Positive thinking is not a magic wand that will bring closure to all the struggles and troubles you have had to endure thus far. Positive thinking is not a miraculous cure for all your frailties and inadequacies. What I can assure you is this; positive thinking will make a world of difference in every facet of life, including your career. Now, here – in specific terms – are five things positive thinking will do for you.
Maximizing your skills and talents
Remez Sasson was right when he noted: “Positive and negative are directions that lead to different outcomes. Which direction do you choose?” The reality is negative thinking impacts negatively on one’s self-esteem. It makes you doubt your capabilities and so, instead of channeling your knowledge, skills and talents towards the work at hand, you coil into your shell and remain in your comfort zone, leaving your skills and talents dormant.
On the other hand, positive thinking boosts your self-esteem – You are fully aware of your capabilities and talents, and so you address any challenge from that position of advantage. The more you put your skills and talents to work, the better you become. As a positive thinker, you are in essence a possibility thinker.
Leveraging your experience
The saying, “A man with experience is not at the mercy of a man with an argument” holds true. Positive thinking will bring to your focus successes chalked in the past and this will re-enforce believe in your capacity to meet the present challenge. For the positive thinker, experiences ought not to go waste. They learn from past mistakes and take steps to ensure those mistakes do not recur. The positive thinker learns from both past successes and failures, and leverages on such experiences to counter prevailing challenges.
Creative thinking and thinking outside the box
The line of reasoning when faced with challenging moments, “I cannot do this”, should be thrown out the window. Such a mindset only shuts down your thinking cap; it hinders creative and imaginative thinking. Your mind is automatically put to sleep instead of being stretched to find a solution. It was Wayne Gretzky who wisely observed, “You miss 100% of the shots you don`t take.” You obviously do not want this to be true about your life. Instead, think “I can,” “how can I do this?” “How can I afford this?”
Hopelessness is crippling, to say the least. It kills initiative and drive; circumstances you could have ordinarily dealt with are left undone and stagnation and retrogression become more apparent. The good news however, is you do not have to remain in this state. What positive thinking would do for you is to inspire hope; the hope that all is not lost yet. With a sense of hope, you will find fresh zeal and enthusiasm to face the circumstances of life. This will show in your actions and progress would be made.
Identifying opportunities amidst the odds
William Arthur Ward made a profound statement: “Adversity causes some men to break; others, to break records.” The negative thinker faces a difficulty and suddenly thinks there is no way out. “It is a hopeless case,” some are quick to admit. That challenge you are faced with is surmountable and not unique to you: Many have been in your shoes before and trust me, some have weathered the storms and have emerged stronger. They chose to be positive thinkers, finding opportunities in the midst of challenges.
Joni Eareckson Tada who was diagnosed a quadriplegic (lost the use of her entire body, from the hands to her feet) as a result of an accident suffered in her teens. However, she went on to become an author, singer, radio host, speaker and the founder of a humanitarian organization (Joni & Friends). She is also an artist; she holds her brushes with her teeth and paints beautiful art forms. Sir Winston Churchill aptly noted (and I concur), “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in very difficulty.” You are certainly better off being a positive thinker than a negative thinker. Become a possibility thinker today. Yes, you can.
Written by Daniel Dela Dunoo
(Writer, blogger, professional marketer)