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How Do You Think?

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Positive thinking is an amazing tool, but without action, it’s a waste of time. It’s more of a way of life rather than just having a momentary thought.

It’s a technique that you use to create positive affirmations that can counter negative thoughts and doubts by neutralizing them and building the self-confidence you need for whatever you want to achieve. Thinking this way is a skill you can learn and develop but it takes intentionality and consistent practice. I assure you, it is well worth it to create the useful habit of positive thinking?

Unfortunately, in some circles, positive thinking is sometimes referred to cynically as pollyannaish, naive and an overly optimistic point of view. Those that spout that point of view could use a dose or two of positive thinking. What about you? How do you view things, negatively or positively? It can be easy for all of us to focus only on the negative but it’s usually as easy to look for a positive angle to things as it is for a negative angle. It’s a habit of thought.

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By looking on the positive side we can affect our subconscious mind as we invoke the law of attraction and we can then attract a better set of circumstances into our life. Remember what you concentrate on you bring about. So expect a positive result. Did you know that it takes as much effort to think about the negative as it is for the positive. In some ways, positive thinking is infectious and can lead to a ‘can do’ attitude within an individual, a team and an organization. It’s been said that the only difference between a success and a failure is the attitude of mind the person had before they entered that task.

We cannot simply pay lip service to positive thinking. You need to actually practice and make positive thinking be your prevailing attitude. The feeling evoked by positive thinking will help you to feel confident and move you towards your goal. In order to acquire the great status of being a positive thinker, we must realize what positive thinking is all about and what it is not. The late Zig Ziglar used to say something along the lines of… if you got in the ring with Muhammad Ali with positive thinking, that alone wouldn’t allow you to win the fight but having a positive attitude would allow you to fight better.

Attitude comes from the consistency of thinking. If you think negatively all the time, you’ll end up with a negative attitude. Likewise, if you think positively all the time you’ll have a positive attitude. It’s kind of like the chicken and egg, which came first? A word of warning, If you have a bad or negative attitude you’ll probably never consider changing how you think which is too bad. Choose to think with positive thinking to change your attitude towards the positive direction.

How you answer this age-old question about positive thinking and attitude may reflect your outlook on life, your attitude toward yourself, and whether you’re optimistic or pessimistic. I’ve noticed that we all brighten a room, some when we walk in and some when we walk out of the room. Which one do you want to be? A positive attitude and optimistic thinking are healthy. When you wholeheartedly adopt a ‘with all your heart’ attitude and go all out with the positive principle, you can do incredible things. Happy, optimistic people are usually described as having positive attitudes and expressing positive thoughts.

Positive thinking is a mental attitude that acts like a ticket taker at a theater who controls who (what) comes into the theater. Make sure your thoughts are putting into your mind the right kind of thoughts, words, and images. Ones that are conducive to growth, expansion, and success. Remember as I do that no matter what happens to us, we can choose positive thoughts and choose a positive attitude. It may not be something that comes naturally but it is a way of looking at the brighter side of life that helps us build the life we want. How do you think?

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Jack Klemeyer

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Grow Your Business™ Coaching founder Jack Klemeyer is recognized as a preeminent resource and program developer as a business coach, consultant, speaker, trainer and facilitator of Mastermind groups for entrepreneurs, business professionals and companies of all sizes.
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