Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Positive Mental Attitude is not Enough

You are likely familiar with the concept of a PMA; if you have a positive mental attitude you can achieve your dreams. This certainly sounds nice but I am sorry to tell you that it just does not work.

I can have the most positive and upbeat mental attitude, be always thinking forward and always seeing the best in every situation and everyone around me, but none of that will move me any closer to my goals.

Why you ask. The answer is because attitude does not equal movement. Action is required to move forward. Without action change is impossible. What you need is PMA coupled with POA.

Purposeful – A clearly defined plan to get from point A to point B
Ongoing – Success is a journey and not a onetime event
Action – Physical and mental activity

Focused, continual, repetitive actions over a period of time will move you forward. Success in any area of your life requires focus and sustained effort. I can’t spend eight hours in the gym and then declare myself physically fit. I can’t send my wife one hundred roses and then declare that we have a solid marriage. It’s not the singular events that make the difference; it is the repetitive connected actions over time that moves the needle.

I am a firm believer in the importance of a Positive Mental Attitude. But I know from experience that until you get off your behind and start taking Purposeful Ongoing Action you’ll find yourself in the same spot tomorrow that you are in today.

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