I am going to ask you a question and I want you to simply pay attention to the information that naturally enters your mind. Don’t overthink anything that you are about to read and just accept your thoughts for what they are. Ok?
Ready to take on this challenge?
Think of 5 people who are always negative in their thinking, actions, and who experience less than favorable results in their work or business. These same people complain all the time and exert most of their energy telling everyone how much of a prisoner of circumstance they are. Did you struggle to think of the people at all or did names come to you fairly easily?
Now let’s get on to the second part of this simple experiment.
Think of 5 people who are always positive in their thinking, actions, and who experience better results than the average person. Did it take you more time and effort to think of this group? Were you even able to come up with 5 people in this scenario?
Why are so few people consistently positive in their thinking? There are multiple parts to this answer and I am confident that you will go through the rest of the day, reflecting on some or all of the points that I am about to focus on. It should not be a surprise that we do not have much control over what happens to us, why things happen to us, or about what other people think about us. These points are true for everyone, regardless of age, national origin, financial situation, and political affiliation. When will you learn that it is a HUGE waste of your time to think and worry about the things that are outside of your control?
Will you allow this to be the epiphany that you have been waiting for?!
Getting back to the question in the opening sentence of the last paragraph, I have noticed a few simple consistencies among most people. Most people lean to the negative side of things because it’s easier to blame a circumstance than to produce and implement a solution. It requires less effort to complain that it does to congratulate or compliment. It is easy to think positive and equally easy to think negative. It is easier to hold someone down that it is to lift them up. Catch my drift with all of this? Negative thinking is lazy thinking and leads to self-inflicted misery. We all know that misery loves company, and this is how the infection of “victim thinking” spreads.
Enough with all of that. Do you feel like you need some good things to happen to you for a change? Your first mistake is waiting or expecting anything to just “happen.” I am going to tell you how to put positive change into motion. It begins with positive thinking and when this is done consistently, good things begin to happen. Are you wondering how you can begin thinking differently? Try to see the opportunities that exist all around you right now. You may have to look in different places than you are used to. This may require you to adopt a completely new perspective for all aspects of your life. You may also have to start asking yourself a brand new set of questions. Change is inevitable here and it is also a very good thing.
It’s impossible to think positively for any length of time if everyone around you sucks the life out of you and degrades your dreams. It is also very difficult to embrace hope and to be inspired if you are not exposing yourself to personal development resources. When you finish reading this post, go through the remainder of your day while looking for the gain or silver lining in each situation. We find what we seek. Once you look long and hard enough for something, it materializes in front of you. I have always been a big fan of doing daily habits all 7 days of the week and ignoring the schedule of the 5 day work week. The weekend off kills progress and you actually regress and start over on Monday. Instead of carrying 7 days of momentum, you carry 3 or 4 at best.
Consistent, positive thinking will not only change your outlook, but it will alter your daily experience. The obstacles that once overwhelmed you will be soon overshadowed by opportunities that are in abundance. This is due to a simple shift in perspective although it may take some time to gain. Good things are worth waiting for and maturing perspective is certainly no exception. Focusing on the positive will energize you rather than drain you of your energy. Your role shifts from the taker to the giver and before to you know what hit you, people will start flocking to you. This is an amazing feeling and will strongly encourage you to repeat your new and inspirational approach to your life. Like moving a boulder, the most strenuous part is getting started. Once the rock starts to move it becomes easy to push and eventually, momentum is created. Once momentum exists, it requires very little effort to maintain the forward progress that you have sustained.
Exciting isn’t it?
It starts the same for all of us and that is with a decision. Do you want to gripe and complain, with the majority or define the minority with your upbeat approach to thinking? The choice is not only simple, but it is completely free and available to everyone, every single day. Are you ready to increase the number of positive results in your life that last? Put your credit card away, because as I have explained, that is not needed here. We become what we think about most of the time and this is precisely why we believe that believers are achievers!
Most people agree that it takes a minimum of 30 days to begin to see a significant change in your life. I challenge you to implement some of the ideas immediately that I have put before you today, with the hope that you will start to default to the positive mindset in all situations.
Do you agree or disagree with anything that I have said here? Do you have a story or perhaps a short comment that you would like to share about this topic? Leave it in the comments to get the conversation started.
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