Perception 5: Power of Positive Thinking
"The positive thinker sees the invisible, feels the intangible, and achieves the impossible" - Winston Churchill
Throughout my past blogs, I did a series on perception and how being able to have a positive perspective on life and your circumstances, enables you to learn how to manage stress effectively. Positive thinking and optimism are one of the catalysts to having a happy, successful, and fulfilling life. By having positive thinking patterns, adversity becomes a stepping stone to better things and a way for you to endure your trials so you can come out on top. Now what is positive thinking and how has positive thinking been able to change my life and circumstances.
According to WebMD, (https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/positive-thinking-overview), "positive thinking, or an optimistic attitude is the practice of focusing on the good in any situation." Now when you are a positive or optimistic thinker, it doesn't mean you omit your problems or put them off to the side, but rather you embrace them, face them, challenge them, and keep going despite everything. Stress is tension, it means to draw tight, adversity, anguish which starts internally and then it manifests itself externally. Therefore, having a positive attitude makes your stress response more manageable. Let's go into the book by Eva Selhub called the "Stress Management Handbook" which goes more in depth into positivity and the stress response.
"If you were to operate from a positive perception that resources will be available to handle any uncertainty, you would step forward in life with more surety, knowing you could deal with whatever you could with whatever came your way. You would be able to maintain a sense of calm, even when someone is acting rudely or disrespectfully. Your stress levels would remain controlled; physical health, stable; and mental and emotional clarity, intact."
As stated above, you can see how being positive not only has psychological benefits, but even physiological benefits as well. This enables you to fight against stress, adversity, or negative circumstances with clarity and confidence. Personally, positive thinking has changed my life and has enabled me to get out of dire situations time and time again. I am going to write a blog about this when I speak on Stresspiration, but whenever I was severely sick in 2017 and 2018, I always had hope that one day I would be healed and be able to make it out. Despite, all of the negativity around me in the hospital, that I received from family members, my life being in shambles financially, socially, etc. Something inside of me still thought, what if, what if I can make it out, or what if I can do something with my life, it's not the end for me. Positive thinking was my anchor, my foundation, and low and behold I was able to recover fully from my sickness and I am an entrepreneur today, trying to pave the way for my dreams to become a reality.
Positive thinking as stated above isn't the defined as omitting your problems, issues, or trials, but rather facing them and having an attitude that you can do it despite everything that comes against you. Without positive thinking I wouldn't have been able to make it out of my dire sickness and recover to be high functioning like I am today. Therefore, I owe my life to positive thinking, and I will advocate it to as many people as possible in order to inspire others to be optimistic so they have more fulfilling and holistic lifestyles. Hope everyone enjoyed the blog and has a great rest of the day, peace!! :)