What happens when you change your thoughts?
Change your thoughts and you change your world.
– Norman Vincent Peale
Who Is Norman Vincent Peale?
Norman Vincent Peale (Amazon affiliate link) was an American minister, speaker and author. He popularized the idea of positive thinking through his ministry, the Guideposts magazine, and his many books.
Your Thoughts Control Your Life
I love to read articles written by people who don’t believe in the power of positive thinking or the law of attraction. They completely misunderstand what it’s about, and often demonstrate the incredible power of negative thinking.
Here’s a simple bottom line for you. If positive thinking is a delusion then so is negative thinking and we’re all adrift in a world where we have no control whatsoever. But, because I believe in positive thinking and choose to be happy, I feel better than the person who chooses to be unhappy.
If you have no other control over your experience, why not choose to think positive and be happy?
What Happens When You Change Your Thoughts?
Fortunately, the power of positive thinking and the law of attraction is bigger than that, even if you don’t believe in the magical side that many people talk about.
Your thoughts may not affect the events that happen around you, but they do affect your interpretation of them.
For example, someone wrecks your car and the insurance company says it’s a total loss. (It was parked on the side of the street, you weren’t in it, nobody was hurt).
The negative person focuses on the insurance, lousy drivers who can’t manage to miss a parked car, and all of the inconvenience.
The positive person is excited. They’re getting a new car. The weather is nice and they only live 2 blocks from where they work, so they get to walk to work and save on gas and parking. And maybe lose some weight too.
The same thing happened to both people. One chooses to be miserable while the other chooses to be happy. Which would you rather be?
Your thoughts affect how you feel. I think you can agree with that after the example I just gave you.
How you feel affects just about everything else.
How you feel affects your posture and how you talk. Say you’re going on a job interview. Will you get hired if you present a negative attitude, all slumped over and depressed? Or do you think you’d do better when you walk in the door full enthusiasm and radiating a positive vibe?
It seems pretty clear to me.
This quote fits very well with yesterday’s quote of the day – who controls your mind?