There is an overwhelming amount of information on the internet & book stores etc, telling us the power and benefits of positive thinking.
We can easily be led to believe that just by thinking positive thoughts, success will automatically flow into our lives.
Can this be true? Can the idea of only thinking positive thoughts all day bring me or you an abundance of happiness, joy, success and achievement?
Now, if I’m honest, my instinct says ‘of course not’. I am a big believer of being positive and having a ‘got for it’ attitude, but I suppose it all depends on your definition of what success really is…
If success for you is a feeling of happiness, calmness, inner peace and good motivation then I would think positive thinking alone can be highly effective. However, if you want to build a successful business, perfect a skill, become wealthy, meet the perfect partner etc… then it takes a lot more than what is going on inside your head.
I suppose then that positive thinking is a type of fuel to help propel us towards where we want to go or what we want to do. Here are some real ways in which positive thinking can bring success:
I would then hypothesise the same is true for the opposite.
Can negative people become successful? Again, I suppose it depends on your definition of success.
The answer is… like ALL energy forces, you need a positive AND a negative.
Let’s be honest, if you were constantly 100% positive, would this really be helpful? Of course not, you would be unbalanced, a bit annoying and you would need to become more realistic.
Yes we need to look at and focus on the upside, but we also need to pay attention to the downside. We need to embrace negativity into our lives as much as we embrace positive energy. We need to have a balanced positive/negative thinking diet!
This is why I believe most positive thinking books, seminars, training etc fail about 98% of the time… they are only focusing on the positive they are missing half the resources.
Now the difficult part is finding that +/- balance. Too much either way and life becomes more of a challenge again.
Of course, we use negativity as a positive. We do this by avoiding pain or something bad that we don’t want to happen.
This negative thought drives us into doing something positive to avoid the negative situation. Like, if I don’t do the washing-up my wife will be very upset with me (negative). But if I do the washing-up then she will be happy, which makes me happy (positive), this give me the motivation (energy) to do the washing up, even though I really don’t want to do it.
So it takes a negative situation to create a positive situation that = motivation.
I love positive thinking and have read many books on the subject and I suppose even if the glass is half full or half empty, in reality you still have the same amount of your favourite drink left. ;0)
I would love to hear your comments, positive or negative.
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