Many people underestimate the power of positive thinking. This is a mistake that can have negative consequences in many areas of a person’s life. Often, how you think and feel about a situation can have an impact on the outcome. Here is one example.
A woman has been on so many dates that she is losing hope of ever finding Mister Right. She figures that the date she has planned for tonight will just be more of the same. She doesn’t bother taking any extra time to get ready and, once she gets to the agreed upon meeting place, she keeps looking at her watch, wondering when this next disaster of a date is going to start.
When her date shows up, he is good-looking and well-dressed. He seems polite, but she just knows there must be something wrong with him. She drills him as though she were conducting an interrogation. She peppers him with insulting questions such as “So, you’re not married?” “You do work full-time, right?” and others.
By the end of the date, she realizes he is a nice guy and hopes for a second date. Not surprisingly, he never calls. Her lack of positive thinking caused her to present herself in a way that was totally unappealing and cut off any chance of a second date.
Of course, it’s not just your personal life that can be hindered by negative thinking. For example, if you go to talk to your boss about a raise but are SURE he’s going to turn you down, you won’t enter that meeting with the confidence you need to convince him why you are worth the extra money.
If you are going to a job interview, you need to exude confidence. If you lack the power of positive thinking, you won’t be able to do that.
Now that you see that the power of positive thinking can benefit many areas of your life, here are some tips to help you get rid of the negative thoughts.
Just Say No
Just say “no” to the negative thoughts. Whenever a negative thought pops into your mind, immediately replace it with a positive thought. Replace “you’re not qualified for this job” with “they must have really liked my resume if they called me in for an interview.” Replace “this guy is just going to be another loser” with “maybe this guy will be the one.”
You have to take control over your thoughts rather than letting the thoughts have control over you.
Say It Out Loud
Another way that you can harness the power of positive thinking is by speaking those positive thoughts. It doesn’t matter if no one else is there to hear you. YOU are there to hear you! When you speak the positive thoughts out loud, it further removes the power of the negative thinking.
As you are driving to that interview, say “I am the best person for this job” and “How could they not hire me? I would be such a benefit to their company.”
You might feel silly talking out loud to yourself, but you’ll be surprised at how hearing those words can boost your confidence.
Learn to believe in the power of positive thinking. Even if you are yet unsure of the benefits, there are surely no benefits to dwelling on the negative.
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