A lot of people are skeptical about the power of positive thinking. Before I discovered how to make positive thoughts work for me, I was also cynical about how something as simple as changing my thoughts could help change my life for the better. I’d try it out for a while, but it wouldn’t be long before I’d grow impatient with the “lack” of results, and begin relying on the comfort of some of my deeply engrained pessimistic views.
For months I found myself on an emotional see-saw trying to make the most out of this “new age” way of thinking, but not really understanding how to use it correctly. It took a lot of soul searching and research before I realized the simple explanation that I’m about to share with you. Relying on positive thinking alone is like rubbing a lamp and hoping for a genie to pop out. Please do not misinterpret what I’m about to say. I’m not saying that positive thinking is futile, I’m merely saying that changing your thoughts alone is useless if you do not change the negative habits that accompany those thoughts.
For example: You may decide that you are going to begin each day by affirming your financial prosperity. Each morning you get up and say to yourself “I am financially abundant and financially prosperous.” However, because your current reality may not match up with this positive thought, a part of you is doubtful about the possibility of change, you find yourself complaining to others about your finances, or worrying about your piling debt and unpaid bills.
When your beliefs and actions do not match your positive affirmations, you are not supplying your positive thought with enough reinforcement to create long-lasting change. Just as actions speak louder than words, your actions need to coincide and reinforce your positive thinking. Don’t just think positive. Be positive, and act accordingly to the positive thoughts that you are asserting. Think of your life as a plant and positive thinking as the seed for change.
Louise L. Hay, one of the founders of the self-help movement, once stated:
“Affirmations are like planting seeds in the ground. First they germinate, then they sprout roots, and then they shoot up through the ground. It takes some time to go from a seed to a full-grown plant. And so it is with affirmations—it takes some time from the first declaration to the final demonstration.
I would like to add to this statement by saying that just as it takes time for a seed to grow to a full-grown plant, it also needs to be nurtured and planted in good soil. Your actions and beliefs are the water and soil that help bring your positive thoughts to life.
You have to believe that you deserve what you desire and act as if it is already yours to claim in order to create a positive change in your life.
In her book “Experience Your Good Now,” Louise L. Hay says,
“An affirmation (positive thought) opens the door. It’s a beginning point on the path to change. In essence, you’re saying to your subconscious mind: “I am taking responsibility. I am aware that there is something I can do to change.”
You have the power to change your life. Take responsibility by working on some of the engraved negative beliefs that exist within your subconscious and make an effort to not only think happy but feel and be happy.
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