You may have been raised to believe, as I was, that “you can do anything you set your mind to.”
The power of positive thinking–with or without Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s book–can land a job for you, get you out of debt, find the right and perfect relationship or simply get you out of a grumpy, woe-is-me state. Yes, it’s true.
Really? Can you really think your way into your dream job or financial freedom?
In a word: No
Beyond seeing the glass half full
I’m a glass half-full kind of gal. I say it all the time. Optimism is usually my default button but there are times when no amount of thinking something is good will make it so. Other factors come into play that are out of my control.
For some people, when a stack of bills is larger than the amount available in the bank account, the next logical step is to hit the “there’s not enough” button. It’s okay to include yourself in this group; I’ve been there much of my life.
It’s pretty tough to hold positive thoughts when your bank numbers are red.
Keep in mind, the bills and bank account are just one example of what I call “dis-spirited” thinking. (“Dis” meaning against, i.e, dishonor or disrespect–in this case, “dis-spirit” means against spirit.)
If you’re a person new to recovery, you can be as positive as sunshine is to a tomato plant. But if your tomato plant is surrounded by pests and rotten soil, even the sun can’t keep it healthy. Same with you–if you take your newly sober self to places where there are pests and rotten soil . . .
You get my drift. You need more than positive thinking.
Attitude, Amplify and Action
However, if you add three key ingredients to positive thinking, your Positive Power skyrockets. Those key ingredients are: Attitude, Amplify and Action.
With attitude, it’s all about believing–truly believing–that whatever you seek is on its way to you. There can be no room for doubt.
- You may not know how you’re going to get enough money to pay the bills, but you believe that you will.
- You may think there are no jobs for your qualifications, but you believe you’ll get a job
- You may not understand how a person can maintain recovery for a year or five or even 10 years, but you believe that it’s possible.
Amplify is about turning up the volume. Once you believe, take your positive thoughts to the next level by giving them voice. Speak what you believe to be true.
There have been times in my life when I’ve written positive statements and placed them in my car, on my bathroom mirror on on my computer screen so that I will regularly speak them aloud. It’s a powerful practice.
Finally, action is, as my dear friend Claudette used to tell me, putting feet under my prayers. When your thoughts are positive, you believe them with your entire being, you speak them aloud (with I AM statements!) and you then take action, there anything is truly possible. You have the power of the Universe behind you.
It’s a formula for sure success and one that I’m practicing right now. How about you? If you like this post, please share with your social media connections. As always, please send me a note or leave a comment because I love to hear from you!
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