The Powerful Start to a Positive Attitude

November 22, 2015

 

This article is another in a series I am writing about the positive attitude attributes found on the self-reflection report card in Jeffrey Gitomer’s book “The Little Golden Book of Yes”.

In my opinion, this one is where it all starts. It is the concept of self-belief. The definition of self-belief I found through various sources is the confidence in one’s self and trust in their own abilities. Another one added “the belief you can do things well”.

It makes sense that a positive attitude and positive results start with the belief and trust in one’s abilities. The more you believe and trust and in yourself, the more likely your attitude and outlook on life will be good. When your attitude is positive, it leads you to take the necessary action towards your goals instead of finding reasons why you can’t.

One question often asked is by those who especially have lacked self-belief during their lives. It is often very difficult to just turn on the switch and start believing in one’s self when life has been filled with one doubt and failure after the other. There are many ways to change this attitude. For this article I will provide my thoughts and share a very helpful article from another author.

One giant step to developing self-belief is to know who you really are. I have been reminded of this constantly in the past year and a half. Yes, you are a body, frail that it might be, that is on this earth for approximately 80 years. However, according to the Bible, within that body is the kingdom of Heaven itself. The very power that runs the universe dwells within each one of us. This Godly power never fails. Even if you have failed countless times (I know I sure have), the God within you NEVER fails. When you rely on this all-knowing, all-powerful energy and guidance, your doubts and failures will quickly turn to faithful victories. Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s impossible or you can’t do it. Know that the God power within you can guide you and make it happen. Isn’t it a great peace to know that it’s not all up to you? Knowing this in itself is a great step to self-belief. When you turn to your “God self”, you can’t go wrong.

In addition to realizing that the God of the universe dwells in you and has your life completely in control (if you let Him), I found another source of excellent information. This article, “7 Steps to Self-Belief” is a great guide to turning your attitude around and enhancing your self-belief. Even following some of them will help you.

I will say once again that I can’t think of any better first step in improving your attitude than self-belief. Even if you’ve never had it before, you can make positive changes today. Know that the kingdom of Heaven dwells in you, and spend time each day motivating yourself, changing the negative voice inside your head, and  visualizing the success you desire. You  can do whatever you set out to do. You just need to believe it. Enjoy the blessings 🙂

 

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Jumpstart Your Success

November 5, 2015

As I mentioned in my previous post, I am beginning a series of articles on positive attitude attributes found in Jeffrey Gitomer’s book, “The Little Golden Book of Yes”. I am taking 22 yes attitude attributes from his self-reflection and report card section of the book. You can rate yourself on the level of your positive attitude you have by giving yourself a score of 1-5 for each. I have made it a point to get 5 for as many of them as possible each day.

The first attribute I will discuss is a logical one to jumpstart your success. It is quite simple, yet sometimes easier said than done. However, making this a key habit can make a major difference in your level of success each day. The simple attribute is to start EVERY day on a positive note. Begin the day immediately with thoughts of success and how you will excel. Here are some ways to accomplish this each day:

  • Gratitude – Immediately reflect on the things you are thankful for in life. It can be anything from health and protection, your family, money (no matter how much or little you have), and basics like food, clothing, electricity, or whatever you place your mental focus on.
  • Affirmations – Affirm positive words and phrases to yourself to set and maintain a positive frame of mind. I often do this in the shower first thing in the morning to help wake myself up and fill my mind with positive reminders.
  • Visualize your day – I find it very helpful to determine what I need to do to be successful that day. Then, usually as I enjoy my breakfast and coffee, I visualize myself succeeding in those endeavors throughout the day.
  • Determine how you can be a blessing – On many occasions, opportunities to bless others arrive spontaneously. However, when I think in advance of things I can do to be a blessing to others, it keeps me in that state of mind to look for ways I can give to others and take them to a higher level.
  • Pray – I spend my 20 minute drive to work with no radio, music, or any type of distraction. The time is spent in prayer for a successful day for me and those close to me. This alone can be a powerful way to begin a successful day.

These are just some suggestions of how you can begin each day on a positive note. I understand that sometimes you know from the beginning that the day will be difficult to face. However, instead of dreading it and going into it with a negative attitude, prepare yourself right away for success, knowing that you can overcome any obstacle with the right frame of mind. Set yourself up for success by immediately filling your mind with positive thoughts at the start of each day. Once this becomes a regular habit, it will become as natural as anything else in your morning routine. Even better, it will add more success and joy to your life, and it contagiously translates to others as well. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


With God All Things Are Possible

August 31, 2015

With God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Do you believe this today? For many of you, it is easy to answer yes. However, I will ask again…do you really believe this? I ask because of my own response. I firmly believe that through God all things are possible. If you asked me this question I would say yes without hesitation. Yet, as much as my faith has grown in leaps and bounds in the past few years, my actions don’t always indicate my belief in this powerful concept.

I know that all things are possible with God. Yet why do I still hold back at times? Why do I still doubt? If you are asking yourself those same questions, you are not alone. However, if you want to experience the greatness that God has for you, it is time to start not only believing this verse, but living it.

A great wake up call for me was when I read a quote from someone (I cannot recall the source) that said we have two choices of who to believe…God or the devil. He said that when one doubts, they are in essence believing the devil’s lies over God’s truth. Of course, this shook me to the core. I didn’t want to be accused of siding with the devil, but I didn’t have to think about it long to realize I was doing that every time I doubted. When I doubted, I was completely disregarding this verse I said I believed. I knew I had to act quickly and start believing the Father of all possibility instead of the father of lies.

There are two main ways I started to bring my mind to focus on all possibility instead of doubt:

  1. Besides the above verse, I found as many verses as I could about faith and the promises of God. Here is an excellent list… 15 Verses on What The Bible Says About All Things Are Possible The more you focus on God and His wonderful promises, the more your faith increases, and the less you believe the devil’s lies.
  2. Affirmation and visualization – I often share about the power of repeating positive phrases and visualizing these situations in my mind. The more your subconscious mind hears these words, sees the beautiful pictures, and feels the powerful emotions, the more it is convinced of its truth.

I will ask again…do you believe that with God all things are possible? If you do, let it show in your actions as you move confidently and successfully through your day. If you don’t, follow the steps above and let its truth sink into your mind. Then the confident actions will occur automatically, and your faith will grow exponentially. Every desire and goal you can imagine is a true possibility. Just believe it, and watch it manifest before your eyes. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Can Reaching Your Goals Be This Simple?

March 7, 2015

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I share often on this space about formulas to rapidly manifest your goals and doing what it takes to make it happen. I believe strongly in these formulas. I have written books about them and use them regularly in my own life.

There are times when I start over-complicating things. You may do the same. Instead of sticking with the basics, you think you need to get fancy and go over the edge to make things happen. You then get frustrated when you remain stuck, even with this extra effort.

I was reminded today of the importance of keeping things as simple as possible. I was reading part of a book called “Three Magic Words”. It was actually two magic words that stood out…thought and faith. I share often how powerful your thoughts are and how you can shape your life by controlling them. Yet as much as I know about the topic, I still sometimes get into the habit of making things much more complicated than they should be.

It is amazing how, by keeping your thoughts positive, you invite positive situations into your outer world. Combine these positive thoughts with the faith that you can achieve it, and you have a combination like no other. You don’t have to look beyond this or do anything crazy. As often as you can, check in with what you are thinking. Are you focusing on what you desire? Are you feeling as though you already have it? Do you know without a doubt that you are worthy of receiving it?

The key is to focus squarely on what you want. Keep it locked in your imagination and don’t give any thought to what is or could be holding you back. Know that if God is for you no one can be against you, and that all things are possible to he or she who believes.

You may be asking, aren’t I supposed to take some kind of action as well? I can’t just wish my way towards my dreams. You are correct. However, it’s amazing how when you focus on the feeling of already living your dream and demonstrating the faith of its inevitable realization, the motivation to act and knowledge of what to do is engrained. It happens almost automatically. It doesn’t seem like drudgery or hard work.

I recommend keeping this as simple as possible today. Focus on the basics of positive thought and faith. It’s amazing how far just these concepts can take you. There are things you can do like affirmations and visualization to speed up the process, but just by focusing on these two things…positive thought and faith…you can quickly move yourself to the life you desire. I am full confident of this fact. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


I’m Having Brain Surgery

February 13, 2015

I very much appreciate your concern. I will admit that I am not getting real brain surgery, and I’m totally OK. Instead, I am going through the major process of purging negative thoughts and removing the blocks that are holding me back from living the ultimate life I am meant to live.

It’s like that for everyone. Many of us have mental blocks that hold us back. Those blocks are formed from various memories from earlier parts of our life. Unfortunately they cause us to believe we can’t accomplish our goals. We feel like we’re not good enough, not worthy, we are meant to be overweight and unhealthy, we’ll never make enough money, we’ll never find the ideal partner. It’s all because of these negative beliefs that have been engrained into our minds.

The key is to remove those blocks. Now please don’t go out and sign up for the next brain surgery appointment. Instead, do your own brain surgery. You can indeed remove those blocks that are holding you back from realizing your dreams. How? There are several ways you can do it. One is through displacement. You continually visualize positive scenes of what you desire. See it happening and feel the positive emotions of having what you want. The more you do this, the more your subconscious (which can’t tell the difference between a real or imagined event) believes it and you replace the negative thoughts that hold you back with positive empowering ones.

Another way I’ve used, especially lately, is hypnosis. This is the most powerful and effective way to remove limiting beliefs. I have used it to remove fears, develop confidence, and even heal injuries, and it has worked in every case. The key is to get yourself in a very relaxed state and get deep into your mind to figure out exactly what is holding you back, and replace those negative thoughts with positive ones.

I have learned to do self-hypnosis over the years. However, if you don’t believe you can hypnotize yourself, there are many resources that can help you:

  • Binaural Beats – These are available online or even on your smartphone. Binaural beats are used to put your mind in a state to either relax you or stimulate you depending on what you want to accomplish. For hypnosis they put your mind in a state that connects you with your subconscious mind and helps you accept new ideas easier. I use an app called Binaural Beats therapy beta by Giorgio Regni. I like this one because, besides the fact that it works, you can choose the situation you desire and it provides the matching beats.
  • Joseph Clough Complete Confidence course – I have been utilizing the services of this hypnotist often lately, and it is changing my life by the day. In part 3 of his 11 part confidence course, he has a powerful hypnosis which is the best I’ve ever used for “surgically” removing negative blocks and replacing them with empowering and faithful ones. I recommend you listen to this program. The hypnosis starts about halfway through it. You can access this and the entire course with the Joseph Clough smartphone app.

These are just some ways you can get started in performing your own brain surgery to remove unwanted thoughts and beliefs. If you want to go even further, I recommend this course by Joseph Clough to remove these beliefs even quicker, and move you towards your dream life much sooner than later. Simply click here for more information…

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I pray for a successful brain surgery for you. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Can Thinking of What You Don’t Want Help You?

November 3, 2014

If you know anything about positive thinking and the Law of Attraction, you know that negative thinking is not very helpful. This is because when you focus on what you don’t want, you attract more of it into your life. One of the main keys to rapid manifestation is to focus positively on what you want. That’s how you are most likely going to see it happen.

It is very important to maintain positive thoughts. However, I’ve recently been presented several takes on the importance of knowing exactly what it is that you DON’T want. Why? Because everything you don’t want has an exact opposite….that is what you DO want. I was reminded that when you know exactly what you don’t want, it helps bring to mind what you do want. I tried this, and here’s an example of how easy it is. At this time in my life I don’t want to work two stressful, unfulfilling jobs as I do now. This reminds me that what I DO want is a job that allows me more freedom, more income, and greater fulfillment. I can take it a step further by being even more specific. I want to work from home doing something that brings greater joy and positivity to thousands of people.

Once I realize this, I focus my thoughts on this goal. I visualize myself enjoying the extra freedom and income this job provides. I feel the joy of knowing that God is using me to bring happiness and fulfillment to many others. In as much detail and clarity I replay these positive scenes in my mind and feel the immense joy of this mental movie.

The next step is to act on opportunities to make it happen. I don’t force the issue. I simple seek answers and solutions then act on this inspiration with the joy and peace of knowing that it is leading me closer to the goal.

As mentioned, dwelling on negative thoughts and what we don’t want is not helpful, and only pulls you further away from what you really want. However, I share with you what I have learned…the fact that at times it is important to think about what we don’t want and use that to become completely clear about what we do want. Then we take the necessary steps in that direction.

I ask you…how do you deal with negative thoughts when they arise? I would love for you to comment and share. It would certainly help me and anyone reading this. I thank you in advance and wish you tremendous blessings 🙂


Controling Your Thoughts

August 10, 2014

I have learned a great deal over the past few years that the quality of your life depends first on the quality of your thoughts. I share about it often at this blog. However, sometimes controlling your thoughts can be very difficult. They can be like a runaway train and you may find it difficult to control your thoughts and keep them positive.

Even though I have learned to become master of my own thoughts, I still sometimes go through times where I realize that I’ve allowed some unhealthy thoughts to enter. I try to catch this as quickly as possible because I know that I need to think positively in order to be productive.

One excellent way to target your mind to positive thinking is a Bible quote from Philippians. Whenever I struggle to maintain positive thoughts I often go back to this verse. I was reminded of it again recently. Philippians 4:8 says… Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

It is a great reminder about what to think about, especially if you are having difficulty keeping your mind focused on positive things. The art of positive thinking goes well beyond this, as in affirmations, visualization, and the like. However, this is the most excellent rule of thumb and “back to the basics” method of positive thinking that I believe there is. Simply thinking about beautiful things, blessings to be thankful for, or any good thing in your life will bring you back to thinking positively and impact your day positively as well.

I recommend taking at least a few minutes several times during the day to reflect on admirable, praiseworthy things and people around you. You will notice the immediate impact in your attitude. This then affects everything else to relationships, the flow of your day, or whatever in a very positive way. Then you will receive even more things to be reflect on and be thankful for. Enjoy the blessings 🙂