“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with a wrong mental attitude” – Thomas Jefferson.
Attitude is everything. At the heart and core of personal development is mental attitude. Success or failure is largely determined by ones’ reaction to their environment. The ability to react is a result of your mentality.
How you react to adversity; your ability to grow and learn and your ability to overcome challenges are all factors that are largely influenced by your mental attitude.
What determines your success or failure is your attitude towards life. If you have a positive mental attitude you are more likely to succeed. That is why it is very important to keep a positive mental attitude.
For this reason, you will agree, that one of the most important personal assets to continuously make improvements on, is your mental attitude. If you want to achieve more, you must ensure that you work on improving your mental attitude.
It is the get way to life’s opportunities. How you react to different situations will determine what course of action you will take.
You may not realise it but, sometimes opportunities come and they pass you by, simply because of your negative way of thinking.
The most successful people are those that have a positive mentality even when they are faced with adversity. Yes, I know that sometimes it is very difficult to stay positive, but if you want to succeed you need to put on a positive mentality.
They say “the only disability in life is a bad mental attitude.” We all have weaknesses. I always say that we are all challenged in one way or the other. But, the only disability is having a bad mentality.
I have seen people who are physically challenged, yet are successful in life. A good example is one of my favourite preachers Nick Vujicic.
This is a man who is physically challenged yet with great charisma and a positive mental attitude towards life. I find his teachings amazing.
The reality with life is that we are solely responsible for forming our own attitudes. God has given us the authority and willpower to be in charge and be responsible for our own characters.
It Has an Effect on Your Life
Your attitude is usually formed over a period of time due to your life’s experiences. However, your reaction and actions towards any given situation are but your choice.
You have the power and will to choose how you are going to react to any given situation. Only you are in charge of the willpower to choose.
Your reaction towards life also has a bearing on both your long and short-term achievements. The negative reactions will usually delay your success rate and increase your failure rate.
What you want in life is to increase your chances of success, which can only be done with a positive attitude.
The more positive your attitude is the more increased your chances of success is.
Like I have said before that life is enjoyed when you triumph. Winning can be addictive just as losing can be demoralising.
It’s like in sport, the more you win, the more motivated you are and the more invincible you feel. However, the opposite is true, the more you lose the more demoralised you feel.
Am sure it takes more energy and a great attitude to reverse a losing streak in any situation.
The effects of having a positive way of thinking on your life is the ultimate feeling you should be aiming for. You have better self-esteem and your confidence is enhanced.
Confidence naturally reduces your stress levels and you develop a feel-good factor about yourself, that leads to more happiness. After all, the ultimate goal in life is to live a happy and healthy life.
It Can Help Boost Your Self-Esteem
As mentioned before having a positive attitude has many benefits among them is the improvement and boosting of your self-esteem.
The quality of your life and the way you feel about yourself are all linked to your mental attitude.
The more positive your mental attitude is, the better the quality of your life.
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation.” – Brian Tracy.
If you think positively, you will feel happier. If you are negative, you’ll feel pretty dull. Boost your self-esteem by looking at yourself in a positive light and picking out the things you like about yourself. Also, turn any negative features or characteristics into positives.
People will always have an opinion about you, it’s important not to let what others think bother you, and to really try not to worry yourself about what they think at all.
I have a personal rule, of not paying so much attention to things that I have no control of. One of which is that you will never have control of what people think or say about you. Make it a policy that they do not affect your happiness.
Always remember that everything action you take has consequences and it is basically a reflection of your inner being. Like I said before you have the willpower to make better choices.
As mentioned above attitudes are formed through experience. They are learnable. This means that both positive and negative mental attitudes have been learned over time. Just like anything else that can be learned they can also be unlearned.
According to a Stanford Research Institute study, the path to success is comprised of 88% attitude and only 12% education. This does not negate the importance of education but goes to show how vital a positive mental attitude is to success.
Self-esteem can only be boosted by unlearning the negative way of thinking and replacing it with a positive one.
It Can Improve Your Motivation
You are motivated when you are sure of yourself. Motivation is a product of having a positive outlook. Motivation is key to achieving your personal development and self-improvement.
When you are of good cheer, nothing can stand in your way. Yes, you will stumble but will turn adversity to your advantage. A person of good cheer will surely succeed in life because they will be razor-focused on achieving their goals.
“When you change the way you look at things; the things you look at change.” – Wayne Dyer.
“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” – Brian Tracy.
Having a positive mental attitude is what you should be working towards achieving.