Positive Attitude - A Key to Success

CMA. CS. Sanjay Gupta ("PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN")   (114109 Points)

13 January 2011  

Positive Attitude - A Key to Success


Whether you believe it or not (I know you will), positive attitude is not just a “soft skill” – it is a significant factor in achievement in all fields, be it Study, Business, Sports or any other area. A positive thought is a seed of Positive Result. Whether a glass is half full or half empty depends on the attitude of the person looking at it. Most ineffectiveness in Studies, business and personal achievement can be traced back to a root cause: ineffective thinking habits! That does not have to be the case for you, though. You can learn to manage your habits of thought and directly affect your level of performance and achievement.

Are you ready?

The first step in harnessing ineffective thinking habits and moving toward growth is becoming aware; for with an enhanced level of awareness, you can make choices that promote positive attitudes and therefore positive thinking. It sounds so simple, but effective change always begins with awareness. All of us will choose to change when we are aware that the change will serve our best interest!

What is attitude?

An attitude can best be defined as a habit of thought. It is your point of view about a situation. You naturally develop certain patterns of thinking about the people and world around you. These thinking habits can be conditioned and patterned by parents, friends, culture, environment, experiences, and circumstances.

If you do not assume personal responsibility for developing your own effective, positive attitudes, the world around you will shape your attitudes with average thinking, which is usually negative and unproductive. As a result, you become a victim of your own ineffective thinking patterns.

Every thought you entertain during the day is either positive or negative. There is no in-between or neutral thought. Every moment of your thinking pattern during the day either serves your growth or serves your stagnation.

Most people describe their attitude as neutral – neither positive nor negative. But everything in nature is either growing or decaying, and the same is true in business. There can be no neutral positions. You and your thoughts are alive and dynamic. The thinking patterns that determine your attitudes either work to bring about your growth or work to bring about your decline. It truly is that simple!

Benefits of a Positive Attitude: Rewards, Success, Achievement, Health, Relationships.

Consequence of a Negative Attitude: Loss, Failures, Disappointments, Depression, ruined relationship.


Fear is the enemy of positive thoughts and an obstacle to Success.


Everyone is surrounded and challenged by the emotion of fear. Fear is a natural, human emotion that instinctively causes us to respond with a defensive reflex to any perceived threat. If left unmanaged, your attitudes will be controlled by the emotion of fear.

For example, if you set a goal that requires you to do new things, these new activities will seem uncomfortable at first. That is normal, but you may instinctively respond with fearful feelings because the new activities are uncomfortable. This leads you to psychologically interpret those fearful feelings as “risks” or “dangers,” while in fact these new activities may not be dangerous at all.

We all have a basic fear of risks and the unknown. This response is natural, yet absolutely counterproductive to achievement. All achievement requires you to grow beyond your current status or position. You cannot possibly expect to grow and not confront new activities, skills, and responsibilities. If you allow your natural responses of fear to direct your thinking, you personally sabotage your opportunities for achievement by choosing to quit or not to act.

In fact, most of the people who fail to achieve did not fail at all. They simply allowed fear to control their thinking and decided to quit. The fear of risk and the unknown were stronger than their desire to achieve.

Same applies to students also in their studies. It is all about your perception. Maintain a positive attitude, think positive, if you do that result will also be positive.


How to conquer/overcome the fear?

Your Failure do not define you. The best way to get over this natural inclination to fear the unknown is to plan for it with a positive attitude. Have a plan that you can depend on to start fostering a positive attitude. It will start off feeling forced, but over time it will become a habit. Be prepared to face difficulties as nothing in life comes easy. To be successful you will have to fight with many adverse situations. So doesn’t let fear of difficulties control your attitude but control the fear with your positive attitude.  Remember Positive habits inevitably lead to positive outcomes!

To get you started, practice the following five steps that will help you develop the mental toughness needed to face the challenge of your natural instinct of fear… and to win!

Faith & Believe is friend of Positive thought

Faith – being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see – is a spiritual term. It makes no sense intellectually and can be understood only from a spiritual perspective. Regardless of your religious or non-religious position, belief is vital in your growth and achievement and building an positive mindset, and you cannot understand belief without an understanding of faith.

There will be times in your achievement journey when quitting or giving up will seem like the only alternatives. At these times, it will take the strength of your faith to prevail. You must believe that you can achieve, for it is the spark that sustains you. Your faith and belief in your ability will keep you to stay positive and motivated. Even if people surrounding you doubt your ability you must believe in your abilitie.

For Students.....

Remember “The Greatest Pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.


CMA. Sanjay Gupta