Looming Lockdown

Looks like where I live and work is going to under a new lockdown soon. Its super difficult to make any plans or take any decisions when there are circumstances outside of your control. All you can control is your own reaction to events.

“There always remains an opportunity to make a new start.

Though it may not seem so when you first encounter a serious blow, you can never lose two of the most important assets you have. These are the power of your mind and your freedom to use it. Once you have turned them to understanding what laid you low, you can begin forming new plans. You may not have the money you once had; you may lack the allies you had cultivated. But you still have the benefit of a universe that eventually rewards honest effort, as well as gaining the experience of mistakes you will never make again. Remember, no matter where you are now, whatever you can conceive and believe, you can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill

My mind is my own…

In one of the Napoleon Hill books, possibly the Law of Success, there is a formula he asks you to copy and write down. I have this on the wall in my house, in the kitchen and my daughter has a copy in her bedroom.

I believe my mind is my own.

I believe I can take possession of my own mind,

I believe I can direct and own my emotions, moods, intellect, tendencies, attitudes and habits with the intention of developing a positive mental attitude.

I will develop a Positive Mental Attitude.

On typing this, I’m reflecting on how this reads almost as a prayer, and what is a prayer but a statement of focus and faith?

PMA is taking control of your own mindset and directing towards your own focussed intention. It is not a wish.

PMA is taking decisive actions towards plans. taking advantage of opportunities as they come up. It is taking mistakes and using thme as lessons. Turning obstacles into opportunities to learn. Learning every day.

“Don’t let your mind control you. Control your mind.” – Jock Willink

Will power

“If belief consists in an emotional reaction of the entire man on an object, how can we believe at will? We cannot control our emotions…. But gradually our will can lead us to the same results by a very simple method: we need only in cold blood act as if the thing in question were real, and keep acting as if it were real, and it will infallibly end by growing into such a connection with our life that it will become real. It will become so knit with habit and emotion that our interests in it will be those which characterize belief” – William James

How do you exercise will power? By acting “as if the thing in question were real, and keep acting as if it were real, and it will infallibly end by growing into such a connection with our life that it will become real

Rediscover!

Yesterday, I did something I hadn’t done in maybe 20 years. Now I love skateboarding, in all its forms. I street skated for years, curbs, blocks, ledges, benches. From around when I was 12, much of my weekends and my weeknights sometimes were spent looking for freestanding curbs, waxing them, seeing it turn into a bust, moving on. Some places were police/security free, and then as I grew older, I got the fear.

What might happen? What if? What if I break my arm? (did manage to shatter my elbow, and got berated by my then boss) and I’d also let people get into my head, was I doing this trick wrong? Someone told me I was doing it wrong. I stopped doing it, unsure of myself now. I was the generation where we sat there looking at trick tips – photo sequences in magazines, I’d watch Streets of Fire over at someone’s house or maybe The Search for Animal Chin.

So I settled. And remembered what was awesome, but fell into “adulthood”, later than some but the “fun” now seemed to involve regret and coming down. And you know something, it went against every value I’d been brought up to believe in, and that, can send you into a spiral. I’ll probably go into this more in a later post. I still skated, on and off over the years, never really got into park skating though.

Anyways! What did I do? I skated town for the first time in maybe 20 years. A friend suggested it, and yeah I’m onboard! (Thank you brother!) We went and rolled around, I searched for the old spots, now mostly gone, found some new ones, met some guys who ride electric unicycle wheel things, saw some longboarders, even some rollerbladers. People who were stoked on life. The sun was out, I slammed pretty hard, life was awesome.

Positive thinking does not work.

I see this sentiment written in so many self help books. “Thinking positive thoughts doesn’t change anything” the reasoning being that PMA will leave you feeling “inadequate” if it doesn’t banish that negative energy, whatever it may be. So if positive thinking does not work, what does? Well their answer is accepting the negative thoughts, but then controlling your actions.

WHAAAT?!

The essence of Positive Mental Attitude is the fact that we choose how we react to something and what our action is from that point on!

Sometimes I feel as though some writers think PMA is an outdated concept, and they have to deride it, dress it up in new clothes, and call it SUPRANORMALCOMBATIVEBRAINMODE! (by the way, SNCBM is all mine! No stealsies!)

Positive Mental Attitude is the concept that we are free to control our minds, and to direct emotions, moods, feelings, attitudes, habits etc. with the intention of making a positive choice every time. And if we fail, or make a mistake, we take it as a learning experience and move one!

PMA ALL DAY!