The way we think and the words that we speak have more power over us that we realize.
As I described in last week’s #MotivationMonday post, the way that you think has immense power over you! You think and speak things into existence, whether they are good OR bad.
Here’s how positive thinking works:
Susan applied for a new job that she really wanted, but she didn’t really believe she would get because she had low self-esteem and confidence and didn’t feel like she was worthy of the position.
She also had a negative attitude toward herself, and therefore, believed that the other applicants were way more qualified than she was.
Susan’s mind was consumed with negative thoughts and fears concerning the job for the entire week before she had to go in for her interview. She was actually anticipating that she would fail.
On the day of the interview, she got up late, and completely forgot to wash the dress she wanted to wear the night before, and didn’t have anything to wear that didn’t need ironing. Because she was already running behind, she grabbed one of the wrinkled blouses from her closet and completely skipped breakfast.
During the interview, she was nervous, tense, hungry and worried weather the interviewer noticed that her blouse was wrinkled. Her mind was distracted which made it difficult for her to focus on the interview. Her overall behavior and body language made a bad impression, and consequently, she didn’t get the job.
Sally applied for the same job too, but approached the matter in a different way. She was confident in her abilities, and was sure that she was going to get the job. During the week before the interview, she visualized herself making a good impression and getting the job.
In the evening before the interview, she prepared the clothes she was going to wear, and went to sleep a little earlier. On day of the interview, she woke up earlier than usual, made time to eat a balanced breakfast, and arrived early for the interview.
During the interview, Sally was calm and collected, as she had prepared how she would answer the common interview questions and as a result, made a great impression.
Sally got the job.
From reading the two stories, do you find that you’re more like Susan or Sally? There wasn’t any special magic used – everything just happened very naturally.
If you’re consistently worried that something bad is going to happen, don’t you usually find that it does happen? I know I do. So what if you changed those thoughts into positive things that you do want to happen? You would think that more of those things would start happening right!?
The way we think, the things we say, the way we walk, and even our body language demonstrates how we feel. The trick is to not just SAY positive things, but actually BELIEVE them with our entire being.
Just because someone is positive about life, doesn’t mean they don’t ever have negative thoughts. It’s normal to have negative thoughts, but a positive person filters those thoughts out of their head and focuses on something else… Finding the silver lining, so to speak.
This week, try to focus your attention on the things in life that you DO want to happen, rather than the things that you don’t want to happen.
Have a happy and positive week everyone!
More on this topic soon!! Stay tuned for next week’s #MotivationMonday post!