I'm not sure who made this mind over matter statement about thinking, but I agree with it!
Having a positive mental attitude is no cure to the ills of your world, I agree, and being positive isn't always easy, but I do believe that having a positive attitude is much better than being negative.
And I should know - I spent most of my life with a negative attitude. Anyway, read on, and (as ever) let me know your thoughts!...
My whole journey into self-help all began several years ago when I first noticed my own negativity! Not only did I realise that I had a negative attitude to what happened in my life, etc. - much worse was the fact that it had been like this all my life!
So I started reading a book called Personal Progress Through Positive Thinking and my life began to change, in a positive way!
And now I truly understand the question, "Is the glass half empty or half full?" and the meaning of the answer:
You can either choose to accentuate the positive (and eliminate dwelling on the negative) or not! But positive thinking is a choice!
It's a very important choice, actually. You only have to look at this collection of words that are associated with 'positive thinking', for example:
lung cancer, fibromyalgia, ibs, cancer,
breast cancer, self improvement, arthritis, poverty,
anxiety, fatigue, exercise, outlook, chronic, feelings,
addiction, causes, pain, medicine, negative,
disorder, optimism, success
It seems a positive attitude has a lot to answer for!
And when life isn't going as well as you'd like it to, the last thing you want to be told is that you need to adopt a positive mental attitude. Yes, I can fully understand the resistance to all things 'positive attitude' that some people feel - especially when the virtues of the 'power of positive' are being shared by the often preachy (and always successful) 'mind over matter' brigade!
Still. And even though I understand this resistance. I firmly believe that a life lived whilst having a positive attitude will be more fulfilling, more enjoyable and just 'more' than a life lived without a positive attitude!
I prove it? Well, if you need me to prove the benefits of a positive attitude
to you then I can't, no. As Henry Ford once said:
you think you can or
you think you can't you are right!"
– Henry Ford
Which is pretty much what Michael Jordan is saying in this motivational quote:
can accept failure – everyone fails at something.
But I can't accept not trying."
– Michael Jordan
Still, what I can do, though, is talk some more about the benefits of a positive attitude in the YouTube video below.
And I am glad to let her do so. And not because I am always positive - I'm not, far from it! But because I believe positivity - like overcoming fear, having a healthy self-esteem, being assertive - can make all of our lives 'more'. So my simply talking about the benefits of a positive mental attitude benefits ME!...