The Power of Positive Thinking

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The Power of Positive Thinking
« on: July 29, 2009, 09:26:57 AM »
Positive thinking is a mental attitude that admits into the mind thoughts, words and images that are conductive to growth, expansion and success. It is a mental attitude that expects good and favorable results. A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome of every situation and action. Whatever the mind expects, it finds.
Not everyone accepts or believes in positive thinking. Some consider the subject as just nonsense, and others make fun of at people who believe and accept it. Among the people who accept it, not many know how to use it effectively to get results. Yet, it seems that many are becoming attracted to this concept and practice, as evidenced by the many books, lectures and courses about it. This is a issue or concept that is gaining popularity day by day.
It is quite common to hear people say: "Think positive!” to someone who feels down and worried. Most people do not take these words seriously, as they do not know what they really mean, or do not consider them as useful and effective. How many people do you know, who stop to think what the power of positive thinking means?
A simple story here to feel how this power works:
Mizan applied for a new job, but as his self-esteem was low, and he considered himself as a failure and unworthy of success, he was sure that he was not going to get the job. He had a negative attitude towards himself, and believed that the other applicants were better and more qualified than him. Mizan manifested this attitude, due to his negative past experiences with job interviews.
His mind was filled with negative thoughts and fears concerning the job for the whole week before the job interview. He was sure he would be rejected. On the day of the interview he got up late, and to his horror he discovered that the shirt he had planned to wear was dirty, and the other one needed ironing. As it was already too late, he went out wearing a shirt full of wrinkles.
During the interview he was tense, displayed a negative attitude, worried about his shirt, and felt hungry because he did not have enough time to eat breakfast. All this distracted his mind and made it 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.
Farhad 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 sufficient time to eat breakfast, and then to arrive to the interview before the scheduled time.
He got the job because he made a good impression. He had also of course, the proper qualifications for the job, but so had Mizan.
What do we learn from these two stories? Is there any magic employed here? No, it is all natural. When the attitude is positive we entertain pleasant feelings and constructive images, and see in our mind's eye what we really want to happen. This brings brightness to the eyes, more energy and happiness. The whole being broadcasts good will, happiness and success. Even the health is affected in a beneficial way. We walk tall and the voice is more powerful. Our body language shows the way you feel inside.
Positive and negative thinking are both communicable. All of us affect, in one way or another, the people we meet. This happens instinctively and on a subconscious level, through thoughts and feelings transference, and through body language. People sense our quality and are affected by our thoughts, and vice versa.
Is it any wonder that we want to be around positive people and avoid negative ones? People are more willing to help us if we are positive, and they dislike and avoid anyone broadcasting negativity.
Negative thoughts, words and attitude bring up negative and unhappy moods and actions. When the mind is negative, poisons are released into the blood, which cause more unhappiness and negativity. This is the way to failure, frustration and disappointment.

We can share more later on if this conversation really touch you or inspire you to write few words in response.

Syed Mizanur Rahman
Head, General Educational Development &
Director of Students' Affairs, DIU

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The three I'S, inform, instruct n inspire
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2009, 02:29:51 PM »
The impact of negative thoughts, beliefs, attitude and actions on us is far greater than that of positive ones. We become more and more frustrated n despaired for some reasons like poverty, cultural n social habits, high ambition, greed, ego n jealousy etc. However, what can be done, in my opinion, is to inform, instruct, and inspire people around us who are of negative thoughts and actions on the importance and benefits of positive thinking over, over and over again. Mere conveying the message to be positive will not be effective, i suppose. Constant counseling n educating from the peer, opinion leaders n professionals are very important. Discussion on the impact of positive vs negative thoughts and actions can also be fruitful. We, people always tend to grumble and complain about what we don't get without counting the blessings and benefits of what we already have and what we are enjoying now. I think we want more and more out of life.

Let's appreciate what we already have rather than cry over what we don't have. Let's be happy with whatever we have. Things couldn't be better because things could be worse.

Let's believe in Only one GOD who is the Sustainer, and Cherisher and HE provides us the best what we deserve either in this world or in the Hereafter. Let us all be positive, shan't we?    
« Last Edit: August 04, 2009, 06:41:08 PM by shibli »
Those who worship the natural elements enter darkness (Air, Water, Fire, etc.). Those who worship sambhuti sink deeper in darkness. [Yajurveda 40:9]; Sambhuti means created things, for example table, chair, idol, etc.