Positive Mental Attitude
The Six Characteristics of a Positive Mental AttitudeDiscovered by Gary Faris
This is not a list of time-oriented steps. An effective Positive Mental Attitude and goal realization relies on each point working in concert.
1. Inner Motivation
Emergency and disaster preparedness neither prevent nor manifest earthquakes--such events are beyond our control. It is about awareness. Conscious awareness and preparation in the absence of an emotional investment act as obstacles to possibilities, while emotional investment and focusing toward the positive attracts possibilities. Preparation is not expectation, you are not expecting a problem, but rather you are recognizing that there are things beyond your control and outcomes outside of your desired preferences. Awareness of a possible problem is the first step toward the solution; it starts the process of creating obstacles to prevention or continuation of a problem. Without awareness there is no intention to prevent or stop a behaviour or outcome.
2. Valuing High Standards
3. Chunk Size
Achieving an ultimate goal is a process; this in itself is a series of steps which are smaller goals. The smaller goals may also be easier, not merely because they may require a shorter time-frame, but because they are within your present level of capabilities. If your goal is to run a marathon and you've never ran a mile, please don't start with a full marathon or even a full mile. Try a quarter mile and increase or decrease that mini goal according to your ability.
The athletic analogy is obvious, but even so, many fail to transfer it to other situations. MLC is a journey that averages 2-7 years. You have plenty of time to reach your goals, and rushing is a failure to grasp Acceptance. What is your goal--a goal that is within your control?
Whether your MLCer chooses to come home or not is not within your control. But you may still have Standing as well as personal goals for your own growth. Regarding Standing, what is in your control and what can you do to realize your goals? What can you do to break them into smaller steps? Many of your personal growth goals may be steps within your Standing goals.
4. Time Frame: Live in the Present
My ultimate goal in this journey was for a reconciled relationship. For me that other stuff was a byproduct. They are no less important, but those other things are the goals of each present moment, the small goals that helped me achieve my ultimate. But that was my goal. What is yours? Maybe you don't know yet. That's okay. Part of those smaller goals are to help you find your ultimate. This is a journey of self-discovery. Determine that you will find rewards, and that you will create your Self--a Self you will love.
Without the present moment achievements, the final goal will be forever beyond grasp. Those smaller goals are the background; they should be part of all of our goals, for even if you have achieved them, you need to maintain them. Though you may want something greater, the background is the foundation from which success springs.
Live in the moment. Life is also about maintenance. Peace, joy, self-love, self-focus etc. keep up the effort to maintain these, otherwise they may be fleeting. If this is a new crisis, a shock; the quality of your peace may need changing. Sudden crisis can throw off our peace, the joy and foundation you once thought was so stable.
5. Personal Involvement
How does active participation match with Accept the process? The process in which you are accepting is your own. Your spouse's journey is outside of your control; accept his process while investing in yours.
6. Self-to-Self Comparison
If you are in a support group for Standers and your MLCer is the only one who is...
...it may seem that your situation is the only one without positive signals or signs of improvement. Your friends are not you, not married to your MLCer, their histories are different; the root causes MLC are specific to each individual. MLC is not in a vacuum in which all conditions are identical.
But somewhere you may have read some absurd data that stated 75% of MLCers regret their actions and come home someday. (That is not a real statistic; I made that number up for the example.) Your MLCer seems to be in the more rare 25%--panic--what are you doing wrong?
What method was used to collect the statistical data? What were the variables--if you change a single variable the results may completely flip showing that only 25% regret their actions and return. Do those statistics include spouses who told their MLCer No regarding a return? There are many who will not Stand or choose to stop Standing and refuse marital reconciliation. But if the MLCer wanted to come home, should that count? How were the participants found? Did they approach the data collectors? What does this say about them--how would those who did not approach data collectors differ? Was the data biased through interviews with only the Stander or only an MLCer?
Use the successes and failures of others as inspiration, examples, guidelines or warnings, but each situation is unique. Review your completed steps from your chunk-sizing to measure your progress. Be attentive to your progress rather than that of others.
Review a goal in the context of the six characteristics.
Tell me what you are struggling with and maybe you will see your question answered as a future blog post.
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