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  1. 1. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking IQRA UNIVERSITY IU POSITIVE ATTITUDE & POSITIVE THINKING SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Submitted to: Ms. Madiha Zubair Submitted by: Muhammad Bilaluddin (7981) Muhammad Qasim (7227) Zaeem Efendi ( ) Ahsan Raza (7827) Muhammad Taqi (11488) I
  2. 2. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking POSTIVE ATTITUDE AND POSITIVE THINKING A positive attitude brings strength, energy and initiative. II
  3. 3. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking Letter of Transmittal April 12, 2010 Ms. Madiha Zubair Management Faculty, Iqra University, Defence View (Ext.), Karachi – Pakistan. Dear Mam, It has been a great experience to work on this report. All of our group members have worked hard to prepare this Semester Final Report. We have prepared this report on Positive attitude and Positive Thinking. We, hope that everyone will gain knowledge about Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking, and will change our life positively. We look forward for your favorable reaction for this report. Respectfully Yours, Group Members III
  4. 4. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking Table of Contents Sr. No. Contents Page No. 1 Letter of Transmittal III 2 Acknowledgement V 3 Executive Summary VI 4 Attitude 1 5 Positive Attitude & Positive Thinking 1 6 Why Positive Thinking is Important 2 Anxiety: Using Positive Thinking 7 3 (Why is Positive thinking important to help you cope with anxiety?) 8 The Benefits of Positive Attitude 4 9 Negative Attitude Says 4 10 Positive Attitude Say 4 11 Developing Positive Attitude 4 12 Positive Thinking your Key to Success 5 13 Positive Thinking is Contagious 5 14 Effective Positive Thinking 6 15 Actions to Develop Positive Thinking 6 16 Benefits of Positive Thinking 6 17 The Power of Positive Attitude & Positive Thinking 7 18 Characteristics of a Positive Attitude and Optimism 7 19 Tips to Practice Positive Attitude & Thinking 8 20 Quotes on Positive Attitude & Positive Thinking 9 21 Conclusion 10 22 Index 11 IV
  5. 5. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking Acknowledgment We would like to extend our genuine regards to our teacher who has guided us for this presentation, without such great and immense co-operation the task would have been a cumbersome one. All these people who ultimately proved to be catalysts include my ever-helping teachers, colleagues and friends. In this regard I would like to point out the exceptional supervision bestowed by Ms. Madiha Zubair for extending her help and co-operation throughout the dissertation, her guidance is priceless not only for present but also for the even challenging times ahead. And last but not least, I thank Almighty Allah to whom we must ask and to whom we must seek for help and guidance. V
  6. 6. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking Executive Summary Our topic is to present the “Positive Attitude & Positive Thinking”. We have extracted relevant data to highlight why the Positive Attitude & Positive Thinking is important. In this report we have collected the data such as Power of Positive Thinking, Why it is Important, Benefits of Positive Attitude & positive Thinking, How to Cope with Anxiety by using Positive Attitude & Positive Thinking, Quotes on Positive Attitude & Positive Thinking, How to develop it, Positive Thinking Key to Success & many other data related to Positive Attitude & Positive Thinking. VI
  7. 7. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking Attitude Attitude is a mental position relative to a way of thinking or being; a leaning toward that which you believe. A positive attitude is, therefore, the inclination to generally be in an optimistic, hopeful state of mind. Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking by Remez Sasson Positive attitude helps to cope more easily with the daily affairs of life. It brings optimism into your life, and makes it easier to avoid worry and negative thinking. If you adopt it as a way of life, it will bring constructive changes into your life, and makes them happier, brighter and more successful. With a positive attitude you see the bright side of life, become optimistic and expect the best to happen. It is certainly a state of mind that is well worth developing and strengthening. Positive thinking is a mental attitude that sees the bright side of life. Positive thinking is a mental attitude and state of mind, which focuses on the full half of the glass and not on the empty half. It is a mental attitude that expects positive results. People with a positive frame of mind think about possibilities, growth, expansion and success. They expect happiness, health, love and good relationships. They think in terms of 'I can', 'I am able' and 'I will succeed'. Positive thinking people are not daunted by failures and obstacles. If things don't turn out well or as expected, they will try again. True positive thinking is not just saying that everything will be okay, as a lip service, and at the same time think about failure. In order to bring beneficial changes and improvement into your life, positive thinking has to become your predominant mental attitude throughout the day. It has to turn into a way of life. Real and effective positive thinking requires that you focus on positive thoughts and positive emotions, and also take positive action. How can you develop this state of mind? You can do so by reading inspiring and motivating literature, and through visualization, affirmations and meditation. Explore this website and you will find many articles, information and guidance about these subjects. VII
  8. 8. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking Why Positive Thinking is Important We all come from different backgrounds and different circumstances in life. We all have different goals, dreams, and successes we long to reach. No matter what your goals/dreams are, never stop believing that you can reach them. It’s easy to get discouraged. It’s easy to quit. It’s easy to say, “That’s not for me, I guess.” Well, nothing worth it ever came easy. Whether it’s your health, career, family, or anything else, the way you think of things can help determine the outcomes, or even better, your reaction to the outcomes. I’m not a doctor and I clearly don’t know everything. But what I have learned from experience is that when I have good, positive thoughts about something, those things tend to go better for me, or, if it doesn’t work out as I had hoped, I’m not as worried or stressed about it. I hopefully did my best and worked my hardest, and I will have to keep trying. Positive thinking will lead to positive actions which, hopefully, will lead to positive results. If you don’t get the desired outcome, keep thinking positive and keep working at it. VIII
  9. 9. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking Anxiety: Using Positive Thinking content provided by Healthwise Why is positive thinking important to help you cope with anxiety? Changing your thinking can help you prevent or cope with anxiety. It can help you stop the worry by replacing negative thoughts with helpful ones. It's also helpful in controlling panic attacks. Positive thoughts can help stop the "fight or flight" feelings that you have with anxiety. In a fight-or-flight response, your body senses danger and the need to fight or run away. Your body releases hormones like adrenaline, which makes your heart beat fast and your blood pressure rise. Positive thoughts can calm you and stop this response. For example, maybe you are about to have a job review. It's normal to be a little nervous. But you have trouble sleeping and have a fast heartbeat and sweaty hands. You think constantly about the review. You've been telling yourself that your boss is going to say bad things about your performance—even though you haven't been getting bad comments from her. Or perhaps you have a doctor's appointment coming up. And you're worried that he may find something wrong. If you have anxiety, you may worry a lot about many things. You are sure that something bad is going to happen, even though you have no proof that something bad will happen. The more you talk in a negative way to yourself, the harder it is to keep a positive outlook. The negative thinking makes you feel bad. And that can make you feel more anxious, which leads to more bad thoughts about yourself. It's a cycle that's hard to break. But with practice, you can retrain your brain. After all, you weren't born telling yourself negative things. You learned how to do it. So there’s no reason you can't teach your brain to unlearn it and replace negative thinking with more helpful thoughts. Positive thinking also is good for your health in other ways. If you feel bad about yourself, you could get depressed. Positive thinking also can help you handle stress better. Too much stress can raise your blood pressure and make your heart work harder, which can increase your risk for a heart attack. Stress also can weaken your immune system, which can make you more open to infection and disease. IX
  10. 10. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking The Benefits of a Positive Attitude: Helps achieving goals and attaining success. Success achieved faster and more easily. More happiness. More energy. Greater inner power and strength. The ability to inspire and motivate yourself and others. Fewer difficulties encountered along the way. The ability to surmount any difficulty. Life smiles at you. People respect you. Negative Attitude says: You cannot achieve Success. Positive attitude says: You can achieve Success. If you have been exhibiting a negative attitude and expecting failure and difficulties, it is now the time to change the way you think. It is time to get rid of negative thoughts and behavior and lead a happy and successful life. Why not start today? If you have tried and failed, it only means that you have not tried enough. Developing a Positive Attitude; That will lead you to Happiness and Success: Choose to be happy. Look at the bright side of life. Choose to be and stay optimistic. Find reasons to smile more often. Have faith in yourself and in the Power of the Universe. Contemplate upon the futility of negative thinking and worries. Associate yourself with happy people. Read inspiring stories. Read inspiring quotes. Repeat affirmations that inspire and motivate you. Visualize only what you want to happen. Learn to master your thoughts. Learn concentration and meditation X
  11. 11. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking Positive Thinking Your Key to Success By: Remez Sasson Positive thinking brings inner peace, success, improved relationships, better health, happiness and satisfaction. It also helps the daily affairs of life move more smoothly, and makes life look bright and promising. Positive Thinking is contagious (transmittable). People around you pick your mental moods and are affected accordingly. Think about happiness, good health and success, and you will cause people to like you and desire to help you, because they enjoy the vibrations that a positive mind emits. In order to make positive thinking yield results, you need to develop a positive attitude toward life, expect a successful outcome of whatever you do, but also take any necessary actions to ensure your success. Effective Positive Thinking. It brings results is much more than just repeating a few positive words, or telling yourself that everything is going to be all right. It has to be your predominant mental attitude. It is not enough to think positively for a few moments, and then letting fears and lack of belief enter your mind. Some effort and inner work are necessary. Are you willing to make a real inner change? Are you willing to change the way you think? Are you willing to develop a mental power that can positively affect you, your environment and the people around you? XI
  12. 12. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking Actions to Develop Positive Thinking: Always use only positive words while talking. Use words such as, “I can”, “I am able”, “it is possible”, “it can be done”, etc. Allow into your awareness only feelings of happiness, strength and success. Try to disregard and ignore negative thoughts. Refuse to think such thoughts, and substitute them with constructive happy thoughts. In your conversation use words that evoke feelings and mental images of strength, happiness and success. Before starting with any plan or action, visualize clearly in your mind its successful outcome. If you visualize with concentration and faith, you will be amazed at the results. Read at least one page of inspiring book every day. Watch movies that make you feel happy. Minimize the time you listen to the news and read the papers. Associate yourself with people who think positively. Always sit and walk with your back straight. This will strengthen your confidence and inner strength. Walk, swim or engage in some other physical activity. This helps to develop a more positive attitude. Think positive and expect only favorable results and situations, even if your current circumstances are not as you wish them to be. In time, your mental attitude will affect your life and circumstances and change them accordingly. Benefits of Positive Thinking, Positive Mental Attitude, & Optimism. Feb 3, 2007 Jerry Lopper Positive psychology studies indicate a positive attitude, along with an optimistic outlook and positive thinking, can bring better health and greater happiness. Positive attitude, positive thinking, and optimism are now known to be a root cause of many positive life benefits—the good life and well being. You'll live longer and be healthier and happier with a positive attitude toward life. In addition, you're more likely to be successful. Learn to use the power of thinking positive, adopting positive attitudes, and affirmations to gain important life benefits. XII
  13. 13. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking The Power of Positive Attitude & Positive Thinking A positive attitude and optimistic thinking early in life predict health and well being in later years. Analysis of 99 Harvard graduates found a strong correlation between their optimistic thinking as college students and good health at age 40 and above. In his ground-breaking book, A Primer in Positive Psychology, Christopher Petersen, PhD, says, "...optimism has demonstrable benefits, and pessimism has drawbacks." He goes on to say, "...optimism...has been linked to positive mood and good morale; to perseverance and effective problem solving; to academic, athletic, military, occupational, and political success; to popularity; to good health; and even to long life and freedom from trauma." Even if you have been a pessimistic, negative thinker for many years, it's not too late to change your way of thinking and reap the benefits of a positive attitude. Characteristics of a Positive Attitude and Optimism Optimists believe they are accountable for good things and that good things will generally come their way. If something bad comes instead, optimists tend to write it off as an isolated incident, an anomaly, or something out of their control; optimists believe things will be better in the future. Positive Thinking Takes Practice If you're a person whose first thoughts about the meaning of something that's happened are negative thoughts, be encouraged by the knowledge that the first step toward a positive attitude and positive thinking is to simply think another thought. Thoughts are under your control. Your pessimistic way of thinking is habit; habits can be changed. When you catch yourself thinking a pessimistic thought about an event in your life, first evaluate the evidence. What are the facts—not the fears—but the facts? Next, think of alternate explanations and future outcomes. When your old car suddenly makes a strange noise you may jump to the pessimistic conclusion that repair will be costly, but maybe a minor repair will solve the problem. Remind yourself to follow this approach with a daily affirmation such as this: When I have a negative thought I immediately evaluate the facts and think of positive alternatives that also fit the facts. Practice the positive thinking approach outlined above and you'll find it soon comes naturally. You may be amazed to realize that you simply feel better with a positive attitude. XIII
  14. 14. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking Tips to Practice Positive Attitude & Thinking By Carolyn Anderson It is indeed refreshing to be positive in life. We all have lots of things going on in our lives - from our demanding careers, to family concerns, to health issues - indeed, what we encounter day to day requires the right attitude to be able to make our lives happier and our goals easier to reach. Maybe all you need are little positive thinking tips to get you started. Be thankful. Most often, we always look at what we do not have in life. We can right then and there identify what is lacking in our lives but it is hard for us to be grateful of what we have. There are a lot of things to be thankful for. If you did not get the promotion, be thankful you still have a job. Be thankful to the challenges in life, as it will help you live stronger. Being grateful, indeed, can turn the negative into positive - somehow it just a matter of looking at life a little differently. Believe in yourself. Events and situations in life may not be the way you want them to be and some people may put you down and disappoint you, that is why you have to believe in yourself. Cultivate the attitude to be able to tell yourself confidently that everything will get better. Eliminating self-doubt will help you reach your goals whatever challenges may come to you. Write positive affirmations to yourself and keep them. Positive affirmations are powerful positive thinking tips that you can adopt in your life. You can write them into a paper and keep them. For some, you can watch it on video every morning or you can tell it to yourself every time you wake up. This way, you are overpowering and slowly eliminating the many negative thoughts that have been buried in your subconscious for many years. Write all negative attitudes you have and burn them. If you have a bad habit of saying negative things to your self or if you often have negative thoughts about something, write it down and burn them. Give yourself positive affirmations in front of the mirror. One of the many positive thinking tips you can do is to do positive affirmation in front of the mirror. Tell yourself statements that will help you think positively about yourself. If you have a specific goal in mind, like you want to attract a good man in your life, or you want to attract good health, there are also affirmations that are specific into those subjects. Don't let negative people influence your thoughts. These people will pull you down and tell you that you cannot do this or that. If not, they will tell you of problems that will soon happen to you. They will only discourage you with negative statements that will only push you to doubt yourself. Your choice then is to avoid these kinds of people or do not let their discouraging words put you down. Go with people who are positive about life and you will also be positive about life. These attitudes are contagious, thus be careful who you are going with. XIV
  15. 15. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking So if you want to change the way you look at things and live life positively, you can start with these positive thinking tips. By learning how to be positive with your thoughts, you will eventually realize how good it is to think positively and live life positively. Carolyn Anderson strongly believes that positive thoughts can help a lot in reaching our goals and in living a happy and fulfilling life. Quotes on Positive Attitude & Positive Thinking Their essays, poems and non-fiction writing were focused on the importance of thoughts and the mind: "The only disability in life is a bad attitude" Scott Hamilton A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. (Herm Albright, quoted in Reader's Digest, June 1995) Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. (Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book) Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. (Winston Churchill) It's so hard when I have to do, and so easy when I want to do. (Annie Gottlier) There are exactly as many special occasions in life as we choose to celebrate. (Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com) Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. (Francesca Reigler) Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures. (H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Life's Little Instruction Book) Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting (Golden Delicious. Bill Meyer) Anywhere is paradise; it's up to you. (Author Unknown) Your heartisa sun, Joy its stars, Faith a moon, shining in your darkness. (Terri Guillemets) XV
  16. 16. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking Conclusion While the focus of Positive Attitude & Positive Thinking is to improve self-image through positive attitude & positive thinking, having a more positive attitude can make you open to a world of physical changes. In addition to changing your way of thinking, you can also change your behavior and abilities by learning new skills. But the bottom line is, you play a huge part in your happiness, and you can greatly increase it by taking action and changing your attitude toward yourself. You are responsible for yourself. Your happiness (or your misery) depends in a great part upon what you tell yourself, how you treat yourself, and how you interpret your world. We can develop a positive attitude if we are willing to have positive thoughts instead of negative thoughts. We should keep our heart with all diligence because as a man thinks in his heart so is he. Believe in yourself and believe that you are capable of handling life's problems. XVI
  17. 17. SELF MANAGEMENT SKILLS Positive Attitude and Positive Thinking Index 1. www.google.com 2. http://www.quotegarden.com/attitude.html 3. www.wikipedia.com 4. www.attitudeiseverything.com 5. www.scribd.com 6. www.dictionary.reference.com 7. http://changing-personal-habits.suite101.com XVII