In times of great difficulty and uncertainty, mindset is key. To quote Lee Atwater, “Perception is reality.”
At the beginning of each day, we all have an opportunity for a clean slate. We can choose any direction that we’d like the day to take and it all starts with our outlook.
PMA, or Positive Mental Attitude, is a concept that encourages optimism, courage and initiative developed by Napoleon Hill and W. Clement Stone.
Under the branch of positive psychology, PMA doesn’t ignore or dismiss the fact that defeatism and negative events happen in the world – but rather seeks to oppose and overcome these forces by means of an acute internal focus. Our internal energy has the power to affect our external atmosphere. PMA focuses on the present and what we can control. Our nagging negativity focuses on things we can’t, thoughts either in the past or in the future.
Drake Wuertz, a former independent professional wrestler and avid PMA advocate, spoke on what his idea of PMA was as a guest on The Kevin Gill Show in 2014.
“There are never any bad days. Just bad minutes,” said Wuertz.
PMA can be executed by anyone, in any situation, at any time. Extravagant action or epiphany aren’t necessary ingredients. It all begins with a definitive thought and genuine belief that anything is possible. It has to come from within.
Kickstarting a mindful PMA habit is a lot simpler than most would imagine, as well. Start with practicing daily gratitude. Pick a time where you can collect your thoughts and have a moment to really think about all the things you’re grateful for. Writing them down can also be helpful with visualization.
Negativity, much like a cancer, can spread if poked and prodded. If we continue to stoke the fire of collective negativity by spending time with equally negative people, it’s difficult to break that cycle. Practicing PMA involves elements of courage, so having the strength to create boundaries between you and people who aren’t willing to make that change may be necessary.
PMA has been essential for my journey thus far, especially when it comes to doing one thing every day that absolutely terrifies me. I fully believe it can do the same for you.