#74: Positive Mental Attitude
Friday, September 11, 2009
A special note: A few minutes ago, about an hour or so after I wrote what follows, a Twilight Zone rerun showed two men arguing about whether Clem Labine was better than another pitcher. What a coincidence!
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When Clem Labine was a boy, he broke the index finger on his right hand. the finger was not set properly and healed but with a crook between the first and second joints. Clem became discouraged that his dream of a baseball career was over before it began.
Then a coach told him that sometimes the things that seem like disasters turn out to be blessings in disguise. It all depends on how you regard the troubles that come your way. It is said that every adversity has in it the seed of a greater benefit.
Clem's crooked finger gave a baseball a spin that no other pitcher could replicate. He had a natural pitching arm and practiced year after year to perfect his game until he became one of the finest pitchers in major league baseball.
Labine had natural ability, sure, but he used positive mental energy to overcome what, at first, seemed an insurmountable physical defect. He looked for the good in an unfortunate situation.
Have you heard the quote, "I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul?" Are we masters because of our positive attitudes, attitudes that shape our future? We tend to convert our thoughts into corresponding actions. Positive thoughts translate into positive expectations. When our attitudes are positive, we draw like-minded people to us. When our attitudes toward others are positive we attract success.
Henry Ford's engineers repeatedly told him it was impossible to build an eight cylinder gasoline engine block in one piece. He told them, "Produce it anyway. Go to work and stay on the job until you succeed no matter how much time is required." The engineers went back to work. The more they tried over the next year to produce the engine, the more it seemed impossible to do. When they told Ford of their lack of success, he told them, "Keep working. I want it and I'll have it."
What happened? The Ford V-8 became the most successful car on the road.
If you know what you want, with a positive mental attitude, you will find a way to be successful. Do not allow setbacks to drain your PMA. Fill your mind with words I still recall from my Boy Scout years:
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.
Positive mental attitude.
The key ingredient in all success.