For Better Or Worse?

This quote from Norman Vincent Peale contains wisdom of the ages:

“The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.

Your future is definitely influenced by what you’re creating today, a concept also stated here by an unknown author:

“I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.”

For better or for worse, your future is largely influenced by what you think about most.

When thoughts of negativity and failure dominate your thinking, you also need a ready supply of excuses, justifications, and explanations to help you live with your failures.

Losers expect to lose, and they’re surprised when they don’t, which, in itself, creates a self-fulfilling prophesy for their future.

When you give any attention at all to what you can’t do or why something can’t be done, you make this concept stronger. And, by definition, there is less room for any positive thinking to occur.

Here’s a few examples of negative thinking:

“Nothing ever works out the way I want anyway.”

“I expect the worst, and I’m never disappointed.”

“Oh well, I’m just unlucky.”

“It’s fate.”

Winners expect to succeed, and they’re surprised when they don’t. They expect to be in the spotlight or the winner’s circle and plan for it with focused practice and preparation. They see themselves as winners and act that way in all their thoughts and feelings.

Positive expectancy for the future dominates their thinking and their actions. This alone can become a self-reinforcing prediction of their future.

Their attention is always on attaining the goal; every action they take moves them closer to attainment. Obstacles, barriers, and reasons why it can’t be done just don’t exist in their thinking.

They always expect to win, and mostly, they do.

Of course, this attitude of positiveness includes others in their success.

Dr. Wayne  W. Dyer states it this way.

The state of your life is nothing more than a reflection of your state of mind.

You can sense and feel it when you’re around someone with a positive attitude. Even when they don’t aspire to lofty position or great wealth they exude a vibration of positivity that is uplifting to others.

Want to know which side of the fence you’re on?

Ask yourself these questions:

What do you think about most of the time?

What do you really expect to happen?

Whatever your response, you’re better off knowing where you stand.

If you are positive in your expectations most of the time, then strengthen this attitude.

If your expectations are mostly negative, then something needs to change. Accept the challenge. Then decide and demand of yourself that things will change for the better, and adjust whatever you need to change in your life right now.

Exercise, move the body, decide to take a walk every day, if you can’t walk, then go in the back yard and throw a ball. Look at things, talk to people, get interested and notice people and things. Eat healthier foods; knock off things and people you know are bad for you.

You were not born with a negative attitude about yourself, others, or life in general. It’s not a natural state of mind. It’s not a life sentence after all.

As a side note, when you’re up to it, take a cold, hard look at the people you associate with. Are they winners or losers? Sometimes what you find will shock you.

This quote from American-Canadian writer William Gibson, says it best:

“Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.”

Start with little changes in the right direction that begin a positive habit. Make sure your thoughts and actions in the present align with your future expectations and you’ll be on your way to living on positive side of the ledger.

Life gets a lot easier, and more fun. Take my word for it.

daniel w. jacobs
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