“Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life son.”

Consistency is key to everything in your life, both positive and negative.

An example, is how the hell did I end up fat, drunk and stupid?

By CONSISTENTLY eating crap, CONSISTENTLY making terrible choices and refusing to accept my responsibilities and CONSISTENTLY neglecting self education.

How do I fix this?

By CONSISTENTLY eating healthy foods and working out, CONSISTENTLY accepting responsibility for my own actions and CONSISTENTLY engaging myself in reading and learning with focus.

Dean Wormer from the Animal House movie.

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!