How You Can Truly Believe Anything is Possible

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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.

Call them affirmations in the Unity tradition, or yes statements or declarations, as Pastor Joel Osteen calls them, but the power of your voice coupled with your positive thoughts is explosive.

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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9 Comments

  1. Beth,

    I couldn’t agree more. Positive thinking IS NOT enough. It has to be paired with positive actions.

    As one who promotes positive thinking, I try to be really careful to make the distinction that a person can’t just think positive. I call that “unicorns farting rainbows.” It may be pretty, but it doesn’t get you where you want to go.

    It’s an essential part of it. But only the first part. 🙂

    • Beth says:

      OMG, I love your image of unicorns farting rainbows! You are so right, Debbie, pretty though positive thoughts may be, a fart is still a fart.

      Thank you for substantiating my post–it means a lot coming from you. I respect your work so much! And, I love that we have this group of women (well, mostly women!) who band together in support to say many of the same things but from our own unique perspectives. We are all so good together!

      Happy holidays to you and yours, Ms. Debbie!

  2. I totally agree Beth! Because, if you really believed, what else would you do but the actions that go along with those beliefs??

    Of course you’d go to the job interview if you want the job, because the person who is going to get the job will have to have interviewed for it, right???

    Believing puts you in the frame of mind that allows you to keep going when your actions don’t seem to be enough, not the other way around.

    So work your tail off, and believe you’ll make it happen!!

    Jess

    • Beth says:

      Hey Jess,

      “So work your tail off, and believe you’ll make it happen.” You have no idea how much I needed to read those words today.

      Thanks for your comment and your support! I know you’re a believer!!

  3. Good morning, Beth.

    Thanks so much for your inspiring posts. This one hit me square in the heart, as I am struggling to make real a dream I have had for a lifetime, that of truly making my living, my entire living, as a writer. I’m in the midst of the leap from safe, corporate, bi-weekly paycheck to being fully dependent on my own skills and talents, and I spend a lot of time being scared. You’re right. Positive thinking alone is not enough, and your words this morning were exactly what I needed to read. My resulting affirmation: I experience financial ease from making my living as a writer. It’s going up on post-its all over my house today.

    Blessings,
    – Carrol Strain

    • Beth says:

      Carrol,

      You can do it! If I can, you can! I struggling for years about whether to leave my job until I realized I would always find a reason not to. Take the jump! Remember that the Universe abhors a vacuum–it will be filled.

      We should chat some time . . . I’d love to relate my experiences to you.

  4. lynne says:

    Hi,, I totally agree with you…. being positive is a good attitude but actions should definitely go with it. Thanks for sharing . A very informative post.

  5. Sherill says:

    I just loved the post! I agree that with just positive thinking you will go nowhere but with attitude, amplify and action you will go places.

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