Yes, the title of this post is also the title of a famous book: The Power of Positive Thinking.
While this post may seem a little off the cuff when it comes to making money online, I believe it’s highly relevant to successfully developing online income streams. The way we think and feel about things has absolutely everything to do with how we act and what actions we do or don’t take.
There is a common phrase that’s been around for a long time and it goes something like this:
“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, either way you’re right.”
This famous quote from Henry Ford is dead right and spot on the money. Essentially it’s talking about what you believe. If you truly believe you can’t do something, not only will you not be able to do it, you won’t even bother trying to do it. It’s the same in reverse. If you believe you can do something, then you will take appropriate action to bring it about. If you are really passionate about something you want, then you won’t give up no matter what obstacles get in your way. You will find a way around them, through them, or over them.
I believe in this so strongly that I felt compelled to write about it. I’m not perfect when it comes to positive thinking. None of us are. We’re all human and prone to negative thinking brought about by negative stimuli, influences and conditioning.
Be Very Aware of Your Thoughts
Our thoughts are everything. This isn’t some kind of psycho babble or mumbo jumbo. Every thought can either lead to action or inaction, either positive or negative. No belief is conceived or action taken without first having a thought. Everything we feel is triggered by our thoughts, whether they’re conscious thoughts or thoughts coming from our subconscious. Listening to music makes us feel a certain way because it’s triggering emotions by stimulating thoughts in our subconscious mind most of the time.
Virtually from the time we are born our minds (our conscious minds and subconscious minds) are conditioned to think a certain way. Our parents and others around us basically taught us how we should think. Some of that thinking is good and some of it isn’t. The hard part is eradicating the bad thought patterns from our subconscious mind after years and years of conditioning. Thoughts become a habit, and getting rid of the bad ones can be a hard habit to break.
That’s why we need to be very aware of what we think and take notice, as our thoughts will invariably dictate whether we have success in the online business world or not. We need to nurture the good thoughts that we know are right, recognise the bad ones and replace them with positive ones. Like anything else in life this takes practice, but it can be done. Each and every one of us is capable of doing this and improving our thinking.
The Power of Negativity
For reasons I’ve never been able to figure out, negativity is way more powerful than positivity. Meaning, people find it so much easier to think negative thoughts than positive ones. Negativity incites fear, and fear is a very potent emotion. One negative person can sway the opinion of an entire group, whereas it’s much harder for one positive person to sway the opinion of a negative group. I wish it were different, but that’s the reality.
It’s far easier to believe in the bad than the good. Negativity is always highlighted in the news and the media. We are bombarded with it until it affects our psyche and conditions us to think all is doom and gloom. That’s why it’s so important to guard against this attack of negative stimuli, as it’s relentless and very unproductive.
The Power of Positivity
In actual fact it is really no harder to be positive than negative. It is merely the emotion of fear that gets in the way. Deep down, subconsciously, many of us fear positivity and being happy. Why? Because we fear losing it. The same can be said for money. Sure, we all want and like money, but many of us fear having it in case we lose it and are left broke again. This thought pattern can prevent us from reaching the kind of financial success we desire and deserve.
But it doesn’t have to be this way. Positivity is powerful enough to overcome the three killers of fear, worry and doubt. We need to get these words out of our vocabulary and out of our minds, replacing them with positive affirmations, telling ourselves we are worthy and that we’ll have success.
Just like the emotion of love conquers all, so can positivity and faith. Forget fear and kick it to the kerb. It will only hold you back. Positive thoughts – consistent positive thoughts – will ultimately bring about positive results. But it takes persistence and a desire to change our thinking from it’s natural state of negativity to a constant state of positive thinking.
I’ve seen the results when I’ve managed to get into the zone. I’ve seen the effects it’s had on the lives of those who can manage to stay positive almost all the time. I’ve seen how that positive aura affects those around them, and how it draws good things into their lives on a regular basis.
Like I said at the start, I’m not perfect at being able to be positive all the time, but I’ve seen it work and I’ve experienced it first hand on many occasions. It’s only when I let my mind come into it that things come undone.
Don’t Limit Your Income Streams
Money can come from anywhere at any time. Never limit your thinking to one or two income streams. If you have a job, never think that without that job you will never have any money. If you are embarking on an online career as an affiliate marketer, don’t assume that any income you make online has to be restricted to affiliate marketing.
While it is good to focus, it is actually a negative way to think when placing all your hopes on one possible source of income. Not to mention restrictive and precarious. What if something were to happen and that income stream dried up and was no more?
That is exactly why this website is called “Many Income Streams”, and why I’m always pushing for myself and others to set up multiple sources of income. It’s safer, it’s more lucrative and it’s a hell of a lot more fun. Not to mention way less stressful than relying solely on one source of money alone.
I’ve had money come to me out of absolutely nowhere, from completely unexpected sources. It happens, but you have to be open to receiving it; and that all starts with the mind and how you think.
Think positive and you will act positive. Like attracts like. Positive things will be drawn to you like a magnet; but only if you truly eradicate worry, fear and doubt from your mind.
Use the Law of Attraction
At the very least having a positive mindset will make you feel better. Harbouring negativity only serves to make one feel bad and leads to nothing of value.
I’m not trying to suggest in this post that everyone thinks negatively all the time. Far from it. But we are all prone to negative thinking as human beings. Negativity does attract negativity.
Have you ever had one of those days where everything just went wrong and you couldn’t wait for the day to be over? If you think back to one of those days you will realise that the day started off with something negative happening which, in turn, put you into that mindset. And what happened? More negative things happened, that’s what.
It’s the Law of Attraction.
The same works for positive thinking. Don’t let one negative event turn your entire day into a string of negative events. If the day starts off with something negative, accept that it’s happened and get your mind back on track as quickly as possible. Get thinking positive again – believing that good things will happen – and I guarantee the day ahead will be a good one from then on.
Live Your Future Right Now
Don’t wait for the day that you are rich and successful (if that’s what you aspire to) to feel rich and successful. Start feeling that way right now. Today. Live in the mindset that you already have success, that money flows to you effortlessly, that you already have the keys to that new home and flashy car. Visualise it in your mind as if you are already living that lifestyle. Truly live it in your mind and really feel the emotions attached to it.
You will be amazed what you can achieve in life if you can master the art of true visualisation.
I’ve been in periods like this, where I’ve been able to visualise and believe for what I want and I’ve received it. I know this works because I’ve been there! My problem is consistency. Too often I still let the negative trio of worry, fear and doubt enter my mind and take over, and that kills everything if you don’t kick it out right away and stomp on it like a bad habit. Because that’s exactly what it is: A bad habit born out of years of conditioning starting at a very early age.
To Sum Up
The power of positive thinking is very real. That’s why so many books have been written on the subject. That’s why the movie The Secret was so successful. It’s not a secret at all. It only seems like a secret because our minds are too crowded with the daily negative influences of the world to stay positive all the time.
If you want proof that positive thinking works, go hang out with some successful people. I guarantee you won’t hear any of them say things like, “I can’t do this” or “That won’t work”. And they certainly won’t talk like it’s impossible to make money or be wealthy. They don’t view things with a doom and gloom outlook. They know that won’t get them to where they want to be, or keep them in the lifestyle which they are now accustomed to.
Invest in your mind. Work at being consistently positive and eradicating negative thinking from your life.
Believe me, it’ll be the best investment you’ve ever made!
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