Updated: Nov 23, 2020
“No one will ever get ahead if they live in a state of dread.” Author Unknown
Do you consider a positive attitude unrealistic? Perhaps you believe that life just happens and most of it is rather difficult. In such a case, I would urge you to try an experiment.
Chase away every negative thought you have with a reassuring one. If you want to kick things up a notch, repeat that positive thought three times. Why three? Because three affirmations leave no room for negotiation. It shows your mind that you are in control. And eventually, the negative thoughts will all but disappear.
The Power of Positive Thinking
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was an American author and minister who brought positive thinking to the forefront. In 1953, he published, “The Power of Positive Thinking”, one of the best selling self-help books of all time. It was rather controversial for the era. Sixty-five years later it has become the norm.
People have learned the hard way that a negative attitude will never yield you positive results. Once you take that open road you’ll never choose to be closed off again. And it is a choice. Personal testimonies abound regarding having a positive mindset. I have one too.
The Power of Negative Thinking
Growing up with a pessimistic father left me constantly waiting for the next bomb to drop. As a result, that fear of what was sure to happen next left me in a constant state of dread. Little did I know that such a mental state was causing me undue stress and anguish.
What financial setback was I going to have next? Who was going to take advantage of me now? That attitude ensured that such a continuum was my norm. But once I found my way to a new level of optimism and a more affirmative mindset, my life began to change.
Negative thinking holds just as much power as positive thinking. The only difference is the result. Being positive doesn’t mean you are unrealistic. Instead, it means looking at every situation as an opportunity, particularly for growth. What can I learn from this? How can I improve both my life and the life of others as a result?
The Power of Action
In order to reap the rewards of positive thinking you have to change your mind-set. It is actually easier than one might think. Use the experiment I mentioned above for a week. Chase away every negative thought with a positive one. Then repeat that thought three times. At the end of the week, see how you feel. If it is even a third better than you normally feel, isn’t it worth it? Feel free to share your thoughts and testimonials. We all can benefit from positive change.