As we head into the last part of 2022, I begin to reflect on the year and some of the greatest lessons I learned and highlight my greatest wins. I use that information so I can begin to plan and end the year on a high note. This year, we added an event that has got me really excited and brought those wins into such great focus.
I have been on a mission to help people who do not train in the martial arts understand how martial arts is used by me as a personal development tool. One of my students wanted to put together an event that not only highlights how we use martial arts as a personal development tool, but also highlight the strong female role models we have in martial arts. So, the GAMECHANGER event was borne!
Today, I am going to share with you the first of three success principles that we will be teaching at this event (without the cool martial arts moves) and that is the value of a Positive Attitude.
Who would you rather be around someone with a positive attitude or a negative attitude? How do you approach a task you want to do vs one you don’t want to do? Everyone loves to be around someone with a positive attitude because they feel good around them. Having a positive attitude can be infectious and can help others feel a little lighter. YOU could be that person.
You see, our attitude impacts how we approach everything that we do and how we react to situations that come up in our life. What is important to remember is your attitude is your choice. You get to choose how you see the world and what you want to believe about what happens in your life.
Everything Starts with Your Mind
Before anything is created in this world, it begins as a thought. In the book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself, Joe Dispenza outlines the science behind what happens in the brain between the conscious and subconscious mind as we think and speak our thoughts.
I point this out because it is easy to feel out of control sometimes. But no matter what is going on, we can always control our own thoughts and how we use our words and feelings.
Your brain and your body have a physical reaction to your thoughts. Our minds are powerful. Our beliefs are powerful. You are powerful because You Can Change Your Mindset.
This is the good news — you can change your mindset. I know what you are thinking, “Sure, Tracy that sounds so easy.” It is if you think about taking just one small step towards a different attitude. First, you get to decide to choose growth over stagnation.
An excellent way to begin is by developing the philosophy of “yet.” This simple step attaches the word “yet” to the end of every negative thought, as in “That will never work, yet…” or “It’s probably not worth going, yet.”
This simple trick opens the possibility for growth, and that possibility leads to changed behavior that actually does cause the development of a different attitude. I challenge you to try this and see what happens.
Until next month, go and Be Exceptional, Be Amazing, and Be You! (Be Baby!)
Tracy Huff, Owner of Family Martial Arts Academy/Instructor/4th Degree Black Belt/Veteran and Author. Part of this article is from “How To Punch Failure in The Face” available on Amazon.