Wednesday, July 7, 2010

PMA aka Positive Mental Attitude

"We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible."

Vince Lombardi

Recently I have been reading a lot on the topic of psychology with a main focus on the idea of mindset. I struggle everyday to maintain a positive attitude and keep my mind open to the many possibilities laid out before me. One of the authors I have been researching for this is Norman Vincent Peale, who was a preacher and public speaker. He wrote the bestselling book "The Power of Positive Thinking", among others.
A main idea that I have gleaned from one of his writings is the need to drop certain words from our vocabulary. Words like "can't" and "impossible" really do tear apart our ability to believe in the miraculous abilities we have. Removing these words from our use can give us new perspective on what is really possible. It can also help us change the negative mindset that society has given us. Think of how many times you were told as a child that you "can't" do that because it is simply "impossible". Many ideas are tossed aside and many don't see the light of day because they are suffocated with the "can't"s and the "impossible"s. Entertain all ideas and if they seem "impossible", look past the cultural programming you've received and decide for yourself what is possible.

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