Give Life a Positive Spin

Posted By: Ramesh Menon|Dated: February 28, 2012

The way we think triggers our attitude toward life. Study successful people, and you will notice a pattern: the positive ones climb taller peaks. Those who challenge themselves end up achieving more. They toy with new ideas and concepts. They push their limits.

Give Life a Positive Spin

Look at “212 – The Extra Degree,” an idea authored by S.L. Parker and Mac Anderson.  Water is hot at 211 degrees Fahrenheit. Raise it by just one degree and, at 212 degrees, it boils. At 212 degrees, the steam produced can drive huge turbines, produce electricity and even run a locomotive. But it can’t do any of these things at 211 degrees.

One degree makes all the difference.

If we raised the bar with everything we do, imagine what we could accomplish. We need to cultivate a “212 Degrees” attitude, and to do this, we need to stop looking at our lives as ordinary. With a little bit of courage and imagination, we can put in some extra effort in everything we do. Just imagine what it would do to our work, our success and the way we think.

Most of us know this but are paralysed by cynicism and pessimism. We let negative fears cripple our search for excellence. We need to fully adopt the 212 degrees attitude, even when it comes to day-to-day activities like cleaning, cooking, exercising, reading – in short, everything we do.

We often limit our thinking. Why should we have low parameters for ourselves? Why should we imagine our lives to be pedestrian? When we think of ourselves as failures, life’s circumstances strangely work in tandem to make it happen. But when we look at life positively, great things conspire to realise our dreams. That is why choosing the right thoughts is crucial to the way life will play out for us. Ultimately, everything depends on how we think.

But we don’t just limit our thinking: We’re often trapped by negative self-beliefs. We dig them out from the darkest corners of our life. As they replay in our minds, we start believing in them. But we can choose to interpret life events positively or negatively. We can re-write our self-beliefs to make them positive, energetic and courageous. The root of the problem is often the fear of failure or rejection. So drop the fear – and move ahead with hope.

We should focus not on the past, but on the present and future. One active way to do this is to write down the negative self-beliefs you hold and then see how you are going to transform each of them with positive action. Then, see how your feelings and attitudes change. You’ll experience a new power.

Oprah Winfrey, the internationally acclaimed television personality, said: “Be thankful for what you have; you will end up having more. If you concentrate on what you do not have, you will never have enough. The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.”

Why not start now?

About the author:

Ramesh Menon

Ramesh Menon, 56, is an author, journalist, educator, film maker and corporate trainer. Recipient of the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for Exellence in Journalism, Ramesh began his 34-year career with The Times of India as a reporter and has since worked for as associate editor of India Today, executive producer at Business India Television and TV Today, Roving Editor at, and columnist with DNA. He has directed and scripted numerous documentaries on environment and social issues.

He recently co-authored “Whatever the Odds” with KP Singh and Raman Swamy. It was published by Harper Collins India in November 2011.

The views expressed above are those of the author, and not necessarily representative of the views of the Mahindra Group.

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