A little boy went out to the backyard to play with a baseball bat and ball. He said to himself, “I am the best hitter in the world.”
Then he threw the ball up in the air and took a swing at it, but he missed. Without a moment’s hesitation, he picked up the ball and tossed it in the air again, saying as he swung the bat, “I’m the best hitter in all the world.”
He swung and missed. Strike two.
He tossed the ball up again, concentrating more intensely, even more determined, saying, “I am the best hitter in all the world!” He swung the bat with all his might.
Whiff! Strike three.
The little boy laid down his bat and smiled real big. “What do you know?” he said. “I’m the best pitcher in all the world!”
That is what you would call a PMA, Positive Mental Attitude. Sometimes you have to choose to see the bright side of a situation. When things don’t work out as you planned, rather than complaining, look for something good in your circumstances. Fill your mind with good thoughts.
Your mind is similar to a computer. What you program into it determines how it will function. There is an old expression, GIGO. That stands for; garbage in garbage out.
On the other hand, if you put good things in, you get good things out. You can have the most powerful computer in the world, but if you program it with the wrong software or with the wrong information, it will never function as the manufacturer intended.
Beyond that, there are a plethora of computer viruses lurking in cyberspace, waiting for an opportunity to destroy your hard drive and the information stored in your computer. These viruses can get into a perfectly good computer and contaminate it. Before long, the computer will malfunction. Then you may unknowingly pass the virus along to friends or business associates.
In a similar way, we often allow negative thoughts, words and other devious viruses to access our minds, subtly changing our “software,” or corrupting our information and values.
God created us to be happy, healthy and whole. But when our thinking becomes contaminated, we make serious mistakes and wrong choices. We walk around with low self-esteem, worries, fears and feelings of insecurity. To make matters worse, we pass on our negative attitudes to others.
The first step is to recognize these things are happening. It may take a family member or friend to help you see that you have “stinking thinking,” or “hardening of the attitudes.” Then you need to change your attitude. Understand, God made you and He has programmed you for success.
By the way, if you are the friend or family member that is helping someone realize that his or her attitude is out of line, please do it kindly and with genuine concern.
Remember, people don’t care how much you know, until they know how much you care.

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