Does Positive Thinking Really Work?

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If you have been to some motivational seminars, heard some audio books or read some self improvement books, you would be familiar with positive thinking, or saying positive affirmations. You would feel good after thinking or saying positive affirmations.

After chanting the positive affirmation, in the seminars you feel that you can conquer anything in the world. Nothing is impossible. You can achieve anything you want. Nothing is going to stop you. Your adrenaline is pumping in speed. This is the time for change and extraordinary results.

7 days after the seminar, what happened?

Did you go back to your old self? Did your life go back to normal?

You may continue chanting those positive affirmations daily, but nothing is changing. You don't have better results, you still procrastinate like you used to. Your life goes back to the old way. That seminar becomes another seminar.

I'm not an anti-seminar goer. I started my business running seminars. I encourage you to attend seminars to get educated on those success concepts. I myself got value from attending seminars. They worked for you to a certain extent. All I'm saying is there are some things deeper than just positive thoughts.

Why Positive Thinking Doesn't Work All The Time

Most positive affirmations or Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) technology get you to produce positive thoughts so that you feel good, and place yourself into action mode. However, I feel that this is inadequate in achieving your desired results.

This NLP method states that when you change your state, you change your energy. If your being is disrupted while you are in the midst of a task, and you have to get on with the task quickly, this is a good way to temporarily shift your state so that you can complete the task. However, the disruption still remains there, it doesn't go away. It will surface again to trigger you some other time.

What you are doing to yourself is burying the emotions and disempowering thoughts with positive affirmation. You are pretending that they are not there. The truth is they are there, buried underneath. As long as you don't clear them, they will disrupt your life over and over again.

When you are angry, by chanting a thousand positive affirmation about being happy is not going to help. That anger lingers in you, waiting for another opportunity to erupt. Doing this for a long period of time will make you an angry person. The healthier way is to release that anger, before planting positive thoughts.

Sometimes positive thoughts are like Panadol. It'll keep the pain away for a while, but it'll never get to the root of the issue.

Where Is The Root?

The root is your context to life. Some may call it belief. These beliefs shape the way you look at the world, thus determining your actions around handling issues. Even though chanting positive thoughts may support you temporarily, it doesn't shift your context or belief. Your belief remains unchanged, therefore nothing has changed.

A friend used to talk about making more money and becoming a millionaire. I'm glad that she has this great dream. Having that positive thought, and saying "I am a millionaire" out loud is an awesome positive affirmation.

Then something was exposed.

One day we were discussing the topic of happy vs rich. She started saying that "the rich are not happy". If she were to choose, she would choose to be happy rather than rich. I asked her how about choosing both. Her response was it's alright not to be rich, as long as she's happy. And she's contented with what she has now.

What do you think about this? Yup, she can never be rich.

This is an example of context vs positive thinking. Your context will always win. When it comes to crunch time, your context will drive your action.

Positive affirmation is great for temporary fix. It'll get you to feel good for a while. For long term cure, get to your context to shift your result once and for all.
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  • Profile picture of the author mattmax
    The problem is that too many people think it is magic - somehow, if they believe something strongly enough, it will manifest.

    The real value of positive thinking is, and always has been, about opportunity awareness. When a person trains themselves to think positively, then, in any given situation, they are more likely to focus on the positives, which is generally the best formula for success (whatever that is in context).

    The funny thing is, though, that repeating positive mantras is NOT the best way to be a positive person (IMHO). Instead, take some time out every day to write down something that you are thankful for THAT DAY, regardless of how crappy the day is. Then take a moment to write an email to someone that you know or work with, and thank them for something that they have done recently. Do those two things every day, and after a few weeks, your brain will be well trained to look for the positives.

    On a side note, no matter how positive we are, it is difficult to impossible to meet our goals if we have inner conflict about them. If someone goes around saying things like, "Rich people are such jerks!", that person will have a hard time becoming wealthy themselves, because they won't want to be a jerk - they've linked the two things in their mind. If someone is a jerk, call them out on it, but don't link it to their positive traits, be it wealth, beauty, or what have you, because that will just create a stumbling block.
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    • Profile picture of the author skyjoe76
      Originally Posted by mattmax View Post

      The problem is that too many people think it is magic - somehow, if they believe something strongly enough, it will manifest.

      The real value of positive thinking is, and always has been, about opportunity awareness. When a person trains themselves to think positively, then, in any given situation, they are more likely to focus on the positives, which is generally the best formula for success (whatever that is in context).

      The funny thing is, though, that repeating positive mantras is NOT the best way to be a positive person (IMHO). Instead, take some time out every day to write down something that you are thankful for THAT DAY, regardless of how crappy the day is. Then take a moment to write an email to someone that you know or work with, and thank them for something that they have done recently. Do those two things every day, and after a few weeks, your brain will be well trained to look for the positives.

      On a side note, no matter how positive we are, it is difficult to impossible to meet our goals if we have inner conflict about them. If someone goes around saying things like, "Rich people are such jerks!", that person will have a hard time becoming wealthy themselves, because they won't want to be a jerk - they've linked the two things in their mind. If someone is a jerk, call them out on it, but don't link it to their positive traits, be it wealth, beauty, or what have you, because that will just create a stumbling block.
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  • Profile picture of the author mervyngoh
    Maybe if u cannot sleep at night, instead of counting sheep, u can count blessing u have on that day.
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  • Profile picture of the author robinsoncindy
    great share
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    • Profile picture of the author Nudefox
      I believe positive thinking works.However, I think positive thinking may also be used by many to do a runner from shortcomings.
      Notice by thinking positive you feel good of something but may not rectify the shortcomings of that something as your mind is only one sided--Thinking the good.
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  • Profile picture of the author bem69
    Great read, thanks for the share.
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    • Profile picture of the author amir imtiaz
      yes, positive thinking will always work.If you will think from heart that will be a positive thinking rather than brain thinking.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikesdebp
    Good post! The key to using your mind is actually to change your behavior in order to achieve your desired goal. NLP and similar methods are an effective way to do this.
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    • Profile picture of the author skyjoe76
      Originally Posted by mikesdebp View Post

      Good post! The key to using your mind is actually to change your behavior in order to achieve your desired goal. NLP and similar methods are an effective way to do this.
      Unless the beliefs and contexts changed, the behaviour won't change.
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      • Profile picture of the author The Niche Man
        Positive thinking only works when it's mixed with positive and persistent actions. End of story!
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        • Profile picture of the author squaremart
          Thank you for sharing. And I do think NLP works. Programming your brain gives you the ability to amplify your capabilities. Some people for real, are able to read few books a day using these methods.
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          • Profile picture of the author mounds
            Whenever this topic comes up, I like to compare it to negative thinking. Just about anyone will agree that negative thinking is a powerful tool for blowing your day. So why does positive thinking get met with all sorts of skepticism?

            Just think about the over-culture most of us have. In North America, we hire experts to dig holes in our yard, file our taxes, and cook our food. Most people don't even question it. They go to work, perform the specific tasks they are trained to do, and go home. Positive thinking suggests that we can be good at anything. Our over-culture suggests that we can only be good at certain things and can't possibly be more than what we currently are.

            It seems like the people that are the most successful and we admire the most are the ones who step out of line. These people consistently challenge their comfort zone, and when we read their stories, we're shocked at how exciting their lives have been. This is usually followed with us thinking about how we could never do that. The truth is, ANYONE can live that life!

            What's that? Did I hear someone call BS? Take that negative thinking, pound it into submission, and read the above paragraph again. Specifically the part where I said anyone can live that life.

            I read a story on these very boards where a guy walked down the street and pitched a website to every business on the way. When the day began, he had literally no work. When the day ended, he was busy. That simple.

            In all honesty, the thought of doing that makes me nervous. That's a big leap for me, and probably is for most people. That'd be like hearing a story about a runner with balls of steel, getting inspired, and finding myself competing in a race the next day. I wouldn't be able to run twenty miles but could I run one mile? After running one mile for a month, could I run two? Could I eventually get to twenty? Yes!

            Positive thinking isn't about making the leap from being a scrawny teenager to a body builder. It's about taking a single step outside your comfort zone. Negative thinking has a heyday on goals you don't actually believe in. It has nothing on goals you can see yourself accomplishing.

            -Tim
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            • I agree with Mounds, positive thinking is not only about being positive but also stepping beyond our comfort zones. Stepping out of your comfort zone is not easy and often can be difficult. It seems it is human nature to take the easy way out and avoid the difficult. Those who succeed are the ones who have overcome their human nature and stepped out of the box so to speak.
              It is very easy to criticize those who are following their dreams which are not the norm. It reminds me of a great quote by Theodore Roosevelt
              "...the man who really counts in the world is the doer, not the mere critic-the man who actually does the work, even if roughly and imperfectly, not the man who only talks or writes about how it ought to be done."

              How many here when they started internet marketing were met with only positive feedback from friends and family? I would hazard a guess very few if any. Did that stop you or inspire you to work harder? If that stopped you I am truly sorry for you have let the power of negative thought take over. For your sake I hope their negative thoughts and words that were said to you got under your skin. Raised your hackles and made you all that more determined to succeed. Using positive thought you can take that anger at being told you can't and manifest it to action to work harder and become more determined.

              When I was 18 I enlisted in the Canadian Army, I was your typical 90 pound weakling. I hated running, I wasn't very physical and I was always consider a nerd and not a real physical person. Every one laughed at me when they heard I was going to basic training. Heck even at basic training the drill Sargent s told me countless times I would make it through. Had I choose to take this negatively I would not have succeeded. Instead I used positive thinking to turn that around. The only way I would not succeed is if I died trying. I graduated top of my basic training class.
              I used this train of thought for countless other military courses and always finished top of my class. Later on when I was on peace keeping and combat missions when times were at there worst I always kept positive. I don't think you could survive if you focused on the negative.
              While it is true positive thinking alone cannot guarantee your success. You must take action, you must have discipline and you must work hard. I can say with a 100% certainty that if you let negative thoughts take over you will never accomplish anything.
              Of course this is just my opinion, but I do know positive thinking has lead to my success.

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  • I believe that positive thinking can make you success. with positive thoughts, you will be brave and confident to do things that break the routines. we will be hard to achieve success if just doing normal things most people do.
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  • Profile picture of the author poath
    I believe that positive thoughts affects how you do things while your 'context' as you call it, affects what things you do.

    If you are in a car, you can't keep filling the car with petrol (positive thoughts), you must also steer the wheel.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kenster
      Originally Posted by poath View Post

      I believe that positive thoughts affects how you do things while your 'context' as you call it, affects what things you do.

      If you are in a car, you can't keep filling the car with petrol (positive thoughts), you must also steer the wheel.

      I agree. It all starts with positive thinking and that will lead to your context shift.

      At the end of the day, positive thinking is powerful, confidence is powerful, everything else seems to play out nice if you can master those two, which often go hand in hand
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  • Profile picture of the author writerforhire
    I have an inspirational greeting card I look at every day, which says "Life shrinks or expands... in proportion to one's courage." (Anais Nin) I think that's a really powerful way to frame the potential power of our thoughts and actions.

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    • Profile picture of the author tffannie
      Originally Posted by writerforhire View Post

      I have an inspirational greeting card I look at every day, which says "Life shrinks or expands... in proportion to one's courage." (Anais Nin) I think that's a really powerful way to frame the potential power of our thoughts and actions.

      --Joel
      "Marketing Survival Kit.com"
      That's such a great quote. Anais Nin has a bunch of inspiring quotes.
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  • Profile picture of the author melltonroper
    I think so, if you are positive your minds was set in a right and clear goal!
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  • Profile picture of the author Manny Derek
    Like success, failure is many things to many people. With Positive Mental Attitude, failure is a learning experience, a rung on the ladder, a plateau at which to get your thoughts in order and prepare to try again.
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    • Profile picture of the author simondach
      Watch this video first.


      What you focus on is what you see. Didn't see the gorilla? It's because you were focusing on the ball.

      It's the same thing with your mindset. If you focus on the negative things, you'll see the negative things. If you focus on the positive - you'll see those instead.
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      • Profile picture of the author Suellen Reitz
        Originally Posted by simondach View Post

        Watch this video first.

        Test Your Awareness: Do The Test - YouTube

        What you focus on is what you see. Didn't see the gorilla? It's because you were focusing on the ball.

        It's the same thing with your mindset. If you focus on the negative things, you'll see the negative things. If you focus on the positive - you'll see those instead.

        great example of how we see what we want to see... and hear what we want to hear... and read what we want to read.... it wasn't a gorilla.... it was a moonwalking bear. Was said and written in text across the screen! So u see.... even when you think you see it... you don't always see it correctly!
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      • Profile picture of the author ginnysclub1
        I really loved this video thanks for sharing. I'm going to use it during workshops, I think it illustrates some extremely important points about awareness and focus.
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  • Profile picture of the author millerrobin
    great video post
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  • Profile picture of the author Rich Kid
    I don't think thinking positively and not taking any action is going to make good things happen to you but when you take action thinking positively about it is definitely alot better than having a negative attitude.
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    • Profile picture of the author dunkinbbb
      FWIW

      Richard Bandler - the co-creator of NLP - who gets virtually unbridled acclaim from all - including Tony Robbins et al.

      is borderline obese.

      Check his website - Richard Bandler NLP Hypnosis Design Human Engineering, Neurohypnotic Repatterning seminars . . . there is a vid just below the fold. Not an affil link.

      And borderline is being generous.

      If he can't even manage his own weight -

      just sayin'

      If NLP was so powerful . . .
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      • Profile picture of the author mounds
        Originally Posted by dunkinbbb View Post

        FWIW

        Richard Bandler - the co-creator of NLP - who gets virtually unbridled acclaim from all - including Tony Robbins et al.

        is borderline obese.

        Check his website - Richard Bandler NLP Hypnosis Design Human Engineering, Neurohypnotic Repatterning seminars . . . there is a vid just below the fold. Not an affil link.

        And borderline is being generous.

        If he can't even manage his own weight -

        just sayin'

        If NLP was so powerful . . .
        Lol, I love it. I'm an NLP Master Practitioner and not a fan of Richard Bandler. He's not a very pleasant man.

        What I find with NLP is that if something is not a huge deal to you, it's not going to change. When I started looking into NLP three years ago, I had debilitating anxiety. These days, it's not a problem at all. When it comes up, it's a useful reminder to get things done (like the dishes before my wife gets home).

        There's a very real chance that Richard Bandler doesn't care about his weight. After all, he's a celebrity in his own right and quite wealthy. He's also really, really good at what he does. Could some of that success be attributed to NLP?

        -Tim
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        • Profile picture of the author dunkinbbb
          Hi:

          Not to get into a whole Richard Bandler bashing thing - I don't really have any strong opinion on him - to me, it's interesting as a reflection of a bigger phenomenon - seeing behind the curtain of the Wizard -

          I daresay there are quite a few people selling "GROTI" (Get Rich On The Internet" stuff while they are barely paying the rent themselves.

          And as far as his success, - I was seriously involved in the financial/trading business for a long time - and there the guru saying when no one was around was "I never had a trading system/course that didn't make money - if I sold enough of them. LOL

          Sad - but true.

          Again, not bashing NLP, I have very little direct experience with it.

          Just making an observation.

          dunkinbbb
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          • Profile picture of the author mounds
            Hey there dunkinbbb,

            In all honesty, you're instincts are probably correct.

            I recently heard that Richard Bandler basically left NLP because he couldn't trademark it. He's created a couple of his own systems, which are pretty much NLP with slight variations. IOW, cash-grab.
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan Bumpsteed
    Great post skyjoe76! IMHO positive thinking is just one ingredient to success.

    Positive thinking in this post appears to be specifically speaking about achievement. But being a "positive" person in general helps in life even to those who don't strive for financial wealth. One of my favorite restaurants is so because the manager literally radiates positive-ness... And I'm certain she can't make over 30k a year.

    To quote the guy that Tony Robbins worked for before he was "Tony Robbins"... "Affirmation without action, leads to delusion." -Jim Rohn
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  • Profile picture of the author abrahamgpg
    Positive thinking without positive actions cannot give positive outcomes.

    There's always a way to turn negatives, into positives. Not by positive thinking, but by opening your eyes and realize that everything around you have a positive connection even the negatives.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rohm
    Positive thinking works because it keeps you moving forward inspite of setbacks. By continuing on your task, you'll get successful outcomes; successful outcomes then motivates you to keep going forward. This series of events build powerful momentum.

    To get immediate and better results with positive, you should simultaneously identify all limiting beliefs and convert them into empowering beliefs/paradigms.

    You identify limiting beliefs by a process of deep and profound self-instrospection. Some limiting beliefs are non-verbalized, like those you have absorbed from your parents' un-verbalized lifestyle/values.

    You could also use an over-arching global paradigm such as: "There is No failure; only Feedback."
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  • Profile picture of the author Leslyaviel
    Positive Thinking does work, but it also helps to take action. Positive thinking is nothing without action. Right Thoughts lead to right action. Right Action leads to right actions. Right Actions lead to right Habits.
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonChoi
    In my experience, consistently focusing on the positive works better than mere positive thinking. I suppose it can be said they are the same, but there is a subtle difference, and it's based on this principle:

    Energy flows where your focus goes, and what you focus on expands. Or as Tony Robbins says, "What you focus on is what you get."

    Just by constantly focusing attention on the positive, like by focusing on gratitude or anything else that is positive, it generates a strong positive feeling that literally allows one to see opportunities, whereas being in a negative state often blinds us from seeing opportunities, which MattMax alluded to.

    Just a moment ago, I was feeling rather stressed about marketing, yet by just taking a break, and literally shifting my attention completely to something else, the stressed diminished. From there, I just focus on some simple words (like a mantra) and it began shifting my state even further. Not surprisingly, ideas just started streaming to me again.

    It's cool how this stuff works, and it's so simple to do
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    • Profile picture of the author JamesBuk
      Hi

      Im in no way an expert at this, far from it im a newbie and still learning however i will apply my thoughts on this topic and hope you can all comment too.

      I have to admit I hadnt read ALL of what the post creator wrote, but half-way.

      I dont believe in positive thinking in the way many seem to think of it but in another way. I believe the seminar positive thinking etc, is conscious temporary positive feeling/thinking, that is alike to will-power. This is created in the conscious mind and like will power is short lived.

      This is why many have the buzzed feelings and feel positive, but its dies away soon after.

      What many are hoping from positive thinking i believe is lasting change and feel this comes from positive imaging and subconscious impressing.

      When we create an imagine in a mind, it is nothing unless we add EMOTION to it. EMOTIONS are what we can create ourselves i think, and so we can then add emotions to an image. We then have to impress this onto our subconscious minds, and i think this is done best in the relaxed state, because sciences apparently has shown with scans that we then can far more easily create new neural pathways, which is what beliefs tend to be.

      Eventually if we impress these positive emotion fuelled images into our minds, we should impress it upon the subconsious and create positive changes inside.

      This is the same with affirmations, saying them in the relaxed state does this, from all my learnings into all this so far.

      So by doing this we actually then eventually create lasting positive change in our subconscious which then brings those changes to us. I dont believe for a second that having positive feelings every second is possible or necessary...i feel that isnt the way the great people of history, notably prophets of god have been yet have created the biggest change in human history

      I feel that the change has to be subconscious from where you become positive. Positive thinking is the result of positive imaging and positive impression upon the subconscious

      The will is weak and short lived which is why the speakers take the money and your back there again weeks later

      All the self-development gurus seem to teach the above in a nutshell and charge lots for this advice by sugar coating various topics, but if you look for the common thread, its basically a form of self-hypnosis or self-suggestion that we must do...how?

      get into a relaxed state, visualise and then say out loud audibly positive affirmations and after that through out the day just feel it will and is coming true and will happen and dont try to do anything to force it, just know it will happen eventually and that will be today at some time

      I think thats what all my learning into this has been, what do you all think?

      thanks (ps: that was all free for you all lol)
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      • Profile picture of the author JasonChoi
        Originally Posted by JamesBuk View Post


        When we create an imagine in a mind, it is nothing unless we add EMOTION to it. EMOTIONS are what we can create ourselves i think, and so we can then add emotions to an image. We then have to impress this onto our subconscious minds, and i think this is done best in the relaxed state, because sciences apparently has shown with scans that we then can far more easily create new neural pathways, which is what beliefs tend to be.
        This is spot on! I've practiced a wide variety of techniques to deal with 'creating my reality', and what you just shared here is the key: Emotions.

        I've had success with Affirmations (when used correctly) and feeling the emotions really does make it easier to impress upon the subconscious mind. In particular, it worked to help me come up with the money to pay back $7500 in one fell swoop. Two months ago, I had to pay my rent, I owed $6000, I was stuck in a foreign country, and I had less than $50 on me. Yet, the solution 'came' to me. Most people would freak out in such a situation, but I intentionally did whatever it took to not buy into the fear. I literally questioned the fear rather than buying into it, and I put myself in a genuine positive state by focusing on what I wanted (this is not the same as merely pumping myself up to feel temporarily high like in some seminars).

        The end result was that I was able to pay the rent, pay back all my debt, buy a plane ticket to go home, and I arrived one day before a wedding, which I wanted to attend.

        The key was to influence the subconscious mind to do my bidding, which was to come up with a solution for all of the above, and that's what happened. It didn't happen overnight, as it took me several weeks to convince my subconscious mind, but eventually it worked.

        In the past year, I used other techniques for losing 30 pounds effortlessly, and to get over my fear of being on camera, but as you stated, all of these techniques that exist for self-improvement is really a form of self-hypnosis: You are persuading yourself to do what you want.

        One of the easiest ways to begin doing that is to get relaxed, and give yourself suggestions, like right before you go to sleep or upon awakening.

        Also, I found it extremely important to avoid negative conversations (particularly about money). That includes negative words from your own mouth (i.e. I can't afford this). These types of phrases basically undo any affirmations/visualization. In other words, merely talking about how 'life sucks' or 'it's hard to make money' will reinforce what your mind is already conditioned to believe. Such negative thinking produces negative emotions, so it's crucial that this negative habit be broken! And a good way start is to merely avoid talking about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kaysa
    It is because you think that going to a seminar and repeat the mantras will give you the things you desire.

    It's not that way, Positive thinking it's about you feeling positive and turn to focus into the positive and accept the negative ones as they are without feeling bad for this.

    Embrace and get used to positive thinking and you will naturally attratc the life you desire.

    I hope this help you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Abby Gibbs
    Positive thinking really works. It boost your energy and your confidence to do more.
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    • Profile picture of the author jeresteem99
      Positive thinking only will increase the quality of your life. For example: you crashed your car into a tree. A negative person would worry about the car. A positive person will be glad to still be alive.
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      • Profile picture of the author Kenster
        Originally Posted by jeresteem99 View Post

        Positive thinking only will increase the quality of your life. For example: you crashed your car into a tree. A negative person would worry about the car. A positive person will be glad to still be alive.

        That's a very good point here. Positive thinking is more about perspective than anything else. It's not just about randomly thinking about positive things, but rather looking at the same things you always do but looking for the positives of every situation.

        As they say, a glass with half the liquid in it can be half empty or half full. It's about perspective
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        • Profile picture of the author danstelter
          Real positive change is about taking a certain amount of small steps daily towards a goal. These seminars are great, but they just get you juiced up for the next few days. In order to positively change, I know that I have to really be committed to it.

          I can be pretty negative in terms of fearing what may go wrong, but I'm slowly learning each day to pay more attention to what did go right and how things might go right in the future. I'm still not that great at it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shilpa
    Positive thinking really works. Positive thinking gives you confidence and energy. It keeps you and your mind fresh. Thanks for a great share!!
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  • Profile picture of the author hireava
    I think positive thinking really works. It may not sometimes show you the result as quick as you are expecting it to happen but it will happen at the time you least expect it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jacko
      You are what you believe.

      You are what you think.

      As simple as that. Period.
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  • Profile picture of the author OT2131
    i am a firm believer in positive thinking!... Always try to keep negative people and thoughts away from me
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  • Positive thinking does more than just give you a feeling of hope but it can also give you a sense of motivation and the energy you need to complete any task at hand.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kenster
      Originally Posted by christopherpalmer View Post

      Positive thinking does more than just give you a feeling of hope but it can also give you a sense of motivation and the energy you need to complete any task at hand.

      That's mostly what it's about...giving you motivation and changing your perspective on things. Both, when combined, are powerful forces to help you in your personal and professional life.
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  • Profile picture of the author profitmaster7
    I still believe that positive thinking--seeing the blessing rather than the failure--helps the brain release endorphins that enable me to keep going. If I think about how inadequate I am, I will release toxins that keep me in the pit. Thanks for this thread, and I love that video!
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  • Profile picture of the author perfectlovehere
    Here's the truth:

    Sometimes positive thinking works and sometimes it doesn't.

    In my honest opinion, it is only your action and divine destiny placed by God that determine whether or not you will succeed.
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    • Profile picture of the author sethczerepak
      Originally Posted by perfectlovehere View Post

      Here's the truth:

      Sometimes positive thinking works and sometimes it doesn't.

      In my honest opinion, it is only your action and divine destiny placed by God that determine whether or not you will succeed.
      Right on. There's really no more value in being optimistic than there is in being pessimistic. The optimist who says: "Its all gonna work out anyway," and so does nothing is no different than the pessimist who says "Its not gonna work anyway," and does nothing.

      Likewise, the pessimist who sees all the potential setbacks and who becomes proactively involved in overcoming and preventing them is no less valuable than the optimist who acts in spite of obstacles and who seeks to overcome them instead of being held back by them.

      Positive thinking, like all thinking, is passive. Being proactive is all that matters.
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  • Profile picture of the author AC683
    I believe positive thinking does work. But you have to follow that up with inspired action. Keeping your mind on what you want as you perform the work that it takes to get it will help you to hit your goal. Maintain a high level of expectancy that you will succeed-That is the way that I use positive thinking.
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    • Profile picture of the author sunray
      Positive thinking works in a way like a dog on a leash. The dog can think positive and run ten feet ahead, or he may think negative and remain ten feet behind the owner. He may pull the owner hardly and risk beating, or he may be content and happy beside him.
      Who is the master and who is the dog? The master is our subconscious mind, and the dog is our everyday personality. Without first changing the subconscious it is impossible to have a major change.
      To change the subconscious you just need a constant repetition of the desired new idea. That is why affirmations may work on a long run. But they may also not work that easily if the subconscious holds some conflicting beliefs with them. Then it is required to remove these first. I've found that the Sedona Method is the best way for it, but EFT also works. And yes, it needs work, a lot of it.
      Also, being more and more on the positive frequency so to speak requires more than just positive thinking. At least at first it does. For example, you have to be able to forgive. To yourself, as well as others. If you can't let go, you are very quickly stuck again.
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    • Profile picture of the author zvijezdica
      I think that it does work. At least it makes me feel better if I choose to think positive than negative...
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    • Profile picture of the author phoenixseo
      Yeah!It works and it depends on the matter you are thinking
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  • Profile picture of the author jeresteem99
    Actually I’ve read several times that it IS okay to fake being positive, and that this can lead you to feeling positive for real.

    Apparently the mere action of triggering smiling muscles by faking a smile leads to reactions in your brain that make you feel better. And your creepy fabricated grin will probably frighten the person currently annoying you, just as an added bonus. Give it a try.
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  • Profile picture of the author Top Dog Marketer
    Of course it does!

    It's extremely hard, if not impossible, to accomplish something HUGE and become successful unless you have a positive mind and are able to make it through all of the ups and downs of both business and life in general.
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  • Profile picture of the author elijahjudd
    It really does work. In my own experience, it did help me a lot in achieving my goals. Though it's been hard at times, but so glad to see it worked.
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  • Profile picture of the author skyseer
    Be it positive thinking or negative thinking, I think the bottom line is still taking action. As long as the type of thinking get your bottom to move, it is positive thinking ;-) There are different types of entrepreneurs that I know of that take action due to either pain or pleasure. I think that's what counts...
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  • Profile picture of the author maile15
    I believe it is important that you think positive. Let me explain what I mean:

    Esspecially when you think positive it makes you happy, if you keep that up you will get real positive moments in your life. You will see that everything changes to the positive! Im not saying that everything will change but it will change the way you live...everything what dropped you before will get better and this is the best way.

    It is so important to think positive!
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  • Profile picture of the author addison.agnote
    Positive thinking does work. Thinking positive helps you focus and make you feel good in working or making decisions in your everyday life.
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  • Profile picture of the author chelsean
    I read The Secret a couple years back. It's a self-help book written by Rhonda Byrne. It talks about the Law of Attraction with positive thinking. It made a difference in my life, so I would definitely agree that positive thinking really works.
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  • This has always been a challenge to me. Thinking positive is relatively easy, especially when one is really motivated to do what needs to be done. But staying positive is another story.

    When one is subjected to a series of difficulties, it is easier to give up than hold on. But this is where one should resolve to cling to their resolution to do whatever is necessary - and hope that everything will be okay. Staying positive while facing series of, and seemingly endless difficulties is the real challenge.

    Staying positive or positive thinking is not only about mantras. It is keeping one's faith amidst difficulties and being hopeful when everyone else has been disheartened.
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  • Profile picture of the author ashleytwo
    Positive thinking definitely works

    Who doesn't know someone who's always negative, and seems to just bring more and more negativity into their life?

    However, the challenge is definitely about staying positive during difficult times. I've found that hope and belief really make a big difference.
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  • Profile picture of the author papacuppa
    I like to look into the science of happiness and completely divert 'motivational speakers'.

    I read a book (actually an audiobook) called Stumbling on Happiness, written by a guy called Daniel Gilbert - he also presented the fantastic PBS series This Emotional Life

    Turns out happiness is an eternally fluctuating state - who would have thought?

    The most consistent happiness comes in the form of intrinsic motivation as opposed to extrinsic -- i.e motivated by helping others instead of for money.

    I understood that at any one moment I am the prisoner of my emotions, without trying to sound too dramatic. Instead of searching for happiness I seek gratitude in what I have and what I've had in the past - which is a lot easier to achieve.

    We are more instinctive (Read: not controlled by 'us') than we think. I like to think that we have 10% control though conscious thinking.

    This apparently small capacity for control may seem really dismal but it's actually very powerful. It just means that while we can't control ourselves in the immediate present, we can only condition control over time.

    I leverage control through philosophy, ritual and perspective. I appreciate both the little things in life (morning cup of tea on a cold morning) all the way to natural scientific realities that offer a sense of stability.

    That, for me, facilitates positive thinking. It doesn't mean that I will always feel positive but I, for one, accept that
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  • Profile picture of the author perfectlovehere
    Just reiterating what AC said. You should take action and focus on that goal or it may lead on a road to nowhere.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emotia
    I find that trying to think positively suppresses any negative thoughts or emotions. Instead, I have space for negativity (accept the thought for what it is) and focus on positive feelings and thoughts.
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  • Profile picture of the author skyjoe76
    Thinking positively certainly work if it's to feel good.

    It may also become a drug. For some, the only thing positivity do for them is to make them feel good. That's about it. In this instance, positivity is only a feel good thing, it does nothing else.
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  • Profile picture of the author writerforhire
    The phrase "positive thinking" is a general term that covers a lot of techniques and philosophies. What does not work is repeating affirmations that you don't believe. On the other hand, when you cultivate a positive attitude and a sense of optimism and faith, you'll put yourself in a more receptive and resourceful state of mind to attract people and circumstances that can help you create a successful and satisfying life.
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  • yeah of course. It changes me a lot....
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  • Profile picture of the author JeffHalligan
    Positive thinking is actually vital to success in any undertaking. However, it alone is not enough. Besides most people when they are practicing positive thinking they are actually focusing on the negative aspect at the same time. I am going to become a millionaire( because I am so tired of being broke) is not really positive thinking. It is better to think I am so grateful I have experienced and learned from the hardships that I have faced so that i can truly appreciate the wealth that i am creating for myself. Every successful Person I know has read and swears by 2 books. " the science of getting rich" and Napoleon Hill's "Think and grow Rich". Both books focus on positive thinking. It can over time cause a shift in the subconscious that will shift your beliefs to align with your desires but it again takes dedicated and intentional action. So yes Positive thinking does, but it is not the only tool you should use. Anyways just my thought on it.

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  • Profile picture of the author webworm
    Your view to the world is the factor how you are.So think positively so that every things go positively.
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  • Profile picture of the author 3D
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    Yes it does, but the challenge is sticking with the state of mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author RavishingRajni
    yes, it does for sure
    there are many times during my modelling shoots when i wonder -
    is everything going to be alright?

    then i just toss aside the thought and think positive -
    my shoot turns out to be a beauty
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  • Profile picture of the author ryuchi
    What you stated is true. I don't think the same before, people are always saying that we should think positive and I was contented to hear that. But I guess being positive is not enough to attain success, its not just what you think that matters, its also what you do.

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  • Profile picture of the author conanedo
    thanks for sharing, sometime i got tired for positive thinking without getting any result, i should read this
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  • A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome of every situation and action. Whatever the mind expects, it finds.
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  • I think it works for the reasons Mattmax stated. It helps you see possibilities in anything you do.

    If you have a negative attitude and tend to think that things just don't work - Then you will probably miss out on a lot of failures as well as good opportunities.

    The "it probably won't work anyway"-attitude is not good for your IM career.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    Either, I am not thinking positively enough, or else it does not work well enough. Hmmmmmmmmrrrmmph.
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  • You are absolutely correct. A what a person believes is what governs the actions that he/she will take. The good news is that beliefs are not set in stone. If a person chooses to he/she can change thier limiting beliefs into beliefs that support their goals.

    Neuro-linguistic programming, or neuro-associative conditioning, is a great form of therapy to help a person to change their beliefs. The same could be said of any form of therapy. Positive thinking and affirmations are also great tools to help change a persons beliefs; not instantly but over time. The only problem with positive thinking that I have found is that you have to think about it. I have personally had more success with NLP methods for changing my behavior than just trying to "think better".
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Grant
    Having run my own 'motivational' blog for several years, I am a true believer in the benefits of positive thinking but I also accept that other tools are often required to bring forth any longer term positive change.

    A mantra that you find appropriate today will not necessarily be the one you should use tomorrow. We are ever evolving and diversifying towards our goals.

    And talking of goals, I find that more beneficial to goal attainment than positive thinking is to have absolute clarity of mind and purpose.

    By understanding exactly what you are trying to achieve over a given period will eradicate any doubt and confusion, thereby leading you more directly to attainment.

    But to help achieve, you should also set foreseable targets and not life long strategies. It is little use setting a goal to be a millionaire by the time you retire as this is both vague and distant (in most cases anyway).

    If your true aim is to become a millionaire then that should be your 1 or 2 year goal. understand why that is your goal and then work backwards to identify exactly how to achieve that goal. By doing this simple exercise, you will be amazed at how clear your path becomes.

    As to motivational audio or reading. yes this is important but it should fit your mood and your thinking. sometimes I want to hear stories of power and other times of goodwill. At other times I need the gentle stimulation of binaural beats and other times, a more driving beats is what is needed. There is no recipe for motivation, it is very personal and should be guided by your own mood or emotions.

    I agree that repeat exposure is also necessary and I feel that any more than 3 days without motivational input will see a decline in the affects.

    Finally for this moment, I will end up by saying that my blog no longer exists so don't bother to look

    I do however still believe in the power of positive thought and energy so just wanted to put my tuppence worth into the thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author beakbane
    I am positive negative thinking works and positive positive thinking works also!
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  • Profile picture of the author TimThai
    Positive thinking is easy to believe in, especially at a seminar or the like where it is enthusiastically portrayed. Where it all goes wrong in my view, is that positive thinking is the precursor to positive action. But not following through with positive action results in no achievements. And repeated non achievement results in a loss of belief in the original positive thinking and the good feelings that came with that. The key is to follow on through with real action - you need the positive thoughts as a starting point, but you need real action to get from the starting point to the destination. No action equals no achievements, and that tends towards depression and disillusion.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Banks
    Learn from the mistakes of others. There's an old Zen proverb that states: "It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes, but an even wiser man to learn from others."
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  • Profile picture of the author LethaScroggins
    I really believe that positive thinking has great role in every ones life.
    Positive thinking peoples are more happier, healthier, more successful in life.
    That's why I always advice people to be positive.
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  • Profile picture of the author Liam J Samuel
    After reading this whole thread I can't find any reference to believing.

    It's no good banging out affirmation after affirmation if they are worded in a way that you find trouble believing.

    For example: saying "I have £100,000 in my bank account" when you only have £1 will make it impossible for your subconscious mind to even consider that to be a true statement.

    However, if you say "I love to see my bank balance increase each day" it is so much easier for your subconscious to believe because the statement is TRUE for you.

    Instead of "I have..." use "I love to have..." or "I am... use "I love to be..." - you get the idea.

    Once you have a subconsious belief that something is true it makes the positive thinking so much more likely to have the required result.

    So, when you are using positive thinking or affirmations to help you to achieve a goal, always use a statement that is TRUE for you.

    Oh, and remember to look out for the opportunities that are presented to you in order to achieve your goal. A small step that will take you closer to your goal is your subconsious mind providing you with the tools to succeed.

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  • Profile picture of the author taylatrefl
    Having a positive mindset is very important in reaching for your goals. Whether there'll be lots of hindrances, if you believe that you can achievable, you can find ways in pursuing it. Positive mindset combined with hard work can be your powerful tool.
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  • Profile picture of the author ollarbank
    Positive thinking... can be diffficult to achieve.

    When you read the newspapers and see all the disasters on TV
    it is easy to let yourself become despondant.

    You can understand why the world celebrities are told never
    to listen the news... because it brings anxiety and fear.

    Positive thinking + a postive action every day = success.

    Starting each day optimistic and positive will improve your life.
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  • Profile picture of the author devonm
    It really can work. I have tried to think positive after last night of no action anywhere. I just told myself that most people were likely woozy from New Years celebrations. Possibly today or tomorrow would be the day that some offers may come in. I was right, early this morning, there were two possible sales waiting in my inbox first thing I got up.
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  • Profile picture of the author paul_1
    Make sure you also buy the CD of the seminar so you can replay it when you lose the positive state 7 days later...
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  • Profile picture of the author SeimSummer42
    The secret in life is positive thinking in the present.
    If you pay attention to the present with full positive attitude you can improve upon it.
    And if you improve on present with kicking off negative thoughts what comes later will also be better in present with positiveness.
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  • Profile picture of the author SineChristel
    Positive thinking brings inner peace, success, improved relationships, better health, happiness and satisfaction. It also helps the daily affairs of life move more smoothly, and makes life look bright and promising.


    Fill your mind with light, happiness, hope, feelings of security and strength, and soon your life will reflect these qualities.


    Reading inspiring quotes uplifts the mind.


    Repeating inspiring quotes during the day, helps to better cope with every situation that arises.


    The power of positive thinking is like a car with a powerful engine that can take you to the summit of a mountain.
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  • Profile picture of the author danlew
    It does really work at all. If I'm struggling with my own products, experiments and other things that I maintain right now, I should always keep going and be positive to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Letitia
    I've spent my life trying to overcome the habit of negative thinking.
    Why?
    Negative thinking saps my energy and I don't feel like doing anything.
    When I think positive I feel hopeful. When I feel hopeful I have energy to do and tackle whatever stands in my way.
    Does positive thinking work for me. You bet. but not in the way most people want or expect.
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  • Profile picture of the author jpmpublishing
    Positive thinking is vital for success, and is as important as goal setting and visualization.

    Thinking positively sets up a whole new physiology and energy that provides the motivation to take action, which is the most important element in the whole process.

    Think about it, someone who is negative and depressed is never going to be in the right mindset to do anything pro active.

    A positive mindset is one that is open to new possibilities and more likely to attract people and circumstances of a similar type...remember "Birds of a feather, Flock together"....as do negative thinkers and pessimists or optimists and millionaires!

    As was rightly mentioned in this thread, the problem with keeping positive thinking going is when normal life gets in the way, with all the problems we have to deal with on a regular basis along with negative news on TV and in the journals etc

    That's one of the main reasons we need to get motivated every day, to guard against the mass thinking of "doom and gloom" that often prevails.

    Zig Ziglar said it best when he quoted "People say that motivation doesn't last...well neither does bathing, that's why we recommend it daily!"

    Motivation is like Vitamin C...we need it daily to function at our best and keep a positive and action orientated mindset, so critical for success.

    We are the result of our most dominating thoughts...surely it makes sense to at least think positively.
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