How to Have a Positive Attitude

Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to  you as by the way your mind looks at what happens. ~ Khalil Gibran

Positive attitude. Everyone agrees that we need it. The problem is – in today’s world with its pressures and crazy-busy schedules, how do you do that? There are always a dozen distractions, disasters and dilemmas pulling your mind in as many different directions.  “Peace?” you ask. “Impossible!”

I’m here to tell you it is not only possible, it should become a goal for your life. Always, despite the circumstances, find the golden nuggets, the joy and peace, the anticipation of a positive outcome. Here are four tactics to help you have and maintain a positive attitude.

Up  your faith. Faith cometh by hearing … (Rom. 10:17). You can’t fight the devil’s lies if you don’t know the turf. Any battle plan includes knowledge of the enemy and skill with your own weapons. Ephesians 6 details all the weapons of our warfare. Why do you suppose God included that list for us? Because He knew we’d have battles to fight!

Recently, after the deaths of both his parents, my husband and I were battling grief and depression. He laid around for days, struggling with lethargy, weakness, and ennui . He had no appetite, didn’t want to go anywhere or do anything. All classic signs of depression. Finally, I convinced him to at least listen to some Biblical teaching that I’d put on his tablet. Like Eeyore in the Pooh stories, his attitude was “O-K, … if you think so …” with a long sigh. (Can you hear Eeyore’s voice in your head?) Within 24 hours, I began to see a change in his attitude.

Faith can be strengthened, just like a muscle, with the right nourishment and exercise. Feed your faith with The Word. Grab your concordance. Dig into a spiritual meal of Bible verses that address your situation. Speak them out loud. Why? God said faith comes by hearing. Every verse is a weapon you can use against the lies of the enemy. Yell them at him if you need to. “No, I won’t think that way!”

Think positive. In the multitude of my thoughts within me, thy comforts delight my soul. ~ Ps. 94:19

You hear the thoughts in your head, so what are you thinking? What are you allowing yourself to think?

Your thoughts lead your attitude and emotions, not the other way around. Keeping your thoughts positive is essential for a positive attitude. Depression and other negative emotions are often described as darkness. The Bible says God’s Word is light. What happens when you turn on a light? The room is no longer dark!

Now, I’m not going to say this is easy. The devil will bombard your mind with every negative thought he thinks you’ll believe. The trick is – don’t believe him! The Bible says he’s a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).

Change your thinking with The Word. Use it like the weapon God intended. He describes His Word as the sword of the Spirit (Eph. 6:17). When you’re speaking it against the negative thoughts, emotions and situations in your life, imagine yourself with a sword in your hand (Errol Flynn-style), a swash-buckling hero fighting principalities, power, rulers of the darkness and spiritual wickedness (Eph. 6:12). After all, God has already made you more than a conqueror (Rom. 8:37) and promised you victory (I Cor. 15:57). How’s that for positive!

Be thankful. In everything, give thanks … Now, it doesn’t say ‘for everything’. There’s stuff out there that just isn’t pleasant or easy to cope with. But in the midst of the challenges, there are things to be thankful for.

  • Your relationship with God. How comforting to know that He is always present, always listening, always attentive to His children’s needs. Ps. 46:1 says He is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.  Think about that. You have a direct connection to omniscient Mind, omnipotent Love, omni-present Spirit. You can talk to Him and listen for His divine direction. He’s got the plan, the power and the desire to help His kids do well.
  • Your support group. Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself (Mark 12:31).There are people around you that God purposely placed there for your support and encouragement.  Family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, churches and organizations are not as random as you think. Each of us is here with a mission, interconnected by Divine Love to help and support each other. Don’t isolate yourself. Pity parties are lonely. Relationships are a two-way street. Be grateful for them, and be available when they need your love and support.
  • Your surroundings. God giveth us richly all things to enjoy (I Tim. 6:17) Do you understand that God made everything on earth to be a blessing to His family? Sunshine, raindrops on roses, your home, mountains, forests, beaches – all created for His kids comfort and enjoyment. His original intent , the Garden of Eden, hasn’t changed. He still wants you to enjoy the physical blessings around you. After all, everything – not just nature, but every invention, improvement, design or man-made creation – came from the mind of God, for you.

Get involved. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13). This is the concept behind volunteering. Give your time, talents, dollars, wisdom, joy and love. You will soon forget your own troubles when you get involved with someone else’s. Bake cookies for the widower down the street. Volunteer for a local organization that can utilize your talents. Call a friend and get together for coffee and a chat.

Depression, anger, grief, frustration, unforgiveness and every negative emotion are all isolating. The devil tells you you’re alone in this, that nobody understands, that you don’t need anyone and that no one can help you. Every part of that sentence is a lie. Stop thinking that way! Use the weapons and tactics God gave you to fight against the darkness.

Having a positive attitude is a choice you make. Use these four tactics to battle your way to freedom, joy and peace.




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