Point Of View - The Power Of Positive Thinking

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The Power of Positive Thinking . .

This is not a new concept and I’m sure we would all agree that it works.  We use it when we are encouraging our children or our spouses.  We also use it when we are providing support and encouragement to our staff.  Why is it that we need to be reminded to put it into practice when it comes to our own initiatives?  Amanda and David remind us by asking "What are the stories we’re telling ourselves?”

There have been a number of articles on this topic in the newspaper recently.  One of the articles was about a man who was dissatisfied with his career.  He realized that this negative focus was affecting his personal life and his relationships with his family and friends.  He changed his attitude by listing three things that went well every day.  Before long he realized that he felt happier and was spending more time with his kids at the end of the day. 

I recently had a similar experience with a situation at work.  It didn’t take very long before the negativity spilled over into my personal life and I was unhappy most of the time.  Amanda reminded me that I couldn’t control the situation, but I could control the way I reacted to it.  At first I found it difficult to stay positive and had to tell myself, quite regularly, not to be negative.  The more I focused on the positive, the easier it became.  Just like the man in the article, it didn’t take long before I felt happier and it was a noticeable change to everyone around me. 

Everyday we make choices, consciously or unconsciously, on how we will react to a situation or a person.  We evaluate our performance and decide on the story we will tell ourselves.  I know that I don’t want to go back to that person I was at the beginning of this year. 

I’ve made the choice to use the power of positive thinking to make sure the stories I am telling myself are good ones. I’ll continue to focus on the good things that happen each day and on the successes I achieve.   

Well, that’s the way I see it anyway.

Susan Neal