Is Positive Thinking Powerful?
Is positive thinking really that powerful? I hate to sound cynical or negative, but thinking positive thoughts, on the whole, have brought me more disappointment than good results. I don’t consider myself a negative person, because I don’t think that the worst will always happen either. I mostly just like to look at the situation realistically. Have other people I’ve known tried this? What do the odds say? This is my approach. But for some people, thinking positive really does create good results. Or so they say…I have a hard time seeing that too.
I am married to the most optimistic man in the world, I think. I almost want to say he’s hopelessly so, but he has enough accomplishments under his belt to prove otherwise, I suppose. It’s always tough for me to take his approach at face value though. He often says things to me like “words have power, babe” or “thoughts have power, babe” (haha, I didn’t say he was extremely prolific, I said he was positive) and he really means it when he says it. Recently we were on a road trip, and I got antsy in the passenger seat. It was late at night, and we were driving tired, and I started to freak out. He was adamant about me keeping my nervousness and ill thoughts to myself. That’s interesting though, because to me, regardless of how negative or positive my concerns are, talking them out usually helps me.
Interestingly, logic isn’t my strong suit. I am very emotional. It honestly surprises me that I don’t believe more in positive thoughts and their ability to change the outcome of situations. I’d even say that for a person in a crisis of faith, I blindly believe in a lot of things, religiously, that others have counted out. But I can’t seem to see how “thinking positively” helps anyone. Perhaps it’s because of my susceptibility to disappointment. I don’t take being wrong or poor results very well. I often beat myself up about things that don’t go how I envision them, and replay situations in my head over and over assessing and reassessing how I could have spun things in my favor.
Maybe that’s why I can’t totally buy into the power of positive thinking. Maybe I need to have a degree of control over my disappointment, so that I don’t freak out when things DO go wrong. How do you feel about positive thoughts? Do you think that if you think and believe it will be, it happens for you? Are your positive thoughts connected to your spirituality? Do you believe that when you think positively, your God has a way of shaping the outcome?Tags: cynical, happy thoughts, optimism, positive thinking, powerful, realistic