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Cultivate a Positive Attitude!

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by backcountry, Sep 28, 2004.

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  1. backcountry

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    To maximize your full potential you must intentionally cultivate an Ultra Positive attitude. This is especially crucial today in the midst of tough economic times and the aftermath of September 11th.

    Now, more than ever you must work at staying U.P.(Ultra Positive) Difficult, trying times reveal just how positive you really are. Think about it. What's the virtue in being positive when you're on a roll, when everything is clicking for you and falling your way? Your potential for personal excellence, excellence in your marriage, and excellence in your family life demands that you master the skill of staying U.P. even when, and especially when, everyone else isn't.

    When you're Ultra-Positive, you'll be more creative, productive, energetic, attractive, and most importantly, receptive to God's will. Here are 17 strategies to get you started.

    1. Make the Decision to Stay U.P.

    Nothing of consequence happens until you promise yourself that you'll become the most positive person you know. Raise your standards! Everything else flows from this key decision to cut yourself off from the 99% who blame, whine, gossip, and predict doom and gloom. Life is short. Take a stand.

    2. Start U.P. then end U.P. every day

    One of the simplest ways to quickly transform or upgrade your attitude is to begin and end each day with what we call in The 1% Club, Positive Mental Nutrition. Feed your mind with inspirational, spiritual, or motivational ideas for 10-15 minutes immediately upon awakening each morning and right before drifting to sleep each evening. During these two time periods, your mind is extremely susceptible to programming, so make sure your inputs are positive, healthy, and goal-directed. Read, visualize, affirm, pray, rewrite your goals.

    3. Summarize Each Day's Victories, Large or Small, in Writing
    This one practice alone can transform your attitude and generate quantum leaps in self-confidence. Start logging your accomplishments each evening in a notebook or hardbound journal. What a positive habit!

    4. U.P. your Physical Exercise

    Another pillar of Ultra-Positive living is consistent, moderate exercise. This includes aerobic work to burn fat and improve heart health, weight work to tone, strengthen, and elevate metabolism, and flexibility work to stay loose and limber. Face the facts. When you're in terrific shape and feel better about yourself you feel better about your life. You're positioned to live U.P. to your full potential.

    5. Break U.P. the Big Four

    Negative thinking leads to negative emotions which in turn, trigger more negative thinking and so the vicious cycle becomes engaged. The top 4 negative villains include fear, worry, blame and guilt. These emotions terrorize your potential and immobilize your efforts toward becoming Ultra-Positive. When you begin experiencing results you didn't want or expect, it's easy to get scared and start thinking more about potential losses than potential gains. This mindset triggers worry (reverse goal setting) where you vividly imagine what you don't want. To transfer the burden of worry, you'll often blame someone or something outside of yourself. Alternatively, you may exaggerate your role in negative events and experience guilt. Consider negative emotions to be lies from the enemy. Deal with them directly by refusing to entertain the thoughts that fuel them. Invest your time thinking about what you want instead of what you don't want.

    6. Forgive Someone, Including Yourself, Daily

    Harboring grudges and hostility against anyone including yourself tends to attract more circumstances to be upset about. Practice forgiving somebody everyday for any real or imagined transgressions. The better you become at forgiveness, the more positive you can become as a human being. If you skip this one, I'll forgive you.

    7. Quarantine Negativity if you can't Dissolve it

    Carve out a particular time and place to worry (Worry Time) and to complain (Issue Time) each week. This is extremely effective because the rest of your week doesn't get diluted with the minority of negative circumstances that can infect an otherwise healthy week. When you cut the spontaneity out of negativity you severely weaken it.

    8. Focus on God. He's U.P.

    Remind yourself of everything you know to be true about God. God is All-Powerful. God is Love. God is Sovereign. God is always with us. God is Absolute Truth. God never changes. And so on..Thinking about God is good.

    9. Schedule 4 Minute Positive Injections Every 2 Hours

    Think of these as Positive Pit Stops. Review your goals or mission. Practice affirmation or visualization. Pray. Read the Bible. Relive a positive memory. Write a thank you card or send an e-mail of appreciation to someone important.


    10. Simplify and DeClutter to stay U.P.

    Complexity is negative. Simplicity is positive. Room by room, drawer by drawer, try tossing one tiny item of clutter everyday for 30 days. Break your sub goals and milestones down into even smaller components. Renegotiate, and/or downsize, existing commitments to lighten your load a bit for the next 30 days.

    11. Get to Bed 60 Minutes Earlier for 10 Straight Days

    Fatigue, especially chronic fatigue, invites negativity and cowardly thinking. During periods of intense or prolonged stress, extra sleep will help your brain remain an ally in the war against mediocrity. Cut something out of the evening schedule and just drift to sleep with visions of victories dancing in your head. Your body, mind, and spirit will thank you.

    12. Take a 24 Hour Mental Fast

    Become Ultra Positive one day at a time. You can rid your attitude of toxic thoughts through the practice of mental fasting. During your fast, abstain from all complaining, criticizing, excuse-making, gossiping and worrying whatsoever! Start with a 60-minute fast and gradually discipline your mind to repel all negativity for a full day. Focus on progress. Repeat as necessary.

    13. Stay U.P. and Rewatch Your Favorite Funny Movies

    Laughter is fabulously positive. Research indicates that people who laugh more actually have more fun. Isn't that surprising? Consider building your own comedy library on DVD. Watch often. You'll stay healthier, more creative, and less stressed and that's a great alternative to the medicine cabinet.

    14. Have a Counter-Attack Plan U.P. and Ready

    Become hyper-sensitive to your thought life. Since you can only be negative when you're thinking negative thoughts, you can quickly become positive by thinking positive thoughts. Be prepared to fight back if you have to. The split second you notice any negative thought running through your mind, replace it emphatically with something like, "I am responsible" or "I trust God" or "I can do it". Repeat, Repeat, Repeat! Be ready with your comeback before the heat of the moment. Make negative, limiting thoughts unwelcome in your mental household.

    15. Re-Engage an Old Hobby to stay U.P.

    Make sure it's positive of course. Involve yourself in an activity that used to be important to you, but may have gotten squeezed out of your life due to other priorities. This will be both therapeutic and rejuvenating. Consider it a gift to yourself. And gifts are positive.

    16. Intentionally Cultivate Ultra-Positive Company

    This one's mandatory. It's next to impossible to become or stay U.P. when the people you live and work with are petty, negative thinkers. Nothing equals the influence of your habitual associations. Be deliberate and purposeful. As you become more positive, you'll attract more positive people in your life and that's good.

    17. Help Someone Else UP

    Donate your money. Donate your time. Volunteer. Simply serve someone less fortunate or contribute your talents and gifts to a worthy organization. Helping those who need help reduces self-centeredness and puts your own challenges into a much more positive perspective.

    Remember, every situation can be positive when you view it as an opportunity for growth and self-mastery.

    by Tommy Newberry

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    FIRST i DON'T THINK ANYBODY BESIDES RJ AND ME READ THE WHOLE THING ALL THE WAY THROUGH , IT'S TOO FREAKIN LONG . /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
    SECOND, WITH ALL THE FERTILIZER YOU'VE BEEN SPREADING AROUND HERE, i THINK ALL YOU NEED TO DO IS SOAK YOUR HEAD AND STAND IN THE SUNSHINE FOR A WHILE AND MAYBE YOU COULD GROW SOME REALITY /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif YOUR TERMINAL HAPPINESS IS JUST WRONG, YOU GOTTA BE ON SOME KINDA UPPERS OR SOMTHING, THAT KIND OF CHEERFULNESS ISN'T NORMAL!. CHECK OUT YOUR POSTS THEY REEK OF HAPPY CORRUPTION! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif
     
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    tooo.......long........
    must....watch....more...tv.....
    must...turn...playstation.....on

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    I agree that it is long. Think about this though: How can this be too long to some of us when the message is positive, however when it is negative we can seem to find the time?

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    you were gone for a cupple of weeks and diddent post anything















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    I should be totally honest... I pick and choose the long ones to read, I don't think negative or positive make a difference, there just happen to be more negative ones, which sways the number that way...
     
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    Anybody want to join me for a rousing rendition of Kumbaya and we can take swigs from the bog water???????????

    That's a good time right there /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    you were gone for a cupple of weeks and diddent post anything















    that was cool /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif

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    Sorry Bro! Don't mean to pollute you with so much positive information! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    Do you associate with Richard Simmons at all?????????????????????????????
     
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    Here I have a super succinct list of gauranteed winners for a happy life

    1. Go out and have some fun, read a book, draw a picture, lay under your truck and take a nap, live out quiet desperation with a bunch of same minded people on an internet message board
     
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    you were gone for a cupple of weeks and diddent post anything















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    Yes, I was on one of my many mini vacations. Could this be a reason why I look at issues with a more possitive tone? /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    Remeber if you rely on a list or a book for guidance, you're pretty screwed when you loose the book

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    Yes that is a very scary proposition! BTW, did you find your book? /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    Look, Happy Man thinks he's smart AND funny.... /forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif
     
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    Do you associate with Richard Simmons at all?????????????????????????????

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    Negitive. I do not know any of your family members. Only you from Colorado K5. /forums/images/graemlins/tongue.gif
     
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    And proves it yet again............ /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif

    HARDEE-HAR-HAR......... /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif

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    You’re so original Paul! Can you spell B A N D W A G O N? /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif
     
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