Monday, September 5, 2016

What the Heck is Positive Thinking? And Does It Work?

Are You a Positive Thinker?

Every day, you make choices; every day you live into them. Today is the day you recognize your own beauty. Share it. Share it now!
Every day, you make choices; every day you live into them. Today is the day you recognize your own beauty. Share it. Share it now!

You might be one of us!

"Positive thinking is just another way to deny the realities of life,” said my friend Lucy one Sunday morning on the way to Starbucks. “They can’t accept that the world is full of pain and suffering. They’d go down in flames laughing!”
But Lucy has it wrong (except for the laughing part). Positive thinkers are not pie-in-the-sky optimists; yet they are quite optimistic. Their feet are planted firmly on the ground while their imaginations play a major and important role in their lives. They know without doubt that creativity is at least as important as practicality and the cold hard facts. And they display certain characteristics. See how many of them apply to you. You just might be one of us!
  • Positive thinkers tend to take excellent care of themselves physically, mentally, spiritually.
  • They assume responsibility for their actions and get over disappointments rapidly. They don't know the meaning of procrastination! 
  • They are trustworthy and deeply honor their personal, business, and professional relationships.
  • They know they have high potential and live into it continually.
  • They have learned how to communicate well in all areas of their lives. They not only hear; they listen.
  • They know that real love is compassion in action; they are empathetic more than sympathetic.
  • They enjoy life, laugh a lot, and have fun. When necessary, they work hard and enjoy the benefits.
  • And they are life-long learners. The vast majority of successful people would call themselves positive thinkers.
  • And they do not live in a state of denial. They simply move on, realizing that even in tragedy and chaos, there can be a blessing--if one is open to it.
A lot more can be said of positive thinkers but the above short list covers the major basics. You don't have to live up to anything on the list. (You might even think they're pie-in-the-sky!) Simply consider them. 

What might be your personal benefit for working some of the practices into your own daily walk? (#1: You’ll smile more.) If you don't like these characteristics, you can always go back to the way you are now.
Positive thinking is more than a list. It is a way of life, a commitment--a habit that is joyfully cultivated continuously. It begins again, every morning when you look into the mirror. 

Gradually, more and more, you're happy with what you see. Then, you take that joy into the world where it is needed--now, more than ever.
And it is, more than anything, a choice.

“First we make our habits; then our habits make us.” Charles C. Noble