How to have a Positive Mental Attitude About your Big Dream

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Catherine Hughes

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Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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Positive Mental Attitude: The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude: How to Find, Build and Keep a YES! Attitude for a Lifetime of SUCCESSDo you struggle with taking real steps towards making your dreams come true? Do you start to work on your dream, then give up as soon as it becomes difficult?

Successful dreaming is being clear about exactly what we want–right down to the look and feel of it and this process requires that we eradicate any negative thoughts that will get in the way of taking action or staying with our dream journey.

Many times we have old negative thought patterns and ways of thinking that we aren’t even aware of that keep us stuck in the life we’ve come accustomed to seeing.  It’s hard to break out of a rut.

In the following video author, professional speaker and personal development trainer, Jeffrey Gitomer, discusses how to change your negative thoughts into positive ones.

6 Ways to get a positive mental attitude right now:

1. Surround yourself with positive things.

2. Read and listen to positive books, CD’s, podcasts and the like.

3. Say everything in a positive way.

4. Believe you can achieve your dreams.

5. Don’t listen to others who tell you that you are nuts.

6. Start now and work at it everyday

“Resilience is not what happens to you. It’s how you react to, respond to, and recover from what happens to you”
– Jeffrey Gitomer

Research has shown that positive emotions broaden individuals’ thought–action repertoires, enabling them to draw flexibly on higher-level connections and wider-than-usual ranges of percepts, ideas, and action urges; along with broadened cognition in turn creates behavioral flexibility that over time builds personal resources, such as mindfulness, resilience, social closeness, and even physical health (Source: Cohn, Fredrickson, Brown, Mikels, & Conway, 2009; Fredrickson, Cohn, Coffey, Pek, & Finkel, 2008; Waugh & Fredrickson, 2006).

“In contrast to negative emotions, which narrow the scope of attention and result in a rigid, scripted focus on what is threatening and harmful, positive emotions broaden one’s focus to include what is beautiful, affirming, and life-giving. Thus, people can intentionally increase their positivity ratios by learning to widen the attentional lens to encompass more of the pleasurable, interesting, and meaningful experiences in life, making the painful and dissatisfying ones smaller by comparison. In so doing, people can learn to self-generate upward spirals that resonate within themselves and between themselves and others to increase their odds of flourishing.” (Eric Garland, research analyst)

Having a positive mental attitude is an emotion you control and research affirms that creating positive emotions has a big impact on the outcome of your daily life and how much attention you pay to the opportunities being presented to you, which can have a very big impact on your dream success.

Find a way each day to look at the good that is working in your life and use that to build the platform to your dream success.

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  • Dan

    A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.

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