“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.” – Brian Tracy
We do love to hear such positive thinking quotes which dole out doses of motivation, don’t we!
It is quite true that positive thinking can work as a great tool towards overcoming obstacles and reducing our stresses. Positive thinking is very helpful for both- individuals as well as businesses. That’s the reason; organizations regularly conduct seminars and workshops on ‘positive thinking’ so that positive thoughts keep echoing in the minds of their employees.
However let me point out a much neglected but very vital point. Positive thinking alone is not enough. It needs to be followed by positive action too.
You see, if positive action is neglected, positive thinking alone will not bring home benefits for you. Yet most of the time, we skip this very crucial step of blending positive thoughts with positive actions.
Positive Thinking Vs Positive Fantasy
Having unrealistic expectations or having fantasies is very different from positive thinking. Quite often both these terms- positive thinking and positive fantasy – are misinterpreted as being synonymous. Thinking of reducing your weight by thirty kilos is a nice goal and it does reflect a positive thought process towards gaining better health. However this positive thought alone cannot induce a reduction in your weight. To shed the extra kilos, you need to exercise and follow healthy food habits on a regular basis. Only then will you see the kilos drop and the weighing scale needle inch leftwards.
This rule applies to all goals, whether it is scoring in grade exams, reaching your customer targets or running a business. To illustrate my point through the words of a very practical genius, let me quote Walt Disney, “I invariably like to count on the optimistic side of animation, but I am realistic enough to know that life is a complex matter.” Wise words from a wise fellow.
Are positive thoughts a magic wand?
Positive thinking serves many useful purposes. It reduces stress,increases optimism and gives you more energy. But positive thoughts are not a magic wand, not by a long margin.
For example, let’s say that you have appeared for an interview,
haven’t done too well in it and are now anxiously awaiting the outcome as you fear a rejection. In this case, conjuring positive thoughts about clearing the interview is not going to change the interviewer’s decision magically from ‘No’ to ‘Yes’.
“Your positive action combined with positive thinking results in success.” – Shiv Khera
A businessman cannot say, “I am thinking positively about huge ROI next year.”
A salesman cannot tell his boss, ‘I have enormous positive feeling about my target completion.’
You will gain success through positive thinking only if you give it sufficient momentum as well through positive actions.
Real and actual benefits of practicing positive thinking
So, what are the benefits of practicing positive thinking? Read on and discover.
1. The widening field of possibilities: If you limit yourself with fewer possibilities of success, then chances of growth get correspondingly limited. Invoking more mental possibilities for success brings more exposure to likely alternatives and thereby increases the probability of success too.
2. Hope: Having more possibilities evokes more hope. Positive thoughts associated with each possibility boost your hopes of success. And when you have hope, it automatically helps to take positive action towards the desired outcome.
3. Energy: When you have numerous possibilities and great hopes; positive energy flows through you. This positive energy is the key force needed to achieve any goal.
When positive thinking creates lots of possibilities in mind, gives rise to great hopes, evokes great energy and gets combined with positive action, the probability of reaching your goal gets progressively higher and higher.