Actually, I wanted to title this blog post “You are the product of your beliefs, habits, environment, and genetic makeup,” but that would have been way too long for a headline! All those influences make us what we are today, but — if I had to designate one as the most important, beliefs would be it. What you believe about yourself, your abilities, the nature of the world, and your value as a human being creates the framework of your reality.
Negative beliefs are often the result of focusing your attention on one or two failures, rejections, or disappointments that may have had little or nothing to do with your value as person. Whether your quest is for a high paying job, a satisfying career, a lucrative business opportunity, “fame and fortune,” or the woman or man of your dreams, those goals are rarely handed to you on a “silver platter.”
I love the saying that crops up quite a bit on Instagram and other branches of social media. It says “The only difference between a winner and a loser is that the winner tried one more time!” That does not mean that halfhearted attempts at anything are going to get you very far — no matter how many times you try! However, if you can infuse all your efforts with a little enthusiasm, preparation, and belief in yourself, then power of persistence has to work in your favor.
Although positive thinking is a fantastic, potentially life-changing concept, I believe it’s misunderstood by most people. It’s like exercising, living a healthy lifestyle, or being a good person. If you don’t do it on a consistent, daily basis, then it’s probably not going to produce positive, lasting changes.
7 Positive Affirmations and Mantras
Here are a few positive thoughts worth dwelling on that can help motivate, inspire, and propel you forward:
- “An untrained mind can accomplish nothing.” (A Course in Miracles)
- “KNOW your outcome!” (Tony Robbins)
- “Failure is not an option.” (Tag line from the movie Apollo 13.)
- “Persistence breaks down resistance.” (My father’s favorite mantra)
- “What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?” (Attributed to televangelist Robert Schuller)
- “You don’t get what you want, you get what you ARE.” (Wayne Dyer)
- “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!” (Wayne Dyer)
Why Practice Gratitude?
The practice of gratitude — sometimes referred to as “counting your blessings” — is universally considered one of the most effective ways to condition your mind to receive and attract happiness and success. Appreciating the good things that you have and the advantages you enjoy tends to improve your attitude, upgrade your overall outlook, and infuse positive energy into every aspect of your life.
With that positive energy as the backdrop to your everyday activities, you’ll tend to be happier, more likable, more effective, and more enthusiastic. When you radiate those positive qualities on a consistent basis, you tend to attract people, circumstances, and conditions that enable you to realize more of your potential and create a more satisfying life. That being said, it’s best not to “overthink” it. Just have trust in the process.
Practicing gratitude is a topic that deserves much more attention than I can give it in two paragraphs, but, rest assured, that important theme will be reemerging in many of my future blog posts. Follow this blog so I can continue sharing positive ideas, insights, and strategies with you in coming months!
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