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About The Mind And The Power Of Positive Thinking - A Success Formula
Thoughts About Optimism, Pessimism, Positivity, And Negativity
I have, throughout my life, been the happy recipient of the numerous benefits that positive thinking is capable of generating. Conversely I have also experienced first hand how negativity can have adverse effects on the thinker.
Right here, in this article, I would like to present my views on the topic, drawing reference to situations and events that have occurred in my life, that are connected in my analyses. Although this is not exactly a how-to guide, I am sure you will find some enlightening thoughts with which you could accrue benefits.
As we all know, thinking concerns the mind. The quality of the thoughts that surface in the mind of one, definitely has a bearing on the events that follow in the life of the thinker. Generating coherent positive thoughts is what positivity is all about. Conversely the absence of good optimistic healthy thoughts is just what enables negativity to surface.
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The absence of a positive attitude makes it conducive for negativity to intrude and prevent favorable conditions from occurring. My belief has, over the past several years been sealed in the concept that positivity makes things work out better, and downright negativity creates conditions which could make way for favorable things not to happen.
They say the mind is the master and dozens of theories exist supporting this view. This is where "The Power Of Positive Thinking" comes in! The mind, I believe has the power to arrange things for the better or for the worse. Trashing or changing an existing unfavorable attitude could help generate favorable conditions.
When positive thoughts are caused to seep into your mind and fill it up, the negative ones are driven away. When you drive out the bad stuff, good stuff takes its place. Sounds familiar? Well, that is how these things too have been arranged to function.
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You need to establish a continuity in generating positive thoughts. Then you've got to strive to make a habit out of this. This is about one sure way to prevent negative thoughts from accessing your mind.
The state of my mind that had preceded many important events in my life, one of which I wish to discuss here, had been influential in determining the results. On reflection I realize that it does not apply only to the important events in my life, but in general, to every single event irrespective of its importance.
Having had access to the teachings of various self-help gurus who surfaced in the seventies, I used to, at one time, dismiss them all as total BS. I used to argue with my friends that you cannot make friends and influence people if making friends required the application of any formula. I never bothered to explore the matter either. At that time in my life. I did not need to.
The Mindset And The Thinking
Many of these popular theories relating positive thinking to success in just about any field were in the air during this period. There were dozens of public seminars and talk shows. Professionals who wanted to succeed beyond borders were the ones who were mostly attracted to this concept.
However where my issues were concerned, the need to succeed adopting alien theories simply did not tally with my life and my living style. In me, it was a well established mindset that doing things in the right sequence led to achieving the intended goal.
Much later on in life when changes were taking place all around, and the stereo-typed system of living inevitably needed transformation, these theories begun to surface for examination and possibly for adaptation too.
My Mental Attitude - A Success Story
The story that I am going to relate to you highlights my intense enthusiasm over starting my own business at a certain stage of my life. It was in a field in which I have had several years of exposure and experience. Ever since I gave myself the green light to go ahead with the project, I was raring to go!
It is this enthusiasm I believe that had succeeded in blasting all negative elements from my mind and that, I suppose had been instrumental in bringing about the expected benefits and much more.
Optimism is indeed a very valuable tool. If you can unlock the secrets of how to maximize its productivity, you could really go places. There was plenty of it in me and this was triggered off by my enthusiasm. This is how my my story goes.
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It was in the year 1990 when I started my own business, I did not bother to think about what situation I would have to face, in the event the results of my actions had not turned out to be favorable.
Many friends and well wishers pointed out the fact that I was totally inexperienced in handling a business of my own. This fact, they said would be a big disadvantage which could lead to heavy financial losses and disaster.
Friends kept pointing out that having tons of experience in the field with years of exposure was not exactly the prerequisite for taking up the challenge of actually doing the business myself. However, without paying any attention to these warnings, I set about my task with optimism, sheer optimism.
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I had heard much about the "Power Of Positive Thinking," but was not the least concerned. Being unconcerned, I had not given any consideration to the concept with a view to involving it in the issue that was important at that time.
I was so much excited about the project I was planning that I was immersed in overwhelming optimism which affected my hearing too! None of the well-intended warnings of friends and well wishers affected my mood in any way. When optimism prevails, your subconscious mind continuously generates positive affirmations in all the areas required.
You need to be positive in your attitude and also be alert about it. I was engaged in happily getting about the task of setting up my own business with a view to reaping the benefits. I was completely and happily focused.
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Positive affirmations or for that matter any other form of affirmations were not even part of my toolbox. It was sheer natural enthusiasm that prevailed! I would say I was ignorant of the other side of the coin.
I was totally certain that nothing would go wrong in this venture of mine. I never stopped to think of the consequences I would have to face in the event things had gone wrong for me. My mind was completely one sided! The balance was tilted in favor of a favorable outcome.
The power of positive thinking was certainly not alien to me, but I did not take it into consideration and view it as a potential tool to make my venture a success. Doubts did not exist at all in my mind.
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I started off my own business without much ceremony and got about doing the very basics diligently, neatly, and of course in the most logical sequence. I did watch the oncoming traffic to my business and acted accordingly and changed sequence whenever necessary. Natural instinct I would say.
I was not following any set principles. It was just an application of logic, and ethics. As the mind was sans any form of disbelief, this formula worked very well and my business got under way, running smoothly and successfully.
Things worked out very well, and even more benefits than envisaged were accrued in various other forms. I kept telling everyone around that you don't need an MBA for this. Of course I meant business! I did indeed succeed! My business was a success and it continued that way for several years!
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I guess if I had had any doubts about succeeding I would have considered applying the power of positive thinking, positive affirmations, and all the other mind conditioning tools that come along in the package.
The fact is I did not have any doubts at all about succeeding! I guess I would have thought to myself, why bother with all those. Sure, only if there had been a doubt of succeeding would I have gone into all these areas and explored the possibilities of applying these tools as well.
The fear of not succeeding was not in my mind at all. Believe me! Enthusiasm, I would say generates a strong kind of optimism which fits in very well into the "positivity" toolbox! Its all in the mind they say, and of course the mind has the capacity to work wonders.
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In order to stay positive you need to gradually expel negative thoughts from your mind. Fortunately at that time there were no negative thoughts at all in my mind and so there was nothing at all to expel. Initial signals of success also help fuel the existing positivity.
It's actually the environment you are in, that plays the lead role in your attitude. A wholesome attitude in turn attracts positivity. The great thing about positive vibes is that once they enter your mind you only need to keep feeding them. They keep bringing you benefits as long as you can keep nurturing them.
In addition to my good fortune which had placed me in a happy environment, I can cite many reasons for the prevailing state of my mind, the mind that was focused on achievement and the mind that was sans any disbelief.
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My mind has now been conditioned to accepting the theories that I have been hearing about the power of positivity. Of course on analyzing events in my life prior to my success in business. I understood now that positivity or the absence of it had been instrumental in yielding results beneficial or otherwise.
Still I was consistently receiving advise from many to pay heed to the changing trends, and to alter course accordingly. Thinking positive is basically the foundation for success. Positive vibes should be all around you all the time.
Although I was alert, I went about happily doing my thing and continuing to reap benefits. This particular business of mine continued to be successful for a very long period of time. However, towards the latter part of the nineties certain unethical actions by others in the trade, resulted in creating intense competition in the field.
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This competition required that certain changes be brought about in the business. Certain instruments were required to negate that competition. These required funding. Funding required eating into profits.
I made attempts to increase the quantity of business in order to gain the capital that was required. However, I know that in this particular trade you need to strike a balance when the threat of error potential increases. So I had to slow down to stay afloat.
It was at this time that I heard about Feng Shui and I tried it out by studying it first and then applying its principles. I thought to myself there is no harm in trying it out as the introduction to the topic was awesome and promised thundering benefits for all those who follow its principles.
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I was excited about this brand new thing which came my way and I thought it was GOD sent. I was not the least skeptic.You could interpret this attitude as supportive towards positivity. I thought to myself, what the hell do I lose, let me try this one out as well. I did try it out and observed the results ... or the absence of it!
Had I not tried it out, I would still be of the opinion that I had missed a wonderful opportunity. However, some common sense also has to be applied even if your mindset is ultra positive. This issue made me realize the "limitations" of Feng Shui. Just like positivity, Feng Shui too can not make heavy alterations to the environment or make changes in nature!
Continuing in spite of the ever changing environment in the type of business that I was involved in, was unwise. Enthusiasm, optimism, energy, positivity and all the other ingredients that are supportive towards success cannot alter nature!
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The threat of the error potential with the continuing of business under prevailing conditions was ever increasing. So, I had to alter course after all. There was no actual issue that had gone wrong, which could have been prevented by positivity.
I employed Feng Shui on an experimental basis, without nurturing any doubts about the functions of its features. I would not say it had been a waste of time, as the lesson I learned about the proper application of positivity was worth the trouble.
So that was it. It sure was fun while it lasted. Most importantly, the fact remains that I HAD WON the first and only round! In spite of all the warnings I received, I had set about my task with one primary focus. And I did succeed.
None of the predictions of those who warned me came true, although all the advise I received were from real well wishers who did not want to see me stranded. They had been only looking at the other side of the coin. The side that supports pessimism!
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Terminating the business was the result of changes caused by external forces over which I had no talent to control, and also other events that had been totally unpredictable. The question of positivity and negativity never came into this issue, although positivity had been present in my mindset.
Of course positivity generates favorable situations, but there are certain conditions that are applicable to this rule. It's not total magic. In the midst of a tidal wave, you cannot be positive about getting saved if you cannot swim.
The best thing to do is try to reach a floating object to cling on to, with the affirmation that you will not miss the opportunity to grab one. Amazingly, you will find one just within reach and easy to grab too! There is a little bit of magic too, but logic rules!
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You see, common sense also needs to be interwoven into your mindset. You need to examine your course of action in sequence and then figure out the percentage in favor of, and the percentage that is not in favor of bringing you success.
Positive affirmations and confidence with optimism will reduce the percentage that is in disfavor of success and increase the percentage that is in favor. Well, that's the best way I could put it, and I assure you that it's true.
Benefiting from positivity is not all that difficult a task. It is accessible to just about anybody and the benefits of positivity are indeed enormous. You should, at all times strive to be in a happy environment, as this helps a lot.
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Whatever The Case May Be Think Positive
It is up to you to interpret my tale any way you want. Put it down to coincidence or anything at all if you would not like to attribute every bit of the success that I achieved in my business to the power of positive thinking.
Although the positive thinking in this case had been involuntary, on afterthoughts I would very much attribute my success to this phenomenon.
From my experiences I can also say that having fears and negative thoughts over an impending issue will certainly not bring you any benefits. As I have stated before, prior to setting up my business many people offered me advice, in the form of warnings.
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The only "disaster" that occurred was that I could not continue operating that business and had to abandon ship ... thankfully without any wounds to lick. As I stated before, when a tidal wave strikes, it will take away a whole lot of things that have been constructed.
So the best way to avoid defeat is the logical one. Even if you are a top swimmer, taking a chance with a tidal wave is not advisable even if you are loaded with optimism and positive affirmations.
Look for a floating object with optimism while you can, and also utilize your ability to swim to get closer to the floating object. Your ability to swim removes the fear of water and thus a possible negative element is disengaged. It also gives you confidence while you are hanging on to the floating object.
The ability to swim is the back up system you have, that tells you that the floating object will float long enough for you to reach a safe location. So there, the positive element gives you confidence, and this confidence also generates favorable conditions which can very well guide you to a safe spot and prevent you from drowning.
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The warnings I had received prior to launching my business had registered in my subconscious only, to emerge later on as re-callable memory, although at the point of registering it had gone totally unnoticed by me. Fortunately too!
Much later on things did "go wrong," as discussed earlier. This was caused by events which could not be foreseen even by my pessimist peers, events over which I had no control over. I heard phrases like, "there, did I not tell you?" ... It was only then did I remember having heard warnings. My sheer optimism had dismissed them as unimportant.
But, from my point of view, I had won. The business that I had launched succeeded beyond my wildest dreams and remained successful for several years. The "disaster" that was predicted did not take place at all. In reality, I only had to alter course due to certain changes in the business environment over which I had no control.
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There have been times when the need arose to attribute reasons for some amazing success stories in my life apart from the business I have spoken of.
The analyses also tend to generate hints of what the results would have been in the absence of a positive frame of mind. This brought to my memory incidents that I have observed in the lives of others that have resulted in unfavorable results due to the pessimistic mindset of those involved.
Ignorance is indeed bliss. Not knowing the other side of the coin has helped me in retaining a default positive attitude. On the other hand, positivity needs to be constantly nurtured in order to retain it. Negativity is not easy to repel either.
By continued experimenting, I have observed that the calmer the mind is, the more it derives the capacity to repel negativity. The more you repel negativity the more optimistic you become. The more optimistic you are, the more you are likely to encounter favorable events.
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I only told you my story, exactly the way it happened and how I behaved before and during. The result of these events is that I have arrived at the conclusion that positivity or optimism helps immensely and negativity or pessimism does the opposite.
A happy environment can contribute a great deal towards expelling negative vibes. In addition to this I also believe a calm mind could be achieved by means of certain simple breathing exercises performed seriously and regularly.
For this purpose you should consult a qualified Yoga Instructor. He will design a series of simple breathing patterns for you. He should then be able to measure your progress and accordingly alter the duration and design of your exercises.
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Do you think that a positive mind-set and optimism can generate favorable events in one's life?
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Although I have stated at the very beginning that I have also experienced the adverse effects of pessimism, of a negative mind, and of harboring fears, I chose not to talk about those events right here. I feel that discussing the potential of pessimism also is a negative thing.
Steering clear of things that are negative in nature help a great deal. People who have a pessimistic outlook towards everything are usually victims of negative thoughts. Encouraging them to discard such thoughts and to replace them with bright and happy vibes could also be beneficial to you indirectly.
The good that you do eventually comes back to you although it may take a long path and a whole lot of time. Contributing towards the well being of others even in a very small way would bring you enormous benefits.
The mind is a strange apparatus and is most powerful. If you are able to change the attitudes of those around you for the better, to look at the brighter side of things, to generate positive vibes, then the sum total of all these positive energies could benefit all. This has been proven.
Bear in mind that the mind is the master, and taming the mind is the method adopted to expel negativity and replace it with the opposite. Remember that In order to stay positive you need to gradually expel negative thoughts.
However with some practice things would begin to seem easy and you will gradually begin to take control. So go ahead and start exploring the wonderful world of the Power Of Positive Thinking!
I wish you luck! ... Even if I don't, you could generate some for yourself! Sure, not just a little bit of luck, but tons and tons of it! How? Well by clinging on to the PLUS sign. Cheers!
Strive to keep your mind free of unwanted thoughts. Keep trying to expel thoughts that do not bring you any happiness. Continually expelling such thoughts is something that could enable you to reach a state in which you will have control over your mind. Remember the mind is the master!— QuickSand
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