Positive Thinking Isn’t Lying to Yourself

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Because I generally have a positive outlook, I frequently have people ask me, “Greg, you’re not one of those positive thinkers looking at the world through rose colored glasses are you?”

Well, yes and no.

I am a positive thinker, but I’m not someone who ignores problems and pretends everything is perfect. That’s not being positive and optimistic. That’s being stupid.

The optimist throws the curtains open and says, “Good morning, God!” The pessimist rolls over and says, “Good god, it’s morning.”

If you are having trouble paying your bills and instead of doing anything to fix the problem you simply think positive and hope your bills get paid, they will eventually come take your car and foreclose on your house.

But that doesn’t mean the only thing you can do is focus on your poor financial situation. There is always more than one reality.

Reality 1: You don’t have enough money coming in.

Reality 2: You have a good job. You have opportunities for advancement. Maybe you can ask for some overtime work. You have skills to earn extra income. You could start a side business via the Internet. You could cut back on some of your expenses that aren’t necessities, etc.

The reality you focus on will greatly affect your mood, actions and outcome.

Remember, you aren’t lying to yourself or ignoring reality. You are choosing to focus on the reality that will help you the most.

Research shows that to get the best results you need to focus on the positives three times as much as the negatives.

It’s something all of us can start doing today.

When I do it, I move forward and feel better.

Let me know how it works for you.

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that I view as rude, snarky, mean or off-topic. Hey, this is to support each other and have fun! Let's Go!

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2 thoughts on “Positive Thinking Isn’t Lying to Yourself

  1. Great post Greg!
    If only families and the school system could spend more time on teaching and emphasizing the important benefits of positive and optimistic thinking for our children, perhaps the benefits would be monumental for our entire society!
    Based on my personal experience, one of the most positive benefits of young men and women spending time in the armed forces of our great Nation is that they gain a strong self-confidence in themselves and in their abilities to achieve goals! With their enhanced self-confidence and proven abilities to achieve their goals–both in the military AND in their personal lives–their positive and optimistic outlook on life, on the future, and on being able to be successful becomes much greater!
    Thanks for the great posts Greg!

    • Thanks for the comments, Frank.

      I agree with you that the military does have a great impact on self confidence and focus.

      Parents and teachers who help children focus and build on their positive realities do a great service.