Contrary to the skeptic’s belief, positive thinking isn’t about becoming a Pollyanna who smiles sweetly and accepts the good in everything. It’s not about believing everything will work out while you practice the art of being a couch potato. It’s about believing in yourself and your ability to handle obstacles that come your way. It’s about focusing on the good things in life and finding joy.
True positive thinking includes action, for without action you are simply wishing your life away. Norman Vincent Peale says it best in his book “The Power of Positive Thinking.”
“Believe in yourself! Have faith in you abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” Norman Vincent Peale
He goes on, of course, to describe the process of filling your mind with positive images and ultimately thinking positive thoughts.
Part of that process includes using affirmations – positive statements about yourself and your life – to activate positive thoughts and beliefs about yourself and your ability to attain a joyous life.
He explains that the human mind responds to our words by creating images and then goes to work to bring those images to life. By visualizing positive images and positive outcomes we train the mind to focus on the positive, while we take action to work towards reaching our goals.
To find resource in Maine to help you develop your positive thinking, visit Sage Place or Positively Maine and browse for services and events in your local area.
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