mind over matterThe phrase “mind over matter” is commonly used, but what does it actually mean?

Are you holding brains over some obscure objects? That’s a bit too literal.

Does it means you can move things with your mind?  That’s a bit too far fetched.

In actuality the phrase “mind over matter” refers to the use of the mind to perform physical feats and accomplish tasks.

The mind and the body are more closely linked than many people realize.

Most people are aware that stress and other negative thoughts can manifest themselves physically.   Anxiety, ulcers, digestive disorders, increased blood pressure, and depression are all examples of the negative physical impacts stress and a negative mindset can have on the body.

So if the mind can negatively affect the body, couldn’t the mind also positively affect the body?

Of course!

It is very important to keep a positive mindset when trying to achieve your goals.  There are going to be a slew of things that will try to block your path to success. Life isn’t always easy to deal with and at times flat out sucks, but you have to learn to handle these setbacks and stressors as you move past them.

No one is perfect, so don’t expect to be.  There will be failures.  But the question is….. How will you handle them?

Are you going to sulk and make excuses? Are you going to give up?

Or…

Are you going to do something about it?

Learn from failures and setbacks.  Don’t dwell on them.  In football we often use the phrase: “Turn the page.”  I like that one and it works for me.  If “Flip the script” works better for you then use that.  Use whatever motivates you and make up whatever catch phrase you want, but just be sure to work on your ability to handle adversity.

In the end, the more adversity you face and conquer the stronger you will be.  People who have it easy never truly develop personality traits associated with conquering failures.  Some examples of these traits would be resiliency, relentlessness, diligence,  discipline, adaptability and a strong work ethic.

It’s all about your mindset and how you view situations.

So the next time the world hands you some lemons keep a positive mindset, come up with a plan, do something about it, and be thankful that your life isn’t always easy.

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