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Tune In To A Good PMA

Updated on May 12, 2011

Ya gotta love that graphic, but........

It's all been done before, right? Every year we make New Year's Resolutions to lose weight, to quit smoking, to quit drinking, to exercise more, to become robots, essentially. Where's the fun in that? The best way I can think of to improve your life is just do it. So now the $64,000 question is, how do you do it? I teach for the University of Phoenix online, a job I started just months before the bottom fell out of the economy, so I'm feeling pretty good about life just about now. Sure, I've got bills that need to be paid, taxes that need to be filed, kids that need to have their dance recital costumes paid for by the end of this week, so it's not like I don't have things on my plate. Yet, despite it all, I'm feeling pretty good right now. How? OK. I'll tell ya. It's called PMA.

No, that's not a typo. I didn't mean to type PMS. In fact, a PMA is about as far away from PMS as you can get. It stands for Positive Mental Attitude.

Here Comes The Sun.....

 Now I'll bet that a lot of you right now are saying, "Oh man! He's gonna blow sunshine out my....." pick your body part. Let me assure you that you're wrong. See! How could I be blowing sunshine where the sun doesn't shine and at the same time tell you that you, the esteemed readers, are wrong? I rest my case.

I am going to teach you a few things, though, and in the end I'm willing to bet my Google Adsense Revenues that you'll agree that life will, indeed, be better if you've got a Positive Mental Attitude.

Try this sometime. If you're reading this late at night (as I write this, it's approaching 1 a.m., so if you're among my first readers, you can try this in the morning) when you get up, I want you to look yourself in the mirror. If the mirror doesn't crack from shock, as mine does, I want you to look yourself in the mirror. That's right ladies, you haven't got any makeup on yet, you haven't taken a shower, your hair looks like it should be in a picture next to the definition of a Bad Hair Day in the dictionary. Generally speaking, you're feeling pretty lousy (and that goes for you too guys! You haven't shaved, your gut is hanging over your boxers - hence your resolution to lose a few pounds - and you, too, are a scrug who has yet to hit the showers!)

So you're back to the mirror, and you're thinking you couldn't possibly look or feel any worse than you do right now. Here's what I want you to say:

"I FEEL GREAT! I FEEL AWESOME! I AM INCREDIBLE! IT'S A GREAT DAY TO BE ALIVE!"

Even if you don't feel great when you're standing there looking at yourself in the mirror, I promise you this - once you have said what I just told you to say, you will, in fact, feel better than when you first stepped into the bathroom. (Now you are free to jump into the shower and start singing along to the radio; I'm thinking BTO, playing Takin' Care of Business....that's a great sing along in the shower tune).

Now that you've gotten yourself all nice and clean, go back to the mirror and repeat what I told you to say before. This time, I promise, you'll actually believe it when you say it.

Here's the bottom line.....

....Have you ever heard the expression, whether you think you can, or you think you can't, chances are you're right. Think about it! You're a Major League Baseball Player, and there's two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. You haven't had a hit all day, and you walk up to the plate thinking, "Man, this sucks. I'm 0-4 and I'm about to face the best closer in the league. There's no way I'm going to hit this guy." Do you see this guy going 1-5? Not a chance. But if that same guy walks up to the plate and says, "That cocky SOB thinks he's got me right where he wants me. I'll show him!" That guy may still strike out to end the game, but he also stands a much better chance of knocking in the game-winning run if he decides to tune in to a positive mental attitude!

So now It's 1:09 a.m., and there's a pretty good chance that my children will be climbing into bed with me and my wife in about 4 to 5 hours, but do you think I'll be having a lousy day tomorrow? If I look myself in the mirror and say, "Jim, you look like crap, BUT I FEEL GREAT! I FEEL AWESOME! AND AFTER I SHOWER, I'LL EVEN SMELL GOOD!" you can bet I'll have a great day.

Have a good one, and while you're at it, have a great year in 2009!

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    • crashcromwell profile imageAUTHOR

      crashcromwell 

      9 years ago from Florida

      I would hardly lay claim to being a leader in this regard. I first heard of Tune in to a PMA at a conference at Johnson & Wales University back in 1987, and I'm sure the idea of PMA has been around much longer than that. But it does feel like a great way to help make all those New Year's Resolutions come true. Thanks for the comment Shirley!

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      Shirley Anderson 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Having a positive attitude can make SUCH a difference in our lives! I think it's great that you are encouraging others to follow your lead.

    • crashcromwell profile imageAUTHOR

      crashcromwell 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Yes, and it's worse than they predicted. So far we've got something in excess of a foot, and they say it will continue until midnight. So much for six inches. But on the positive side, the plow guy came earlier, made a huge hill of the stuff, and my son and I just got in from sledding. A good time was had by all. I FEEL GREAT!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Oh no, I can only imagine how cold that would be. I don't think I'd survived esp. since we don't have winter in our country. :-) I felt great saying those things aloud. We should do it everyday! :-)

    • crashcromwell profile imageAUTHOR

      crashcromwell 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Way to go Ripplemaker! So do you feel? I feel better just reading your comment! I wish I had earlier today....this was a day from hell that started out with our furnace running out of oil. We had hoped to milk it until Monday so we wouldn't have to pay a fee for a weekend call-out. Did I mention it was 19 degrees....below zero? And tomorrow it's going to snow.....I'm really going to need PMA tomorrow!

    • crashcromwell profile imageAUTHOR

      crashcromwell 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Good point, Lisa G. It would be great if the Progressive view of history were actually reality (the concept that things are constantly getting better). So it serves to follow that there will be bumps along the way, and we may find ourselves needing a jump start. PMA is a great place to start!

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      Michelle Simtoco 

      9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      A positive mental attitude is a great way to improve one's life this year. Okay, let me start by doing it now.." I FEEL GOOD. I FEEL AWESOME! I FEEL AND SMELL GOOD!" LOL Thanks for the reminder.

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      Lisakg 

      9 years ago from Caribbean

      Really good hub. Improving one's life is an ongoing process and the best time to start is now.

    • crashcromwell profile imageAUTHOR

      crashcromwell 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Yes! We are honored by the presence of her royal highness Princessa, she who provided the inspiration for this hub!

      And yes, giving your husband a good laugh is an excellent way of paying it forward. Laughter is free, but it's priceless!

      Jim

    • crashcromwell profile imageAUTHOR

      crashcromwell 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Let's put it this way....my radio show in college back in the 80s was known as a "tacky seventies" show in terms of music I played. Plus, I knew a guy in Massachusetts who used to make art out of neon lights. Most cool.

      Jim

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      Wendy Iturrizaga 

      9 years ago from France

      I loved it, you put a smile on my face this morning :)

      I do believe in PMA, I try to do it as often as possible. Sometimes my husband laughs when I am talking to myself in the mirrror, complimenting me or sending kisses to myself... but hell, at least that gives him a laugh too doesn't it? LOL

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      ProCW 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      :) no problem! :) I grew up in the 70s, 80s, 90s and still have quite a bit of growing to do... :) Whoa.. that makes me sound old... hehe...

      I'm into the arts... flashy is always good, right? :)

      Glad you like it! :)

      ProCW

    • crashcromwell profile imageAUTHOR

      crashcromwell 

      9 years ago from Florida

      Yes, the graphic spoke to me. What can I say? I grew up in the 70s and 80s, and flashy graphics like that remind me of my youth!

      Now I'm going to bed, and thank YOU ProCW for keeping me up a few minutes longer!

      Jim

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      ProCW 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      :) maybe the topic has been done before, but not the graphic!!! :) hehe

      Good job!

      ProCW

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