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We’ve all heard about the power of our attitude and that it’s our attitude that determines how much we succeed in life. Statements such as “It’s not just our aptitude but our attitude that determines our success” are often sprouted and I think we’d all agree that people with a positive attitude just seem to enjoy life more and are generally happier and more successful. But how do we change our attitude? Here are 7 simple tips I’ve used often that you can implement to change your attitude very quickly.


1. Be honest with yourself.

If you’re feeling bad or down and your attitude towards life or work is quite poor, then admit it to yourself. Don’t live in denial. Accept there is an issue because only once you’ve accepted something for the way it is can you make a change.

2. Get some rest

Have there been times when you’re overworked and stressed and you’re not getting as much rest as you should? How do you feel during those times? I bet you’re agitated and the smallest things can set you off. Often just getting some rest and forcing ourselves to take a break can be the best thing for our attitude. Adequate rest and sleep is a vital ingredient to maintaining a positive attitude.

3. Get clear on exactly what is causing you to have such a bad attitude

What exactly is bothering you? Is it your boss? Your partner? Your kids? There have been many times when I know I’m not quite feeling right but I can’t put a finger on exactly what’s bothering me and until I can figure it out, my attitude remains bad. However, once I figure out exactly what is bothering me (and that usually only takes a few minutes of quiet reflection), I can then do something about it and my attitude immediately changes.

4. Look at the Consequences of your Bad Attitude

For example, are you stressed at work because of impending deadlines? Is that causing you to snap at your kids and walk around the house with a bad attitude. If so, look at the consequences of that. Your poor kids and your partner have got nothing to do with how things are at work. So why should they cop the brunt of your poor attitude? If you continue with this, what’s going to happen? Things at home will only get worse and that will only make your attitude even worse. It’s a negative spiral which is very tough to get out of. So get clear on the consequences of your bad attitude. Who are you hurting as a result of being grumpy?

5. Do Something to change your attitude

What can you do to improve your attitude? For example, if you’ve had a bad day at work and you’re about to walk in the door and see the family with that same bad attitude, what can you do to change the way you feel? If I’m walking home, I will often take a longer route. The added exercise and fresh air often helps clear my head or I’ll start listening to some uplifting music which immediately improves my attitude. I might also go for a run or head to the gym. What can you do to change your attitude.

6. Change the way you are looking at the situation

We all have trigger situations that cause us to get into a bad mood and to have a bad attitude toward life. Remember it is not the event, experience or problem itself but rather the way we respond to it that makes us feel the way we do. For example, if you feel like you have too much to do at work, rather than complaining and wishing it will go away, take on your extra work as a challenge. Imagine how good it would feel to get through all this work and have your head about water again. Then, with your new positive attitude attack your workload with a new enthusiastic gusto. I guarantee that when you change the way you look at something, your attitude and your results will immediately change.

7. Have an attitude of gratitude.

When Sir John Templeton was interviewed and he was asked what the definition of wealth is, he replied, “Live with an attitude of gratitude”. Everyday, look for things to be grateful for. I don’t care how tough things get, there is always something to be grateful for, whether it is as simple as the fact that you have eyes to see things with, a roof over your head or a bed to sleep in. Look for 5 things to be grateful for everyday, seek to live with an attitude of gratitude and watch your entire attitude towards life change.

So there you have it – 7 tips you can use immediately to change your attitude. Remember, you have complete control over your attitude – you can choose the way you feel. So use these 7 steps to improve your attitude and you’ll be amazed at how much more relaxed and happier you feel.

If you believe someone else could benefit from these tips, then please share them on facebook and twitter.

To your success,


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  • October 8th, 2009 | 03:31 pm

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Aaron P. Aaron P said: RT @myfriendniro 7 Tips To Change Your Attitude From Negative To Positive | undergroundsuccess.com http://bit.ly/16QSaM [...]

  • Niro Says:
    October 8th, 2009 | 05:02 pm

    Thanks so much Aaron. I hope you found the post valuable

  • Karen Armitage Says:
    October 14th, 2009 | 09:35 am

    thank you .. I try to live by these points, but often get bogged down. I should print this and paste one at my desk and another on the fridge! many thanks Karen :-)

  • Niro Says:
    October 14th, 2009 | 09:53 am

    Karen, I’m so glad you found these valuable. I hope these help you going forwards.

    All the best,


  • gourav Says:
    December 22nd, 2010 | 04:32 pm

    Hey this is really good and helped me a lot thanks from heart

  • Niro Says:
    December 22nd, 2010 | 05:35 pm

    Hi Gourav, glad it helped. All the best, Niro

  • yr Says:
    May 31st, 2012 | 08:22 pm

    awesome Niro!! really motivating and inspiring..:)

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    July 11th, 2012 | 05:56 am

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  • kunika mahajan Says:
    July 22nd, 2012 | 12:04 am

    the problems discussed here are very very right i will surely apply this all to myself and then will of course tell u till then thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this will really help me to et my attitude positive towards other
    :):):):):) again thanks a lot,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Niro Says:
    July 27th, 2012 | 06:09 am

    Kunika, I’m glad this helped you. All the best, Niro

  • Ngoni Ariginero Says:
    August 15th, 2012 | 04:33 am

    Thank u so much i like this i will try appy it.

  • mariflor Says:
    September 2nd, 2012 | 06:51 pm

    im so glad to see this,and i will apply this one………………

  • PM Says:
    September 6th, 2012 | 04:56 am

    WOW! Thanks for this advice , it really is helpful! :)

  • bhavesh jadav Says:
    September 8th, 2012 | 09:14 pm

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  • Niro Says:
    September 12th, 2012 | 06:19 pm

    Glad you like it :-)

  • Niro Says:
    September 12th, 2012 | 06:21 pm


  • sany Says:
    November 26th, 2012 | 04:49 pm

    Very useful build up a good creacter thanx.

  • san Says:
    November 26th, 2012 | 04:51 pm

    Thanx it is realy very valueable to buildup a strong character.

  • Niro Says:
    December 5th, 2012 | 12:59 pm

    Awesome. Glad you liked it!

  • KKball Says:
    December 16th, 2012 | 03:26 pm

    This was a big help. Im bipolar an when I miss my meds I have really bad days. But if something was to happen to where I cuudnt get to my medicine I wuudnt want to rely on my meds. So this hopefully will soothe some of the negativity!

  • Niro Says:
    January 3rd, 2013 | 04:34 pm

    Good for you – stay positive!

  • Daisy Says:
    February 3rd, 2013 | 03:36 pm

    Very inspiring indeed.
    I hope its going to work for me too.Thankyou so much.

  • Niro Says:
    February 6th, 2013 | 06:26 am

    Thanks Daisy. It’ll work for you too, although like anything new, it will probably take some practice. Stick with it. Having a positive attitude has so many benefits!

  • Sanele Says:
    March 3rd, 2013 | 05:00 am

    I came across this because one part of me yearns to end this mildly depressed state while the other side justifies every positive with its counter part. I’m a newly single mother and recent ex girlfriend with no friends or any family that cares. Life doesn’t seem so bright on my own. I guess I’m tired of being ok with loneliness. I’m ranting. I meant to just thank you bit like always I got carried away with negativity. I hate this feeling. Any addition tips would be appreciated.

  • Niro Says:
    March 21st, 2013 | 06:04 am

    Hi Sanele, looks like you’re going through a tough time with lots of things outside of your control. I understand. My recommendation is to start by picking one or two tips in my blog post and really focusing on those. Whenever you feel negative, focus on changing your attitude. It will be difficult at first but like anything, with time and practice, you will get better. And as you get better at controlling your thoughts, you’ll start to see your life change. I promise!

    Thanks, Niro

  • reshu Says:
    March 25th, 2013 | 04:32 am

    I like it :D

  • Niro Says:
    March 25th, 2013 | 06:37 am

    Thanks Reshu :-)

  • Helen Says:
    April 2nd, 2013 | 11:53 pm

    Thank you for these tips above, I in the past have struggled with being negative and down and I have decided to take the positive step to improve my attitude (and in a way stop feeling sorry for myself and do something about it). I started with your tip on finding 5 things to be grateful for each day and started writing a diary. It really has started to change my view on how I look at things. Thank you. Any other tips you can share would be great.

  • Niro Says:
    April 13th, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    Brilliant Helen. Congratulations to you on choosing to take action and implementing what you learned.

  • Joanne Says:
    May 20th, 2013 | 02:53 pm

    Hi there thank you so much for posting this it has really made me look at the way I have been treating loved ones in my life. It will help me to improve to be a better person in my relationship. Thanks very much :)

  • Niro Says:
    May 22nd, 2013 | 06:41 am

    Hi Joanne, thank you for the lovely comment. I really hope the blog post helps. Thanks, Niro

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    June 27th, 2013 | 09:35 am

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  • Leroy Matura Sr. Says:
    June 27th, 2013 | 09:42 am

    again my friend you are doing good stuff with provideing these positive solution to people like my self i known you did alot to prepareing and studies so i am taking a little time out to say thanks keep up the good stuff. :) Peace for life Leroy Matura Sr.

  • Niro Says:
    July 16th, 2013 | 03:51 pm

    My pleasure Leroy!

  • Niro Says:
    July 16th, 2013 | 03:52 pm

    Glad I could help Leroy

  • kayla Says:
    August 15th, 2013 | 03:14 pm

    im tryin to improve on my attitude for my partener my son n family but i have not where to start. im glad i found this. im hoping tht itll help me alot i love my partner n son very much.

  • Niro Says:
    August 28th, 2013 | 10:16 am

    Hi Kayla, thanks for your comment. Good luck. Everything begins with attitude. Thanks, Niro

  • B Says:
    September 19th, 2013 | 08:07 am

    Thanks, very helpful. I needed to reset and this was a valuable way to organize my thoughts

  • Niro Says:
    October 3rd, 2013 | 06:31 pm

    Glad it helped B. Cheers, Niro

  • Celeste Says:
    December 20th, 2013 | 02:23 pm

    Thank u for helping me out because I have bad attuide I snap real quick

  • Anita Says:
    March 21st, 2014 | 04:42 am

    i think this kind of helped me…I tend to “snap” at other when it is not needed..

  • Niro Says:
    March 21st, 2014 | 10:10 am

    Glad to hear it Anita. Thanks for letting me know.

  • April Says:
    March 31st, 2014 | 06:07 am

    I really enjoyed this article. I especially love how the first step is to stop living in denial and admit that changes are needed. I am sharing it with my Health and Wellness class this week. Thank you for your insights.
    Live well and be happy.

  • Niro Says:
    April 9th, 2014 | 04:35 pm

    Thanks April. I hope your class enjoyed you sharing.

  • Sydney Says:
    April 10th, 2014 | 02:56 pm

    I am 14 years old and this is very good advice about some of my own habits that wear me down I am slowly becoming more positive about things this year I’ve had a attitude where I am rude to several people and having qi don’t care attitude and this article has very good advice
    Do you have any advice about making friends with lots of people because middle school is hard and because of my lack of friends I think that is why I’ve had a Negetive attitude, Sydney.

  • Niro Says:
    April 10th, 2014 | 05:24 pm

    Sydney, thanks for your comment. Work on having a positive attitude and you’ll be surprised how you’ll start making friends. Good luck!

  • Usman Qadeer Says:
    May 10th, 2014 | 04:14 pm

    Feeling great and satisfaction after go through it .
    I ll try to adopt it as a part of my life.

  • Niro Says:
    May 15th, 2014 | 09:04 am

    Good luck Usman, Niro

  • Karly Says:
    June 15th, 2014 | 11:07 am

    I am eleven years old and a had a very bad attitude and never really cared about the people I hurt with my attitude thanks so much for the advice it helped me a lot through softball and at home thanks so much. If have any other advice I would really like that.

  • Niro Says:
    July 9th, 2014 | 01:49 pm

    Karly, congratulations on implementing what you read. That’s the mark of a successful person. I’m sure you’ll go on to achieve great things!

  • reeve Says:
    August 25th, 2014 | 08:20 pm

    Thanks for this post. Now irealized what i’ve done becauseit is negative.
    thank you so much for the help.. :-D

  • Niro Says:
    August 27th, 2014 | 02:57 pm

    Good luck Reeve!

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