Positive Thinking: The First Step in Changing Your Life

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Positive Thinking: The First Step in Changing Your Life


Positive Thinking: The First Step in Changing Your Life
You are What You Think!

Positive Thinking: The First Step in Changing Your Life ~ Life is both, highly complex and immensely simple. The key to successfully navigating it is to understand when things need to be simplified and when they need to be anatomized. I have invested a substantial amount of my time to understanding human behavior — how to evaluate it, as well as how to help others change it in order to achieve optimal results out of their goals and actions. While human behavior, and the catalysts behind it, is highly complex, the manner in which you change it is actually very simple, at the core.

The most common question I receive from people who approach me for impromptu advice is: How do I get better results out of my efforts? — Or something to that nature. Many of these individuals are quite surprised when my response is so simple: change the way you are thinking. They normally follow with a subsequent question that inquires as to how I can possibly know that it is their thinking without having spent any time with them. My response is also succinct and to the point: It is always your thoughts that are the seed of your reality. Simply put, your thoughts, mixed with emotion, are the foundation of your reality.

It is impossible to think negative thoughts and live a positive and productive life. The entire universe responds to the energy you emit as a result of your beliefs, and your beliefs are established, cultivated and shaped by your thoughts. So, the results you get in life, business, relationships, and more, are all a byproduct of the beliefs that are the results of your thinking.

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I have a concept I call “minding your reality,” which gets people to focus on the cognitive influences that have a massive impact on their reality. Many times people have cognitive biases that are founded upon negativity, and they may be influenced by past experiences, or they could be the result of consistent exposure to negative stimuli. When a person suffers from negative cognitive bias to the point that it negatively influences their social functionality, financial progress, and more, I call it Cognitive Bias Syndrome — meaning that the combination of multiple negative biases has created a systematic thought process that leads the person to expect negative results.

Allow me to elucidate my point. You should view life as being cyclical, and in this constant cycle beliefs are inextricably linked to manifested results in life.

  • Your beliefs establish paradigms through which you view life. It is these paradigms that dictate how you feel about each situation you encounter — because you will interpret every situation based on the beliefs that you used to construct your current paradigm.
  • Your beliefs also impact your emotions, which play a direct role in how well you perform in any given situation. If you are negative, or even capricious, in your thinking, it will negatively impact your emotions — minimizing your ability to perform optimally.
  • While there are many factors that impact your results in life, the vast majority are exogenous in nature, meaning that you have very little influence on them. The only factor that you have 100 percent control over is your performance; however, if your thinking has tainted your beliefs, it has negatively impacted your self-confidence. Your mental attitude, which is directly correlated with your thoughts, not only impacts your ability to perform, but it impacts how others perceive and receive you. How you feel about yourself will determine how others perceive you.
  • Here is where the cycle comes into play. Not only does your thinking directly impact your performance, but your performance will reinforce your thinking. So, if you think negative, it will produce substandard results, and those results, will serve to reinforce your thinking.

This vicious cycle of poor thinking produces poor performances, which in turn reinforce poor thinking — creating the need to be addressed at the source — which is your thoughts. Because people lack a reasonable perspicacity of the manner in which their thinking impacts their reality, they often focus on the idea of persistence and hard work. While I am a firm believer in taking an implacable stance to achieving goals, pressing inexorably through every obstacle, the action must be accompanied by expectation of success. It does not matter how hard you work if you already believe that you are going to fail.

The hard work provides the force and momentum, but it is your thinking that provides the direction. No matter how hard you try, you cannot produce positive results from negative thinking.

Here is something to think about as well. It becomes easier to grasp the concept that thinking manifests reality when you understand that your physical reality is not the ultimate influence of your existence. Your physical reality, everything that is tangible and measurable, exists in the third dimension, but the third dimension is simply the physical manifestation of a reality that was initially created in the fourth and fifth dimensions. You create your reality by first conceptualizing it in your thoughts and then birthing it in either the fourth of fifth dimensions, and then your work and efforts bring the physical manifestation into the third dimension — your reality.

If I could simplify the equation even further, I would say that you will always get what you expect, so to change the results you have to chance the expectations. I work with a wide range of people from multitudinous backgrounds, and when I work with people of faith, I always remind them that God will always meet them at the level of their expectations.

You will be surprised at how many people consistently cling to negative thoughts. How many times have you heard the following statements, or even spoke one or more of them yourself?

  • I can’t win for losing.
  • Mondays (insert any day) are always so depressing
  • The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.
  • Nothing good ever happens to me.
  • Life sucks and then you die.

The way that you counter negative beliefs is to begin to adopt new beliefs. I am an avid believer that every person has a purpose and a genius to facilitate that purpose; therefore, mediocrity is a choice, not a lot in life. The moment that you begin to fill your life with positive thoughts that foster positive beliefs and expectations, you will immediately begin to fill your load becoming lighter. This does not mean that there will not be difficulties and challenges, but it means that you will view those challenges differently. You will engage the challenges expecting to win. Following are some beliefs that you can start developing by speaking each at least three times per day.

  • I take full responsibility for my results.
  • I always act on purpose.
  • I push myself past previously self-imposed limits.
  • I refuse to accept the limits placed on me by others.
  • I will not wait for the perfect moment, I will take action now.
  • I will not fear failure, because failure is a competent teacher.
  • I will only be motivated and inspired by negative feedback; I will get better.
  • I will guard my mind and body against anything that will harm its capacity to perform optimally.

This is just a few affirmations that you can start using to train your thinking. Monitor your thinking and speech carefully to identify things that you are thinking and saying that could be negatively impacting you.

I will leave you with this one truth that I hope serves as the theme of this short treatise — you are what you think! ~ Rick Wallace, Ph.D., Psy.D.

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The Power of the Mind ~ Conscious Reality Creation

The Power of the Mind ~ Conscious Reality Creation

Published on Monday, May 23, 2016 | Courtesy of Mind Your Reality

"Mind is the Master-power that molds and makes, and Man is Mind, and ever more he takes the Tool of Thought, and shaping what he wills,

The Power of the Mind ~ Conscious Reality Creation

The Power of the Mind ~ Conscious Reality Creation ~ Necessity is the Mother of All Your Creations: Necessity is one of the most important factors when consciously creating your life. There must be a need in your life for that which you intend to materialize. Ask yourself why you want something and the need (if any) will reveal itself.

How NOT to Tempt Fate – Just Keep Quiet!: What most people believe is to “tempt fate”, is really nothing more than an interruption of the creation process in ignorance of the time required for concentrated thought power to transmute mind energy into material energy.

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The Conscious Creation Process – The Three Fundamentals and Time: Conscious creation is the process whereby the deliberate concentration of thought on a specific outcome, gives rise to the manifestation of its corresponding form in the physical world through the transmutation of energy.

Understanding Emotions – Relax, You Ain’t Gonna Feel Happy All the Time: You are an emotional being. Like it or not, you are going to feel all emotions at some point. You cannot choose happiness without also choosing sadness for they are the same emotion and so are inseparable.

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The Secret to Effortless Detachment: Attachment breeds panic, fear and disempowerment which detachment transforms into peace of mind, certainty and empowerment. Detachment transforms your desire into your will. The route to detachment is faith.

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The Power of Belief – Take What You Want for Granted: The secret to belief is to take what you want for granted because to take something for granted really means to believe that it has already been given to you. It has been granted, it has been received – there is no doubt.

How to Detach from the Outcome: Detach yourself from the outcome you intend to see manifest in your life. Whenever you are attached to someone or something you effectively strip yourself of your authentic power to consciously create the life you choose.

How to Believe in the Present Moment: Believe that you already have your intended outcome in the present moment. This is not about deceiving yourself. It is about knowing the Truth behind reality creation and having the kind of faith that is the “evidence of things not seen”.

How to Use Your Feelings for Creative Visualization: Where imagination is the engine of your thoughts, your feelings are their fuel. The creative power of any mental image is determined by how often you imagine it and by the strength of the feelings or emotions associated with it.

How to Use Your Imagination for Creative Visualization: Your imagination is the engine of your thoughts. It converts your thought power into mental images. Learn to visualize your ideal reality in the present moment, bring your pictures to life and indulge all your senses.

How to Relax for Creative Visualization: Contrary to what you may have been told in the past, achieving your goals and creating your ideal life begins with relaxation not action. Learning how to relax opens you up to the power of the subconscious mind.

Creative Visualization Explained: Creative visualization is the fundamental technique underlying reality creation. It is the process of using your thought power to consciously imagine, create and attract to yourself that which you intend to experience.

The Essence of Reality Creation
“Mind is the Master-power that molds and makes, and Man is Mind, and ever more he takes the Tool of Thought, and shaping what he wills, brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills — He thinks in secret and it comes to pass; Environment is but his looking-glass.” James Allen

For a step-by-step guide on practicing visualization, I suggest that you read How to Visualize Success and Achieve Your Goals: An A-to-Z Guide!