“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you” – Brian Tracy
Today I want to talk to you guys about something I feel extremely passionate about which is the power of having a Positive Mental Attitude or PMA as it more commonly referred called.
The term positive mental attitude was initially coined by Napolean Hill in his famous book “Think and Grow Rich”
Well after reading that book along with the hundreds of other self help books I have read in my life, the idea of cultivating a Positive mental attitude (PMA) became a cornerstone of my life philosophy.
What Does It Mean to Have a Positive Mental Attitude?
PMA is the the philosophy that by having an optimistic attitude in every situation in your life you can attract positivity and wonderful self improvement. People who consistently utilize a PMA employ an abundance mentality.
They have a state of mind that always seeks to find and execute a way to win, or find a desirable outcome in every situation regardless of the circumstance.
People who believe in the PMA philosophy oppose negativity and hopelessness.
Optimism and hope are the two most crucial elements when you need to develop a PMA
Life is so full of unexpected turns both good and bad, and sometimes life just feels so overwhelming you want to give up, I’ve been there.
The one thing that helped pull me out of this victim mentality that I had created for myself is by having a positive mental attitude. I taught myself that no matter what, everything was going to be ok, because what is the alternative?
You can’t give up on yourself ever. Of course we all have time where we doubt ourselves and our abilities but the more you practice having a positive mental attitude the more resilient you become in all different types of situations.
Our thoughts become our reality and in order to achieve your dreams you need to rid yourself of negative thoughts because they have a strong and sometimes devastating impact on all aspects of our lives.
In order to break free from negative patterns of thinking and unproductive thoughts you need to recognize them for what they are. They serve no real purpose in your life other than preventing you from achieving your dreams.
You need to no longer identify with your negative thoughts, in order to become free from a negative mindset you must become more keenly aware of your thoughts and start paying attention to what thoughts are running through head at any given time.
This is called mindfulness and it is extremely beneficial for lifting negative thoughts and raising feelings of joy and happiness.
What Happens When You Cultivate a Positive Mental Attitude?
Constructive and positive thinking allows you to be happy when things are going well in your life and helps you to put other problems into perspective and deal with them in a positive way.
If you can change your thoughts you can change your life, and when your brain is filled with more positive thoughts than negative you can even rewire your brain!
How exactly does this happen? Well the simple answer is science!
Positive thinking really does change your brain and not in a magical intangible way but in a real physical way.
It means that our thoughts can change the structure and function of our brains, pretty cool right?
The discovery of Neuroplasticity is responsible for this and it proves that the brain is endlessly adaptable and dynamic.
It has the power to change its own chemical structure even for people with traumatic brain injuries, the brain can heal itself and it is completely life altering.
This means that when you think positive thoughts and repeat positive activities on a regular basis you can basically rewire your brain and strengthen the areas of your brain that stimulate serotonin and positive feelings of happiness.
Can you guess what the most successful and happy people think about all day long?
The answer is really simple, they think about what they want and how to get it. They set their intentions for the day, week, month or lifetime and then take small steps every day to get there.
We get so wrapped up in the small and unimportant details of our lives.
From being stuck in traffic, to a slow internet connection, forgetting to do a load of laundry, or other trivial things that in the long run will have no impact on our lives.
If you really stop and think about it for a second, like slow down and wrap your head around this, you are currently sitting in the middle of a full blown miracle that is happening right here and right now.
You live on a planet that somehow knows how to rotate on its axis and follow a definitive path while it hurtles itself through space and time!
We have music, flowers, mountains, and Trader Joes Cookie Butter for goodness sake?
You are living in a beautiful universe overflowing with beauty and the fact that you don’t wake up every single day in awe of the amazing world around you is a crying shame.
A book that really helped me shift my worldview is the book You Are A Badass which taught to me to take in the beauty in everyday.
It also helped me realize even more just how amazing the world we live in can be if you cultivate a positive mindset attitude.
Having a PMA is so important for your overall happiness and satisfaction in life and I highly encourage you all to read whatever books you need to or shift whatever mental roadblock is holding you back from having a positive mental attitude immediately.
In doing so you can live the life you have always imagined and see you the wonders in everyday!
I hope you guys liked this post, I just really wanted to share some things that had helped me to create a great positive mental attitude and why I encourage you all to do the same!
How do you create a PMA? I would love to know!