Often time, we heard people talking about ‘Positive Thinking’, like how powerful it is and how the positive thinking can change a person’s life and so forth, before putting the powers of positive thinking to work in your personal and professional life, you must first understand exactly what positive thinking is.
By definition, the word positive means dealing with matters of fact; expressed clearly, or in a confident or peremptory manner. However, in the concept of positive thinking, the word positive is meant to signify a manner of thinking: a manner that puts emphasis on processing thoughts in a more desirable, upbeat way. Positive thinking can be described as the practice of embracing the affirmative in our thoughts, our feelings, our actions, our reactions and our speech.
Positive thinking can also be described as a type of attitude. Happy, optimistic people are usually described as having positive attitudes and expressing positive thoughts. People who consistently “look on the bright side” are utilizing positive thinking.
Most importantly, positive thinking can be described as a skill that can be acquired by anyone. By learning the process of positive thinking, you can more easily reach your goals, whether they are personal or professional ones.
So, in one sentence, positive thinking is the act of reviewing thought processes and personal actions for areas that need improvement and for areas with negative implications, and then using the appropriate tools to change those thoughts or actions in a positive, goal-oriented way.
How does positive thinking work?
Positive thinking begins with a conscious desire to pay attention to and recognize the affirmative in any given situation. Once the affirmative, or positive trait, of a situation or thought can be recognized, then the process of positive thinking can be utilized. In essence, the ability to pinpoint and utilize the positive in your thoughts and actions enables you to better reach your goals, realize your dreams and make a positive impact on all of your endeavors.
The actual process of positive thinking works to bring about desired outcomes in both our personal life and our professional life in a variety of ways.
By acting in a positive way, you naturally draw positive people to yourselves.
By believing in positive outcomes, you more readily accept them as fact and open yourselves to their reality.
By thinking positive thoughts, you are better able to see alternate, more advantageous routes to take.
And by truly accepting a positive way of thinking, you are better able to see the path to success and better able to use our know-how to get there.
You know, the basic mechanics of positive thinking are simple – the process involves consciously searching for the affirmative in any situation, recognizing the benefits of each positive trait and then employing a can-do attitude to follow through on these positive thoughts.
For example, Bill has been carving wood as a hobby for over twelve years. Recently, Bill decided to write a short, informational guide to woodcarving and sell it on the internet as a source of extra income. So he used his savings to have the guide professionally written, to have a web site designed and to buy some banner advertising for his new site. Although Bill had a fair number of visitors to his site his guide was not selling.
After one month Bill decided his idea was hopeless and was ready to give up. His wife, however, believed wholeheartedly in the guide and wasn’t ready to see Bill quit. After convincing Bill to try it her way, they sat down and made a list.
First, Bill and his wife made a list of all the good points of the guide. After looking at the results of Bill’s initial research, they both decided that the guide was a good source of basic information for people who were new to woodcarving. After realizing this, Bill decided to focus his selling techniques on beginning woodcarvers. Next, they looked for markets that catered to woodcarving beginners.
Instead of deciding that the web site wasn’t working and calling it quits, Bill decided to look for fresh and innovative ways to market his guide.
During this search, he happened upon a web site that specialized in woodcarving tool kits for beginners. Upon seeing the site, Bill’s positive thinking wife knew two things, one is that there was a market for Bill’s guide and two, that with a little creativity, the tool site’s customers could become their customers.
Excited by the possibilities, Bill’s wife contacted the owners of the tool site and struck an agreement. In exchange for providing a link to the woodcarving tool web site, that site provided a link for buying Bill’s guide, within a few weeks, Bill’s sales increased dramatically, buoyed by confidence, Bill began contacting other markets and increasing his affiliations and referrals.
See, positive thinking can work when you remember to follow the basics. Bill’s wife decided to search for a positive trait in the guide instead of dismissing it as unwanted in the woodcarving field. Used the power of positive thinking to follow through on his goals. By focusing on the positive benefits of his endeavors, Bill was able to harness the confidence necessary to continue working towards his desired outcomes.