The power of positive thinking

Alfred A Montapert said, “The environment you fashion out of your thoughts, your beliefs, your ideals, your philosophies is the only climate you will ever live in.” When you think positively your environment will be positive.
Places and circumstances never guarantee happiness. You must decide within yourself whether you want to be happy, and when you have decided happiness comes much easier, so said Robert Hastings.
My father taught me that there’s no such thing as a stressful situation, only a stressful reaction. For example, I love opera and classical music, if I took my son to an opera he would stress because he would find it boring, while I would be enjoying myself. By the same token, if he took me to a metal band concert, he would have fun while I would find the whole show too noisy and disturbing.
The bottom line is that positive thinking or having a positive attitude can be learned by anyone regardless of intellect, temperament or circumstances.
Here is a list of five principles to cultivate or improve your ability to think positively.
1. Think, walk, talk and act like the person you want to become
Remember that attitude follows action, when you act confident, think like a winner, speak like an achiever, walk upright, so you will become. Someone said “Fake it till you make it.” Dress for success and you will attract the things you desire.
2. Radiate the attitude of confidence, well-being and purpose
Once you’re thinking and actions become more positive you will develop a sense of wellbeing. You will be more confident and competent in your dealings with people, with a stronger sense of purpose. Other positive people will be attracted to you with reciprocal relations developing, remember, “Birds of a feather flock together”.
3. Keep your mind filled with positive thoughts
When we begin to think positively and see ourselves as successful we start to become successful. When you don’t fill your mind with positive thoughts the negatives will start taking over Think of your mind as a field where you plant seeds that will grow and eventually produce fruit that will last, weeds will spring up with no effort, metaphorically speaking, pull them out as soon as you notice one. Give your thoughts to what is positive and successful, don’t feed the weeds.
4 Really connect with people.
Treat everyone you connect with as important and give them your complete attention, maintain eye contact, listen, engage, ask questions and ignore your mobile phone. Make them feel appreciated and important. Listen more and speak less, the attitude you bring with you is the attitude you get from others. Don’t talk about your health or problems unless you enjoy good health and have few problems. Even then, only talk about these subjects when asked, and answer briefly.
Look for the best in every one, be supportive and create a positive and productive environment. People don’t care about how much you know, they prefer to know how much you care. I have discovered that when there is value flowing out there is support flowing back, whether you are communicating to one or one thousand people, face to face or electronically and on social media.
Albert Schweitzer said, “The purpose of human life is to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others.” Jim Rohn said “Serve the many.” My sales manager told me to forget about the sales that I would hope to make, rather concentrate to on the service I would give. Many companies when advertising for a sales person would say they are wanting a go getter, when what they need is a go giver. How can a person resist someone who is trying to help them solve a problem?
The fruit of positive thinking and positive living is self-confidence, having initiative to try new things and to accept change. To be persistent in reaching your goals, and the creativity to improve your lifestyle, seek constant personal development develop leadership skills, live with an attitude of expect-and-see (Expectancy) because you know that what you expect is what you will see.
What the mind can perceive and believe it will achieve Napoleon Hill
To your positive success
Martin Louw
For a balanced lifestyle, wealthy healthy and wise

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