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10 Steps to Make Over Your Mindset and Adjust Your Attitude

Posted on: Tuesday, April 30th, 2013


“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” ~ Zig Ziglar

One of my all time favorite quotes that changes me every time I read it. This quote resonates with me because I’ve gone through my own cycles over the past few years.  I work daily with professionals who are stuck and stalled. The mindset makeover and attitude adjustment always begins between the ears.

Sustaining a positive outlook and energy is not the easiest thing to do when “stuff happens,” and we are usually our own worst enemy.

The benefits though of a PMA (positive mental attitude) and the liabilities of pessimism are well documented in various books and studies. Napoleon Hill’s famous work, “Think and Grow Rich”(1937), is one of the best-selling books of all time (at the time of Hill’s death in 1970, “Think and Grow Rich” had sold 20 million copies.) Hill’s works examined the power of personal beliefs and the role they play in personal success.

We move through cycles of motivation, commitment and interest that affect our disposition simply because we are human and it’s human nature. The National Institute on Aging reported“given the right disposition, in the face of difficulty, people can still find renewed happiness.”


Do you:

  • Dread Mondays?
  • Feel like you’re stalling or in a rut?
  • Procrastinate on projects and follow up?

Below are 10 steps that can help you makeover your mindset and adjust your attitude, if you commit to them.

Makeover Your Mindset and Adjust Your Attitude

Review Your Systems

Review all your systems and make sure they are really working for you now.

Review Your Time Management

Review your daily time management and priorities and watch out for those “bright, shiny object” distractions.

Create Quiet Time

Set aside quiet time for yourself to get centered, focused and take a break.

Address Your Fears

Address your fears and put them into a realistic perspective.

Wake Up Earlier

Get up 30 minutes earlier, especially on Monday and Tuesday, and add days as you get comfortable.

Eat Breakfast

Eat a good breakfast so that you fuel yourself  to start the day.

Connect with Others

Connect with your “A” people who nurture you and call you out.

Set “Fun” Days

Make Monday and Friday full, fun days that start and end your week strong and set the tone.

Read Positive News

Read positive news and information and listen to your favorite music daily.

Dress Up

Dress up, perk up and show up ready to make the most out of the day and make a personal statement about yourself.

Oftentimes we need to shake up our habits, let go of a few bad ones and start building new ones. Personal and professional development is key to professional advancement. Seek out a coach, consultant or other professional to help you, or get an “accountability partner” or start an “accountability group” of dedicated people and do it together.

Don’t accept being stuck or let fear hold you back. Your success and happiness is an inside-out job that you control. Start with your mindset and attitude and your heart will follow. Here are some additional ideas and suggestions for your mindset makeover.

How do you sustain your positive mental attitude?


Deborah Shane

Deborah Shane is a Top 100 Small Business Champion, career transition consultant, personal branding strategist and social media catalyst. Deborah hosts her Deborah Shane Toolbox blog and her Top 100 Small Business Podcast 2013, Deborah Shane Metropolis. She writes for national sites including Forbes, Monster, Personal Branding Blog and Small Business Trends. Her book, “Career Transition: Make the Shift” is available through all major book sellers.

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