The Power of Positive Thinking
Yesterday, we talked a little about why “what” and “how” you think are important. We looked at the impact both positive and negative thinking can have on us and those around us.
Today, I want to focus on the power and importance of positive thinking.
Let’s start with a little secret. You can accomplish anything that you set your mind to. Let that sink in for a minute. Now read it again. I call it a little secret, but once you start to recognize the truth in this statement and start to live your life by it, you’ll notice that your whole world will start to change. Helpful brain hack: Write this on a sticky and paste it on your bathroom mirror and read it out loud for the next 29 days.
You have seen this concept in action many times without even realizing it. You see it in the toddler who’s told by his parents that he/she can ride a bike without training wheels. You see it in athletes who run faster, jump higher, and accomplish more. You see it in your friend or other businesswomen who sets out to build an online business with a single digital course and coaching program.
When you train yourself to think positively, you open doors for opportunities. It makes you more confident and leads you to say “Yes” more often when opportunities knock. In short, positive thinking can make you more successful.
Let me illustrate with a simple example: Two middle school girls audition for a part in the school play. The first girl, Jane, thinks there's no way she’s getting the part she’s auditioning for. The second girl, Jill, practices positive thinking + visualizes that she already has the part.
When Jane auditions, she’s timid and shy. She doesn’t put a lot of energy into her performance because she’s convinced that she won't get the part. It shows in her audition, and unsurprisingly, the play director passes on her and assigns her a minor background role instead. Jill, on the other hand, walks in with confidence. Although her performance may not have been flawless, the director sees an attitude and talent that he can work with. Consequently, Jill gets the part.
That right there is an example of positive thinking in action.
It’s not all just about mumbo-jumbo and attracting positive energy from the universe; It’s about creating a positive attitude, promoting self-esteem, and believing enough in yourself to push further and try harder. Positive thinking isn’t going to heal your broken leg, fix the leak in your bathroom, or make an extra $500 per month fall into your lap. Instead, it helps you get through recovery and physical therapy with a better attitude. It makes you call the plumber or get out the tools to fix the bathroom leak. Lastly, it encourages you to ask your boss for a raise, design your digital course or follow your intuition about asking someone to join your coaching programs. You've got this. Start every day with a positive thought and set your intentions for success.
I started my positive thinking journey at the age of 21 by reading a tried and true book...The Power of Positive Thinking, by Norman Vincent Peale. While the content may be a little outdated the concepts are invaluable and can be applied today.
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