by Arina Nikitina
Although you can see that the glass is half-empty, you chose to
see it in a
positive way. It is still half-full, anyway. The absence
of half of the volume of water didn’t even bother you. What
mattered was that it still contains water. If this is how you
answered the question above and how you justified your answer, then
you have a positive way of thinking.
Positive thinking is a way of looking at the brighter side of
life. Everything is good, beautiful, and light. There are no
worries, problems, or fears. In short, all you see and believe in
is, well, positive. I guess that’s already the most suitable word
in describing this way of thinking, which is why it is the term
This kind of thinking is very powerful in that if you think that
you are going to pass an exam, you are going to pass; if you think
that you’ll get noticed by your crush, you’ll get noticed; if
you think you will get promoted at work, then you’ll get promoted.
This is how powerful the mind is, particularly positive mind. Even
the famous Clint Eastwood believes in this general truth that he
quoted, “If you think it’s going to rain, it will.”
So, how does the power of positive thinking works? How can it
create reality? Do we only have to think of positive things and then
will it happen right away? That positive thinking really is powerful
may be somehow hard to believe at first, that’s why we may ask
certain questions like those above. Because the mind is working on
the information you send it, positive thinking leads to positive
reality. This is how it works. Yes, we do have to really think of
positive things. But it doesn’t stop there.
Remember the ever-famous cliché “Do your best and God will do
the rest”? You know, it’s true. Aside from believing in and
having faith in something we want to happen, we have to do something
about it. You can’t ace an exam just by sitting on the couch and
watching TV days before taking it, can you?
Let us take into account again the computer as a metaphor of the
human mind. The mind is like a computer, this time due to the fact
that we can program it with certain functions and tasks. Sometimes,
it even acts as our autopilot. For instance, we use it when we drive
and talk on a mobile phone at the same time. Therefore, we can
program it with whatever we want to happen.
Say, for example, you want to be attractive. Thus, you say to
yourself “I can be beautiful, healthy and slim.” But for this
positive thinking to work, you can’t just leave it at that. You
still need to do something. You need the right self-programming: “I
can be beautiful, healthy, and slim if… (a) I’ll take enough
rest every night; (b) I’ll eat proper balance diet; (c) I’ll do
exercises; (d) I’ll brush my teeth every after meal; etc.” And
if all these thoughts sink into your system, you’ll see that they
wouldn’t be far from happening.
Mind power implies will power. With positive thinking, one does
not stop with I can or I am. There will always be an I will after it
in which it will cause the realization of his aspirations.
Positive thinking is a powerful tool that helps us build the life
we want. It can make us beautiful and smart. It can get us the dream
job with the excellent salary we always dreamed of. It can help us
find our one true love. But we have to use them properly and we have
to continue working with them regularly - to the point where it
becomes such a habit that we ought to say them all the time. Isn’t
it better maintaining such thoughts than keeping worthless ideas
inside our head – the stuff we keep thinking about but doesn't
really help us accomplish anything and, in many cases, may actually
push us backwards?
We should also understand that some affirmations take some time
to take effect. It really depends on where we are and what we want
to accomplish. For example, if you're unemployed yet want to be a
millionaire, well, in reality, it will take quite some time. You
have to get a job first, and from there, start making the big money
and earn the millions you want. Successes usually not happen
overnight. So the first step is to focus on how we can accomplish
our goal. If we are on the right place, plus we possess the right
attitude, then it won’t be too far.