Positive Thinking | Positive Attitude
1.0 Feed Your Mind
Just as the body needs good food every day, mind needs good thoughts every day. The key words in the preceding sentence are good food and good thoughts. If we feed our body with junk food and our mind with bad thoughts, we will have both a sick body and a sick mind. We need to feed our mind with the pure and the positive to stay on track.
1.1 Education is a Reservoir
Continuous positive education leads to positive thinking.
1.2 Positive thinkers are like athletes who, through practice, build an inner reservoir of stamina that they draw on during competition. If they don’t practice, they have nothing to draw on.
Similarly, positive thinkers regularly build a reserve of positive attitudes by constantly feeding their mind on the pure, the powerful and the positive on a daily basis they realize that we are all going to be faced with the negative and if we have the reserve of positive attitudes we will be able to overcome it; otherwise the negative will prevail.
Positive thinkers are not fools and they are not going through life with blinders. They are winners who recognize their limitations, but focus on their strengths. Losers, on the other hand, recognize their strengths but focus on their weaknesses.
1.3 IF YOU THINK
If you think you are beaten, you are.
If you think you dare not, you don’t!
If you like to win, but think you can’t,
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll loss, you’re lost;
For out in the world we find
Success begins with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you are outclassed, you are,
You’ve got to think high to rise,
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can even win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger and faster man,
But sooner or later the man who wins
Is the man who thinks he can.
2.0 On the surface, attitude is the way you communicate your mood to others. When you are optimistic and anticipate successful encounters, you transmit a positive attitude and people usually respond favourably. When you are pessimistic and expect the worst; your attitude is often negative, and people tend to avoid you. Inside are head, where it all starts, attitude is a mind-set. It is the way you look at things mentally.
Think of attitude as your mental focus on the outside world. Like using a camera, you can focus or set your mind on what appeals to you. You can see situations as either opportunities or failures; a cold winter day as either beautiful or ugly; a departmental meeting is as interesting or boring. Perception – the complicated process of viewing and interpreting your environment – is a mental phenomenon. It is within your power to concentrate on selected aspects of your environment and ignore others. Quite simply, you take the picture of life you want to take.
Emphasizing the positive and diffusing the negative is like using a magnifying glass. You can place the glass over good news and feel better, or you can magnify bad news and make yourself miserable. Magnifying situations can become a habit. If you continually focus on difficult situations, the result will be exaggerated distortions of problems. A better approach might be to imagine you have binoculars. Use the magnifying end to view positive things, and reverse them (using the other end) whenever you encounter negative elements to make them appear smaller. Once you are able to alter your imagery to high light the positive you are on the right road.
2.1 So what is a positive attitude?
A positive attitude is the outward manifestation of a mind that dwells primarily on positive matters. It is a mind-set tipped in favour of creative activity rather than boredom, joy over sadness, hope over futility. A positive attitude is that state of mind which can be maintained only through conscious effort. When something jam one’s mental focus in a negative direction, those who are positive know that in order to bounce back adjustments must be made!
2.2 HOW DO YOU RECOGNIZE PEOPLE WITH A POSITIVE ATTITUDE?
Just as the absence of ill health does not equal good health, in the same way the absence of negativity does not make person positive
People with positive attitudes have certain personality traits that are easy to recognize. They are caring, confident, patient and humble. They have high expectations of themselves and others. They anticipate positive outcomes.
A person with a positive attitude is like a fruit of all seasons. He is always welcome.
2.3 THE BENEFITS OF A POSITIVE ATTITUDE Positive Thinking
There are many advantages to having a positive attitude. The advantages are easy to see. But what is easy to see is also easy to miss!
2.4 A positive attitude:
Benefits for you:
Makes a pleasing personality
Increases your enjoyment of life
Inspires others around you
Helps you become a contributing member of the society and an asset to your country
2.5 And for the organisation:
Makes for a congenial atmosphere
Fosters better relationships with employers, employees and customers
3.0 Maintaining a Positive Attitude: Ten Strategies
How many times have we heard that one? This challenge, of course, does not pertain exclusively to chronic illness, but to any time when things do not go as we wish. But in the case of ongoing illness, seeing the positive presents a continuous struggle.
Yet our moods are not perfectly correlated with our physical state. Most likely we can all recall times that despite much pain or fatigue, we were able to cope and even achieve high spirits. Perhaps the weather was perfect, good friends visited, we just accomplished something or helped somebody, making us feel good about ourselves. Other times, depression seems to take hold even when our physical discomfort is at a manageable level. Why is this? Answering this question is the key to finding optimism. Sometimes it seems we have fallen and the waves continue to crash on our heads, as we fight to rise, only to be knocked down yet again. But that same ocean sometimes allows us to find a wave we can ride smoothly to the shore.