Principle #5 – Mindset/Attitude

As an Emergency Medicine Physician, I have seen first-hand what a negative mindset has on one’s Physical/Mental Health.  There are many folks that I evaluate in the Emergency Department that you just know that they really don’t want to get better.  It seems they are actually getting something out of being in the hospital.  Why do I see some folks over and over and over again for the same thing?  For example, I have gone into patients’ rooms and asked, “How can I help you?”  A common response, “Well, my significant other left me.”  Because of their mindset/attitude, I’ve discovered that they will not get better because they don’t want to get better.  They just want to wallow in the quicksand of poor me and want to bring as many people into the quicksand as possible with them!  I find that I evaluate the same individuals with uncontrolled high blood pressure or poorly controlled diabetes.  Source of these issues?  Negative Mindset/Attitude!

There is new scientific research that having chronic negative mindset/attitude can actually decrease our lifespan and can also worsen the following health conditions:  hypertension, cardiovascular disease, digestive disorders, and infection.

A negative mindset/attitude can affect every aspect of your life.  It can affect everyone around you from work relationships to personal relationships.  Have you ever asked someone how are they doing and you wish you never did? Such people are grumpy from the start of the day.  I’m sure all of you have at least someone in your life that’s never happy and constantly has a poor mindset/attitude.  You can think yourself sick.   Why do these people always seem to be sick with something?  A negative mindset/attitude may cause a decline in immune function which may result in individuals  becoming more susceptible to illness.

Some researchers believe that a fatalistic attitude may lead to an individual

developing an unhealthy lifestyle. Depression and anxiety can fuel many illnesses including heart disease, hypertension, asthma, and possibly even cancer and diabetes.

What is the importance of positive mindset/attitude?  Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results. Having a positive mindset/attitude helps you to achieve goals and attain success, produces more energy, increases your faith in your abilitiesinspires and motivates yourself and others, and also allows more respect and love from others. This positive mindset/attitude gives you the strength not to give up if you encounter obstacles on your way.  Imakes you look at failure and problems as blessings in disguise.  You look for solutions, instead of dwelling on problems.  You see and recognize opportunities, expecting success, not failure.  

How else can a positive mindset/attitude help?  It can increase your self-esteem and confidence helping you can achieve success.  It motivates us, helps us unlock gratitude, helps us to overcome our fears, helps us to exceed with our own expectations, increases better health, and attracts more positive experiences in your life.  In total, a positive mind attracts more positive in your life.

A positive mindset/attitude does not stop there.  It can also present you with a better first impression.  You will notice the abundance of good things in your life. It can also empower you. Your attitude can determine how successful you can be!

Research has suggested that your mind is a computer that can be programmed. You can choose whether the software installed is fruitful or unfruitful. Your inner dialogue is the software that programs your attitude, which determines how you present yourself to the world around you. You have control over the programming. Whatever you put into it is reflected in what comes out.  As the old computer saying goes, “Garbage in, Garbage Out!”

Many of us have behavior patterns today that were programmed into our brains early on in our lives. The information that was recorded by our brains could have been completely inaccurate or cruel. The sad fact is that we will continue to hear negative information but we don’t have to take ownership of it or program it into our brains.

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You probably have heard the following by Charlie “Tremendous” Jones: “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”

I would like to share a personal story with you.  I still recall to this day one of my aunts  saying, “Robert is still fat.”  I was 9 years old at the time.  That was 50 years ago.  It took me a very long time to overcome that.

Comments from individuals I was involved with even affected certain business decisions. Whenever it seemed that a deal was going to be successful, somehow, at the last minute, it would fall through.  Yet, what I discovered is that I was self-sabotaging the outcomes because of that little voice from the past saying that I was unworthy and that the only thing I would be successful at is being a Medical Physician.  That negative mindset or “little voice” even impacted my female relationships following my divorce.

I share this information with you because I sincerely want to shorten your learning curve.  Several of my Mentors have shared with me that what we write about is what we need to work on.  Life is a journey, not a destination.  The message I continuously share with people is that I have a hard hat on……that I am under construction!