There’s a classic scene in the movie My Cousin Vinny when Mona Lisa Vito (Marisa Tomei) is on the witness stand saving the day for Vinny Gambini (Joe Pesci). It was all about Positraction. A combination of the words positive and traction, simply put it’s when one part of a car is sliding or stuck, this mechanism detects where it can transfer power from to stop the sliding &/or unstick that part.

What’s your Positraction? Do you have mechanisms in place to right yourself when you feel like you’re stuck or sliding? Being in balance both emotionally and physically are the cornerstones of good health. So it’s important to quit spinning your wheels and utilize your inner Positraction to get yourself unstuck when you’re in a rut.

Struggling with a negative mindset? Be a thought sleuth. When you’re feeling miffed about something conduct an internal investigation. Ask yourself questions and gather evidence to find out why you’re in such a bad mood. What’s the reality of the situation? Has something been blown out of proportion? You may discover that the knee-jerk reaction you had was less than accurate when you look at it in a more analytical light. By redistributing your power away from negative thoughts you may see your situation in a much more positive way.

Worrying can knock you all out of whack. Are you fretting over what happened and what will happen instead of acknowledging that what happened can’t be changed and what will happen can’t be predicted? Realign all that energy toward adopting a practice of living in the moment. Making a checklist of all the things you have to be grateful for right now will help to steer you away from ruminating on what you have no control over. A focus on the good goes a long way toward shifting your power into positive gear and getting yourself back on track.

Down in the dumps? We all know that we feel better emotionally when we feel better physically. Maybe your exercise routine has lapsed and getting up off the sofa seems like too much of a chore. You can get back in the swing by starting small and doing activities that you enjoy doing. Maybe it’s time to get back on the dance floor or take those midday walks again. Whatever you decide on, set an intention to incorporate movement into your daily routine so no matter how busy you think you are you’ll have it scheduled in. You’ll find that you feel more energetic, clear-minded, and optimistic after you exercise.

It can be difficult to sort out all your thoughts and feelings. If only we could drive ourselves into the body shop and have a qualified mechanic set our inner Positraction. Well, in a way we can. Ask for help if you find yourself stuck or mired down trying to adopt new habits and attitudes. It’s a strong move to reach out to a coach, a friend or a therapist for help and guidance.

When you are feeling stuck and powerless remember you can control your attitude. So use your inner Positraction to realign yourself and embrace a more positive outlook. You can improve the quality of your life and make your world a better place by being a more positive you.


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