Your personality is a combination of distinct characteristics and qualities. There’s no one in the world like you. Your background, experience, family, and interests make you truly unique.
We’re always being transformed and changed. That’s one key component to being alive!
Here are keys to a positive personality:
Your words are important, both the words you say aloud and those you speak to yourself. Determine now that you will say positive words: “I can do it!” “I’m feeling great today!” It’s amazing how the positive words we say to ourselves change our outlook. Likewise, negative talk does terrible things to us. Do your best to break the habit of negative talk. (James 3).
Too often we assume the worst about a situation, someone else, or ourselves. We need to be realistic about life’s obstacles and issues, but there’s no harm in assuming the best of someone else. Instead of jumping to conclusions about someone’s intention, consider the potential great outcomes. Live with hope. Have a positive expectation and outlook. (Proverbs 23:18, Jeremiah 29:11)
We know what too much negative input is like. Read too much bad news and you feel terrible! What we take in has an immeasurable impact on our lives. Keep it positive. Read Scripture all you can. Read other good books. Have uplifting conversations. Keep track of great quotes and thoughts. Be selective in your social media consumption and responses. Flip the old saying, “Garbage In, Garbage Out” to the positive. (Romans 12:9)
I’ve heard that you are the sum of the five people closest to you. Take great care in choosing with whom you spend time. The attitude of those around will rub off on you as you will on them. Being around positive people helps nurture ideas, encourages forward direction, and can be a lot of fun! (Proverbs 12:26)
Create habits in your life that help keep you positive. Instead of trying to break old habits, try adding new ones. For example, eat more slowly, take a walk each evening, ask questions and listen more, play positive music in your car, or start another positive habit. (Romans 12:2)
“We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it’s a continuing choice.”– John Maxwell
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.Colossians 3:12-14
Some of the springboards for this post came from reading Kiss That Frog! 12 Great Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives in Your Life and Work by Bryan Tracy. His companion book, Eat That Frog! 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time, is another great read about taking action on the most difficult things right off the bat.