There's a technique called "self-talk" to help improve your attitude. It's based on the theory that "you are what you think."

Because of the constant inner voice talking to you, if you speak to yourself in an affirming, positive manner, you'll improve your self-perception and attitude. If your self-talk tends to be predominantly negative, your attitude will suffer.

Here are some examples of positive and negative "self talk" from the book How to Feel Great About Yourself and Your Life by Martin English.

Listen to your inner monologue. What do you say to yourself every day? Are you constantly putting yourself down? Do you ever compliment yourself? If what you say to yourself is predominantly negative, it's time for a change.

Negative attitude:


  • This just isn't my day.
  • I'm not very creative.
  • Why do things like that always happen to me?
  • This just isn't my day.
  • I'm not very creative.
  • I never seem to get anything done anymore.
  • That's just my luck.
  • If I just had a little more time...money...help.
  • I'm getting old.



Positive attitude:


  • I can do that.
  • That's no problem.
  • I am in control of this situation.
  • I have what it takes.
  • I feel good about that.
  • I deserve the best.
  • I have lots of energy.
  • I have a positive feeling about that.