It's All In a State of Mind

Written by Gordon Nuttall - Global Jobs Network.

Life would be wonderful if everyone was in a great mood all the time. Everything seems better and things get just get done more easily when people are in a positive state of mind.

The thing is though, life can throw a lot of curve balls at us, from the minor to the major – making it challenging to stay in the best mental state at all times.

Luckily, we get to choose our attitude.

This doesn’t mean high fiving everyone and pretending you feel good when you don’t, but successful people identify how they are feeling and choose to do something about it.

Awareness is key. How are you feeling? Why? Can you do something about it? If so, what? If not – move on, give your energy and time to something you can impact positively.

A wise woman once told me, ‘If everyone in the room put their problems on the table, you wouldn’t be long in taking your own back’. Basically, she meant we all have challenges to deal with on a day to day basis – it’s how you chose to deal with these challenges that dictate what kind of day/week/month/life you’ll have.

While some people seem to just be naturally sunny, bright personalities who make everyone they encounter feel good, others have to work at it. In our business we call it, ‘breaking the state’.

Everyone has different tools they use which help them break the state once they become ‘aware’ and have identified they ‘could be in a better mood’ (as opposed to being in a bad mood….). Using positive language at all times has become a bit of a game in our house – and for me is a small but very effective tool in helping me stay in a positive state of mind.

For some people, listening to a particular piece of music or a poem can work, or looking at a particular photograph which evokes a positive memory or emotion. Exercise is another tool which helps some people (me included), as does a nature walk and some quiet reflection. Each of these things can be useful in breaking the state, once you are aware of how you are feeling.

Sometimes however, something simple can be equally effective. For me, one of the quickest and most powerful tools, are certain phrases or motivational quotes. I keep a word document open on my PC with quotes which work for me, and I add to this every time I see one I like. It’s amazing how the right one seems to appear just when I need it most. As long as I stay ‘aware’ enough to go looking for it.

Here are a few of my favourites. I hope you find one you can use the next time you need to, ‘break the state’.


  1. "A positive thinker does not refuse to recognise the negative, he refuses to dwell on it. Positive thinking is a form of thought which habitually looks for the best results from the worst conditions" Norman Vincent Peale, 1893-1993, American Writer and Minister.                      

  2. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney

  3. “Don’t wait for a light to appear at the end of the tunnel, stride down there and light the bloody thing yourself”. Sara Henderson, b 1936 Australian outback Station Manager and Writer

  4. “Whether you think you can or think you can’t - you are right.” Henry Ford

  5. “Character consists of what you do on the third and fourth tries.” James A Michener, 1907-1997 American Writer

  6. “There may be no heroic connotation to the work, ‘Persistence,’ but the quality is to the character of man what carbon is to steel.” Napoleon Hill

  7. “To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” Buddha

  8. “You will never find time for anything. If you want the time, you must make it.” Charles Buxton

  9. “When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.” Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1811-1896 American Author and Social Reformer

  10. “He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the world.” Marcus Aurelius

  11. “No one outside ourselves can rule us inwardly. When we know this, we become free.” Buddha

  12. “It was only from an inner calm that man was able to discover and shape calm surroundings.” Stephen Gardiner

  13. “People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily.” Zig Ziglar

  14. “Consider the postage stamp; its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there.” Josh Billings, 1818-1885 American Writer

  15. “Be mindful of the future, but not at the expense of the moment.” Qui-Gon Jinn (Star Wars)

  16. "Never put campfires out with your face" My Grandfather, still makes me laugh...                                                                                                                  


And of course,


“Sooner or later, the man who wins, Is the man who thinks he can’ Extract from the poem, ‘It’s all in a state of mind’, by Walter D Wintle