“Nothing in this world can stop the optimist who believes it can
be done and nothing in this world can help the pessimists who believes it can’t
be done.” – Dan Ekoko

Welcome to a brand new week. This Monday, I start a three-part
series titled: ‘The Power of Positive Thinking.’

▪What
is the power of Positive Thinking?
Positive thinking is a mental and emotional attitude that focuses on the bright
side of life and expects good and favorable results. A person with positive
thinking mentality anticipates success and happy ending in every situation.

?Researchers
have found that people who practice positive thinking live longer, live
healthier, live happier, have more successful careers, make better decisions,
are more productive, are less stressed and have healthier relationships than
pessimists. Positive thinkers don’t pretend they can avoid all adversity;
instead, they believe they have the power to overcome whatever adversity comes
their way. Positive thinkers always remind themselves that every problem is
temporary.

?Consider
this interesting story on how positive thinking works:

Leke applied for a new job, but he didn’t believe he will get
it. He considered himself a failure and unworthy of success. He had a negative
attitude toward himself, and therefore, believed that the other applicants were
better and more qualified than him. For the whole week preceding the job
interview, Leke’s mind was occupied with negative thoughts and fears concerning
the job. He actually, anticipated failure.

On the day of the interview, he got up late, and to his dismay
he discovered that the shirt he planned to wear was dirty, and the other one
needed ironing. As it was already too late, he went out wearing a wrinkled
shirt and without eating breakfast. During the interview, he was tense,
negative, hungry and worried about his shirt. All this, made it difficult for
him to focus on the interview. His overall behavior made a bad impression, and
consequently, he materialized his fear and did not get the job.

?Biola applied for the same
job too, but approached the matter in a different way. She was sure that she
would get the job. During the week preceding the interview, she often
visualized herself making a good impression and getting the job. In the evening
before the interview, she prepared the clothes she would be wearing, and went
to sleep a little earlier. On day of the interview, she woke up earlier than
usual, and had ample time to eat breakfast, and then to arrive to the interview
before the scheduled time.

Biola
made a good impression and got the job. ?What
do we learn from these two stories? What did Biola do differently? What made
all the difference for Biola?

?Positive thinking is more powerful than most people realize. Positive thinking is a choice. It is a happiness and success magnet. If you stay positive, good results and good things will be drawn to you. You have to take responsibility for your thoughts. No matter what is going on, YOU get to decide whether you want to be positive or negative.

?Positive thinkers never give up, no matter the situation. They never stop believing that there is a way to turn things around. Nothing in this world can stop the optimist who believes it can be done and nothing in this world can help the pessimists who believes it can’t be done. To your success!

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