“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
You are what you think. As the ancient Proverb goes “As a man thinketh so is he.” The road to success is never easy. In fact, many people in the history of the United States have attempted to go for the American Dream. Many have made it and have eaten the fruit of their labor and many people have tried and quit just before they would have tasted the glory. So what separates those who have made it and those who quit? Why do so many people quit on their dream just to find out that what they were going after was just right around the corner? While some may say it was a lack of planning, business strategy or having the “right people on the bus”, I want to convey that most people lack the power of positive thinking. Thomas A. Edison had failed 10,000 times when he was trying to create the light-bulb. What should you learn from this American Icon? He didn’t quit. In the book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill the author says that “Practical Dreams DO NOT QUIT!” In fact in chapter 6 Organized Planning, it states “Thomas A. Edison “failed” 10,000 times before he perfected the incandescent electric light bulb – that is, he met with temporary defeat 10,000 times before his efforts were crowned with success.” Thomas A Edison had a mind that was focused on the future and what was possible rather than focusing on his failures but what kept him moving forward? Positive thinking of course. Staying stead-fast on your end goal and you will have no time for any negative thoughts to enter your mind.
The power of positive thinking is not all sunshine and rainbows. It is the cornerstone of staying focused on what your goal is. Having a mind that is filled with the power of positive thinking is a discipline all itself. Mental toughness is something that not everybody has but it is something that you must pursue in order for you or anyone to succeed in this life. Having positive thoughts that you allow in your mind will help you move forward during your toughest times. There is no question that at some point in your life you will have trails and tribulations and you will want to give up. Let me be very clear, you will want to give up but you must never ever give into the temptation of quitting.
Quitting is what average people do when they are pressed on all sides and you are not average. You must begin to think beyond the idea of quitting. When quitting knocks on your door and you open your life to that concept you will regret it. Regret is one of the #1 confessions that people talk about on their death beds. Many people who have been interviewed in their old age have confessed of “Not taking more risks in life.” Do you want that same feeling? So what how can you build a positive mind so that when tough times come your way you can stand in the day of adversity? You can begin by declaring that you are a champion. Start right now and say out loud, “I AM A CHAMPION!” It may sound silly but trust me it works. But the only way you will build a mind that is filled with positive thinking is by speaking into your own life. Look, no one else is going to do it for you. So you must start right now and believe the words that you are speaking. The ancient scripture says “As a man thinketh so is he.” So who do you think you are? Who do you want to become? Are you a winner? Are you a champion? Are you a businessman or businesswoman? Are you a great father or husband? What do you want to become?
Some of the greatest men and women who have impacted this world had to start with themselves. When no one would believe in them, they had to push through their own trails of disbelief. That is real life. Begin by studying some of the great entrepreneurs of this time and ask yourself what did they do. What did Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Opra do to make it to great heights in their careers? There are many more successful stories in every area of life and industry that you can read up on that will show you that having a mind filled with positive thinking is one of the key elements to their victory. The reality is this, that no matter what you pursue in this life there is going to be someone or group of people that will doubt you. Heck you will even doubt you. If you fall into the trap of “caring what other people think” you will never accomplish the goal that you want to accomplish. You need to stay focus on what you want. Stop paying attention to what others think and begin to become laser focused on what you want. Begin to look at what you want and visualize yourself already there. Begin to think that you already have what you want. The more you remain focused on what you want and begin to take massive action, you will have what you want. This is the foundation of having a positive mind. The more you become obsessed within your mind, there can be nothing that can stop you.
Ways to create positive thinking
#1. Careless of what others think.
When you care what others think and say about you and you stop focusing on what you want you will begin wasting your energy and time. Focus on you and no one else. Have you ever had an argument going on in your head over what someone had said minutes ago and you are visualizing what you want to say? It ruins your day and the dominating negative thoughts consume you? Do your best to stay away from what others think.
“Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time. One or the other must dominate. It is your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions constitute the dominating influences of your mind.” Napoleon Hill
Speaking into you life is what every successful entrepreneur has been doing since the beginning of time. Speak what you want with all your heart and begin to believe with your entire soul.
Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say unto you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them”
#3. Surround yourself with winners
Find people who have the same ambitions as you and connect. By doing this, you begin to flush out negative influences that impact your mind and you begin to fill your mind with the positive influence of other people who want to succeed.
#4. Read or listen to books on motivation or entrepreneurship.
By filling your mind with speeches of motivation through your smart phones of e-books. Listen to them while you workout, driving or during your lunch. I know many entrepreneurs who do this and it helps. Fill your mind and your actions will begin to follow suite
#5. Change your daily habits
By changing your daily habits you begin to change your mood and outlook of life. When you change your habits you change your future and your habits will dictate your future. When you develop strong good habits you will have what you want in life. Begin by getting up a little early on the weekdays. Then begin to take inventory on what bad habits need to go.
By starting with these easy steps you will begin to flush out negative thoughts and begin filling your mind with positive emotions. The steps listed are easy but for many people they are hard to apply. Why? Because up to this point in your life you have lived by the opposite of these 5 steps. You have cared of what others thought, you don’t speak what you want, your mind is always focused on the negative, you’re surrounded by people with no ambitions, you do not read or listen to anything, and you have poor habits. Start with at least one of the suggestions that I have listed above and trust me you will begin to see a positive change.
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