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….