Saturday, October 29, 2011

I'm Thinking Positively. Now What?

Is positive thinking a magic act? Can you think you’ll have a million dollars and then sit around waiting for it to land in your lap? What is the trick to this positive thinking thing?

If only obtaining loads of money or the perfect job was that easy! Positive thinkers would be much more plentiful. There is a catch most of the time. I say most of the time because sometimes a person can think good things into happening with no other effort. They focus on it, believe it, and it happens. This is a small percentage of the time.

Ever hear of the saying by Andrew Carnegie, “Anything in life worth having is worth working for.”? Well, it is quite true. Working for something has an added benefit. It gives that success value. It suddenly means so much more than something just dropped into your lap.

A very successful woman, Oprah Winfrey, said, “The big secret in life is that there is no big secret. Whatever your goal, you can get there if you’re willing to work.” I disagree with Oprah about there being a secret. Thinking about things in your life in a positive manner is a pretty big secret. However, she nailed it when she said, “…if you are willing to work”. You might be thinking that if you were going to have to work for something anyway, then who cares if you were thinking positively about it or not. Work is work. Not so.

A negative thought pattern will kill your motivation, and you will most likely 
not be working nearly as hard or smart for your goal. Positive thinking, however, will keep you driven and passionate.

As for the hard work, you have to make things happen! They may happen easier for you now that you are not blocking them with negative thinking. However, you still have to do the work to make it so. If you want a great new job, for example, you can try to just sit at home watching television and think you’ll get one. The chances are so much better if you vamp up your resume and put yourself out there to be seen for interviews and meetings.

The same scenario would apply if you were looking to start a new relationship. Could you just stay in your house every day thinking you’ll meet Mr. or Mrs. Right? You could. Wouldn’t your chance of success be greater if you got out and socialized and made room in your life for a new love?
It is all about doing the work involved to make the desired changes in your life. Your destiny, your future is in your hands every day. You decide if you will make more money, lose 20 pounds, gain a new love, or get that promotion.

Think positive and then make it so!

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