of us have deeply ingrained attitudes. These can be difficult to change. Change is possible, however. Exposure to people with attitudes that are different than ours can open us to new ways of thinking. Being open to diverse ways of looking at the world also helps.
If you think you need to change an attitude one way to do so is to immerse yourself with people who do not share your points of view. Listen. Maintain an open mind and you may be surprised how your attitude shifts.
Kara Heissman give us “5 Tips on How to Change Your Attitude for the Better.”
- Identify and understand what you want to change.
- Look for a role model.
- Think about how your attitude change will affect your life.
- Choose the right company.
- Believe that you are able to change.
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Basically it is your mindset. Your mindset is the established set of attitudes that you hold. Your mindset determines your behavior and is what drives you through life. Your mindset influences:
- The choices you make.
- Who your friends are.
- How you react in your relationships.
Consider your attitude and opinions. Are they dualistic, meaning you think in terms of either, or? Do you compare and contrast people a lot? Is it either my way or their way? Or are you able to step back and evaluate without demanding that yours is the only right way? Do you ever see gray or is your world viewed strictly in black and white?
Attitudes affect your life at every turn.
Many years ago when the legalization of marijuana was first in the news someone asked me, “Do you think they should legalize marijuana?”
I replied, “I don’t have an opinion about that.”
To which they replied, “You have to have an opinion.” In that moment I realized something significant. I can have a non-dualistic mindset.
A new mindset will bring new results. Whether you want to lose weight, eat healthier, or transform your life style changing your mindset (attitude) will being new results.
Why not try a non-dualistic attitude dualistic mindset in one area of your life? Try to accept the gray area of non-judgment. It’s a great test of faith.
I’ve come to the stage of faith where I realize that life is paradoxical and filled with mystery. It takes lots of faith to accept life on those terms.
I hold a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. I was an educator in regular and special education for twenty years, finishing my professional career as a Braille teacher. I am a Certified Professional Coach with Fowler International Academy. I married Sam after raising three children as a single mother. In 2007 I founded SMORE for Women. SMORE is a nonprofit association whose goal is Single Moms, Overjoyed, Rejuvenated, & Empowered. My stories have been published in several Christian books and magazines. My book, Living Learning Loving, published in July 2015, is available for purchase on CreateSpace, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble online.