Some folks seem to believe that practicing Positive Thinking means to never, ever have any thoughts whatsoever that deal with the negative, with failure, bad outcomes, or with the possibility of things going wrong. WRONG!
Positive thinking simply means adopting a “Can Do” attitude toward life, a “There is a Solution for Every Problem” approach as well as an overall tendency to look at the upside rather than to focus primarily on the downside i.e. avoiding an energy sapping “woe is me”, victim oriented mentality.
Positive people look at the downside FREQUENTLY just not for very long i.e. they DON’T DWELL on obstacles one millisecond longer than is necessary to come up with a viable plan to deal with them! They build their lives and self-concept around their strengths, not their weaknesses.
Virtually every successful person has had a plan for their life, goals, and a well thought out plan to achieve those goals. An essential element of any good plan is contingency elements to deal with setbacks, stratagems on how to overcome obstacles, and ideas on how to preserve in the face of discouragement.
Fantasy thinking imagines oneself on the top of the mountain and stops there. Positive thinking imagines oneself on top of the mountain and then goes out and develops the skills, talents and resources to make the climb, including visualizing successfully implementing well thought out problem resolutions.
“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others, it is in yourself alone.” – Orison Swett Marden (1850 – 1924)
“Maintain a balance between skepticism and faith. Maintain a beginner mind. Be open to possibility. Don’t give in to skepticism, but don’t give in to fantasy either.” – Jonathan Lockwood Huie
“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.”
– Napoleon Hill
As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier