Adopt a Positive Mental Attitude!
I know you’ve been reading these blog posts for quite some time now so I’m going to ask you to actually try to remember something very important that I wrote about a few months ago. It’s not the dancing cowboy (that despite the colder weather is still dancing in short shorts and a cowboy hat down along the shores of the Cape Cod Canal each night around sunset), and no I’m not referring to the GIANT 700 pound tuna we wrestled out of the ocean back in September. Sadly I’m also not talking about drinking 3453890 vodka tonics at my 25 year old buddy’s (yes the one with a third kid on the way!) wedding, or being a tourist on the Vineyard and eating a near world record amount of ice cream.
I’m talking about that week back in March where it seemed as if I couldn’t walk anywhere without stepping in dog poop. Talk about a sh*&ty week.
I want you to envision stepping in a heaping pile of dog poop. Maybe you’re on your way to work, dressed nicely, shoes polished before your big morning business meeting. You have your iced coffee in one hand, smartphone in the other, smiling and walking proudly down the street to the MBTA bus stop. When out of nowhere you take a step and smear your new Berluti alligator skin shoes into a hot, heaping, pile of good old fashioned doo-doo.
What’s your natural reaction?
“You’ve got to be kidding me! I just bought these shoes the other day! This is ridiculous, why would God do this to me? Damn dogs, and stupid owners not picking up after them. What is the deal these days? These people need to get a grip. Man I’m going to smell like doodie at this meeting. See ya later promotion…”
I’d say that could be a pretty typical reaction for the average American these days, wouldn’t you agree?
And how would reacting to your new found poop-predicament in that tone end up making you feel?
Pissed off? Singled out for punishment from God? Agitated? Annoyed? Frustrated? Anxious? I mean the list of bad feelings goes on forever, doesn’t it?
Well only if you allow it to…
What if just by guiding your thoughts a little differently you could substitute all those nasty “feeling” words for something better. Wouldn’t it be nice to know that even if you’re a chronic “stepper of sh#t” it’s still possible to feel great, at ease, pleasant, excited, passionate, and best of all-happy?
Well I’m a firm believer that it’s easily possible, no matter what the circumstances.
For example, after initially stepping in poop, instead of thinking…
“You’ve got to be kidding me! I just bought these shoes the other day! This is ridiculous, why would God do this to me?
Try guiding your thoughts to something a bit more pleasant such as…
“You’ve got to be kidding me! The odds of this occuring are ridiculous if you think about it. I mean, the average person takes 7,192 steps per day. So the last time I remember stepping in dog crap was last summer, which was over 6 months ago, which means I’ve successfully gone 1,294,560 steps IN A ROW without stepping in poop. That’s utterly amazing if you think about the number of dogs in this city! To be quite honest I guess Boston dog owners are pretty good at cleaning up after their pets. I bet in other countries people step in poop a lot more often. I can probably get most of this off with that stick over there anyways. I guess this isn’t really the end of the world.”
How did that make you feel just reading that? Funny? Light hearted? Joyful? Was it a little strange to look at it that way?
If you find it utterly ridiculous to think about the situation in that sort of light then awesome! You’ve just been awoken to the power of thinking positive.
If you think good thoughts you’ll feel good. If you think bad thoughts you’ll feel bad. If you can think good thoughts, despite being in a “not so great” situation then kudos to you, because that is how you stay happy no matter what life situation you may currently be experiencing.
But what about situations that really are terrible? How can you possibly expect us to feel good about truly awful things? Well, I’m not asking you to feel good right away, just to feel a little bit better.
The oil spill in the Gulf- typical response- “What a mess. That oil’s going to be around forever. The beaches will never be the same, the economy may never recover, not to mention the lives that were lost. The Gulf will never again be the beautiful place it once was.”
-new response- “I really am saddened by the spill. I can’t imagine what it must feel like to have lost a loved one, or not be able to go to the beach, and then know that animals are dying and suffering. But maybe this could be a turning point for us. I think that this spill has made us all care a little more about our environment. I’d say the odds of America moving forward to alternative energy sources are improved now because of this spill. Personally, I will never again take a nice clean beach for granted, and will certainly appreciate my own life a lot more.”
I believe positive thinking can make anybody’s life better. For the last 2 months I have consciously safeguarded myself against any thought other than a positive thought and I’m happy to say I’ve never felt more relaxed, hopeful, energetic, excited, optimistic, and happy. I’m certainly no Buddha but I think I may be on to something.
Your life is what you think it to be!