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Negative Thinking Does Not Produce Results

A well known author was quoted as saying that “The average person has 60,000 thoughts per day and of those more than 80% are negative”.  For years, it was though that the brain was fixed and immutable – that we were stuck with what we were born with in terms of hardware and its abilities.

However a book I read by Dr. Norman Vincent Peal was entitled The Power of Positive  Thinking   taught me at 21 years of age that we do not have to settle and accept but that we can set our sights on the goals we want to achieve and go after them.   I believe this but sometimes I forget and have to revisit my thought pattern and the day-to-day events that many times influence our success.

I believe that many times we sabotage our own success through negative thinking.  It is not done intentionally but when we are over analyzing the chances of success we think that every thing that can go wrong instead of focusing on what can go right.  There is no substitute for success you must press on regardless of the circumstances.

I have a couple of heroes who I admire and one of them is Abraham Lincoln.  Talk about failures consider this.  On his road to the White House Lincoln:

  • 1818:  His family was force out of their home.  He had to work to support them.
  • 1818:  His mother died
  • 1831:  Failed in business.
  • 1832:  Ran for state legislature –  lost.
  • 1832:  Also lost his job – wanted to go to law school but could’t get in.
  • 1833:  Borrowed some money from a friend to begin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt.  He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off his debt.
  • 1834:  Ran for state legislature again – won.
  • 1835:  Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.
  • 1836:  Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.
  • 1838:  Sought to become speaker of the state legislature – defeated.
  • 1840:  Sought to become elector – defeated.
  • 1843:  Ran for Congress – lost.
  • 1846:  Ran for Congress again – this time he won – went to Washington and did a good job.
  • 1848:  Ran for re-election to Congress – lost.
  • 1849:  Sought the job of land officer in his home state – rejected.
  • 1854:  Ran for Senate of the United States – lost.
  • 1856:  Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party’s national convention – got less than 100 vote.
  • 1858:  Ran for U.S. Senate again – again he lost.
  • 1860:  Elected president of the United States.

The lessons learned here is you must persevere, realize there is no room for negative thinking because negative thinking doe not equate into success.  Stay positive and believe and you too will succeed.

Time to Restart

I have been away from my readers for well over a month but I feel I had a very good reason.  See one month ago to the day I had shoulder replacement surgery and it was a little difficult to type comfortably.  I decided to have the surgery to improve my badly damaged shoulder and  improve my quality of life.

It has been very difficult for me to relax and to focus on my rehabilitation because I am a high-energy person who does not like to remain idol for very long.  However, this down time has given me a great deal to reflect upon and to focus on what is important and access my priorities and decide what is really important.

Many times we are so busy simply doing that we never question why.  This time away from writing has allowed me to decide what is important and what is not.  What is keeping form doing what I want to really want to do and why am I letting that happen to me.  Here are some of the conclusions I have come up for myself and what I am going to do about it.

  1. I go out of my way to please others and I need to spend more time pleasing myself.  I am a strong believer in treating people with kindness and respect but I need to concentrate on myself more and my needs otherwise I grow resentful and cannot be my very best.
  2. My health is import to me to and I must take care of it and make sure it is always a priority with me.
  3. I need to trust my knowledge and instincts more and pick and choose what knowledge is valuable, what I can use and what I discard.
  4. Last years goals do not necessarily pertain to today, constantly re access.
  5. I write to engage my audience into meaningful dialect by giving them good content that they can use.
  6. Helping individuals find their inner-self and to grow from those lessons motivates and electrifies me.  I will continue to make this one of my personal drivers and will touch and help as many individuals as I can.

Obviously these are not all of my inner-motivators but it is a very good start.  How about you?  Is it time for you to do a restart and refocus on the things that make your juices flows and motivates you to do your very best?

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