thinking is one of the most important things you need to practice
throughout your life. The only problem is that a lot of people think
they know what positive
thinking is -- but instead are really practicing wishful thinking.
Here's the difference.
Wishful thinking is saying something like, "I know things will
get better. I'm sure I'll get a better job. Things will work out in
the end. Eventually I'll meet someone I really like. I just have to
keep trying. I'm bound to make more money -- I just know it." These
are all examples of wishful thinking!
thinking is more than just something you do when things go wrong
or when you try to correct a situation. Positive
thinking is a way of living, it's a practice, it's a technique that
you need to incorporate into your daily life if you have any intentions
of changing things or accomplishing your goals. You can't suddenly start
and then stop when things get better.
thinking requires that you get rid of all your negative thought
patterns and create a new belief system. There isn't a book out there
that can do this for you. Why? Because you have to train your mind to
work differently. Learning the art of positive
thinking from a book would be like learning to play football or
do aerobics from a book. You'll get some great ideas -- but you need
to practice, train and work with someone who can show you how to throw
or catch a football properly. You need to have someone train you so
that you do your aerobics properly and don't form bad habits or try
to cut corners.
Here's an example
of what some people think is positive thinking. A person may lose their
job and then says: "Oh I know I'll get a job, I have to. I'm just
going to take my time and I'll get a job soon. " That's being optimistic
-- but it's not necessarily incorporating positive thinking. Optimism
is an attitude. Positive thinking is a frame of mind that gets results.
In order to get the develop this frame of mind you need to train your
mind -- not have a simple attitude.
Norman Vincent Peale
wrote a great book called the "The Power of Positive Thinking."
Many of my students have read this book, which I think is terrific.
But it's not enough to get you to change and create your new
life. Murphy goes through the whole concept of positive thinking and
how your subconscious mind works. But unless there are few concrete
exercises and long affirmations. Unless you're self-motivated you can't
possibly create the positive frame of mind he discusses on your own.
is just one technique among many that will help you change your
life. Chances are that 90% of people who say they are practicing a form
of positive thinking are doing it all wrong. 90% of my students who
told me they practiced positive thinking before taking my course soon
discovered they were doing it wrong -- and they had read Murphy's book.
Even if you practiced
Positive Thinking alone -- and did it right -- it could take you years
before you create the kind of change you want. Why? Because Positive
Thinking is only one element -- only one member of your powerful
mind power team. Think of it this way -- you have 10 people rowing
your boat in life. Now you convince one of them to go in a certain direction. But the other 9 are still going in the opposite direction. How long
do you think it would take that boat to turn around? Never! When you
only practice Positive Thinking you only have one of your rowers working
you'll learn to incorporate the art of Positive Thinking into
your daily life so you create the changes that you want while accomplishing
all your goals. You get a complete system that gets all your powers
working for you. And you get personal coaching so you receive
the proper instruction and guidance as you train your mind and create
a new way of living.
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