While bad attitudes never show up on a profit-and-loss statement, they always have something to do with the bottom line. Countless surveys have demonstrated proof that negativity can actually contribute to poor health, accidents, and lower levels of production.

The American Medical Association even believes that 90 percent of illnesses are psychosomatic, or caused by the mind. If you believe that you will get sick, you have a better chance of getting sick. If you believe you will get in a car wreck, you’d better call the body shop—because you’ll soon have to get your car repaired.

Ask three different people how they feel about today’s weather (let’s say, 85 degrees and sunny), and you will probably get three different responses: (1) It’s great! I love the summer; (2) It’s terrible. I’m sweltering in this suit; and (3) It doesn’t matter much to me. All three are the truth for the individual expressing them, and each response will influence the outcome of that person’s day. So it’s merely a question of how you see a situation—and occasionally convincing yourself that you can change the outcome.

I want my wife, daughter, employees, colleagues, clients, and friends to see me as someone who instills hope and a positive attitude, especially when things are challenging.

The positive attitude you need to succeed in business is not on CNN, CNBC, FOX, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, or any of the other cable or radio channels or any newspaper printed in the United States of America. In fact, the media that depend on bad news for their revenue are even starting to become concerned about losing viewers due to the vast amount of negativity that they regurgitate in such phenomenal proportions.

I suggest that you replace your TV, radio, and newspaper with programs designed to shift your attention to the positive and solution oriented. In order to truly create your own economy, you must invest every last ounce of energy in the solution, not the problem. This doesn’t mean that I don’t watch TV at all. I just pick programs that limit the time I spend viewing crisis-type reporting, such as Planet Earth, The Food Network, ball games, or movies of my choice.

Instead of the negative noise, watch My GCTV. Grant Cardone TV is for entrepreneurs, business owners, go-getters, startups, sales organizations, and success-minded people that want to control where they get their news and their solutions.

I for one have never met anyone who didn’t believe in the importance of attitude in terms of its contribution to one’s productivity and future.

Telling someone to just be positive in an environment that is very negative is like telling someone who is swimming in the ocean not to get wet.

Your friends, coworkers, family members, and others unintentionally but freely contribute negativity to your life each day. You have to counter this type of input with data that will shift your attention to a more solution-oriented outlook.

Do something positive every day that makes you feel good. Do it early in the day, during the day, and again in the evening. It could be anything from working out or taking a walk in the morning, to saying something nice to a coworker during the day, to sitting down for a meal and some conversation with your family in the evening.

Write down your future goals and dreams daily in present tense as though the goal has been achieved. For example, “I own a helicopter” or “My income is _____.” Create and commit to a disciplined schedule, and do not deviate from it. Get an agreement from friends, family, and coworkers to knock off all negativity, and make a game of it. Post a sign at your home or office that says, “No negativity allowed here!”

Nothing—not your product, service, or company—is more valuable than the ability to maintain and deliver a positive attitude. This influences every area of your life— your physical health, your mental state, and your financial well-being. Money and success are more likely to move toward those who are able to maintain an upbeat, solution-oriented, can-do attitude. Be the placebo effect for yourself and all those around you—and make sure it is a positive effect.

Be great,

Grant Cardone