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Mental Fitness USA
Great American Mental Fitness Challenge:
Who is the most healthy, well adjusted and positive person among us? This is not a matter of intelligence or talents, rather it as question of emotional and psychological strength to deal with the challenges in life most effectively and successfully.
How mentally fit are you? Are you really strong emotionally, maintain a positive attitude and do not let stress affect you no matter how difficult things get. Just as we know what is physical fitness, now it is time to identify what is mental fitness.
Do you occasionally get stressed out, have a melt-down, lose it, go bonkers, freak out, get depressed, or just get driven crazy by life? We all experience those moments in life, the question how often and how quickly do you get back to balance? What is a healthy balance?
Let’s finally set the BAR on what it means to be mentally fit, and what is being a misfit. So, what do you think makes a person psychologically healthy? The news is that we are NOT born emotionally healthy, to the contrary, we live on a slippery slope in the negative direction. That means it much easier to get stressed out, fearful, angry, or depressed than it is to go in the opposite positive direction.
The key is that we can all learn the skills to escape the negativity and learn to be stronger and feel good about life.
You cannot eliminate stress from life, but you can learn to escape it, transform negative events into positive ones, and keep your head in a good place, if you have the right skills.
How strong and flexible is your mind?
TAKE THE MENTAL FITNESS PROFILE
It is anonymous, the information is for you
Click on this Link to take the 5 minute Profile:
Below is a simplified short version to show what are the main 5 questions about mental fitness. Where would you place your self most often on the ten point scale on the following five major factors of psychological functioning, note your responses and total your score.
So what is your score??? ______
This is just a brief analysis of your personality, there are many more issues to consider. Every person has weaknesses and strengths, this brief profile helps you determine what you can rely on or what you need to work on. The key is to realize that these are skills you can learn to be more positive in life.
This profile is supposed to make you think. The higher your score the better for your mental fitness. See further details below and you will begin to appreciate how you can utilize your strengths to become stronger and achieve more.
WHAT IS MENTAL FITNESS?
Being mentally fit means:
Not being irritable or irritating;
Rather, mental fitness are the skills to be a positive person:
These are the first simple general description of a very positive and healthy mind. It is something to think about. Becoming a strong individual involves many special skills that we are not usually taught growing up. This profile is supposed to help you identify what are your true strengths and weaknesses so that you can develop your mental fitness and become a leader in your community.
What is the Greatest Challenge We All Face?
TO STAY POSITIVE IN THE FACE OF UNCERTAINTY.
There are many different ways people deal with uncertainty. Some approaches are better than others. The individuals who meet such challenges very easily have a difficult time understanding why others cannot adapt to situations of uncertainty in a positive way. There are many reasons for the problems people experience that range from the biological to the psychological. The keys to escaping stress and embracing a positive attitude are found in skills that anyone can learn.
Why is being a misfit normal?
Why do we get so stressed out by certain people or small problems?
The answer is that we are very easily thrown off balance.
To become more fit mentally you have to develop the skills to
GOALS FOR PROMOTING MENTAL FITNESS IN USA:
TAKE THE CHALLENGE:
Do you have a tough life?
Have you been confronted by gigantic challenges?
Have you remained strong and positive to overcome these obstacles?
Tell us the nature of your struggle and what you did to stay positive. Explain what helped you stay strong and face the challenges in your life successfully. What was most difficult for you and how did you manage?
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CLICK ON THE MENTAL FITNESS BLOG AND WRITE YOUR THOUGHTS THERE.
The MENTAL FITNESS PROFILE score above allows you to compare yourself to others. Think about the original American Pioneers who faced the unknown and built this country. They all would have scored at the highest levels. If they were not fit both physically and mentally they would not survive. We live in much easier times. The unfortunate truth is that even a very low score on this profile does not limit your ability to survive or manage in life, although you most likely are an annoying burden to others around you.
Most people score in the average range, still far below what you need to get your motor going and reach many of your goals. People are so easily discouraged and then just give up. If there is one fundamental rule to follow to become more successful in life it is: never give up! That does not mean to be foolishly optimistic. Optimism works only when you THINK POSITIVELY and calculate what you can do to make progress carefully. Use your energy wisely.
The book - POSITIVE DIRECTIONS is full of valuable tools to help you develop the skills to reverse the negative forces or events and spend more time on the positive side of life.
Learn more about the book here: TakePositiveDirections.com
The long term goals are to develop a nation wide movement to focus on mental fitness, first identifying what it means to be mentally healthy and then how to get there and stay there. This involves a vast array of ideas and people. Everyone should participate and contribute what they can to help improve the conditions for all members of their community.
“Indulging in negativity prolongs it, refocus on whatever is positive and you become an agent of change.”
“Negativity creates distress, building confidence leads to success.”
“It is easy to complain and blame, instead train your brain to act with persistence and confidence to attain your goals.”
“There is no better time in history than now for you to share with me the dreams and opportunities before us.”
“Can you find an American who is not ready to make an extra effort to bring our country and economy back to health, wealth and well being?”
*These are only suggested ideas that the Advisory Council could review and make appropriate recommendations.
What are the ingredients to an optimistic attitude?
TAKE POSITIVE DIRECTIONS
that is rule #1 Do not give up!
Now make a PLAN: gather the best ingredients and go to work!
The sauce is made of all the dreams, goals, ideas of what you really want...Write down exactly what you want to achieve.
The meat is solid positive thinking. The details of HOW you are going to make it happen, what are the specific plans to reach your goals.
The heat comes from constant enthusiasm, eagerness, ambition, motivation, and invincible determination to reach your goals.
Pump UP the Heat! Keep the energy circulating, moving, don't stop.
Finally, you get a delicious, savory, super positive stew, that feeds you for a long time.
MAKE IT HAPPEN...
How can you help to mainstream Positive
Talk about positive psychology
Proposal for the U.S.A.
The National Advisory Council on Mental Fitness:
To gather a group of the top experts in the field of psychology, achievement and well being to meet, discuss and establish a set of suggestions to the White House to facilitate the renewal of American social and economic conditions.
An executive committee would recruit approximately 10 to 20 highly experienced professionals with a proven track record of either academic or practical expertise in mental fitness and personal achievement. The group would be given the task to prepare a Mental Fitness Program during a series of face to face meetings. The council would convene a minimum of four times over the next two years for two days each. Together with a support staff these councils will produce advisories that could be implemented and monitored. The initial meeting should be held as soon as possible to create the fundamental plan of action.
The President will be able to lead by example and promote “The Great American Mental Fitness Challenge” to increase national optimism.
Major organizations such as the American Psychological Association and similar groups can be counted on to support this initiative with their members and public outreach.
The goal is continuous improvement of the emotional and psychological attitudes among Americans, building greater confidence, flexibility, tolerance, optimism and in general, a more positive outlook on life.
“Ask not what is wrong,
ask what can I do to make things right.”
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