I’m throwing this post in with little (or no) gardening reference because I believe it to be so valuable!
Your attitude is vital to realizing your success! I am going to share some information that I have shared in the past, but think it is still relevant. Many people “poo-poo” the Positive Mental Attitude notion as being fakery or unrealistic. Here are some thoughts to keep in mind the next time you see someone having a Positive Mental Attitude and you would rather reach out and touch someone than have their sparkly sunshine rain down on you.
Have you ever heard a negative person say that they aren’t negative; they’re just being ‘realistic’? This way of thinking keeps people locked in a negative reality of their own creation.
A person’s thoughts, whether positive or negative, do have an effect on their environment. If you think negatively, your mind will automatically seek out confirmation that the world is a terrible place. Seeing is believing, and your mind reinforces your belief that reality is negative. If you expect negative results, you are less likely to take risks and try new things. Positive thinking works the same way. With a positive mental attitude, you’ll seek out positive choices and expect positive results. This helps you move past fear and try things that others may believe “can’t be done”. This typically ends in positive results.
A person’s thinking helps determine their reality. 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.
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. Everyone who accomplishes anything – whether it’s earning a million dollars or becoming an award-winning actor – accomplish it the same way: by taking action. Positive people have an edge because they believe the object of their desire is attainable. They come from a ‘can-do’ mindset. Their actions are not based on fear or scarcity, but based on possibilities. Thus, a positive attitude helps a person manifest their desires, not simply by dreaming about it, but by inspiring the person to take action.
Positive thinking doesn’t allow you to ignore problems, rather to see the problem in a new light. In fact, you don’t even see ‘problems’ as problems. Think about it; regardless of how you react to an external situation; the situation will still be the same. If being upset doesn’t change the outcome, wouldn’t it serve you to not be upset and to see the positives?
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 thinks of ways to solve problems because they are not limited by fear. When people are in a state of abundance, we are in a state of allowance, openly accepting the positive things life has in store for us.
If you’re around positive people it might be easy to believe that these people have never had anything ‘bad’ happen to them or haven’t lived through hardships. I don’t know a positive person who hasn’t gone through difficulties in their lives. The difference is that these people didn’t let those experiences change their outlook. A positive mental attitude means that you are in control of your own thoughts and feelings. It means these people choose to see and take part in the good things life has to offer.
I have to admit; sometimes positive people are a little annoying. I even to admit that sometimes I am probably a little annoying. However, positive people are real people and have setbacks and discouragement just like everyone else The difference is that they look for ways to stay positive, even to go so far as to look for the good in all situations.
All thought creates form on some level. Positive or negative, what you think about (or say) you send out into the world, and that is what will come back to you. Your thoughts (and words) have power. If those thoughts are positive (blessings, prayers, kind, loving) that is what you receive in return. What you send out, you get back. Because you want happiness (peace, joy, love, etc.) you extend those thoughts to others. Inversely, every thought of blame, woe, victimization, defensiveness, anger, attack, criticism you send out comes back to you. Whether you do this on purpose or with intent – you are being self-indulgent in your negativity. When those negative or unkind thoughts pop into your head, and most definitely before you say them from your mouth, cancel them. Refrain and rephrase. Look for the good in the situation. If your thoughts were just petty, sarcastic, or mean cancel them out altogether. Insert a positive thought instead.
Today’s Challenge: Live today (and every day) with a Positive Mental Attitude! Encourage the thoughts that come in to your world to be positive and ONLY allow positive words out of your mouth. The universe is listening!
“Having a positive mental attitude is asking how something can be done rather than saying it can’t be done”. ~ Bo Bennett
Attitude is everything!