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Positive Thinking – Envision Your Better Future

Look into yourself and ask a question. Where do you see yourself in ten years? You may envision yourself a bit further along in your career, a house and family, more travel, any number of things. Now ask yourself a very different question: Where do you WANT to be in ten years? This answer comes through positive thinking. In many cases, you will find that the answer is different. All too often, people consign themselves to a future much milder than their dreams, having lost motivation somewhere along the road, and lack positive thinking. You may say to yourself, “That's not even realistic. It doesn't make money anyways. I have priorities”, or any number of things for you to mentally justify that your dreams are dying. THEY AREN'T DEAD YET. But you can continue crushing them until they are.

The way that you view the world is your reality. This is the true power of positive thinking. When you make a choice, that choice becomes a part of your reality; YOU ARE CHOOSING NOT TO LIVE YOUR DREAMS SINCERELY. This is a serious matter, because doing this is allowing you to deprive yourself of a sense of your self-identity, and give you a feeling as though you don't deserve the future that you see. In fact, you may even have had naysayers try to convince you that you don't deserve your dreams, or that it was unrealistic.

Stop listening to them; what they are doing is projecting their own realities onto you due to the regrets that they may hold. Don't allow this to deter your from your own vision. Do you even have a clear image of your vision? I'm sure we all have that one thing that, in a perfect world, we would pursue with full vigor. That thing is exactly what you need to start believing as a reality. Here are some steps to help you to approach that goal with positive thinking.

  1. Do an activity called mindfulness meditation. Try to find a quiet place where you'll be uninterrupted for 5 to 10 minutes. Sit in a comfortable position, and close your eyes. Don't fall asleep. Ask yourself, “What do I want to be doing in the future? How will I do this? How will it feel?”. Then engage in meditation, allowing your thoughts to pass freely through your mind. Pass freely is operative here, because we often are our own worst critics, and can pass great judgment upon our own thoughts. Resist the urges to do so here and allow the thoughts to continue in this manner uninterrupted. Your mind will subconsciously direct you to the answers to those questions. Try to envision these answers as vividly as possible, engaging smell, taste, touch, and all senses into the visualization to make it feel even more tangible. Use very positive thoughts to strengthen this visualization. Do this once or twice a day for 21 days, then feel free to try step two.
  2. Now that you have a clear vision of what you want to do, outline the steps necessary to get there. Will you have to do some networking? Do you need to take a class to do so? How can you order your affairs so that you can engage your dreams freely? Write all of these things down, in order of importance. Tackle the biggest obstacles first; do so one step or day at a time so as not to lose your motivation, and be sure to take one step toward removing that obstacle on a daily basis. As Dan Gable said, “If it is important, do it everyday.” These are the major things blocking you from realizing your true self, which is pretty important, so approach these things safely and daily. Then move down the list until you have cleared your path for your dreams.
  3. Create your game plan. The path is clear for you to take, but you won't reach your passion to the fullest without a plan. Just like step 2, make a list of important tasks, but these are the tasks that you have to do to propel you to your dream. List them in order of importance, and start on the first task immediately. Brainstorming is the most important step in this process, but the success of your brainstorm lies in your action. Again, take action on these tasks everyday. When approaching these tasks, don't attempt to multitask. Put 100% of your focus into these dreams for the time that you have, even if 10 minutes, because this will encourage you to be fully concentrated when you need to focus.

Happiness has a strong correlation with order; you are not spiritually or mentally in order if your biggest desires aren't being manifested. Create your reality with confidence, and then live it. Positive thinking will make the biggest difference in your life.