We all go through hard times; it’s how we handle them that influences the quality of our lives. The Empowering Team shares Lacey Michaels’ post on Lifescript.com and her helpful perspective on dealing with these times.

If you think that maintaining a good attitude is part of living a happy life, you are partially right. The attitude that you reflect is important to your overall health for a number of reasons, and regardless of the hard times that may arise, maintaining a good attitude can help you make it through in one piece. Is your glass half empty or half full? An optimist looks at the brighter side of life, finding solutions rather than problems and opportunities instead of hurdles. Being an optimist is a choice and not necessarily something that comes natural to everyone, but it is a trait that can be learned, so have no fear.

For some, when the going gets rough, maintaining a good attitude can suddenly seem easier said than done. The answer to all of this is in the choice you make from moment to moment. It takes more muscles in the face to frown than to smile, so keeping that in mind, the next time you are feeling down, try smiling. You will feel an immediate difference, even though it is ever so slight. When the going gets rough, follow these simple steps to remind yourself that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Positive Self-Talk

Maintaining a good attitude can help support you toward achieving your goals. The first step to completing any kind of project well is to adapt a positive attitude about the work you are going to do. Get yourself psyched up about the project and tell yourself, out loud if possible, all of the reasons that you will do a great job. Remind yourself how hardworking and skilled you are and how you are bound to succeed.

In the planning stage of any project, it is best to avoid negativity, including people and influences, as they can deflate your motivation.

Once you feel ready to begin, break the job up into parts that can be completed in a reasonable time frame. Clearly state intended goals, deadlines, and outside work needed to piece together your project. As you complete each item, cross it off your list so that you see you are accomplishing small steps. In the end, all of these small steps will lead to the completion of a larger project.

Forward Thinking

Maintaining a good attitude isn’t always easy, especially when you encounter some unexpected bad luck. The key is to focus on what is ahead and why it can only get better. It is important to be aware of what is happening in your life and understand your role in it. For example, if you get a parking ticket because you parked in a red zone, you may feel upset with the person who issued you the ticket. In reality, it was your responsibility to inspect where you parked your car. If you saw that it was a red zone, you knew there was a chance you could get a ticket. If you did not notice the color of the curb, then perhaps you learned a valuable lesson for the future and you will be more careful to take notice of where you are leave your property. In any case, the key to maintaining a good attitude is to focus on how you can do better the next time you encounter the same or similar situation.

Whether you got a ticket, burned dinner, or forgot to make a call, ask yourself if it will matter in five years. If the answer is no, then you should forgive yourself and move on. Pay the ticket and resolve to handle your parking needs better next time. Go out to eat and enjoy the fact that you have no dishes to do. Make the call tomorrow and explain that you will be more careful in the future. Putting things in the perspective of their real impact on your life can be a great tool toward maintaining a good attitude.

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