Positive Thinking | Positive Attitude
1.0 Feed Your Mind
Just as the body needs wonderful food every day, the mind needs good thoughts every day. The keywords in the preceding sentence are nutritious 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 minds 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 the 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 favorably. When you are pessimistic and expect the worst; your attitude is often negative, and people tend to avoid you. Inside is head, where it all starts, attitude is a mindset. 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. Simply, you take the picture of the 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 can alter your imagery to highlight the positive, you are on the right road.