KATHMANDU, July 29: We have the ability to create our own reality. For the most part, we can look at a situation and see the good or we can look at the same situation and choose to see the bad. Oftentimes the lens we use to view what’s happening is filtered by our thoughts.
Positive thinking is the act of thinking good or affirmative thoughts. Many people engage in positive thinking to rid themselves of depressing, unhealthy, negative thoughts.
Positive thinking is a way to use your mind to reverse the damaging effects of negative thinking. Positive thoughts create more positive circumstances.
Alternatively, negative thoughts contribute to feelings of dissatisfaction and disappointment. Therefore, changing our negative thoughts is essential to achieve happiness and peace.
Mahatma Gandhi once said, “Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” That is why the difference between can and cannot is only of three letters, and these three letters can determine one’s life’s direction.
It doesn´t matter what your circumstances are at the present moment. Think positive, expect favorable results and situations, and circumstances will change accordingly. If you persevere, you will transform the way your mind thinks.
It may take some time for the changes to take place, but eventually they will. The person who sends positive thoughts shall activate the world around him positively.
Positive thinking is not something that comes automatically but it rather requires time and practice. You would not give a three-hour examination without preparing for it and the same goes for positive thinking.
You need to acquire endurance and build it step by step. Sitting in the midst of a crisis with an unhappy smile, repeating “It’s going to be fine” is not positive thinking – that is being unrealistic.
In a video, Shiva Khera, the Indian motivational speaker, shared an example of Muhammad Ali about how positive thinking helps you to climb the ladder of success.
When Muhammad Ali practiced, he continuously used to repeat the phrase “I’m the greatest, I’m the champion” and this positive thinking created positive vibes in him which ultimately led him to positive action.
He practiced and made it happen and the positive thoughts helped him.
Life is what you think of it and what you can make out of it. Even amidst difficulties, hope for the best. With faith in your heart and confidence in yourself, keep the courage.
You can surmount all your problems. Know with certainty that after darkness there can only be light. Today can never happen again. We were not born to fail.
The positive thinker can see the invisible, feel the intangible, and achieve the impossible.
The writer is a Grade 11 student at Trinity College, Kathmandu.