By Timothy Mutizwa (Motivational Speaker and Leadership Coach)
Life sometimes hits your face with hard rocks, swallowing all the hopes for your tomorrow. You get frustrated, discouraged, and depressed yet solving nothing but here is the tried and working formula for all these torrential problems – Positive Mental Attitudes.
Exploring into my story, I would like to start by defining mental attitude as the way you perceive or see something. It’s the law of life that lion-like pandemics always arise but our attitude towards it determines our reaction. Sometimes the so-called problems are not really problems but the real problem is your attitude about the challenge. You don’t drown by falling in water but you sink for not swimming. It is in your mentality how you react whether positively or negatively to diverse snags.
Jump starting my writing I want to say the greatest part of life depends on your interpretation and reaction to situations. Life is 10 % percent what happens and 90% how we interpret and react to them. Bad things do happen, how I respond to them defines your character and the quality of your life. The difference between an obstacle and an opportunity is your attitude just because in every opportunity there is a stumbling block and for every obstacle, there is an opportunity. One should learn to interpret positively in order to react positively to every situation.
It is scientifically proven that our bodies react to the thoughts we create. Our mentality changes the chemistry of our bodies. King Solomon clearly supported that idea in the book of Proverbs 23:7 when he says ‘’As a man thinketh in his heart so is he’’. The mind can be likened to a garden therefore it is up to you whether to plant fruitful seeds or allow useless weeds to grow. Therefore, one should train his/her mind to see good in every situation, you can’t expect positive fruits if you had planted negative seeds. Plant positive and big seeds and the bumper harvest will be automatic, below are some tips to keep a positive mental attitude.
DON’T MAKE THE MOUNTAIN BIGGER THAN IT IS.
Many people have a tendency of complicating their challenges by magnifying them therefore making their problems difficult for them to solve. Whatever thing happened, happening or will happen to you just use this method – take it easy. You don’t have to be a fantastic hero to do great things but you need to be an ordinary chap just sufficiently and positively motivated to reach challenging goals. Don’t overvalue what you don’t have and undervalue what you have, that’s a recipe of complaining and crying. It is therefore clear that one should take it easy and his/her attitude will remain positive.
HAVE A CLEAR VISION
In my previous article, I defined a vision as a vivid mental image for one’s future. The future is not some places we are going to but one we are creating, the paths to it are not found but are made. You have to do something today for the betterment of tomorrow. ‘’The best way to predict your future is to create it’’– Abraham Lincoln. When you have a clear purpose, you won’t have time for negativity. The secret of success is constancy to purpose. When you are in the valley just keep your goal firmly on view and you will get the renewed energy to continue the climb. Therefore, it is crystal clear that without a clear goal your mentality will always be on the negatives.
BE A PROBLEM SOLVER
It is the law of life that problems arise when conditions are there for their solutions. If you are searching for that one person that will play the biggest part in the transformation of your life, just take a look in the mirror. You can easily dodge your responsibilities but you cannot dodge the consequences of dodging your responsibilities, therefore, you should proudly accept the responsibilities and work for the solution. If you develop the habits of success you will make success your habit. The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary. If you stay practicing the above, you keep identifying yourself with your achievements hence keeping a positive mental attitude.
BE ALWAYS FOCUSED
Focusing is to keep your mind sincerely to your work. Success is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm. When you see what looks terrible choose to wear faith glasses and be always positive. Faith is our victory in every situation. It is only through faith that we obtain good reports. Faith just defines FAIL as a First Attempt In Learning. I failed over and over and over again in my life that’s why I’m successful – Jordan. If you are focused you utilize your full abilities and that is an undeniable principle of success. Therefore one should not miss the bright future by focusing on the past.
BELIEVE YOUR UNTAPPED POTENTIAL
Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do not knowing that they can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe you can achieve. A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings, always believe yourself. ‘’It happens to you according to what you believe’’ W. M. Branham. Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality. Within you right now is the power to do things you never dreamt possible but the power becomes possible to you just as soon as you change your belief. Therefore, one cannot deny that if the thing is not really in your mind it can not fit in your life.
TRY OTHER OPEN DOORS
It is the principle of life that when one door closes another door opens but we often look so long and so regretfully upon a closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us. One thing that you cannot recycle is time so do not waste things that cannot work for you. You should be a flexible person who is ready to switch to other working projects yet avoiding pillar to post habit. If you always do what you have always done you will get what you always got therefore one should know that successful life is all about timing.
In conclusion, a positive attitude is a power behind success. Behind every successful individual, there is a strong faith and a positive mental attitude. Therefore, one should always be positive and continue to fight even if there is no hope for victory. A river doesn’t overcome the rock by its power but by its persistence. You always pass through failure on your road to success for failure are the only fingerpost on your way to success. Conceive positive seeds and you shall definitely give birth to a positive mental attitude which is a key to success.
Motivational Speaking and Leadership Coach