by Remez Sasson
Positive thinking is a mental attitude that
admits into the mind thoughts, words and images that are
conductive to growth, expansion and success. It is a mental
attitude that expects good and favorable results. A positive
mind anticipates happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome
of every situation and action. Whatever the mind expects, it
Not everyone accepts or believes in positive thinking. Some
consider the subject as just nonsense, and others scoff at people
who believe and accept it. Among the people who accept it, not
many know how to use it effectively to get results. Yet, it seems
that many are becoming attracted to this subject, as evidenced by
the many books, lectures and courses about it. This is a subject
that is gaining popularity.
It is quite common to hear people say: "Think positive!", to
someone who feels down and worried. Most people do not take these
words seriously, as they do not know what they really mean, or do
not consider them as useful and effective. How many people do you
know, who stop to think what the power of positive thinking means?
The following story illustrates how this power works.
Allan applied for a new job, but as his self-esteem was low, and
he considered himself as a failure and unworthy of success, he was
sure that he was not going to get the job. He had a negative
attitude towards himself, and believed that the other applicants
were better and more qualified than him. Allan manifested this
attitude, due to his negative past experiences with job
His mind was filled with negative thoughts and fears concerning
the job for the whole week before the job interview. He was sure
he would be rejected. On the day of the interview he got up late,
and to his horror he discovered that the shirt he had planned to
wear was dirty, and the other one needed ironing. As it was
already too late, he went out wearing a shirt full of wrinkles.
During the interview he was tense, displayed a negative
attitude, worried about his shirt, and felt hungry because he did
not have enough time to eat breakfast. All this distracted his
mind and made it difficult for him to focus on the interview. His
overall behavior made a bad impression, and consequently he
materialized his fear and did not get the job.
Jim applied for the same job too, but approached the matter in
a different way. He was sure that he was going to get the job.
During the week preceding the interview he often visualized
himself making a good impression and getting the job.
In the evening before the interview he prepared the clothes he
was going to wear, and went to sleep a little earlier. On day of
the interview he woke up earlier than usual, and had ample time to
eat breakfast, and then to arrive to the interview before the
He got the job because he made a good impression. Of course he
had also the proper qualifications for the job, but so had Allan.
What do we learn from these two stories? Is there any magic
employed here? No, it is all natural. When the attitude is
positive we entertain pleasant feelings and constructive images,
and see in our mind's eye what we really want to happen. This
brings brightness to the eyes, more energy and happiness. The
whole being broadcasts good will, happiness and success. Even the
health is affected in a beneficial way. We walk tall and the voice
is more powerful. Our body language shows the way you feel inside.
Positive and negative thinking are both contagious. All
of us affect, in one way or another, the people we meet. This
happens instinctively and on a subconscious level, through
thoughts and feelings transference and through body language.
People sense our aura and are affected by our thoughts. Is it
any wonder that we want to be around positive persons and shun
negative ones? People are more disposed to help us if we are
positive. They dislike and avoid anyone broadcasting negativity.
Negative thoughts, words and attitude bring up negative and
unhappy moods and actions. When the mind is negative, poisons are
released into the blood, which cause more unhappiness and
negativity. This is the way to failure, frustration and
In order to turn the mind toward the positive, inner work and
training are required. Attitude and thoughts do not change
Read about this subject, think about its benefits
and persuade yourself to try it. The power of thoughts is a mighty
power that is always shaping our life. This shaping is usually
done subconsciously, but it is possible to make the process a
conscious one. Even if the idea seems strange give it a try, as
you have nothing to lose, but only to gain. Ignore what others
might say or think about you, if they discover that you are
changing the way you think.
Always visualize only favorable and beneficial situations. Use
positive words in your inner dialogues or when talking with
others. Smile a little more, as this helps to think positively.
Disregard any feelings of laziness or a desire to quit. If you
persevere, you will transform the way your mind thinks.
Once a negative thought enters your mind, you have to be aware
of it and endeavor to replace it with a constructive one. The
negative thought will try again to enter your mind, and then you
have to replace it again with a positive one. It is as if there
are two pictures in front of you, and you choose to look at one of
them and disregard the other. Persistence will eventually teach
your mind to think positively and ignore negative thoughts.
In case you feel any inner resistance when replacing negative
thoughts with positive ones, do not give up, but keep looking only
at the beneficial, good and happy thoughts in your mind.
It does not matter what your circumstances are at the present
moment. Think positively, expect only favorable results and
situations, and circumstances will change accordingly. It may take
some time for the changes to take place, but eventually they do.
Another method to employ is the repetition of affirmations.
It is a method which resembles creative visualization, and which
can be used in conjunction with it.