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Positive Mental Attitude

Positive Mental Attitude

Positive Mental Attitude - PMA

How to create and sustain a positive mental attitude especially during tough times

In order to manage people, you must first manage yourself.
In order to get the best from others, you must get the best from yourself.

If you are angry and confused, then it is impossible for you convince or inspire others. People management is predominantly self-management.

How can you manage yourself so as to create and sustain a positive mental attitude especially during tough times?

Anyone can be positive during the good times: but how can you lead people through tough times?

Create sufficient energy by means of proper use of nutrition, sleep and exercise

Everything that exists requires energy to sustain itself.
If your positive mental attitude is to exist, then it too, requires energy to sustain itself
Where is that energy going to come from? From your body chemistry.

Your energy levels comes from your body: which is a delicately orchestrated chemical symphony controlled by enzymes and powered by glucose.

  1. Enzymes are built from protein.
  2. Glucose is a form of carbohydrate.

If you want high levels of energy you will need quality nutrition.

Are you giving yourself quality nutrition or are you eating too much (or drinking too much) of the wrong stuff?

In addition: You want to recuperate and bounce back stronger, so you will need high quality sleep.

Are you giving yourself sufficient high quality sleep?
Or do you stay up late watching too much trashy TV?

If you want mental strength then you will have to train for it, like an athlete trains.

Top Tip: Twice a week, train for strength.

Remember: Your PSYCHOLOGY can only be as strong as your PHYSIOLOGY.

If your physiology is weak, then your mental state will reflect that weak state.

If you are vibrantly healthy and creating Megawatts of energy every day, then you will have enough energy to power the necessary "positive thinking".

And if you don't, you won't.

So here are the first steps to a positive mental attitude

  1. Eat low volumes of high quality foods (many people do the opposite: they eat High volumes of low quality food).
  2. Twice a week, train for strength. (or more frequently up to four times per week).
  3. Go to bed early enough to catch up on your beauty sleep. (We could all do with being more beautiful).
  4. Manage your mind.

Memorise this phrase and consider its implications: "You feel whatever you think about"

And because you act according to your emotional feelings, then it is vital that you control the contented of your mind.

  1. If you think about things that are good, then you feel good.
  2. If you think of things that are bad, then you feel bad.
  3. If you have mixed thoughts, then you have mixed feelings.

It is a simple process, your mood follows your mind.

"A particular train of thought persisted in, be it good or bad, cannot fail to produce its results on the character and circumstances. A man cannot directly choose his circumstances, but he can choose his thoughts, and so indirectly, yet surely, shape his circumstances." James Allen

Most people do not think about their thinking, as a result they are often more negative, than positive.

All those who are committed to developing a positive mental attitude, do think about their thinking.

Here are the rules concerning the use of thought:

  1. Keep your mind off overdosing on thoughts of a bleak future
    Such thoughts will cause you to experience fear, anxiousness and worry.
  2. Keep your mind off overdosing on thoughts of all the bad things that have happened in the past
    Such thoughts will cause you to experience regret, anger, resentment and guilt.
  3. Keep your mind off overdosing on thoughts of how the past was better than the present
    Such thoughts will cause you to experience a sense of loss for times past, and a feeling that somehow the present is insufficient: not good enough to be happy in.
    Instead:
  4. Keep your mind ON thoughts of the present moment:
    What is there that is good, or could be done NOW to make today a better day.
    Such thoughts will cause you to experience a sense of action and present awareness
  5. Keep your mind ON thoughts of the possibilities of a great future

A future that is better than either the present or the past.

Such thoughts will cause you to experience a sense of optimism, confidence, enthusiasms and motivation.

Look at that list again taken from the last two paragraphs (4 and 5)

Controlling your thoughts towards the present moment and future good will create:

  • Action orientation
  • Present awareness
  • Optimism
  • Confidence
  • Enthusiasm
  • Motivation

These feelings are the result of thoughts that are centred on the "present moment" and the "good future".

If, and ONLY if, you keep you mind on "the present moment" and "the good future" can you have the feelings.

Keep your mind under tight control:

Keep it OFF the bad past
Keep it OFF fearful future thoughts
Keep it ON good future thoughts
Keep it ON present moment thoughts

Final word from James Allen:

Many are anxious to improve their circumstances, but they often are unwilling to improve themselves. They remain bound to their own bad habits.
The outer world tends to shapes itself to the inner world of thought: both pleasant and unpleasant.
Good thoughts and actions don't tend to produce bad results.
Bad thoughts and actions don't tend produce good results.
This is the law of cause and effect applied to your mind, mood and action.
Nothing can come from corn but corn, and nothing from nettles but nettles.

Try to invest at least 80% of the time that you are awake, in giving yourself and others a continuous description of a better future.

Our Positive Mental Attitude Training course covers all the above ideas, and more.

About the Author: Chris Farmer

Chris

Chris Farmer is the founder of the Corporate Coach Group and has many years’ experience in training leaders and managers, in both the public and private sectors, to achieve their organisational goals, especially during tough economic times. He is also well aware of the disciplines and problems associated with running a business.

Over the years, Chris has designed and delivered thousands of training programmes and has coached and motivated many management teams, groups and individuals. His training programmes are both structured and clear, designed to help delegates organise their thinking and, wherever necessary, to improve their techniques and skills.

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