STAPLES SERIES: PMA All the Way
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The 5 Myths of Positive Mental Attitude
Myth #1: Negative thinking is more realistic.
This myth keeps people locked in a negative reality of their own creation. Negative thinking is realistic for the negative thinker, but only because their thoughts make it true. Ironically, the positive thinking also sees reality, just in a different light. Both types of people see their own reality, and both consider it the reality.
Myth #2: Positive thinkers have unrealistic expecatations.
Those who don’t believe in positive thinking imagine that positive thinkers expect that their desire will manifest itself if they simply think positively about it. This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Everyone who accomplishes anything accomplishes it the same way: by taking action. Positive people have an edge because they believe the object of their desire is attainable. Their actions are not based on fear or scarcity, but based on possibilities. A positive attitude simply helps a person manifest their desires by inspiring the person to take action.
Myth #3: Positive thinking doesn’t change reality.
A positive mental attitude creates a mindset of abundance, enthusiasm, and solutions. Instead of thinking about what can’t be done, a positive thinker will not be constrained by ‘can’ and ‘cannot.’ A positive thinker is free to think of new ways to solve problems because they are not limited by fear of failure. When we are in a state of abundance, we provide a fertile ground for possibilities and making dreams a reality. A positive mental attitude changes reality by allowing a person to act in an entirely different way, thus harvesting entirely different results.
Myth #4: Positive thinkers have no clue about the real world.
It’s easy to believe that people with a positive mental attitude have perfect lives and never dealt with real world hardships. “Maybe people wouldn’t be so positive if they’d endured a few difficult times in their lives.” However, I don’t know a positive person who hasn’t had real and serious trials in their lives. A positive mental attitude doesn’t mean a person has sidestepped a hard life. It simply means they choose to see and take part in the good things life has to offer, as opposed to only the negative.
Myth #5: People with a PMA are annoying and cheesy.
Okay, let’s admit it, some types of positive people are a little cheesy. We’re talking about the kind who spout platitudes and expect everything to be perfect no matter what. But truly positive people aren’t Tony Robbins infomercials.
Positive people do not expect perfection, but rather, they expect that every event is the best thing that could have happened in that moment. It is the only event that happened in that moment. Now that you’re considering the event, that moment has past. You cannot go back and change the moment, so you have to accept what happened was the best, and move on to the next moment.
Even in external circumstances that seem out of our control, we can always control is our internal response. In fact, it’s the only thing we have absolute control over.
Final Thoughts …
Every moment is a gift, thus regardless of what is happening, it is perfect. There is always a gift, or lesson, to be taken away from that moment. Next time you perceive that something crappy is happening to you, instead of reacting with anger and frustration, ask yourself the following questions:
- Where is the gift or lesson in this situation?
- What did I learn from it?
- Now what? What can you do now?
Adapted from http://thinksimplenow.com/happiness/the-5-myths-of-positive-mental-attitude/
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