Mantras, Attitude and Perspective (M.A.P.s)
Do you think you’re a positive person? A positive mental attitude can improve your health, enhance your relationships, increase your chances of success, and add years to your life.
The fact is, most people are bombarded by negativity each day. Sure, it’s easy to cast blame by saying you’re surrounded by negative people. The reality: A lot of the negativity is self-inflicted…influenced by the company you keep and your personal perspective on life’s realities.
Take a minute…
Think how often in the day you’re besieged by people who argue over money, worry about the possibility of failure, complain about someone’s actions, criticize mistakes, mistrust someone’s intentions, blame others to avoid condemnation, envy someone for personal achievements, and gossip about trivial garbage. (No wonder we’re exhausted at the end of the day.)
There’s a direct correlation between a positive attitude and better relationships, superior health, and greater success.
A positive attitude can boost your energy, heighten your inner strength, inspire others, and garner the fortitude to meet difficult challenges. According to research from the Mayo Clinic, positive thinking can increase your life span, decrease depression, reduce levels of distress, provide greater resistance to the common cold, offer better psychological and physical well-being, reduce the risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and enable you to cope better during hardships and times of stress.
Mantras, Attitudes and Perspectives are KEY to being and staying positive.
A mantra is a commonly repeated word of phrase. It is also described as a verbal formula repeated in prayer and meditation. They are thoughts that play in our minds that you can intentionally focus upon to change your state of being, your perspective, or attitude. Mantras form messages either heard in the head (self-talk) or voiced out loud…. Consider a mantra as a mind formula. For instance, “small choices make a big difference” is a powerful mantra. An affirmation that you could use that personalizes this mantra would be “I will make small choices that make a big difference.” Another mantra is , “Up till now.” An affirmation using this mantra could be, “Up till now it has been too hard for me to make time for relaxation.”
Attitudes here refer to a state of mind or a feeling, a disposition. Attitude implies an emotional response tied to a state of mind. Insight and awareness can adjust your attitude.
Your perspective can mean different things. Similarly (but different) from attitude, it can mean a mental view or outlook. It can also be described as the subjective evaluation of relative significance or point of view between people, circumstances or situations. Information often changes your perspective.
The following ten mantras, attitudes, and perspectives (M.A.P.s) have the ability to change your life if you embrace them and create the habit of using them to direct your choices each day, all day long!
10 M.A.Ps for Change
- Small Choices Make a Big Difference
- Life Is a Journey
- Learning Never Stops
- Make Choices That Won’t Lead to Regret
- Time Warps Work
- Know Your Limits To Scale Your Choices
- Make Gratitude Your Attitude
- Motives are the Key
- Build Reserves
- Reflective Writing is an Amazing Tool
Sweet friend, your attitude and perspective matter. The mantras you incorporate into your thinking will fuel your energy for change. They will make a big difference in helping you stay on track to making the positive choices that impact your life.
I’ll be back in other blog posts to begin to unpack and explore these 10 M.A.P.s for change with you. For today, I’d love to hear about how your life has been positively impacted by mantras, attitudes or perspectives? Please share your thoughts with me in a comment below…