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Chapter 6. Does Your Attitude Need a Pos... > What is a Positive Attitude?

What is a Positive Attitude?

On the surface, attitude is the way you communicate your mood to others. When you are optimistic and anticipate successful encounters, you transmit a positive attitude and people usually respond favorably. When you are pessimistic and expect the worst, your attitude often is negative; and people tend to avoid you. Inside your head, where it all starts, attitude is a mind set. It is the way you look at things mentally.

Think of attitude as your mental focus on the outside world. Like using a camera, you can focus or set your mind on what appeals to you* You can see situations as either opportunities or failures: a cold winter day as either beautiful or ugly, a departmental meeting as interesting or boring. Perception—the complicated process of viewing and interpreting your environment—is a mental phenomenon. It is within your power to concentrate on selected aspects of your environment and ignore others. Quite simply, you take the picture of life you want to take.


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