Self-improvement is my passion, and I’ve been laying the foundations and building the structures of personal development for years. Now I’m at the point where I can begin to place the keystone of my self-improvement project; having a truly positive attitude.
A keystone is:
1. a central stone at the summit of an arch, locking the whole together.
2. the central principle or part of a policy, system, etc., on which all else depends.
True success in life is centered upon having a truly positive attitude.
Our bodies have a naturally positive and regenerative attitude. Our emotions naturally rise toward positive feelings. Our thoughts have the ability to choose positive beliefs. Our spirit and life-force is pure positive energy. Consciousness, like light, is positive.
These are the elements of a truly positive attitude, which I’ve learned from my own life experience, and from different self-improvement teachings that point to the same things.
- Acceptance of the present moment; acceptance of what is; not fighting with reality; non-judgement; equanimity; mindfulness and observation. I find these to be similar concepts and practices.
- Letting go of resistance and worry; realizing there’s no value in negative thinking (obviously), other than pointing us toward positive thinking.
- Finding a way to be cheerful, happy, and lighthearted about everything, no matter what happens. This doesn’t mean we don’t ever feel sad, just that it’s not our natural state to be unhappy.
To the extent that we point ourselves away from the principles of a truly positive attitude, we suffer. It’s about having faith that this keystone of self-improvement will truly hold up, which we can only know by practicing and using it every day.
If you’re wondering what the ultimate purpose of having a truly positive attitude is, it’s to have true freedom; the ability to be free no matter what the circumstance.
Here’s another great video from Actualized.org that inspired this post.
Let’s make today a better day!
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