The Best Ways to Keep a Positive Mental Attitude…
Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) is one of the most powerful tools we possess to overcome everyday psychological barriers. Below we have compiled a list of ways you can bring positive thinking into your everyday life:
Avoid negative thinking
It doesn’t matter whether it is in the workplace or simply during leisure time, avoiding negativity is crucial to maintaining a positive thought process. How many times have you heard someone say that “they are not negative, they’re just realistic”. This seemingly harmless myth will inevitably keep you locked in a room of negative thought.
A person’s thoughts, whether positive or negative, will ultimately have an effect on their environment. If you’re thinking negatively, then your default thought process will be to confirm that the world is a terrible place. In turn, this will create a downward spiral of negativity, eventually letting fear and frustration prevail.
Positive thinking on the other hand works the same way. With positive thinking, you will automatically seek positive choices and expect positive results. This will help you combat the fear that is apparent with negative thinking. Therefore, a person’s thinking will dictate and determine their reality and the way they interact with the world.
Focus on the present
Many people seem to add to their existing problems by building them up mentally into bigger issues than they actually are. How often do people worry about things for days, weeks, even months which end up being much less of a problem than originally anticipated, and in some cases, not even happening at all? No doubt, we can all be guilty of this!
However, by focusing on the present you can eliminate any bad feeling you have towards your past and won’t needlessly worry about the “what ifs” of the future. You could also see an uplift in productivity, because of your greater focus on the task you have at hand, giving it the full attention it needs.
Your life may not be perfect, it may be far from it, but it is important to stand back and have an impartial view about the things you should be grateful for. Remind yourself of all the reasons you have to be proud of in your life, this will help you to focus on what you have, and not on what you don’t have.
Remember that how you view your life and your surroundings is, for the most part, your choice. Being thankful will displace negative feelings of anger and frustration with a more positive outlook.
You’re the master of your own reactions
As previously mentioned, we create our outside reality by the thoughts we possess internally. There are, of course, things that happen both internally and externally which are beyond our control; but the reactions we have can be controlled and even used to our advantage. Essentially, you have more control than you think.
It is important to take time to process all the information you have before you reach an educated and full conclusion. Try to avoid shouting out your initial response, and remember that ultimately you have the power over your own reactions.
View life as an ongoing journey, not a final destination
Viewing life as an ongoing journey is crucial to having positive mental attitude and feeling a sense of satisfaction in your life.
The trouble with treating life as a final destination is that you will never be truly satisfied! This is because you will continually be finding new ways of trying to find a completed state of mind when, in reality, there isn’t one. There are always going to be good times and bad times and it’s important to take life as it comes, one step at a time.
Try to remember, we do not need to arrive at a destination if we accept that we are already here. Try to be content with where you are today and avoid the mistake of waiting for life “to happen”. Sometimes you need to actively decide to enjoy the journey.