Little Johnie came home from school. He said “Dad, I think I’m failing math.” Dad said “Don’t think that way son, be positive!” Johnie thought a second, and replied “Ok..I’m POSITIVE I’m failing math!”
As I touched on in the last post, how we see ourselves, others, life, has EVERYTHING to do WITH life, with the QUALITY of life we enjoy, or not, and even how LIFE responds to US. The understatement of ALL TIME, and something I will touch on but not dive too deeply into in these blogs…is THOUGHTS are THINGS..or more correctly thoughts CREATE things..and life in general. Your life. Don’t get ahead of me here, just remember that and keep reading.
Being positive, having optimistic thoughts, an optimistic outlook to life and the things that life throws at you, is a skill that can easily be turned into simply a way of life with a little effort.
Having a positive attitude won”t necessarily let you do and be everything and anything you want, but it WILL let you do anything and everything that you ARE doing MUCH BETTER and MORE EFFECTIVELY than having a negative attitude will.
“The more positive you are when you think and work toward your goals, the faster you achieve them.” - Brian Tracy
There will be future blogs on goals, and some statistics to help show your mind just how ABSOLUTELY vital they are to lasting success. The point still remains the same; You will have in your life and live the kind of life, to a LARGE degree, based on your thoughts…your BELIEFS…POSITIVE or NEGATIVE, either way.
Want more poverty, illnesses, depression, anger, “tough breaks” in your life? Keep negative thoughts in your head and soul.
Want more prosperity, health, passion, love, “lucky breaks” in your life? Keep positive thoughts in you mind, heart, and soul.
That may seem simplistic, and maybe that is one of the many reasons so many people don’t get it, it seems too simple and easy to do anything THAT powerful and really impact our lives so much.
By using what may be your greatest gift…free will, the freedom of choice, you have the ability, the power, to CHOOSE another powerful and highly impactful thing in your life ..your attitude. You can CHOOSE your ATTITUDE, and your LIFE will reflect that back.
What happens TO you PALES in significance to how you CHOOSE to RESPOND to what happens.
For example, let’s say a you’re driving down the street when suddenly some idiot cuts you off and nearly causes a pile up before speeding off on their merry way. You are FUMING! You may even call them a few names that don’t appear anywhere on a birth certificate, describe them using words that could make your granny’s head explode, and invite them to perform solo sex acts that are illegal in all 50 states and most of the civilized world. You get to school / work and with outrage oozing from you pores, continuing to RELIVE the moment as you tell anyone and everyone that will listen about the absolute MORON that nearly got you killed on your way in! Even an hour later you’re still hot under the collar, still cursing the day his mom met his dad.
You have now devoted a part of your day, your life, thinking about someone that hasn’t given you a second thought.
Do you LIKE this person that much? Feel like you OWE them anything? Since the obvious answer isn’t just “no”, but a resounding “Hell no!”..then why, on God’s green earth, would we allow someone we don’t know, don’t like, and will most likely never even meet, rob us of the one commodity we can’t get back, time, and ruin OUR attitude? They interacted with you for a moment..why give them even an hour of your life, or day?
Positive attitudes about life are a great shield against random acts of stupidity.
It was a jerk behind a wheel..so? IT JUST DOESN’T MATTER! What MATTERS is how you CHOOSE to let it affect YOU..YOUR ATTITUDE..the rest of YOUR day. When we take on the challenge of choosing to be positive, we can understand that people are people, life is life, and in THIS case…there was NO accident. Be THANKFUL it was a “near miss” and not a “meet by accident”. Whether you stay mad all day or blow it off and DECIDE to stay happy, either choice determines YOUR day, NOT theirs.
Like any good cook, I keep my knives sharp as a razor at all times. SO sharp in fact, that when a nine inch Chef knife fell from a counter, (don’t ask) it had NO problem slicing my leg open at the calf. Hurt? For a minute or two ..it was deep enough that my leg did that “numb” thing…Mad? YEP! ..for about 5 or 6 of those adjectives we’ve already discussed. Then…just pressure and a ride to the ER, along with cracking up and cutting up (pun intended) all the way. Why? Because staying mad or being negative in any way WON’T heal my leg or stop the bleeding any better, and at least being positive and laughing makes ME feel better! (Actually, helps heal too..but that’s another story.)
Point is..DON’T Worry, BE HAPPY! (Look Janell..we had the same thought!)
You have a CHOICE. YOU get to CHOOSE how you react and respond to life, and how you react and respond to life INFLUENCES how life treats you back. This video below addresses some great points..ESPECIALLY right around the 6 minute mark.(It’s only 7 and a half minutes long..watch and grow.)
Thoughts ARE things..and they are things we have more control over than we give ourselves credit for, or even a chance. Even some things we call “emotions” are actually a combination of our conscious thoughts combined with our subconscious ones.
“Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and others.” — Dr. David Hawkins
Bottom line: Practice POSITIVE. Do it long enough, strongly enough, and it just becomes part of you. And you part of it.