Telling a person who is down and out that they must think positive is like telling a quadriplegic that he needs to climb mount Everest. It just isn't going to happen. Positive thinking is not magic, and it does not make your problems disappear.
So why do I believe in the power of positive thinking, and how does it make a difference in your life?
It turns out that most people don't understand how the brain works; they don't know that positive thinking can actually make their life worse rather than better.
At the most basic level, positive thinking doesn't have anything to do with the content of your thoughts. It has a great deal to do with the way the brain operates. Your brain is an affirming machine that affirms the negative just as easily as the positive; it affirms the bad just as easily as the good. Your brain is positive about many things that are factually untrue. And when you are positive about the wrong things, your positive thinking actually gets you into trouble.
The affirmative powers of the brain are immense, and often those powers are destructive. Negative thoughts could not do their dastardly deed without the help of a brain that is an accessory to the crime.
It turns out that positive thinking is not always positive when you are affirming dark, destructive thoughts.
When you are dealing with dark negative thoughts, you need to understand positive thinking for what it is and what it is not. You need to understand what it can and cannot do. You need to understand how it can help you, and how it can get you into trouble. You need to learn how to use positive thinking to make your life better rather than worse.
This is your opportunity to make positive thinking into a strong ally that makes your life better.
Positive thinking works because it is the natural software for your mind. God designed a positive software package that permits your mind to function at full capacity and maximum efficiency. He created your mind to work best with a positive operating system. When your mind affirms positive things, a positive operating system is up and running.
Negative thinking doesn't work well, because your mind was not designed to function with a negative operating system. Although your mind is an awesome biocomputer, it will not function well using the wrong software. Severely depressed people run a negative operating system most of the time, and they illustrate how bad things can get when negative thinking assumes control. When your mind affirms negative things, a negative operating system is in control.
Positive thinking truly is the right type of thinking. Positive thinking is more than a good idea. It's the way your mind was designed to work. God designed your mind to function best when it’s under the influence of positive beliefs.
Positive thinking will not make your life perfect. It will not make all your problems disappear or prevent serious illness and accidents. Nevertheless, positive thinking makes your life immeasurably better. No amount of positive thinking will take something bad and turn it into something good; however, positive thinking will turn it into something better. No matter how negative your life is, thinking positive makes it better.
Positive thinking confuses many people. They don't understand why it's so hard to develop a positive mind. They sincerely want to become a positive person, but they don't have a clue as to how they can make it happen. No matter how hard they try to think positive thoughts, they end up with negative ones instead.
They have a fundamental misunderstanding about how you create a positive mind. They try to think positive thoughts by trying to think positive thoughts - a strategy that does not work. The reason is simple. A negative mind does not have positive thoughts inside, and whatever you have inside your mind is what is going to come out. No matter how hard you try to be positive, and no matter how much you want to be positive, if you have a negative mind, you will have negative thoughts.
Positive thinking is the result of putting positive things into your mind. It's a sign that you have filled your mind with positive things.
Trying to think positive thoughts without first putting positive things into your mind is a waste of time. It won't work and cannot work. It's impossible to get positive thoughts out of a negative mind. If there aren't any positive thoughts inside, then there is nothing positive that can come out.
Positive thinking is the summation of all the positive things that you have put into your mind. Negative thinking is a summation of all the toxic waste that you have allowed into your mind.
Your mind is like a giant adding machine that sums up what you have put into your mind. When you fill your mind with positive things, the positive thoughts control and dominate your mind, because that is what you have inside. If you are having a problem with negative thoughts, it because that is what is inside your mind. If you want to have different thoughts, you must put different things inside.
There is a difference between thinking positive and putting positive things into your mind. You can't think positive unless you already have positive things inside. Filling your mind with positive things must come first. That's why it's imperative that you control what gets into your mind.
If you fill your mind with toxic waste, you will end up with a negative mind. It's not a mystery.
If you fill a bucket with water, when you empty the bucket, water is what comes out.
If you fill your mental bucket with positive things, then when you empty your mental bucket, positive thoughts flow out.
Trying to think positive thoughts without having a mind full of positive things will not work. It's impossible.
The positive mind is not always positive, but it is rarely in doubt. Many times the positive mind is biased, unbalanced, and extremely negative. Sometimes the positive mind affirms things that are factually untrue.
Once you understand that the positive mind is an affirming machine, you have taken the first step to understanding the true nature of positive thinking. The next step is to understand that the positive mind affirms negative things just as easily as it does positive.
God gave you an awesome mind that is an affirming machine. It is up to you to decide whether those affirmations will be positive or negative, healthy or sick, constructive or destructive.
THREE ESSENTIAL FACTS ABOUT POSITIVE THINKING
1. Positive thinking comes in two forms: Positively Positive and Positively Negative
2. The opposite of positive thinking is not negative thinking.
3. The opposite of positive thinking is doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and fear.
Until you understand these essential facts, there is a high probability that positive thinking will not work its miracle for you. In fact, positive thinking may even make your life worse.
The battle for a positive mind is even more challenging when doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and fear assume control. The doubting mind is the antithesis of the positive mind. The opposite of positive thinking is doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and fear, and when they are in charge, nothing good happens.
For all practical purposes, your mind is either in an affirmative state or in a state of uncertainty, doubt, ambivalence, and fear.
The affirmative state has two forms: you can be positively positive or positively negative. Most people experience some combination of the two.
Positively positive is a constructive state that makes your life easier taking you in the direction of your dreams.
Positively negative is a destructive state that makes your life harder than it needs to be and takes you where you don’t want to go.
Doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and fear are destructive maladaptive states that take over when the mind loses its ability to affirm. Your mind does not do a good job of handling doubt and ambivalence. A mind full of these culprits is inefficient and dysfunctional.
If you want positive thinking to make your life better, you must remain in a positively positive state. The other two states are extremely destructive, and if you choose to live there, you can say good-bye to your dreams as your life enters an endless downward spiral.
THE CRIPPLED MIND - LOOSING YOUR AFFIRMATIVE POWERS
Although you can never turn off your brain, you can cripple the affirming machine with doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and fear.
When your mind loses the power to affirm, it becomes impotent. You are mentally decapitated because positive affirmations no longer flow from your mind.
Rene Descartes penned the words, “I think, therefore I am.” This simple premise states the fact that my ability to think proves that I actually exist.
Although I don’t have any doubts about my existence, the human mind could make a similar claim. “I affirm, therefore I am.” Part of what it means for the brain to exist is the power to affirm, and when you strip it of that power, you diminish it to a significant degree. It’s impossible to affirm anything positive when doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence, and fear cripple the mind.
Nothing good ever comes from doubt, uncertainty, ambivalence and fear.
THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS
Which is better? A positively negative mind or a mind crippled by doubt, ambivalence, and fear?
I would not choose either of these states, but if I had to choose, I would choose the positively negative mind over the crippled one.
The positively negative mind is working normally in the sense that it still has the ability to affirm. Although it is affirming the wrong things, at least it is still working. It isn’t crippled. Rather, it is misdirected and misinformed. A positively negative mind gives me more with which to work. If I can move the affirmations in a positive and constructive direction, things can rapidly improve because I don’t have to deal with a crippled mind.
A mind crippled by doubt, ambivalence, and fear is an entirely different story. That mind is not even to square zero because it has forgotten how to affirm. The first order of the day is to retrain the mind so that it starts affirming once again. That gets you back to square zero, and then you can start reprogramming the mind with powerful positive affirmations so that the mind can start doing what it does best. It’s time to prime the positive pump with positive affirmations so the mind can start affirming once again. You must repeat positive thoughts to your mind until your mind repeats them back to you.
Positive thinking has another meaning beyond simple affirmations.
Positive means congruent and non-ambivalent. It is a form of internal congruence.
What is internal congruence?
Internal congruence is about who you are. It looks at the three parts of you that make you uniquely human.
Inner congruence exists when your mind, heart, and will are all committed to moving together in a non-ambivalent fashion to achieve a worthwhile purpose.
People have understood the importance of internal congruence for thousands of years. The Bible teaches that you are to love God with all your mind, all your heart, and all your strength. This passage of scripture lays out what it means to achieve internal congruence. You must get you mind, your heart, and your will all heading in the same direction if you want big things to happen in your life. If your mind wants one thing, your heart wants something else, and your will is not willing to do whatever it takes, you are in trouble. You are heading in different directions in your mind, heart, and will, and this lack of congruence literally tears you apart. You are stuck until you get your mind, heart, and will to work together and head in the same direction.
Each time you face an important decision, you must ask yourself three questions:
1. Do I want this with my head?
2. Do I want this with my heart?
3. Am I willing to do whatever it takes?
If you answer yes to all three questions, ambivalence is not a problem, and you have internal congruence. You will be able to move forward in a positive manner because every part of who you are is on the same page working to achieve the same positive outcome.
If you answer no to any of the questions, ambivalence is present and internal congruence does not exist. You may as well stop right where you are and resolve the ambivalence before you try to move ahead. You will never be able to move forward in a positive manner until you have inner congruence.
The third meaning of positive thinking relates to external congruence.
External congruence relates to what you do. Specifically it relates to what you think, say, and do.
External congruence happens when what you think, say, and do are exactly the same. There is no gap between thinking, saying, and doing. They are all in agreement and heading in the same direction.
Talk is cheap, fast, and easy. Doing is hard, expensive, and takes lots of time. The difference between saying and doing is the difference between heaven and hell, the difference between bogging down in Nowhere Land and sailing on the ocean of your dreams.
The gap between thinking, saying, and doing stops millions of people from living positive lives in which their dreams actually come true.
You cannot be a positive person when there is a gaping chasm between what you think, say, and do. The instant that you close the gap, you become an Unstoppable, Consistently Positive, Endlessly Persistent, Doer of Dreams.
DOES POSITIVE THINKING WORK?
There is no doubt about it. Positive thinking works, and it works all the time unless you are trapped in doubt, ambivalence and fear. Positive thinking will work for you and make your life better once you understand what it is and how it works.
Positive Thinking is much more complicated than repeating a few positive affirmations and hoping for the best. Positive Thinking is about learning to run your mind in a way that takes you to your dreams.
I have given you the roadmap to becoming a positive person who has a Positively Positive operating system running in their mind.
If you want to be positive, nobody can stop you.
POSITIVE POWER SUMMARY
What does it mean to be a positive person?
1. You are positively positive so that your mind affirms positive and constructive things.
2. You are internally congruent so that your heart, mind, and will are all heading in the same direction.
3. You are externally congruent so that what you think, say, and do are exactly the same. There is no gap between what you think, say, and do.
If your mind is positively positive, and if you demonstrate internal and external congruence, there is no limit to how good your life can become.
A Positively positive operating system combined with double congruence can do more than change your life. You might even change the world.
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Positive thinking is the right type of thinking. It's the natural software for my mind.
My life is mine alone, and that is sufficient authority to grant me permission to live my dreams.
I have the power to achieve excellence in at least one area of my life.
I have never seen any handicap that made excellence impossible.
Whatever I accomplish, I accomplish it first in my mind. Whatever I become, I become it first in my mind.
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The only way for my dreams to come true is for them to expand from my thoughts.
Ambivalence is the mortal enemy of my dreams.
I will live as if I am a great person. I will practice being great each day of my life.
Negative and limiting thoughts create a chemical imbalance in my brain and make me feel bad. Positive and unlimited thoughts restore the normal chemical balance, and I feel good once again.
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A persistently positive focus creates a consistently positive mind.
When will I get better? Improvement is only a thought away. The instant I think positive thoughts is when it happens.
I don't get what I want in life. I get what I expect. That's why Jesus said, "As you believe, so shall it be done unto you."
When God created my mind, He designed it to run most efficiently using a Positive Operating System. Positive thinking is the natural software for my mind.
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Opportunity hides in plain sight, and until I have a dream, I can't see the opportunities that are right in front of my eyes.
I am still writing the story of my life and can make it into anything I want.
There is no limit to how good my life can become when I put positive things into my mind.
When I say yes to life, opportunities come so fast from so many different direction, it's impossible to take advantage of them all.
No matter what my age, I can still make my dreams come true. No matter how many times I have failed in the past, I can still make my dreams come true.
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When my beliefs are right, my world is right. My beliefs are the single most liberating or limiting factor in my life.
God placed dreams in my heart as a beacon that guides me through life. Those dreams get me up in the morning and carry me through the day. They keep me going when the going gets tough.
My beliefs create my personal world and give my life its meaning. They create the world as I believe it to be. It's my unique reality and is the only world I will ever know. I created it and must live in it.
My thoughts are important, because they determine where I go. My dreams don't happen by themselves. I must think and act them into existence.
A new beginning creates a new ending. I can change any area of my life. I am not a finished product. I am a work in progress.
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I change my mind in an instant of time. At the moment of change there is a shift in my beliefs about who I am, and what I can do.
Focus gives me powerful leverage over my mind. When I focus on a thought, it forces my mind to look in the direction of that thought.
Change finally happens when I am ready to change. Change takes a long time, because I take so much time getting ready.
Positive change isn't a matter of the will. Rather, it's a matter of being willing to do whatever it takes.
Change first happens in my mind, and then it happens in my life. It's impossible to make a positive change without fist changing the way I think.
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Change happens when I think differently that I have always thought and act different than I have always acted. New thoughts and actions are necessary.
No matter how long it takes, or how many times I fail, I will make my dreams come true. I am an Unstoppable, Consistently Positive, Endlessly Persistent Doer of Dreams.
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The small challenges of life are the training ground for the great ones. If I remain faithful in small things, I experience a tidal wave of success that carries me to destinations far beyond my early limited dreams.
Today my life will count for something good.
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Every time a negative thought enters my mind I take positive action to eliminate that thought.
When a negative thought pops into my mind, I repeat positive self-talk and push my inner voice in a positive direction and restore my positive perspective.
Failure is never final unless I quit. Failure is a test, and if I keep moving in the direction of my dreams, I pass the test
Positive thoughts are hard to capture and keep in my mind. They flash by at the speed of light and then they are gone.
Great lives are guilt on great thoughts. I build my future thought by thought.
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I can change who I am by changing what I put into my mind. What I put into my mind is important because it changes who I am.
Excellence is the normal state of affairs in the human heart. God programmed excellence into my heart so that I would feel good when I live an excellent life.
Limitations do not come on tablets of stone from the hand of God. They are a choice, and I choose to not have any.
Limiting beliefs are a disguised form of negation. They are a way that I say no to life while pretending that life is saying no to me. Limitations are plausible self-deceptions. They are prefabricated excuses for every failure to be what I want to be and to do what I want to do.
Life is a laboratory for testing the limitations found in my mind. Although limitations appear real, appearances are deceiving. The only way to find out if they are real is to test them.
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In the world of forgiveness, what goes around comes around. The forgiveness that I send to others comes multiplied back to me.
Resentment is a form of mental toxic waste, and the most effective method of removing it is the opposite from what I would expect. Instead of fighting against it, I must let it go.
Each negative thought weighs a psychological ton and carrying around a load of negativity is an unbearable burden.
Four laws of focus give me the leverage I need to have a consistently positive mind.
I repeat my positive thoughts until my mind repeats them back to me. I hijack my own mind and fly it to my own positive destination.
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