A Positive Mental Attitude By Having The Right Mindset
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A Positive Mental Attitude By Having the Right Mindset

I recently made a radical change in my life; I moved to another country! Now this was not an overnight decision. It was many years in the planning and not something that I took lightly. A lot of thought went into the move, and of course it was a decision that I made with my partner and family. The best and most important change that has happened though is that in my mental health. From being a person with an average outlook on life to now being able to visualize the future more clearly and see the opportunities that I was missing before. My outlook is more than just average now, it is a full 360 degrees and the horizon is a long way in the distance. All this because I was able to create a positive mental attitude by blocking out the negativity that I was constantly exposed to daily, plus having a vision of where I wanted to be at a certain point in my life.

This is a quote I found on Wikipedia: “The Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine states that the largest part to your overall health is from your mental health. Having positive mental health gives us the motivation to do our best so that we can and always strive to do better.” Now I think that is self explanatory and sums up what I’m saying here. If we need motivation in our life, then we need to work on our mindset first in order to achieve those goals we are aiming for. Things don’t just happen. There has to be a purpose and a plan.

I would like to briefly explain where I was before and how I came to be where I am now (stay with me on this part if you can). I was born in Malta, a tiny European country in the middle of the Mediterranean. When I was 5 years old my family migrated to Australia. My parents told us it was for economic reasons and to give us a better life. I went to school, grew up, started working, got married and bought a house. I assimilated into the Australian way of life and was very happy, or I thought I was. I returned to Malta for a holiday the first time when I was only 21 years old and then again 15 years later with my wife. My marriage then went sideways and we separated.

I then changed my career, moved house and eventually married again. My second wife was very ambitious and also loved to travel. She gave me a new purpose in my life and helped to set goals for our future. We did some traveling (twice to Malta amongst other places), planned our financial goals and bought a new house together. I was working for a good company but was commuting 90 minutes each way to work. Eventually I burnt out and had to take a few months break. I then found a new job which was only 45 minutes traveling time from home. It was less stressful than my previous job and the reduced commuting allowed me more quality time with my wife.

After 11 years together, my wife and I were both at a crossroad. Not because of each other, but we thought we could and should do more with our lives than we had been doing. Sure, we had good jobs, income and a nice home, but there was something missing. We decided we needed to set new goals for ourselves and broaden our horizons more. The decision was made to move to Malta.

The crucial part of our decision was having the right mindset at the time. Now, if you are not sure what a mindset is all about, it’s essentially being in the right frame of mind when you have to make an important change in your life or even just something simple like looking for a new job or career. You need to “train the brain” to accept any possible change and then be certain you are doing the right thing. There could be several factors involved and they all need to be assessed in order for you choose the right path or plan of action. Your personal growth is important and should be a key factor in your life. Having a positive mental attitude is the first step.

Here are some guidelines and suggestions you may find useful in your quest:

• Write down a pros and cons list of where you are in your life right now. Include things like, family, career, income, status, outlook, partner and so on. Note down beside point whether you are satisfied or not and even give it a score out of 5 as to what level of satisfaction you may be on. Once you’ve listed everything you can think of, sit back and take it all in. If the pros are in favor then great, your life may be on the right track and it’s just a matter of rolling on. If the cons somehow tipped the scales then it could be time to do some serious thinking.

• Read some self help books to get the brain focused and start to tune in that mindset. I say books because there is plenty of information available on the internet which can be a bit overwhelming, and a book is more preferable in that it is usually more specific and you can then get your teeth into it. Now, sure, you can use your tablet or electronic book reader, but I’m an old technology person and prefer to curl up with a paperback and a highlighting pen. Self help books tend to have a lot of good, useful information, and I am always highlighting certain lines and paragraphs in order to remember them better. I also like to read a chapter and then go back and read it again as this also helps to absorb it more thoroughly.

• I can highly recommend these books to get you started. They are oldies, but always goodies.

- The Power of Positive Thinking by Dr Norman Vincent Peale

- Think and Grow Rich by Napolean Hill

- The Magic of Thinking Big by David J.Schwarz

- The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R.Covey

• Speak to someone who is close to you, a friend or family member, and openly discuss where you are and what your thoughts and aspirations may be. They may not be able to offer advice, but it’s always good to get things off your chest and release any potential burdens you may have. A good heart to heart works well for many of us.

Meditation is always a good way to help clear and focus the brain. If you haven’t tried it before, see my other article for an easy way to start

• If you think you may even need some professional help, then certainly seek a certified practitioner or consultant. Another option is to subscribe to a program that you can follow using a step by step system that will guide you along the way.

I certainly hope you have found this article as useful as I have had writing it, and wish you well in your life and personal growth.


Street Talk

Really interesting story of your life Martin! Thanks for sharing!

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  about 8 years ago
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