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The Cost of a Positive Attitude

April 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 155

If I were to ask you the question... How's your PMA?

You would possibly reply... Terrible or Terrific.

In personal and business life we have complete control over one important principle and that is our attitude... it can be positive or negative, some people go through life letting circumstances control how they feel just like flipping a coin with one side spelling NEGATIVE and the other POSITIVE

However do we really understand the PMA philosophy, first let's start with the correct definition of PMA.

It is the right attitude in any given situation or environment

There are certain things we cannot control in our lives such as sickness, accidents, the economy, the weather etc

But the one thing we can control is the way we think about the situation...either POSITIVE or NEGATIVE, it is easy to be POSITIVE when things are going well and we are winning...but how do we react when we are faced with setbacks?

Here are some of the people who failed many times before they became famous and the two things they had in common were a "Positive Mental Attitude" and a "Burning desire to fulfil their dreams" despite their circumstances or what other people thought.

Elvis Presley: You do not need to be an Elvis fan to acknowledge the impact he has had on popular music. They don't dub somebody the "King" of a form of music without a great amount of success.

But even for Elvis success came after failure. His first recordings went nowhere. After that he tried to join a vocal quartet and was told he "couldn't sing". Finally, right before he became popular, he was told, "You aren't going' nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving' a truck."

JK Rowling: Rowling is the perfect example that success can come to anyone at any time. She is now swimming in a pool of Harry Potter money and one of the wealthiest women alive, but that was not always the case. Before Harry Potter became a success she was a divorced mother, living on welfare, going to school and trying to write a novel in her spare time.

Rowling herself said she was the "biggest failure I knew" and credits a lot of her success to her failure.

At a Harvard commencement speech Rowling had this to say, "Failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy to finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one area where I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had been realized, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter, and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."

There are many stories like this where people raised themselves from failure to success and only did so because they had a positive attitude and a burning desire to reach their goal.

A positive mental attitude is the right honest thought, action or reaction to a given situation or set of circumstances such as thoughts, actions and reactions which do not violate the laws of god or the rights of your fellow-man for those who have PMA SAYS w Clement Stone author of the Success System that Never Fails.

But what does a positive mental attitude really mean, let's take it word for word.

Positive

When I Google this word many definitions are found but the ones I liked most were, a force or power associated with "plus" characteristics such as honest, faith, love, integrity, hope, optimism, courage, initiative, generosity, diligence, kindness and good common sense.

Mental

Again many definitions were found, some positive and others negative and as I was searching for positives this is the definition most appropriate in my opinion. Mental pertains to the mind as contrasted with your body. You have a body and a mind and the control of your body is within your mind.

Attitude

Attitude is a feeling or a mood, it relates to your basic feelings toward another person, situation, circumstances or things.

These three words form the term POSITIVE MENTAL ATTITUDE the glue that binds your plus characteristics.

PMA attracts as it is an optimistic outlook for, about, or toward something or someone. It is a can do will try attitude and it is an essential ingredient toward been a consistent winner.

Here is a formula that can help you develop a positive mental attitude

Step 1

Set an aim high goal and be sure it is something important to you...something that will provide a constant source of motivation.

Step 2

Keep your mind focused on what you want and not on what will happen if you don't achieve your goal. (Keep your mind on the things you want and off the things you don't want.

  • Visualise your goal
  • Picture yourself receiving your desired outcome
  • Recognise the seed of an equivalent benefit from each adversity (each knock back is a stepping stone to your goal)

Step 3

Develop positive thoughts to self inspection

In every situation ask yourself

  • Am I approaching this in a positive manner?

Ask yourself am I

  • Feeling good about myself?
  • Searching for ways to improve myself in every way?
  • Being a good finder?

Remember we become what we think about

Are you striving earnestly to develop and maintain a PMA

  • Inspect your thoughts
  • Concentrate on thinking positive

Step 4

Live the golden rule

  • No person is an island - what you share will multiply
  • If you want something - go out of your way to help others get what they want
  • Helping others succeed will help you succeed

Positive Characteristics

Honesty, happiness, desire, courage, kindness, tact, generosity, optimism, hope.

Negative Characteristics

Selfishness, dishonesty, pessimism, fearfulness, hate, indifference.

It would be unrealistic and nave to think an individual will have all of the plus characteristics all of the time or that some of the negative trait are never neutralised and converted into positive traits. In keeping your mind on what you want and concentrating on the plus side - PMA - that determines your success.

Add that something more to your life, develop and maintain a positive mental attitude it will change your world for the better. The little difference that will make the big difference in your life is PMA.

Charlie Mernagh owner of ASK Solutions http://www.asksolutions.ie specialising in Management Development such as organisational skills, motivational skills, leadership skills, coaching skills. Log onto my website for up and coming events or just for other articles.

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