How to Change Your Negative Attitude

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How to Change Your Negative Attitude

By: Terry Burgess, America’s Mid-life Coach for Men with Upward MC


Individuals who are facing challenges in their lives often face an additional challenge of maintaining a positive and productive attitude.  This challenge happens even for those individuals who normally have a positive productive attitude at times.

Today, I would like to present to you 4 things you can do to help change your negative attitudes into positive attitudes.

1) Step up and Accept Ownership for your Attitude – We often blame others for affecting our attitude. However, the reality is it is our own response to events or those people surrounding us which causes our brains to respond negatively.   If someone tells you that your having a bad or negative attitude, thank them for bringing it to your attention and do something to change your attitude.  The key is it is YOUR CHOICES and THOUGHTS which ultimately determines your attitude.

2) Change the Content Going into Your Brain – Research shows that watching the daily news has a profound negative affect upon our attitudes.  I personally have found that my attitude improves when I stop watching the news and television and focus on consuming content through reading works and podcast of positive leaders such as Napoleon Hill, Dale Carnegie, Zig Ziglar, Jack Canfield and Wayne Dyer to just mention a few.  Experts say doing this for just a minimum of 1 hour a day can make a tremendous change in the effects it has on your attitude.  It also helps you to resist negativity from entering your brain.

3) Help Someone Less Fortunate – If you can sense that your attitude is changing from positive to negative you can always seek out someone who may be less fortunate than you are and perform a random act of kindness.  Seeing them appreciate your gesture will begin to fill your brain with thoughts of positivity.

4) Start an Gratitude Journal –  Begin to record the good things that happen every day in your life.   Record victories of overcoming difficulties, count your blessings that happened during your day, and those blessings you gave others during the day.  You can do this right before the day ends as part of your evening routine before you go to bed and pray.   Your brain will then focus on these entries in your journal while you sleep.  A bonus is you can refer to them in the future to help you overcome negativity.


These are just 4 suggestions out of the many ways you can help your brain overcome the negativity and challenges in your life.  If you have one way that you believe is unique and not a common way to combat negativity, please feel free to share in the comments below.  If you are having difficulty overcoming negativity you may want to seek the help of a coach to help you develop an action plan to overcome your negativity.


Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary 45-minute coaching session.  I can help you develop a simple starting point plan to help you get on the road from your “mid-life crisis or challenges” to your “mid-life rediscovery and renovation” for your life.  You can visit to schedule you complimentary coaching session!


Terry is a Personal Leadership and Mid-life Coach for Men with Upward MC in Benton, Kentucky.  He can be contacted via e-mail at or by phone at 270-493-0967. His website can be found at


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