What is positive thinking?

Before we talk about positive thinking and how we can develop it, let me tell you a story.

Once upon a time, there lived a bunch of tiny frogs. One day, they decided to put together a competition. The goal was to climb to the top of a very tall tower.  Whoever came to know of the competition was curious to know who will win the competition.

Soon, it was the D-day. The competition began. A few minutes into the competition, the crowd was totally convinced that none of the frogs will be able to reach the goal...

They started discouraging the tiny frogs with statements like "You guys will never be able to complete." and "Give up now. It is too difficult."

And, yes, slowly, one by one, frogs started giving up... Except for one!

It slipped and fell down, but climbed back... It climbed higher and higher, one step at a time, without giving up... with confidence!

Finally, to everyone's astonishment,  it reached the top of the tower. Everyone was curious to know how this tiny frog could achieve something that looked impossible for others.

 It turned out that the tiny frog was DEAF!!!! It was just its attitude that empowered it to win.

That is what positive thinking is all about.

But there exists a lot of confusion when it comes to the concept of positive thinking and wishful thinking.

Wishful thinking would be something like these.

“Whatever I wish should come true.” Or “Everything should happen exactly the way I think.”

These are wishes… while they contain good energy, we cannot categorize them as positive thoughts.

On the other hand, positive thinking is a conscious shift that we make in our thinking process. It is about accepting what we think without categorizing the thoughts. And then modifying those thoughts that create discomfort to ones that make us feel good.

The positive thinking process is a habit – an attitude – that we can develop by bringing in small changes to our routine thinking process.

On the other hand, positive thinking is a conscious shift that we make in our thinking process. It is about accepting what we think without categorizing the thoughts. And then modifying those thoughts that create discomfort to ones that make us feel good.

The positive thinking process is a habit – an attitude – that we can develop by bringing in small changes to our routine thinking process.

Let’s see how we can learn and practice positive thinking.

1. Become consciously aware of your thoughts.

Oh yes! With a little effort – say 5 minutes a day – you can become aware of what are you think. When you become mindful of your thinking process, you will be able to learn the next step, which is a deliberate use of positive words.

2. Mindfully choose your words.

There might be days when you really feel low. During such moments, make an effort to defy your negative thinking process by using positive words. If someone asks “How are you?”, instead of saying, “Not good,” tell “I am wonderful.” Yes, it does sound cliché! But repeating it a couple of times could change the way you think.

3. Use words that will make you feel empowered and confident.

Fill your thoughts with words that make you feel confident, strong, happy, and having control over your life. Intentionally pick these words in the place of the ones that suggest failure or incompetence.

4. Do not get stuck in the past.

Do not dwell in the past. You might have made mistakes in the past but that the past is already over. What matters is the present – this moment – the now. So forgive yourself and just say goodbye to the past. There is a very famous quote – the past is over, the future is unknown. What matters is today and that is why it is called the present [gift]. So do not allow the past experiences dictate your present.

5. Take the help of positive affirmations.

Affirmations are statements that could transform your life. Use statements loaded with positive words such as “I am confident” or “I am healthy”. Repeat them a couple of times throughout the day. The more you repeat, the better the results will be.

When you shift from “I cannot” to “I can”, life shifts. The life story of Louise Hay, the Queen of affirmations, is an example. Through simple, yet powerful affirmations, she was able to heal cancer.

6. Stay away from people who could negatively influence you.

It might be impossible to literally cut off social circle, but reduce the time you spend with people who could negatively influence your thought process. Do not let anyone control your thoughts. Only you are responsible for it. Doing so will also empower you in the way you think.

The frog in the story was deaf. And, that is what helped it achieve its goal. So, turn a deaf ear to those negative influences so that you can transform your life.

7. Do not let failures fail you.

Mistakes do happen. You might not be able to succeed in the very first attempt. But keep trying. Just as the babies who fall down as they start walking, yet never give up their attempts, keep trying.

That’s what the frog did, right?

Don’t allow your thoughts to trouble you nor do not let it keep you from moving forward out of fear. It could take a while for you to master the practice, but be patient. Keep practicing and practicing! Remember, “Rome was not built in a day.”

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha

Whatever thoughts you keep are what you will be in life. If you fill your mind with only positive thoughts, you will manifest positive outcomes.

Start now towards a better tomorrow.           

 

6 Comments

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  1. This is absolutely true. Thanks Pari for sharing such an inspiring story. It takes effort to achieve but such thinking will change our lives

    1. Author

      Thank you, R. A Glad that story inspired you Yes efforts bring achievements and success.

  2. What a wonderful message to ignore n be DEAF to such negative thoughts which can affect your success.

    1. Author

      Yes, ignore and be deaf when needed.

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