The Power of Positive Thinking
“I can’t do this!” “It won’t ever get any better!” “I’ve tried it before and it never worked!” “What’s the use?” These are all responses to suggestions of change. Change can be very difficult, especially if it involves our thinking. We all start out as wide-eyed, expectant, curious children and somewhere along the way, people begin to become cynical, doubting, and negative. Why? Well, life happens. And when it does, there are some “negative” influences and outcomes. And sometimes those “pot holes” in our journey tend to derail us from our positive outlook. And then we have to re-focus our energies into re-training our thinking back to the positive. Or we get “stuck” in the negative.
For every “bad” thing that happens, there can be learning, which brings about growth. And growth is positive. We just need to be able to look at the positive aspects that can come out of bad things. As we embark on a new year, it is the perfect time to adjust our outlook and dig deeper, looking for the positive that came from any negative that happened.
The power of setting positive forward intention is something that we often have to be reminded of, especially when “life gets in the way”. But by being aware of where our thinking has gone in the past, we can stop ourselves and take a detour into the positive. Most statements can be made positive with some simple word changes. “I’ve tried it before and it never worked” can become “At least I know how to try again”. “It won’t ever get any better” can become “It won’t get any better until I change how I look at it”. We get the outcome we expect. So if we expect things to be better, we change our thinking, thus changing our approach.
So for all the “bad” things that happened in the past year, look for what positive outcome developed. What did you learn when your heart was broken? To whom did you turn to when someone let you down? What characteristics of yourself did you have to examine when someone doubted your intentions? What memories did you cherish more when a loved one died? What did you learn about your motivations when your integrity was challenged? And what did your heart speak when your goals were questioned? We can all benefit from looking back and identifying where we need to grow, as we look forward and set some positive intentions for the future.
I love the beginning of the school year and the beginning of a new year for the same reason. It seems like an open road, ready for the adventure, lying before us. We just need to be able to get behind the wheel, adjust our seat belt, and drive forward, knowing that something good will come out of the journey.Tags: power of positive, thinking positive
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner
Licensed Professional Counselor
Advanced Clinical HypnoTherapist
- Deb England began working part-time for Wholeness Healing Center in September 2004 and began full-time in May 2005. Deb practices primarily in the Broken Bow office and one day a week in the Grand Island office. Previously she had completed her practicum and internship at Morning Star Alliance, working in the Broken Bow and Grand Island offices.
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