Positive thinking is the emotional twin of happiness.
Positive thinkers are very happy people.
And happy people are very positive thinkers.
Successful people have always raved about the power of positive thinking. Positivity can launch our success faster than the Millennium Falcon. It keeps us inspired, motivated and fuels our progress. Our dreams!
Even better? Anyone can program themselves to see that glass-half-filled instead of half empty!
Positive thinking is a process and pattern of behavior that can be learned and practiced.
Here’s the completed “bucket list” of a friend who embraces positivity like a bee embraces flowers.
She says this without reservation…
“Everything I really wanted to do in life, has happened. I don’t look back, and think ‘gee, I wish done this, or tried that…I’m satisfied and extremely grateful.”
She gives credit first to her God for great principles (finding God, was number one on her bucket list).
Then she gives credit to positive thinking.
Here’s her been-there-done that bucket list.
- Live on a beach
- Live on a remote mountain
- Live by a river
- Live in a village
- Live on a farm
- Live in a foreign country
- Live in a big city
- Have more quality time with family
- Run a successful business
- Secure financial freedom
- Pursue a love of writing books
- Travel to dream lands on different continents
- Train elephants with mahout (everyone’s different)
- Have a good marriage
- Raise good children
- Speak another language
- Build her own house
- Become a hospitality queen
- Pursue sports for fun and fitness (scuba, skiing, boogie boarding, hike, parasail whatever…)
- Beat cancer
- Own a horse
- Master cooking
- Learn something new everyday.
My friend admits she’s no Einstein.
But she does channel Forrest Gump.
She loves Forest Gump…because he mastered positive thinking.
Now before you go, “oh yeah, I knew that,” you should understand clearly what a positive mindset has the power to do for you.
Attempting to maneuver life without positive thinking is like building a house with bare hands.
Here’s two definitions of positive thinking.
- Positive thinking is a mental attitude where you expect good and favorable results. It’s creating thoughts that transform energy into reality. A positive mind waits for happiness, health, and a happy ending in any situation.
- Positive thinking employs thoughts words and images that are conductive to growth, expansion, and success. Thinking positive is a way of living and a technique used to change things or accomplish goals. It guides people to success and reverses the damaging effects of negative thinking.
Positive thinking really works!
A Harvard study found that striking a ‘victory pose’ (the kind you see when a runner crosses the finish line) before a job interview, helped applicants to perform better. Those who did not pose and sat hunched with their cell phones while waiting for the interview, did much worse. The ‘victory posers’ experienced momentary hormonal changes. Their testosterone increased, so they were confident, calm and comfortable, while their cortisol decreased, allowing less stress.
Now process that.
If a simple body pose could result in such significant physical and mental changes, imagine what focused thoughts on a daily basis could accomplish!
Run Forest run!
Take a look at other findings.
Amy Cuddly, a renowned social psychologist, performed a study and found that power poses could change a person’s performance as well as an onlooker’s perception of the person.
“Fake it till you make it.” Or more accurately, “Fake it until you become it.”
In a nutshell, if you want something to happen, pretend you’re already there.
Her own life is an astounding example of how this works.
From her website:
“Amy Cuddy wasn’t supposed to become a successful scientist. In fact, she wasn’t even supposed to finish her undergraduate degree. Early in her college career, Cuddy suffered a severe head injury in a car accident, and doctors said she would struggle to fully regain her mental capacity…”
After Amy’s excruciating accident, her IQ dropped by two standard deviations. It was devastating to Amy because she was known as being intellectually ‘gifted’. At 19 she was withdrawn from college and told she would not have the capacity to graduate.
But she proved them wrong. Today, Cuddy is a professor and researcher at Harvard Business School, where she studies how nonverbal behavior and snap judgments affect people from the classroom to the boardroom…”
Positive thinking changed the course of Amy’s life in A HUGE WAY.
There are literally millions of examples of this ‘thought pattern’ changing lives for the better. From beating cancer to becoming a CEO of a thriving business.
But you see our point.
CONSCIOUSLY FOCUS on thinking positively and see how fast you can crush your goals.