Developing a positive mental attitude is not as easy as it might seem, and you're likely to encounter some pitfalls along the way. In this blog, we'll be taking a look at three common mistakes to avoid when developing a positive mental attitude.
1. Being surrounded by negativity
It's extremely difficult to develop a positive mental attitude when your surrounding environment tries to force negative energy into your life every day. Everything that you allow into your life will affect your mindset, so it's essential to make sure you are very selective about who and what you surround yourself with. Spending time with negative people, for example, can be draining and it can be easy to fall into their way of thinking. It's also difficult to remain optimistic when you consume negative content from the media, so it's a good idea to replace these negative things with positive thoughts and actions instead so that you don't revert back to your old habits.
2. Trying to please everyone
Positivity is not about trying to please the people around you or accepting everything that people do. If you allow yourself to let people walk all over you and treat you poorly, this can be self-destructive and can enforce the negativity on you that you're trying to avoid. Setting your own limits and standards about how you want to be treated while being positive is still possible, and it's easy to combine assertiveness and proactiveness with a smile and a positive attitude.
3. Seeking perfection
When you're trying to develop a positive mental attitude, it's easy to make the mistake of assuming that you will be able to turn it on and off like a light switch. Developing a positive mental attitude is a gradual process that takes practice, and you're likely to slip up from time to time. If you strive for perfection, you will only end up being disappointed in yourself because you won't be able to live up to your own unrealistic expectations.
Becoming more consistent with your positivity over time is much more effective than trying to be perfect. If you're looking for online training courses in positive psychology or NLP, get in touch with our team at Headgear Labs today.