I can do all things in him who strengthens me. The power of positive thinking.
I can do all things in him who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13) is an affirmative and inspirational belief that encourages one to keep fighting the battle of life with positive attitude. I once read a book called the power of positive thinking by Norman Vincent Peale. Though I did not finish the entire book but I learned a lot from the experiences and stories in the book that illustrates the power of positive thinking. The power in counting one’s blessings, being grateful and appreciative of what you have and whom you are.
Some of us know (if not all of us) that some days at some point in our lives when we are faced with challenges we think are unsurmountable, we feel down, discouraged and invisible. We feel like everything around us has come to a halt. We start questioning every and anything we could think of.
We start blaming and being hard on ourselves and every other person around us. We could instead of staying on the safe positive side may feel sad, frustrate, miserable and feel sorry for ourselves. In the face of hopelessness, instead of counting our blessings and focusing on the future, it is easier to feel down and sad, blaming ourselves or others about our shortcoming. It is easier to give up and feel dejected and depressed than giving thanks for what is left.
Some time we may not have all the riches of the world or be financially buoyant like our friends and agemates but we have supportive friends, we have family that loves us and are very supportive of us. We may not have all the luxuries of life but we have peace of mind, we are happy, we have a job and a house and clothing to keep us warm. Yet in the face of trials we forget that we are blessed with the basics and more.
Several passages in the bible stress the importance of staying positive and courageous. (Matt 14:27; 28:10), Jesus said to them be not afraid for it is I and several times he proved it to them that fear is useless but staying positive, focused and courageous can change situations.
Some of us may belief the saying that like begets like or like attracts like; effect resembles its cause; birds of a feather flock together. This seems likely as our thoughts and emotions could change and reshape our future. When the brain is constantly fed with certain emotions and feeling/thoughts, the neurons learn to connect to respond to such feelings/emotions or thoughts.
This leads to connecting and associating our emotions to our internal and external environmental factor that may register a distaste or tasteful emotions and influence our future thoughts, feelings and behaviors.
Decision to be happy
Most often we have to make the decision to be and stay happy. Associate with and surround ourselves with positive people and positive thoughts. In the event of negative incident, do not focus so much on the negative event but focus on the fact that you are capable of handling the situation and fixing whatever it is that went wrong. Believe in yourself and do not talk down on yourself and others. Love and value who you are and people around you.
Form the habit of seeing the cup as half full instead of half empty. As like begets like, positive thoughts are more likely to attract positive thoughts, ideas and positive energy around you while negative thoughts are more likely to attract negative energy.
Keep gratitude journal
You may agree with me that our brain is loaded with memories of goodness that it hardly keep track or respond instantly when positive things happen to us. So has been reshaped to go after every tinny bitty negative occurrences. Or we should say that our brain has learn to sought out things that do not make us happy and go after them trying to answer the whys, what and how that initiated the negative event. We easily forget about the joys, the laughter just because of little discomfort or little things that went wrong.
We could keep daily journal of the things we are grateful for. That person we helped who did not even acknowledge us not to mention showing appreciation may not be living in the moment/present (could be absent minded) and did not realize what you did to help. Learn to give the benefit of doubt because it is not very likely that we will know all the circumstances surrounding an event (positive or negative).
Meditation and prayer
It is very important to take a moment to reflect on the day’s events, be grateful for the things you did right, think of how to be better in the future and ask for guidance (prayer). That spiritual exercise is needed to connect the body, mind, soul and spirit.
Form a habit of saying thank you and being nice to others.
When we are persistent and consciously focused on making something to be part of us, part of whom we are, our brain reciprocates. By the time we keep practicing with determination, soon it becomes part of us. Learn to be thankful for every little thing no matter how small. Give a smile to everyone you met. Learn to laugh. Laughing is healthy and helps in keeping you positive, joyous and happy.
When you smile or laugh with someone you do not like so much, soon that dislike turns into like.
Keep journal of inspirational and motivating phrases or statements such as the ones above. Looking at the journal or even reading it often helps one stay focused and positive.
Set weekly goals
It might make it easier to stay on track if weekly goal is set to focus on one single strength. For instance, one might say for this week I am going to stay focused and work on being assertive. Being assertive does not mean taking up autocratic or authoritative form of relationship with your peers or coworker but to be confident, bold and believing in yourself and not allowing anyone to toss or boss you around.
You goal could be to say hello and thank you to people you meet and have interacted with. It is more delightful and satisfying to share joy than to hoard or withhold joy.
Make stress less a companion. Stress increases the wear and tear of our body and could predispose us to pain and misery in life.
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