Positive thinking is defined as a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright side of life and expects positive results. A positive person anticipates happiness, good health and success, and believes he or she can overcome any obstacle and difficulty. Unfortunately, the power of positive thinking is not accepted by everyone. Some, consider it as nonsense, and look down at people who live by it. However, there are a growing number of people who accept positive thinking as a fact, and believe whole-heartedly in its effectiveness.
This topic is beginning to gain popularity, which evidenced by the many books, lectures and courses about it. It started with The Secret and seemed to explode from there. In order to use positive thinking to your advantage it is important to not only be aware of its existence, but to use the attitude of positivity in everything that you do.
Let’s use Allan as an example: Allan applied for a new job, but he didn't believe he would get hired, due to his low self-esteem, he considered himself a failure and unworthy of success. He had a negative attitude toward himself, and therefore, believed that the other applicants were better and more qualified than him. Allan's mind was occupied with negative thoughts and fears concerning the job, for the whole week preceding the job interview. He actually, anticipated failure.
On the day of the interview, he got up late, and to his horror he discovered that the shirt he planned to wear was dirty, and the other one needed ironing. As it was already too late, he went out wearing a wrinkled shirt and skipped breakfast. During the interview, he was tense, negative, hungry and worried about his shirt. All this, distracted him and made it extremely difficult for him to focus on the interview. His overall behavior made a bad impression, and consequently, he materialized his fear and did not get the job.
Jim applied for the same job too, but approached the matter in a different way. He was sure that he was going to get the job. During the week preceding the interview, he often visualized himself making a good impression and getting the job. In the evening before the interview, he prepared the clothes he was going to wear, and went to sleep a little earlier. On day of the interview, he woke up earlier than usual, and had ample time to eat breakfast, and then to arrive to the interview before the scheduled time. Jim made a good impression and got the job.
With a positive attitude we experience pleasant and happy feelings. Our whole being broadcasts good will, happiness and success. Even our health is affected in a beneficial way. We walk tall, our voice is more powerful, and our body language shows the way we feel. People also respond much better to positive influences. When we surround ourselves with positive people we become more positive ourselves. Even forcing yourself to laugh or smile when you feel blue can help to turn your whole day around!