PinkHearts: Positive Thinking

There is an abundance of information on the internet regarding the power of positive thinking. Our thoughts essentially set the stage for how our days are. It directly relates to perception in many ways.

“So what exactly is positive thinking? You might be tempted to assume that it implies seeing the world through rose-colored lenses by ignoring or glossing over the negative aspects of life. However, positive thinking actually means approaching life’s challenges with a positive outlook. It does not necessarily mean avoiding or ignoring the bad things; instead, it involves making the most of potentially bad situations, trying to see the best in other people, and viewing yourself and your abilities in a positive light.” (http://psychology.about.com/od/PositivePsychology/f/positive-thinking.htm).

The above passage eloquently describes my position on this topic. Positive thinking does not mean that bad things aren’t going to happen, but it will help you conquer even your toughest challenges. Inner strength stems from the power of positive thinking. Our mind is a powerful tool, and it is the window to our lives. We are what we think. To be consumed by the stress of every day life can break even the strongest person. It is very easy to get overwhelmed and distraught when life is not going as planned, but as I’ve said in my previous posts, what can you do? Things in our control (which are few) can be maintained, but what about those aspects of life out of our control? Imagine you’ve been at your current job for 5 years when suddenly, due to the economy, you get laid off. The overwhelming feeling of panic, hurt, and worry will wash upon you. Now is when positive thinking will push you forward. Perhaps this is the perfect time for you to look for a better opportunity. It is quite easy for you to sulk and beat yourself up over this job loss, especially if you are the primary breadwinner of your family. Allow yourself the time to ‘grieve’ over this loss. But it’s essential that you don’t remain stuck in this rut. Identify what your goals are and make a game plan of how you’ll achieve them. For every problem, there is a solution. Challenge yourself and believe in yourself.

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