We hear about positive thinking a lot and read about it in dozens of self-help books and alternative remedy sites these days.
But why is it so difficult for most of us to think positive thoughts for at least most of the time?
I've just finished reading "The Secret", which is a very inspirational book and again, like so many books I've read before it, advocates thinking positively to achieve whatever it is you want.
It goes even further than most self advancement books. It does that by actually telling the reader that by simply wanting something and believing it is yours already, the power of the universe and the Law of Attraction (see here) will deliver your desired wish right to you.
Maybe it's right.
Where is the Money?
I've been telling myself that I'm holding that cheque for a million dollars right in my hand for a couple of weeks now, but there's still no sign of the damn thing!
And as for imagining myself sitting behind the wheel of that brand new Mercedes Benz and feeling myself driving it down the road. Well, when I open my eyes, I'm still in the Yaris and I shouldn't drive with my eyes closed!
But joking aside, the power of positive thought cannot be denied. Positive thought can produce miracles but the catch is that not only must your thoughts be positive and stay positive, your feelings and emotions have to be in sync too.
That means it's no good imagining putting the key into the front door of your new mansion if you have that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach that the next knock on the door will be the bailiffs about to take away your possessions because you can't pay your bills!
How positive can you be when you're in such an awful situation?
What If Things Go Wrong?
I know so, because I was bankrupted a number of years ago and it was the lowest point of my life. Sure, I bounced back, but it took a long time and a lot of struggle and going without a lot of what most people take for granted.
What saved me was leaving rainy, depressing Britain and coming to live in the sunny and warm climate of southern Spain.
Let the Sunshine In
The sunshine has an uncanny knack of putting a smile on your face even when the chips are down and I found it easier to be positive and believe that things would improve, despite living in a different country, trying to get to grips with a different culture and language.
The power of positive thinking has forced me to work long days on this computer building my online presence and writing with the solid belief that I will make a full time living from it, despite all the days of nothing much happening. Positive thought pushes me onward and a fair helping of faith in my belief that I will succeed carries the momentum forward a little further every day.
So yes, I do believe in the power of positive thought.
It helps to see more of the sunshine, well, at least it helps me. Everyone is different and different stimuli work for different people. But gloomy weather tends to make me feel gloomy, whereas sunshine makes me feel on top of the world.
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