You Are What You Think You Are, So Think Positive Before I really get rolling on the laundry list of topics that I have to discuss (and the list gets bigger daily might I add), I figure that a pretty good intro into the topic of positive thinking and what you can expect to achieve by practicing it are in order. I will mention that (a shameless plug is about to follow) my book Think Free Be Free covers the basis of this topic in considerably more detail then I can in a blog post. But anyway, this is a topic of discussion that should be had more often in the classroom, in the living room, and in the bedroom if for nothing else but to remind yourselves and those around you that your world as you experience it, is nothing but your personal perception of what happens around you. While you can't change the world around you, you can change how you view it and in doing that, you change your response to different stimuli and you in essence take control of the world around you by taking control of the world inside you.
Its hard to believe it, but it is what it is, as they say. Think about it like this, how often does something happen that you are not expecting to happen? How often does life truly surprise you? Well if you are like most of the people I know then the answer to those questions is not very much. Personally I can say that for every 1 time that I'm surprised I probably experience about 10-15 different things that don't surprise me at all. This all works to explain the very first principle that I'm going to lay on you, you get what you expect and you expect what you feel you deserve. There are some of you that will say I deserve a million dollars or I deserve something else equally as extreme and I would say this to you, you don't honestly believe that you deserve those things, you are just saying that, those words are empty.
You get what you expect and what you feel you deserve, all the research and reading I've done on successful people has led me to the same conclusion that has come to the thousands of people before me that have done the exact same research. That conclusion is simply this, those people that are successful and consistently producing on a high level have something working for them that more then likely is foreign to you and has become such a irregular part of your life that you no longer even think about it. They expect to be successful. They have no doubt in their minds about it, they are sure of themselves in every sense of the word, and no matter what task they accept, they expect not only to complete it, but to create the best product possible out of the resources they have. They have banished doubt, they have destroyed maybe, they don't understand should, could, would, but, or any of the other words that deal in uncertainty. They are not conceited idiots and they do accept and seek out advice from others, but in the end they have already accepted responsibility for the product and they know that the product will be the best that it can be.
That is a major shift for the average person that deals in uncertainty so much that they don't even realize that they haven't made a real decision in days, weeks, months, or even years. They have become masters at the art of putting things off, procrastination, they begin to major in minor things so that they never have to deal with the big issues. This is something that we all struggle with, I know that I still struggle with it to this day. But when you believe in yourself and you expect the best to happen, and truly get in harmony with that belief something wonderful happens. You begin to see life in a new light, you begin to see a path laid out to that belief, and before you know it, your expectation of success will have you performing in ways that will attract success to you.
Welcome to the world of positive thinking, your first goal, is to learn to expect the good and not to dwell on the negative.