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The Benefits Of Positive Thinking - Do Not Let Your Circumstances Define You
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The Benefits Of Positive Thinking  -  Do Not Let Your Circumstances Define You

Have you noticed how some people have an extraordinary ability to pull themselves out of awful situations in life. They clearly understand the benefits of positive thinking and taking actions.

I remember watching an interview a few years ago with the late Sir Norman Wisdom (famous for his exquisite comic timing who Charlie Chaplain once described as his ‘favourite clown’) telling of his hard childhood. He recounted life in one room with his parents and elder brother without a touch of bitterness using humour as always to hide any personal anguish. He also made light of spending sometime in a children’s home which he ran away from aged 11 to return home.

The only time he showed his sadness was when he described spending Christmas Day on his own aged 14 when he walked from London to Cardiff in Wales after his father had thrown him out to become a cabin boy in the Merchant Navy. He said it was an experience he had never forgotten and it was clear that many years later the pain was still with him.

His first marriage was dissolved after his wife had a son by another man, and when his second wife left him he gained full custody of his children at a time when neither divorce or a single parent household ran by a man was common. And yet despite many difficult circumstances Norman Wisdom was the type of person who refused to let circumstances define who he was and made a huge success of his life.

Now it’s easy to look at someone who’s famous and think ‘It’s alright for them’, but many famous people have not had an easy start in life but that hasn’t stopped them from going on to have success (Oprah Winfrey springs to mind). The success doesn’t just land in their laps, they go through struggles just like anyone else including, shortage of money , frequent rejections and disappointments and sacrifices to get where they want in life. They consistently turn something negative into something positive.

Of course success for all of us is not running a syndicated world famous chat show like Oprah Winfrey or appearing in film or on Broadway as the late Sir Norman Wisdom did. Success for each of us means something quite different. But one of the common factors of successful people is not to let difficult circumstances or situations define or dictate their future.

So if you’re the sort of person who’s allowed your circumstances to define who you are in a negative way remember these points:

  • Thinking positively will be a key factor in your success
  • It’s a choice whether you choose to think positively or negatively
  • There is always something to learn from every situation good or bad.
  • To be successful you need to be prepared to take risks.
  • Only use your past to move forward – not as an excuse for inaction or procrastinating.
  • Develop the mindset that everything is possible – sometimes the impossible takes longer.


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francis2  

the article is cool i enjoyed reading your inspirational story in the content

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  about 9 years ago
  

Thanks Francis. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks for sharing something positive that's so refreshing. You're right, your mindset that anything is possible makes a difference. Good job;)

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  about 1 decade ago
  

Thanks Cynthia. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  about 1 decade ago

Really enjoyed reading this article! It's a great reminder for us all to keep moving forward, despite the challenges, disappointmens and setbacks. No one can escape them, but it's possible to overcome them. Thanks!

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  about 1 decade ago
  

Thanks Patricia. Glad you enjoed it.

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  about 1 decade ago

Great article, I agree and believe that this process and thinking can make all the difference in the world. Thank you

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  about 1 decade ago
  

Many apologies for missing the fact you commented on my article such a long time ago. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  about 1 decade ago

With God everything is possible. I enjoy life when I think positive.

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  about 1 decade ago
  

Thanks Sarah. I agree with you that life is far more enjoyable when you think positively.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thinking positively can change your everyday outlook on many different issues. Great article.

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  about 1 decade ago
  

Thanks Rodney for taking the time to comment. I agree with you. Thinking positively can has such a positive impact on a range of issues.

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  about 1 decade ago
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