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What is PMA anyway?

Updated: Apr 24

PMA = Positive Mental Attitude

Saying no is self-care is important because life can indeed be quite hectic. Finding ways to be consistent can be really difficult. Especially when we keep adding to our already full plates!

PMA has been a guiding principle in my life for as long as I can remember.

My dad taught me it. Would be so cool to know where he first heard it or learned about it. "You'll tell me when I get there" (awesome song by Pink). So when I founded my coaching business back in 2019, it felt only natural to adopt PMA as its namesake.

But what exactly does PMA mean to me? (in addition to my first tattoo someday ;)

PMA is not about wearing rose colored glasses and ignoring the difficulties, it’s actually quite opposite. It's about understanding that laughter can be medicine and that happiness has the power to lift us up and even heal. It’s resiliency when faced with obstacles and adversity. It’s trying to find the silver lining, the lesson or taking some time to reflect + reframe when challenges arise. It’s finding strength in vulnerability. It's about turning setbacks into possible opportunities. 

I'm deeply grateful to have found a new purpose in this chapter of my life.

PMA is not merely about plastering a smile on your face and pretending everything is perfect (that's "toxic positivity"). It's about cultivating resilience and optimism. It's about finding courage in uncertainty.

In my own journey, embracing PMA has made a profound difference.

There have been moments of darkness and doubt, but by choosing to focus on the positives, I've found light even in the bleakest of times. Whether it's through my gratitude practice, mindfulness exercises, sports, nature or simply choosing to reframe my perspective, I've learned that a positive mindset is not just a mindset—it's a way of life.

Of course, maintaining a positive attitude doesn't mean denying the existence of challenges. It's about acknowledging them and choosing to confront them with grace and determination. It's about turning stumbling blocks into stepping stones and setbacks into opportunities for growth.

Start small.

For those who may be struggling to adopt a positive mindset, I offer this advice: start small. Incorporate simple practices into your daily routine, such as keeping a gratitude journal, practicing mindfulness, or incorporating moments of joy to uplift you. 

Remember. PMA is like a muscle that strengthens with use, so be patient with yourself and allow room for growth.

As I reflect on the journey that led me to where I am today, I'm reminded of the power of PMA. It's not just a motto or a catchphrase—it's a philosophy that has transformed my life and the lives of countless others. So I invite you to join me in embracing PMA, not just as a concept, but as a way of living.

Together, let's navigate life's ups and downs with resilience, optimism, and PMA.


💛 Coach Courtney |

Coach Courtney Peters

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