Sometimes when I’m having a crappy day, I’ll email a friend of mine and complain. This friend can always be counted on to respond in this fashion: “Try to think about all of the good things in your life right now!” She insists that if I change my way of thinking and think positively, then my whole world will shift with my attitude. Sometimes this isn’t what I want to hear, but she does have a point.
The Law of Attraction says that whatever you focus your energy and attention towards, you will attract into your life – even if that is something you don’t want. So, if I spend time thinking about how cranky a certain job makes me feel, I’m going to continue to feel like a curmudgeon and continue to have a crappy job. But if I think about how wonderful life is (or can be), then more good will come my way.
In The Hidden Messages in Water, Masaru Emoto claims that words or thoughts directed at water droplets before they are frozen affects the shape of the resulting crystals. So, if thoughts and feelings have an effect on water, surely they have a direct effect on our lives.
But is this true? Can positive thinking really shift our worlds and make everything all better? Some self-help gurus will tell you that if you think it, you will manifest anything you want:
- The perfect lover
- Financial abundance
- Your dream home
- A fancy car
They’ll tell you if you put a picture of it up on a dream board, it can be yours in only a matter of time! This, I don’t believe. BUT, I do think positive thinking can help us reach our goals and manifest the life we want to live.
Whatever thoughts you hold in your mind persistently will eventually appear in your physical world. Negative thoughts keep so many people locked in to certain situations and lifestyles. People think they can never escape them and so they never do.
Positive thinking requires some authenticity. In other words, if you’re faking the positivity, then it’s just an act and it won’t last. In order to turn your mind toward the positive, inner work and training are required. Attitude and thoughts don’t just change overnight, as much as we might like them to.
What’s the best way to get on top of the situation and really become a positive thinker?
Be aware of your feelings rather than your thoughts. When you imagine what you want, really feel it and try to amplify the feelings rather than continuing thinking. Get it? Whether your feelings are relating to your current life or the life you want, stay in the positive and let them run the show for a while.
Are you a positive thinker? A realist? A former pessimist-turned-optimist with a story to share about how positive thinking has turned your life around?
It can’t hurt to at least try to be more positive, right? But remember: the reason positive thinking doesn’t always work is that in order to be fully effective, it needs to be your primary attitude in the world and not a piece of baggage you feel compelled to carry around.
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