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Do You Really Know What Positive Thinking Is?
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Do You Really Know What Positive Thinking Is?

Yesterday I had a talk with a friend of mine. She was complaining about a lot of things, especially financial problems.

This wasn’t the first time I could hear her complaining. She always has problems. Everything happens to her – god of bad – is only a part of an awful scenario. She doesn’t have money and she will never have, she cannot afford anything and there is nothing she could do to change this situation.

I tried to explain her that if she thinks like that things won’t ever change and if she wants to see an end to this situation she needs to think positive.

When I said that, she immediately became irritated. Positive thinking is nothing else than rubbish. How can someone tell that everything is ok when it isn’t? How could she say that she has money when she doesn’t? She cannot be so stupid to imagine reality as being different than it really is.

At that moment I realized what is the big mistake most people make when it comes to positive thinking.

They believe that positive thinking is to affirm that a thing or a situation is different than it really is.

But positive thinking is far from that.

To think positive, my friend doesn’t have to stupidly smile and feel rich when she is in front of a pile of bills and has no money to pay for.

Positive thinking is to see the unpleasant situation in a new light, to shift your perspective from ‘there is no possibility’ to ‘there are a lot of things that can happen and solve my problems’.

Approaching things from the perspective of ‘there is a solution even if for the moment I cannot see it’ changes everything.

Just doing a little effort of imagination, you can realize that there is always a solution.

I asked my friend to imagine what could happen to bring all her financial struggle to an end.

And she started to name a lot of possibilities: she could find another job, her husband could find a good client, and they can sell a propriety and use the money to invest in a new business, and so on.

Just shifting the perspective, the situation started to look differently.

Losing a job or a contract or failing in something you intended to do could be seen as opening up new possibilities and not as the end of the world.

Everything passes and time solves all our problems.

When we become able to see our lives from this perspective, we are applying positive thinking.

Seeing problems as opportunities leading to better outcomes is a skill everybody should learn.


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Great article, I agree that time solves problems and keeping a good outlook will help much more. Thank you

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