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Thoughts on the Power of Positive Thinking

Updated on January 12, 2010

Have you ever thought about why things go wrong? Have you ever thought, why me, when things went wrong? Have you ever gone back and thought about what you were thinking about on a day when things were really going badly? What were your thoughts? Were you thinking positive thoughts that day? My guess is that you weren't.

Let me tell a little story about the power of negative thinking. This past summer my family and I went on a trip back home to Canada. My first trepidation was about my little chihuahua Emily, who is very nervous and very possessive, especially about me. Emily rarely goes to anyone but me, and dislikes strangers very much. I wanted to bring Emily with me, as I was sure that something was going to go wrong. Alas my husband was not having any of that and Emily stayed home with the rest of the pets. My second trepidation was that every single trip that we have taken together as a family to Canada has resulted in everyone getting sick, and my Husband and I getting into an enormous row. Usually we stay with my Husband's parents, but this time I insisted that we stay with my Sister at her house. The fact that we were staying with my Sister was one of the only things that I felt positive about.

Can you guess what happened? Emily went nuts and ran away and I never saw her again. My Husband and I got into a huge argument. I must add that my Husband and I rarely argue (I can count on one hand the times we had really big arguments over the last twenty years). The one thing that didn't come true is that no one got sick. However the weather was terrible the whole time we were there. The one thing that I had positive feelings about (staying with my sister) went great.

Can you see my point here? Oddly enough the things that I consistently thought about actually came about. Could this be the power of the unconscious mind? Can you actually influence personal outcomes by changing the way you think? Maybe you can, or maybe you can't.

I have been reading a lot about the power of unconscious thought lately, it's fascinating. A lot of the literature I have found has been written by highly successful people who believe they are sharing their secret for success with the reader. The one thing that is consistent in everything that I have read is that these people always think positively. They have worked so hard at improving themselves that they have no time to criticize others. They also hold strong in the belief that when they strive to create a positive outcome in whatever their endeavor, they create a positive mental picture of the outcome, and never let a negative thought come into mind about that outcome. An good example is an athlete. A lot of successful athlete's use the power of positive imagery. They run their race or competition in their thoughts over and over. I bet Lance Armstrong does this. Remember the yellow "Livestrong" rubber wrist bands? Wearing a yellow "Livestrong" wristband, could that be a constant reminder to think positively? Of course it is, and it's brilliant (at least I think so).

The one thing that I know for sure is about myself. I have really been trying lately to keep my thoughts positive. Keeping my thoughts positive has been both exhausting and exhilarating. I have found though that if I am both thankful and positive about everything that things just seem to go my way. The power of positive thinking. I don't know, but I can't wait to find out!


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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Maita you must practice the power of positive thinking. Being greatful and thankful for everything you have is a great start. It really works. Read the book, The Secret. It really makes you think.

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      prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

      oh Tam, yes at time we tend to look for that feeling of being positive and yet it is elusive, wonder why some people managed to do it everytime

      it is good no family members get sick, and you have to stay with your sister but then Emily was lost,Hmmmm..

      thanks for the share Tam, Maita

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      Tammy Lochmann 7 years ago

      Thanks for taking the time to read Freta, Your comments are much appreciated.

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      Alfreta Sailor 8 years ago from Southern California

      I just read another hub similar to this one, can't remember who, but one of our fellow hubbers, anyway as I said on her hub. As you get older life seems so different, and you seem to think differently, by that I mean, I use to experience a crisis at least once a week. But now, hardly ever, I probably do, but I don't let it bother me. When someone asks how I'm doing I simply say greaaat! And I usually feel that way. I read somewhere if you say that(great), you release feel good endorphins and you actually begin to feel good. I use this simplistic mantra, "don't worry, be happy." Another great hub. Keep 'em coming.