Magazine article Success

Take a Second Look: When It Comes to How You See the World, Attitude Is Everything

Magazine article Success

Take a Second Look: When It Comes to How You See the World, Attitude Is Everything

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Teens are often confronted with a lot of changes at once. And without the right attitude, these changes can derail them from reaching their goals. From changes in relationships to the pressure of grades, tests and transcripts to bigger life challenges in their home or work life, teens face a number of opportunities to practice a positive attitude.

But often this attitude doesn't come naturally. A person has 10 work at it. So teaching teens to look on the bright side of things, to let life roll off their back a little, is a valuable skill. Here are some things you can talk to them about.

A great way to start looking at life in a more upbeat way is to count your blessings. Are you thankful for your family, friends, home or job? Make a list of all the things you're grateful for and post it where you can see it every day. As you review your list daily, you'll change your mindset from complaining about what you don't have to feeling blessed for all you do have.

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You'll carry this positive approach into the rest of your day. When obstacles arise, you'll be more prepared to see the solutions rather than focusing on the downsides. You'll be less prone to worrying and more apt to hope for good outcomes.

Try using some new vocabulary to push this transition even further. Instead of telling yourself you're bad at math, tell yourself that you're practicing your math skills and will do better next time. Instead of beating yourself up for missing the goal, remind yourself of the great assist you made during the game. And rather than worry about what will happen with your college entrance applications, remind yourself of the great time you had in high school and of your ability to enjoy yourself no matter where you end up. A report by Civic Enterprises published in 2010 shows that nearly one-third of all public-high-school students, and almost half of minority students, fail to graduate with their class. …

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