Friday, February 24, 2012

The Power of Thinking POSITIVELY

Today is "FUN FRIDAY!" Whatever you do - SMILE and have some FUN!

You may or may not have heard of and/or read the book by Norman Vincent Peale entitled, "The Power of Positive Thinking". If you've not read it I would strongly encourage you to do so as well as read ANY book written by the late Norman Vincent Peale - you'll be encouraged and glad that you did!

Is there actual POWER behind thinking in a positive way? YES!

It has been proven in the medical world how powerful a person's positive attitude is when going into surgery or facing an illness. IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE! And, on the opposite end, it also has a negative difference when someone goes into such a situation with a sense of hopelessness or negativity.


I'll have to be honest with you - right now as I put this article together I am having a MAJOR struggle with thinking positively. There just seems to be all kinds of "forces" pulling at me from all different directions and attacking me from all sides. And, friend, as you very likely know - IT AIN'T EASY when you seem to be getting bombarded in such a way.

So, what do you do? Do you just give up, give in and develop an NEGATIVE and sour attitude? Sure, that's the EASY thing to's the path of least resistance...but it's not the right thing to do for anyone that wants to IMPROVE their day as well as have a positive impact on those around them.

There apparently was an old song (and by old I do mean OLDER than I even remember!) that was entitled, "Accentuate the Positive (and Eliminate the Negative)". Yeah, I'm right - OLD! I just checked on it and it was written back in 1944  by Johnny Mercer. Apparently it was written after Mr. Mercer heard a sermon that had that line emphasized as the main point and he thought it would make a powerful lyric. IT DID and it STILL DOES!

Bottom line: WE HAVE A CHOICE! That's it. We can either focus on and "accentuate" the positive OR we can focus on and "accentuate" the negative. It really just boils down to being that simple.

I was talking with a group of teens the other night that were all worked up about a change that was about to take place among them.This was a change that, at least for that day, they could really do nothing about and wasn't going to happen for a few more days. I told them that they had a choice to make. One, they could continue on with their negative attitude that they were freely sharing with each other about the topic and allow that to continue to build and build and build OR they could realize that there was nothing they could do about the situation at the time and to just "drop it" and begin to focus on something more positive. They chose the positive route (thank goodness!) and the rest of the day/evening was much better than it would have been if they had stayed on the negative course.

Which path will YOU choose? Think about where that path will lead you during the course of your day and/or evening. What good can come of following the negative path? Seriously. What will be the result along the way and at the end of the day?

Friend, there IS power in thinking positively and I encourage you to FIGHT the path of least resistance and do whatever it takes to keep your mind and attitude pointed in the POSITIVE direction!

And, as you do so, be sure to...

"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"

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