The Power of Positive Thinking and How They Affect Your Life
“Visualize this thing that you want. See it, feel it, and make a mental blueprint and then begin to build”. Maxwell Maltz.
Positive thinking produces positive results. Therefore, develop your thoughts to reflect a positive personality. Zig Ziglar once said: “positive thinking won’t let you do anything, but it will let you do everything better than negative thinking will”. Negative thoughts drain you of energy and keep you from being in the present moment. The more you give in to your negative thoughts, the stronger they become.
Success starts with the right thinking – positive! Your mind is your most valuable asset. Positive thoughts ameliorate true success. Your life is what you make of it. No man has ever been successful without conceiving success first in his mind. While thoughts produce success, focus precedes it.
Positive thinking come from within not without. It is internally motivated and is the bedrock through which success is assured. Many people seem confused in life and so they dub themselves to be failures – no sign that they can be successful. Let me say here that once your mind is crowded with negative thoughts, fear and low self esteem, you can never record success.
A story was told of a young boy who came regularly to a soccer practice but never made it to the starting team. While he was practicing, his father would sit at the far end of the field, waiting for him. The matches began and for four days, the boy didn’t show up for practice or the quarter or semi-finals. He appeared for the final game, went to the coach and said, “you have always kept me in reserve let me play today”. The coach said to him, “I’m sorry, I can’t let you play. This is the finals and besides you didn’t show up since the game started”. But the boy pleaded the more and the coach allowed him to play.
As the game was on, the boy played like a rattling thunder bolt and he scored goals with many of the balls that came to him. He was in fact the hit man in the game and he led his team to victory. Astonished on the boy’s performance the coach asked, “How did you manage to play like that?” The boy replied, “My father is watching me today”. The coach turned to see if the father was sitting on his favorite seat watching his son’s performance. But the father was not there. He turned and asked the boy, “Your father is always sitting down there, where could he have gone?” The boy replied, “I forgot to tell you my father was blind. Four days ago he died. Today happens to be the first day he’s watching me from above”.
The above story illustrates how one can be internally motivated. Internal motivation comes from within such as thoughts, sense of achievements, responsibility, pride, self confidence, and belief. It gives you an inner gratification that can propel you to succeed and be fulfilled with yourself.
Sheeper, a professional triathlete and coach from Menlo Park, California, once said: “physical talent is similar in many athletes at the top level around the world. The mind is the only thing that set the champion apart – the laser-like focus on winning. It’s difficult to have comprehensive and global awareness when you are so inwardly focused. There is not much strength or desire to look outside oneself or anything. Focusing on the superficial elements of competition is powerful and effective for many performers – beating an opponent, earning money, fame, glory, or serving internal demons (such as obsessive compulsive perfectionism, low self esteem, or emotional scars and voids resulting from parental or peer rejection). This is true in business too, as evidenced by the rags-to-riches workaholics who ascend to build Business Empire which they usually name after themselves”.
Hang out with positive thinking minded people. People in your environment have great impact on your success. We are all products of our environment. Always have that positive thought that you are the most important person wherever you find yourself. Associate with people of like minds. Bad friends corrupt good ones. It is cockeyed when you try to reason with a prejudiced mind. According to Cyrus Ching, he said, “I learned a long time ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty and besides, the pig likes it”.
I am the Founder and President of Young Leaders Arena. Formerly I was the Chief Editor and program co-ordinator at Walktall. Author of the upcoming Book; Success Recipe: Start up Tool-kit for exceptional business growth. I have written numerous articles on both leadership, business start up, entrepreneurship. I have served as thought leader in many societies and organisations, including the Forum on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. I obtained my post graduate from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt. I also have a Bachelors from the Delta State University, Abraka. Twitter & Instagram: @Charlessholokwu