We’ve all had bad days. Sometimes it feels like bad days stretch into weeks, and the next thing you know, it’s been a bad six months. It can be really easy to fall into a rut when nothing’s going the way you want, and it feels like the world, or at least work, is against you. 

Is it time for an attitude adjustment? Does that even make a difference? 

It might be — and it can

Here’s how having a positive attitude can help turn things around. 

Everyone goes through a rough patch.

Successful people realize it will pass. Know that the slump you’re in right now is just that — it’s right not, it’s not forever. Think about a point, a few weeks or months down the road, when all this is in the rearview. Know, confidently, that you’ll get through this and things will get better. That belief can help power through the hard spell and move on to the next opportunity. 

Remember that nothing great ever came from sitting still.

All growth and change require a person to break out of their normal routine and patterns. There’s a great motivational quote: Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Embrace that! Lean into the thing that’s frustrating you, because you’ll learn so much more, taking on a challenge than avoiding it. 

Compare yourself to others, and you’ll always fall short.

Think, instead, how far you’ve come and how much you’ve learned. You know more about your job now than when you started, correct? Think about how much more you’ll learn when this obstacle is over! Each new challenge is a path toward growth, learning, and discovering new skills. But think only of how you’re doing — let other people worry about themselves. Just focus on you. 

Focus on, and talk about the achievements.

When you remind yourself, or others, about things you’ve been able to overcome, it’s a nice little self-esteem boost. It’s a great reminder that you’ve done awesome things before and that you will again. Remember that you’ve gone through a less-than-wonderful patch before in your life and come out on the other side. Be your own loudest cheerleader, and if you’re not comfortable sharing that with others, at least give yourself a little pep talk from time to time. 

Treat yourself.

Everyone deserves a reward for their hard work. So set yourself a goal or a deadline, and when it’s been met, do something nice for you to thank yourself for your commitment and dedication. It’ll give you something clear and concrete to work toward, which can be a powerful motivator. Also, be sure to give yourself a break if the pressure or annoyance is too much. It’s ok to walk away from something and come back a little later. 

In many cases, we are our own worst enemy and our own biggest obstacle when it comes to finding success or getting through a frustration. But research has shown if you talk yourself through it, talk things up, and find a way to find a silver lining or positive thought. It really does make a difference. 

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