The Power of Positive Thinking

By Amarachi Okpunobi

It is said that a man’s thoughts sets his mind. Whatever a man thinketh he does. What do you feed your mindset with. Negativity or positivity?

Few days back, I delved into an interesting write-up online and thought you would like to read it too; It is the Power of Positive Thinking, written by Tony Robbins. Hope you find it interesting and also worthy of a tool with which to build a better year. Read on…

Back in 1919, an aspiring young cartoonist was fired from his job at a Kansas City newspaper. His editor told him he simply wasn’t creative enough and should look for work elsewhere. Had the cartoonist listened to his boss and given in to the power of negative thinking, we wouldn’t have the work of Walt Disney.

After being fired from the newspaper, Disney pursued his dreams and continued to fail throughout his early career, even going on to acquire an animation studio and drive it to the point of bankruptcy. However, Walt Disney prevailed, and ultimately created a legacy that will be enjoyed by generations to come.

Disney must have felt doubts about his talent now and then. He might have considered quitting or going after a different line of work, but he persisted. He believed he had what it took to succeed, and listened to the voice inside himself urging him to keep trying. He turned to the power of positive thinking, which encouraged him to go after success instead of succumbing to his fear of failure.

What Is Positive Thinking?
Positive thinking is an emotional and mental attitude that focuses on the good and expects results that will benefit you. Positive thinking is about anticipating happiness, health and success –essentially, training oneself towards an abundance mindset that allows for gratitude to be felt for one’s actions and others’ successes.

Positive thinking can make or break an individual. Your thoughts affect your actions. Your actions, in turn, translate into whether or not you succeed in your field, as well as influence the quality of your personal relationships and how you view the world at large. Positive thinking can’t be understated, but it’s also not an insurmountable skill to achieve. You can learn how to think positive and have an attitude of gratitude if you set your mind to it.

How to Think Positive
Want to learn how to think positive? The first step is realizing it’s all up to you. When you become the master of your emotions, you can always determine your mindset regardless of outside influences. Taking responsibility for how you think, act and feel allows everything in your life to fall into place.

Positive Thinking Tips to Achieve Success
Positive thinking transforms your life. Thinking positive does not come naturally to everyone, so it will take some time and patience to apply these positive thinking tips to your everyday

1. Take Control of Your State
Have you noticed that when you’re having a bad day, your body language shows it? You slump over in your chair, you have a hard time making eye contact with others and do things like cross your arms when you’re feeling uncomfortable. You stop being mindful and allow your environment and circumstances to control you. This is not a powerful stance; it tells those around you that you are uneasy, angry or sad and want to be left alone. This creates a feedback loop as your own poor posture reinforces your poor mindset.

Developing a positive mindset is as much about your body as it is about your brain. Take control of your physiology by taking pride in how you present yourself and project positive thinking.

2. Adjusting Your Mindset
Adjusting your physiology is only one part of the puzzle; it’s critical to catch the other negativity trigger in its opening stages as well. Your mindset governs what thoughts flow through your head and how you feel and react to each one. If your mindset is poor, everything around you is going to seem all the worse. You can’t even begin to contemplate how to think positive in this mindset.

3. Study Your Habits and Form New Ones
You can’t form new habits and harness the power of positive thinking if you’re unaware of your current ones. Are there things that set you into a negative spiral of self-doubt? Do you react to situations openly or do you utilize defense mechanisms? If so, what
are they?

Perhaps you become agitated whenever you start thinking about going after a promotion at work. Your thoughts take you to a dark place and positive thinking goes out the window. You calculate how long you’ve been with the company and start thinking about why you haven’t been promoted already. Do your bosses know something you don’t? Maybe they don’t think you’re capable of doing the job. You begin to question your skill set, and then you wonder if you’ll ever move up in your field. Maybe you should just quit…

Think of all the time you’re wasting by falling back on this negative habit. Self-doubt is almost always rooted in fear – often the fear of failure. Trying something and failing seems like it would be unbearable, so your mind comes up with all sorts of reasons as to why you shouldn’t even make an effort. If you give in to these negative thoughts, you might not fail but you will stagnate, which is worse. If you fail, you’ll learn something. If you stagnate, you won’t. By training your mind to block negative thoughts with positive thinking, you’re steadily training yourself to stop thinking in a negative way. Fear won’t rule you anymore: That’s the power of positive thinking.

4. Look to Those You Admire
Think of someone who’s had a profound impact on your life. It can be a close friend, family member, or someone you’ve never met, like a celebrity, professional athlete or renowned entrepreneur. What mottos does that person live by? Is their world dominated by positive thinking, or do they preach negativity?

Chances are, they use the power of positive thinking to find the success they seek – and you can, too. When you feel yourself falling into negative habits and can’t quite seem to figure out how to think positively, pull up a quotation from someone you respect. Read it and determine how you can best embody it. You can even write it down and post it somewhere you’ll see it often, such as the refrigerator or on the side of your computer screen.

If the person you admire is someone you know and think of as a mentor, even better. Get on the phone and ask them to share some positive thoughts

It can be challenging to integrate positive thinking tips into your life, but if you accept that the people you admire most have been able to unlock extraordinary lives due to their positive thinking habits, you’ll feel empowered to do the same.

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