You know the hardest part of not knowing if you’re a positive thinker is when you’re young or get to your teens. Growing up in South Africa, a number of elements needed to be in place before one can really go out there and start from zero. It was hard to apply positive thinking especially at a time when concepts, knowledge and the internet wasn’t even accessible to everyone. Saying that it’s the same everywhere but harder in some countries even to this day. The power of positive thinking is a process, especially if you’re working on yourself. It begins with what you’re telling yourself at every moment in your life. Positive thinking isn’t about ignoring the reality and the biggest test occurs in the midst of difficult times. Can you remain positive during the most difficult times?
To remain positive, it’s important to be around positive people and positive things. Keeping your environment positive by decluttering too is key. Positive thinking affects your mood, attitude and health (mental, physical and emotional). The truth is no one knows the outcome of positive thinking vs the reality but keeping your thoughts positive takes you closer to achieving what you’re trying to achieve. It’s the smallest things that happen which can create the biggest outcome either for the best or for the worst.
The minute I felt strong and independent then added positive thinking behind me I felt I could conquer the world. If you really want to know to what extent I went to then look out for my book The South African: Roamer which is going to be released in a couple of months’ time. The South African: Roamer is based on a true story. To understand the dynamics of positive thinking or teaching it to your kids The South African: True Colours https://tdenchpatel.com/purchase-the-book/ will show you roughly the mindset of the young generation, the challenges they face. By taking this article in mind and when you get the chance to read my second book you will be able to work on you or help your kids on their outlook in life.
You know when I’ve decided to go on my first travels everyone was shocked but what happened after was what blew people away. People will tell you that you can’t do something, yet they’re the ones who are scared to take chances. They will tell you the negative things about what you’re trying to achieve. Not everyone is telling you this out of jealousy but more so because they’re stuck, lack self-belief and won’t leave their comfort zone while some just can’t stand others leaving their comfort zone. It’s the thought that you will do what you’ve set out to do and be successful at it while they still spend years contemplating whether they should or shouldn’t do it. The ones who pretend to be experts have never written a book or lived the dreams they thought about but they will tell you that it’s unachievable, no one will buy your book, it won’t work out, etc.
Just think about it and how many times the risks you’ve taken have turned out well. Positive thinkers have more humour, feel free, and keep moving forward. Positive thinking is a tool that is needed for not giving up and reduces negative self-talk. You have one life and it’s up to you to keep it as positive as possible. Thinking negative doesn’t allow you to live your best life.
By thinking positive you attract the positive. Engaging in positive things and making a positive difference in your life and surroundings will bring the situations you want to be in, the opportunities you seek and will help you to start fulfilling your purpose.
Situations are temporary so don’t let temporary situations sink you down and all the hard work you had to do to be where you are. There will always be people who will try to dampen your spirit, go on a power trip, gossip, insult you, be jealous of you, kick you while you’re down, get satisfaction from your difficult times and make it known to you. Make an active choice to stay away from those people. Be the person who sits on the sunny side of the bus instead of the shady side of the bus.
Here are a few more links about positive thinking.
I’m just reiterating some points that I found useful in the link below.
These are just some of the benefits of positive thinking.
- Increased life span
- Lower rates of depression
- Lower levels of distress
- Greater resistance to the common cold
- Better psychological and physical well-being
- Better cardiovascular health and reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
- Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress
T. Dench Patel