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Positive thinking: Help or hinder?
“Before a diamond can show its true brilliance and prismatic colors, it must stand a good deal of cutting, smoothing, and polishing. You are a diamond.” Rev. Richard Kent Matthews
What exactly is positive thinking? Is it pie in the sky, airy-fairy double think? Self trickery or deception? Hardly. But there are plenty of naysayers who believe it's just that. Pay them no mind.
Positive thinking is more the result of understanding and practicing the following suggestions, nothing more, nothing less. Simple, but not necessarily easy:
- Accept responsibility for your actions and reactions. Life will always throw challenges your way; how you handle them determines the result of their presence in your life. “When you do not listen to your conscience it’s because you do not want advice from a stranger.” Richard Kent Matthew
- Expect the best outcome for all concerned. “What worries you, masters you.” H.W. Robinson
- Remain flexible. You may not always know the consequences of getting your prayers, desires, or wishes answered. “This, or something better…” Be careful what you wish for.
Challenge: Consciously change something in your life every day. This begins the rather uncomfortable process of habit rearrangement and reconstruction. It’s not easy but in the process comes manifestation. Take small, steady, almost trivial steps toward continuous improvement. That way, you won't get scared. And fear is what stops you in your tracks, no matter the endeavor.
Positive thinking is practical thinking.
“Become a possibilitarian. No matter how dark things seem or actually are, raise your sights and see possibilities—always.”
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale