4 Simple Tweaks To Improve Your Daily Attitude

How often do we jump on a social media outlet to start our day and allow our attitude to be changed by what we find others have posted?

My life is probably no different from yours. I have 4 kids (well 3, Oct. 6th #4 will finally arrive!), a wife, 2 dogs, a job with a variety of personality types as colleagues, a couple of used cars which sometimes act like they’re wanting to visit the mechanic, a hodgepodge of social media accounts, and many other items battling for my time, money, my patience, and many times my attitude.

Now, battling for my attitude might sound like a strange thing to say, but how often do we allow any of those things, listed above, affect our attitudes? Our attitude is a very big thing to God and being a good steward so if we don’t consciously make an effort every day to improve it, we are not allowing God full access into our lives.

Here are a few ways, I’ve found have personally helped me improve my attitude and improved my days considerably.


 

I originally started to write this post with one tweak to improve our attitudes every day, but I realized I have to continually make the effort to have a good attitude. My original tweak, which we’ll get to in a moment, is very simple, but it takes practice just like these others will as well.

You’ve probably heard of most of these, if not all of them, however my challenge to you is to continually do each of these for one month, every day, for them to take and make the ultimate impact.

 

1. Say A Prayer Of Thanks & Ask God To Prepare You For The Day.

When I wake up and shut my alarm off, I begin my day thanking God for the night’s rest, allowing me another day to spend with my family, and giving me the strength to go to work.

I also ask Him to prepare my heart for whatever the day holds and to allow me to see the opportunities over the obstacles.

This is huge.

If God will open your eyes so you can see the opportunities you have over the obstacles, your attitude will do a full 180 from when you view the obstacles you will face.

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6

2. “Be Still” And Allow God To Speak To You.

Have you ever considered this? What if your study time and your quiet time were two separate times when God just wants you to listen?

I have found, sometimes God makes it clear He just wants me to be quiet and listen to Him. We get so caught up in attempting to figure out our own solutions for life’s problems, we have lost the art of just listening. I realized this wasn’t going to be possible unless I woke up earlier.

While it was a struggle, the benefits are worth it a million times over. When you allow God to speak to you, you’ll have a comfort in your heart knowing He is near, and that will change your attitude towards many of the things that happen in a day.

Teach me, and I will be silent; make me understand how I have gone astray – Job 6:24

3. Read Your Bible.

Have you ever wondered how to start reading your Bible? When you ask someone, is there answer, “just start reading”? That’s how it was for me. I knew I should read the Bible, but I am a “C” Personality or Box, depending on which personality study you want to use. Both of those personality styles require all the details before action to reduce the possibility of a mistake.

In other words, I needed to know when and where I should read the Bible, for how long, and have a very strict schedule. Yet, no one could provide anything like that for me.

I came to the conclusion, “just start reading” is the best answer.  I use the “Bible” app created by YouVersion. They have done a great job collecting and offering thousands (probably thousands anyways) of free devotionals, study guides, and reading plans for you to choose from.

This is how I started, probably because it provided structure to fit in my “box.” I’m currently reading the New Testament Epistles and Acts reading plan which is lined out by reading a chapter of the NT Epistles and a chapter of Acts, every day. I’m not studying these or trying to figure out all the specifics of what I’m reading, I’m just reading.

This allows me to constantly be in the Word, view other people’s attitudes, and see how God worked in their lives. A different perspective is always a great thing for our attitudes.

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, – 2 Timothy 3:16

4. Read a Self-Improvement Book Or Listen to A Podcast.

Do you read? Did you know Proverbs instructs us to surround ourselves with wise counsel several times?

I used to think wise counsel only meant to surround yourself with physical people, in your presence, and ask their advice. Well, I never could find people who were willing to pour into me that way so I was frustrated and, quite often, mad because no one would “mentor” me the way I thought it should happen. I wasn’t wise, but I was reading a few blogs. One of them was by Michael Hyatt, and it was called, oddly enough, “How To Find A Mentor.”

I learned, in that post, it was up to me to seek wise counsel in other ways. I started reading a chapter a day in almost any book I can find that I knew could help me improve my relationship with God, with my family, with my co-workers, with my friends, and even with complete strangers. I knew it could help me view new insight with Scripture, with business, and even with my attitude.

I haven’t stopped reading blogs, listening to podcasts, or seeking physical wise counsel, but it’s up to us to do these things and surround ourselves with wise counsel.  You’ll find when you do, your attitude and outlook on life will seem completely different.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction – Proverbs 1:7


All of these are pretty simple, but do require attention if you want to get anything out of them.  I knew I had to make a change in my life.

I’m not blaming social media at all, but I had to stop reading Facebook first thing in the morning because I would find articles or comments people had posted that just turned my stomach. Facebook is an addiction we have to overcome, and it was hard for me.

Doing these 4 tweaks to my morning routine changed my attitude completely. I hope they can help you with whatever battles you are facing, and I’d love to pray for your journey as you go.

If you’d like to share your prayer request with myself and the other readers, please comment below, or if you’d like to keep it more private, please use the Contact page to send me a direct message.  Thank you for reading and God Bless.

Edited based on suggestions by Sharon Rose Gibson at www.15minutewriter.com
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