Characteristics of Good Attitude

By Toni Owen

You don't have to be born with a good attitude. Books, movies, videos, courses, groups and movements promote a positive attitude for a successful life. The one thing all these secrets-to-success stories have in common is a good attitude. The tortoise beat the hare not because he was faster, but because he had a better attitude. Henry Ford was right when he said, "Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't, you're right."

Good Thoughts

From Norman Vincent Peale's book "The Power of Positive Thinking" to EST seminars to sports psychology, the search for success has consumed humans forever. One thing they agree on is that good attitude and good thoughts are inseparable. Those with a good attitude control their thoughts and keep them positive. This influences their outcomes from trying a new activity to winning a political or physical race. Noble-winning physicist Max Planck said, "When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Thinking you can succeed is a key characteristic of a good attitude.


Those with a good attitude know their own capabilities. A characteristic of their good attitude is they accept poor results realistically. They don't become negative if they don't win the first time they try something because they are realistic about their abilities and talents. Once they decide to try a new challenge, they give it their whole effort and become as good as they can be, taking as much pleasure in improving and participating as winning or beating an opponent.

Positive Comments

Comments influence attitude. When you make good comments, you foster a positive attitude both in you and those around you. Cultivating a good attitude makes you the kind of person others like to be with, which buoys your positive feelings. A characteristic of those with a good attitude is that they make positive comments about others and themselves. Whether it's learning to play tennis or master an equation, a good attitude will get you further than intelligence or ability and produce an outlook of hope, says


A good attitude also stems from gratitude for what you have right now. Counting blessings is more than trite --- it works. Nursing grievances can change an attitude from good to bad. A characteristic of a positive outlook on life is to be grateful for the benefits you possess. This attitude fosters hope that you have more good things to look forward to.

Clear Goals

Another characteristic of a good attitude is knowing what you want. Clear goals are easy to define and set a standard to meet, giving you motivation to achieve them. By deciding on set goals, those with a good attitude unclutter their minds and allow themselves to focus on what it is they must do to get to where they want.

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