Positive thinking has to do with being able to control your focus regardless of what kind of challenges you are facing. This can be a tough challenge because when all you see is negativity or poor results, it is a lot easier to think negatively and focus on things like why bad things always happen to you or why you can never seem to achieve your goals. This can be a trap that can destroy your life in terms of preventing you from ever realizing your goals and dreams. In this article, I will discuss the importance of being able to think positively and will also offer you some tips on how you can use this to change your life.
So why is being able to look at things positively important? The main reason is because what you focus on will affect your actions. If you think about how the world is always against you because every time you set a goal you fail to achieve it, will that make you want to continue going for your goals with enthusiasm and passion? Probably not. When you think positively even though things aren't going your way, your mind will work towards finding a solution to make things work. Your actions will be different because your focus will be different.
The problem that many people have is that positive thinking is easier said than done. When you are in the middle of a challenge, it's not always easy to look on the bright side of things. So how do you have positive thoughts when there seems to be no evidence that you will achieve your goals or get pass your challenge? Faith. You have to have faith that you will be better off if you believe in yourself and keep fighting for your dreams. It's not something that everyone can do but it's something that you can develop.
You can start to create a more positive mindset by reading positive thinking books or listening to a positive thinking CD every day. One really great book is, "The Power of Positive Thinking" by Norman V. Peale. By constantly feeding your mind with positive material, you will get used to seeing the brighter side of things. You can also start to hang around positive and encouraging people as well since their attitudes can help change yours. Just thinking positive isn't enough to change your life though.
The best way is to go beyond positive thinking is to focus on taking action. Get in the habit of taking action even when it's hard. Let's say you failed to reach your financial goals. What do you do now? You take action. Do something about it. It's only when you take action that can you change your situation. Positive thinking is great but sometimes it can be hard to think of the right things but if you take action every time you fail, you will build momentum. The reason why negative thinking will cause you to fail is because it will cause you to not want to do anything.
If you combine positive thinking and the habit of taking action, you will have a much greater chance of achieving your goals. Will thinking positively all the time guarantee success? Of course not, but if you think negatively all the time, that's a guarantee that you will fail.
Bible reading is a great way to help.
This was not written by me--Tom Stanford