The Power of Positive Thinking

by A.D Paterson on 30/11/2010

We all know that positive thinking has a power of its own, it may not be the cosmos creating power that some believe it to be, but nevertheless it has the power to change your own personal world, and in this day and age it’s nice to feel that we have some power over what happens to us.

In this article we’re going to look at some of the ways that you can get a bit more positive thinking back into your life, and then we’ll have a look at some of the ways that this can change things for the better.

Positive Thinking action 1: taking an active part in your own life.

They say that talk is cheap (actually it’s free) and actions speak louder than words, so, are you taking action, or just talking about it?

It’s ok to have plans, and talk those plans through, but if you get stuck doing that you’ll suffer from what’s known as ‘paralysis through analysis’, in other words you get too scared to take action because you want to work out everything in detail.

Some time you’ll have to make your move or all of the planning has been for nothing. Don’t be scared to get it wrong. Getting it wrong can actually be a positive thing, if you treat it as a learning experience.

Positive Thinking action 2: become proactive.

Too many people wait for something to happen, and then react to it; nine out of ten times the thing that you react to will be something negative that has happened to you.

If you take a proactive stance then things will be done on your terms, so make sure those terms are positive and life enhancing.

Positive Thinking action 3: treat every moment as though it’s the right moment.

All too often something potentially life changing will happen but, we’ll usually see it as having happened at the wrong moment for us. Think to yourself “will there be a better moment?”, “Is an opportunity like this going to come my way again?” Usually it won’t.

You may have heard the phrase Carpe diem (Seize the Day) which comes from an ancient poem by Horace, and it’s as relevant today as it has ever been.

Positive Thinking action 4: use what you have to your best advantage.

It’s so easy to look at someone and wonder what advantages in life they may have had that got them to where they are. Thinking like that will make you start to feel that the world is against you, and everyone has had a better ‘break’ than you; that’s not always so.

Often people will have taken advantage of some skill that they have to get to where they are in life. True, you may not have that particular skill, but it doesn’t mean you don’t have one that can make you just as successful or happy as the person you’re envious of.

Positive Thinking action 5: try to find the funny side of the things that are causing you the most negativity.

Yes, it’s not always going to be possible, but in a lot of cases you’ll be able to find something funny in either the situation, or the way you’ve reacted to it.

The only time you should take yourself, or other things, seriously is when something serious could be the end result i.e. a football (soccer) team in a Cornish Village in England has lost 11 games in a row, conceding 227 goals and scoring just 2, with a worst defeat of 55-0. Did the local supporters take it seriously? Maybe they did. Did it have a serious effect on the rest of their lives? It’s very unlikely.

Before word had got out about their unfortunate football team most people had probably never even heard of Madron FC near Penzance.

In the heat of the moment many things can take on a far greater importance than they actually merit.

How can any of this positive thinking change your life for the better?

If we focus on negative things we’ll start to see negative things happening more often. That sounds like some sort of new age mumbo jumbo but just think about it. When something goes wrong in your day how often do you tend to notice the other things that don’t quite go right?

When things go right how often do you tend to notice other things that go right, or, just dismiss the small things that don’t quite work out for you?

It’s not so much a case of what you focus on you attract, it’s more of a case of what you focus on you notice more i.e. you decide that you want to buy yourself a brand new Audi, how often after making that decision do you start to notice the number of Audi’s on the road?

If you focus on the negative you’ll start to feel yourself getting sick. There’s really no mystery to why this happens. Focusing on the negative makes you worry, worrying distracts you, being distracted makes you sleep less, and sleeping less can make you feel ill.

There we have it; ways and reasons to start your positive thinking.

Not only should you take action in your own life, you should be proactive about it. Use the skills you have and treat each moment as though you’ll never get that chance again. If it all goes wrong, try to see the funny side of it. Dwelling in negative thoughts will just make you more aware of other negative things that may happen during the day – no matter how trivial they may be.

So seize the day through your new focus on positive thinking.

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