Key Differences Between Negative and Positive Thinking

March 26, 2014

I have always had a good understanding of the difference between negative and positive thinking. This is nothing to brag about since almost everyone on this earth can do the same.

In knowing this difference, I have been shown that it is a matter of focus. We all know what positive and negative thinking are, but we often get caught up on letting circumstances control us, and when we face obstacles, our thoughts tend to dwell on the negative.

One of my favorite Bible verses is Philippians 4:8. It says to think about things that are true, noble, right, pure, and lovely. What does that mean exactly? I am reading an excellent book by Henry Thomas Hamblin called, “Dynamic Thought”. In one section, the author breaks down examples of positive and negative thinking. Since we’re talking about focusing our thoughts, I will share this list with you…

Thoughts are positive if they dwell upon the following: Success, achievement, accomplishment, overcoming, conquering, mastering, prosperity, power, courage, calmness, dignity, perseverance, purposefulness, patience, wisdom, faithfulness, confidence, faith, hope, cheerfulness, love, joy, peace, health and happiness.

Thoughts are negative if they dwell upon the following: Failure, difficulty, bad luck, hard lines, I can’t, fear, dread, grief, worry, care, anxiety, loss, fate unfaithfulness, grievances, criticizing others, imputing bad motives to others, hate, envy, covetousness, brooding, lust, impurity immorality, selfishness, sensuality, misery, unhappiness, disease, ill-health and death.

I can’t explain it any better than that. The author goes on to suggest that you focus on each of these positive words individually. Start with success. Wrap your mind around the idea of success and meditate on it for several minutes. Then visualize yourself succeeding. Do the same for each of the other words until they become an automatic part of your thinking. When it’s an automatic part of your thinking, it becomes an automatic part of your doing. That’s when great things begin to happen in your life. Enjoy the blessings 🙂

Here’s a link to the reading….

Dynamic Thought


A Dose of Inspiration and Motivation

March 25, 2014

The other day, a friend from work sent a video to inspire the staff. I am always one that enjoys these positive boosts, being that I often like to be the one that provides these messages myself.

I watched the video she sent, and although it was well done, it really didn’t strike me, and I was disappointed that I didn’t receive the promised inspiration. However, there was a list of similar videos, and that’s where I hit the gold mine.

So now I play my part in forwarding the daily pick-me-up to you. You may recognize some of these movie scenes. Even if you don’t, I believe they will quickly be entrenched into your mind. I invite you to watch, enjoy, and be inspired. Have an excellent day!


A Lesson From The Mood Ring

March 24, 2014

Do you remember the mood ring? When I was about 10 years old I became infatuated by the fact you could put a ring on your finger where the color changed depending on your mood.

I will use this fad as the analogy to describe something that’s been on my mind lately. Here’s a story…about 2 months before my 10th birthday I discovered the mood ring and instantly wanted one. Christmas had just passed, so my mother said she would get one for me, but I had to wait until my birthday. I was fine with that and anxiously waited for my birthday, knowing I would receive this gift.

This was all good until my family went on vacation a month later. Everyone spends more freely on vacation, right? This was going through my mind as I saw a mood ring in a souvenier shop. I knew my birthday was a month away, but I saw the opportunity to receive it now. I asked my mother and she said no, I still had to wait for my birthday. I complained and persisted a bit, but she said no again. I realized this was a lost battle and let it go, knowing I would simply have to wait a month longer.

Finally, my birthday arrived. I had faith that I would be receiving this mood ring, and sure enough there it was. Once I received it, I thanked my parents several times over, and enjoyed the benefits of having this desired gift.

I share this story to prove a point. We all have goals and desires now that we want to receive as soon as possible. I believe that by following this example, you can make it happen. Here’s how….the first thing I did was simply to ask. I expressed my desire to my mother that I wanted a mood ring. Immediately after that, I had the strong faith that it was mine. I wouldn’t get it right away, but I would receive it at the right time. I KNEW I would receive it. Here’s a key point…my mother was the type that if I kept asking and asking and complaining that I didn’t have it yet, she would change her mind and I would not get it. Knowing this, I simply kept quiet and waited. Even when I thought I had a chance to get it early, I stepped back and discontinued my complaining after I was denied the early opportunity to receive it.

Speaking of that early opportunity, sometimes you will get an opportunity to receive your desire sooner. I had the opportunity and went for it. I could have received it, or found out I had to wait a little longer. When I found out the latter, I simply accepted and waited the necessary time. Finally, the right time arrived, I received my desire, then went on to enjoy and appreciate it.

To summarize, I believe you can receive your desire sooner than later by doing the following:

  1. Ask for it – Ask God and anyone that can help you.
  2. Have faith – KNOW you will receive your desire at the right time.
  3. Take advantage of any opportunity to receive it as soon as possible.
  4. Avoid forcing the issue – instead of forcing it to arrive early and complaining that you don’t have it, let it go and joyfully anticipate the time you will have what you want.
  5. Gladly receive it, use it for God’s glory, and be ever thankful that you have it.

I believe that if you follow this formula, you will receive many things you desire. Some may arrive sooner than others, but this type of faithful and thankful attitude will bring abundant blessings into your life. I can guarantee that the color of your mood ring will represent joy, love, and a passion for life. Enjoy the blessings 🙂

 


A Creative Way to Use Your Past

March 20, 2014

I spend a great deal of time on this space discussing the importance of the present moment. I often share (as do many other people who are much smarter than me) the importance of remaining focused on the now and not allowing the past to hold us back.

I have also shared before that our past is not completely useless. We can certainly use it as a guide. Instead of letting past mistakes hold us back by creating feelings of guilt or fear, we can learn from them and avoid making the same ones again. However, I was reminded recently that we can actually focus on other parts of our past. Just as we have made mistakes and done things incorrectly, we also have successes and triumphs that we can learn from. We don’t want to live off them and stop growing, but reflecting on these times of success can be very helpful.

It was suggested to spend time in the present moment thinking of a time in your past when you felt great about a successful achievement or about a satisfying event in your life. Relish the joy and the positive feelings all over again. Keep focused on it until it overtakes your entire being. When you do this, you are creating positive feelings NOW, even though this is something that happened before. When you maintain these positive feelings and increase your energy, it opens the door for more of the same. You are thus setting yourself up for blessings. According to the Law of Attraction, you create your future by what you think now.

I am learning more each day how maintaining a positive energy and high vibration as some say can make you a magnet for attracting your desires. I recommend you especially focus on a particular desire you have. Use this technique to go back to a time in your life where you had what you are seeking. For example, if you are seeking greater joy and happiness these days, go back to a time or event that brought you joy. Feel that joy all over again. If you are seeking a new relationship, think back to a time when  you were in a fulfilling relationship. If you’ve never had one before, think of a time where you felt the rush of someone attractive looking at you, smiling at you, or giving you any kind of attention.

The ideas are endless, but the concept is the same. You can use past events NOW to increase your positive energy and emotional state. It will increase your faith and confidence and lead you to take the steps to bring your desires to you. You don’t have to take a long time to do this, and I guarantee you will find it very powerful and very uplifting. Try it, and please let me know how it works for you. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


The Power of How

March 19, 2014

You may start by asking if the above title is a typo. Isn’t it supposed to be the power of now? I am aware of the excellent book by Eckhart Tolle and the importance of being in the now. However, what you read is indeed the intended title of this post.

What do I mean by the power of how? I heard this message before and was reminded of it again several days back. It’s an excellent way to motivate yourself to take action to reach your goals. The concept is that whenever you need solutions to your problems and need to determine what action to take to get closer to your realized goal you ask the question “how”.

In essence, I see it as asking the question twice. Once to God, then to yourself. Asking this question of “how” is very empowering for a number of reasons. One is that if you seriously focus on it, you ALWAYS receive answers. In fact, God is waiting for you to ask how to accomplish something. He always guides you when you ask for this wisdom. Second, is when your mind is challenged to come up with an answer to this question, it works to find it and subconsciously direct you to the necessary action.

I challenge you to try this. Think of something you want to accomplish. Let’s say you are seeking a new job. Ask yourself and God…”how can I find a new job?” Ask God in prayer and you will be amazed at the rapid and helpful response. Ask yourself and see how quickly your mind provides ideas and directions for you to move. Then the key is to take those ideas and responses and run with them. Act on them as soon as you can. If you do, things in your life will move in a hurry. This is true not only for finding a job, but for any area of your life such as finding a relationship, getting more healthy, receiving more money, or whatever goal you have.

I can tell you from experience that this formula works. Every time I seriously ask this how question, I receive answers, often sooner than I would have even expected. In recent days I’ve reflected on the how, and things are happening very quickly. There are certain life changes I have been considering. At this point I am even a bit nervous because I am receiving results, information, phone calls, etc. much quicker than I anticiapted. It’s all good, but I may have to make some serious decisions and take some God-induced risks very soon.

I recommend again that you regularly ask this how question to take yourself to the next level in life. Think of where you want to go and ask God and yourself how to accomplish it. You WILL receive answers. Then you take it from there. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Increase Your Air of Money

March 18, 2014

There are many people in this world who have large amounts of money. On the other hand, it’s a sad reality that many don’t have much. The question is often asked, especially by those at the low end of the money totem pole. How is it that a small percentage of people have such a high percentage of the world’s money?

I believe the answer is two-fold. One is that it’s a mindset. Along with that, it’s these richest people that believe they are worthy of having what they have, and they simply expect it.

Here is a reality that I was reminded of a few days ago. I’ve read it in several places, and I realize its truth more each day. There is no lack of money in this world. There is an abundant supply that is available to anyone. If you believe this fact, and fully understand your worthiness to have your share, you can quickly begin to increase the amount of money you see in your life.

An analogy that is used in these articles is that of air. There is an abundant supply of air available to every human being. We are all aware of this availability, and we feel worthy to use all that we need, never fearing that it will disappear. Sometimes, especially if we are stressed or just completed some type of physical exercise, we strive for more air, never doubting the fact that we are completely entitled to it without the accusation of being greedy. The only time it would be a problem is if we deliberately try to take air that belongs to someone else, and we all know that people normally don’t deliberately try to do that.

It will be very helpful to you to adopt this attitude in your beliefs about money. Just like air is readily available to use by all (there is no my air, your air, his air. It’s just air), so is money. An abundant supply is readily available. It has no one’s name on it. It is simply available to anyone who believes they are worthy of it. I am not saying we don’t have to work for it or provide something of value in order to receive it. However, I am saying there is no reason you or I deserve any less than the millionaires on this planet. We just need to adopt their attitudes about money and let go of the belief that money is limited or that we don’t deserve it.

I will conclude with the fact that money is not evil. It’s the love of money and greed for it that the Bible defines as the root of all evil. Just like it would be wrong to take someone else’s air, having lots of money that belongs to someone else or was taken from them is indeed evil. However, that’s it. If it is earned rightfully, it belongs to you as much as it belongs to the next person.

If you are struggling with money today, I challenge you to change your beliefs starting now. Realize the abundance of money. It is as abundant as air! Remind yourself constantly that, just as you are fully entitled to the air you breath, you are completely entitled to your part of the unlimited source of money. Your responsibility is to gain it rightfully, then manage it well and share it generously. Once you realize how abundant and available money is, and how worthy of it you are, you will find rightful ways to manifest it into your life. Once you do, it’s priceless 🙂


Are You In Alignment With Your Desires?

March 15, 2014

I have read many books about manifesting desires and bringing my greatest dreams and goals into reality. If you’ve read similar information, you will know that much information about rapid manifestation and the Law of Attraction discuss the importance of alignment.

I don’t know about you, but if I don’t understand something completely, I sometimes tend to gloss it over and pay more attention to the ideas I do understand. For the longest time, that was the case with alignment. I didn’t quite grasp the concept, so I didn’t pay much attention. However, as I continued being exposed to this idea and realized more how important it is, I began to pay more attention and researched it further.

I decided it was time to not only understand exactly what the necessary concept of alignment is, but also that I needed to do it and make sure I was aligned with my greatest desires. I did some research and found some very helpful information. First of all, everywhere I looked, I was told that alignment is all mainly about one thing….feeling. It’s a simple fact that I’ve seen in my own life. The better you feel, the more chance of receiving blessing. The higher your energy is on the positive emotion scale, the greater your chances of experiencing greatness. Some people argue with this, saying you can’t be positive and full of high energy all the time. I will agree. However, the more you maintain positive emotions and high energy, the more you set yourself up for greatness. If you don’t believe me, think back to the greatest periods of your life. Most likely you will realize that when things were going well, you consistently maintained a positive frame of mind.

I mentioned that alignment is about feeling good. To break it down to the areas of your life, it is specifically feeling good about what you desire. For example, if you desire more money but constantly complain and fret about what you don’t have, you are not in alignment, and you may be repelling money away from you. Instead, be happy with what you have, and think positive thoughts about money, knowing that you have what it takes to receive it. Then figure out what you need to do and take action to receive it. At the same time, place the desire in God’s hands with the faith and confidence that He will get you there. If you are trying to lose weight don’t fret about the fact that your not losing the pounds fast enough or that you’re hungry, or any other negative feelings. Instead, enjoy the process of getting in shape, and see yourself at the weight you desire to be. Along with the positive thoughts, feel the joy as if you have already accomplished your goal.

Here’s a guide from one article that shows whether or not you are in proper alignment with your desire:

  • You feel good
  • You look forward to receiving the desire
  • You enjoy thinking about it
  • You have faith and expect to receive it
  • You feel the joy of already receiving it
  • You focus on the joy of having it instead of the pain of not having it yet

The opposite is true if you are not in alignment…

  • You don’t feel positive emotions
  • You feel that your happiness depends on receiving your desire
  • You focus on the absence of having it instead of the joy of receiving it.
  • You are constantly looking for it instead of believing it will arrive in God’s time
  • You ask questions of why you don’t have it yet
  • You wonder what you are doing wrong

Do you see the difference? I have realized now that being alignment simply means feeling good and positive as often as I can. It means instead of worrying about whether my goal will be realized and over-working myself to get there, I simply need to have faith, focus on the realization of the desire, live as if I already have it, and take the small steps necessary to get myself there.

This same formula applies to you. Instead of fretting about the fact that you don’t have what you want and wondering if you’ll ever get there, know that when you have faith, maintain positive thoughts and high energy, and take confident action, it’s only a matter of time until your wish or something better is realized. Enjoy the blessings 🙂

Here’s a link to the article I found this info from, along with another helpful one. You will see that the information is very consistent. I hope it helps you and brings you closer to your dreams.

What is Alignment?

Law of Attraction in Action: Am I in Alignment?