Jim Afremow Ph.D., LPC

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Your Attitude Is a Decision

Quotes about the importance of having a positive mental attitude.

Posted Oct 30, 2011

Attitude is defined as a way of looking at or viewing life. This is why attitude has been described as the "control center" of your life. Your attitude is a decision, and it is a learned behavior. Make a decision to bring a positive mental attitude (PMA) to everything you do in sports. Maintain a PMA to overcome obstacles, such as dealing with a poor start (finish strong!) or a bad bounce of the ball (bounce back!).

Read on for a brief sample of some of my personal favorite quotes regarding the importance of having a PMA. Which quotes provided below do you like best? What are some of your own favorite PMA quotes?

Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. Winston Churchill

It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome. William James

I've always believed that you can think positively just as well as you can think negatively. Sugar Ray Robinson

Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. Lou Holtz

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. Brian Tracy

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities; an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. Harry Truman

For success, attitude is equally as important as ability. Harry F. Banks

Achieving starts with believing. Anonymous

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. Thomas Jefferson

Realize that anyone can have a great attitude once in a while or some of the time but that it is difficult to have a great attitude all of the time. Bob Rotella

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