2 Lessons About Positive Thinking (and Be Better at Everything)

Since I started this 100 Day Shipping Challenge, I’m having vivid dreams every night that I actually remember the next day.

It’s odd. And a little bit disturbing.

Like any sane people would do (ha!), I googled the nature of the dream to find out what it could possibly mean.

I found below interpretation about last night dream:

“Pregnancy dreams symbolize an aspect of yourself or some aspect of your personal life that is growing and developing. Being pregnant in your dream may also represent the birth of a new idea, direction, project or goal.”

Yep, I dreamed that I got pregnant!

Not something I thought about.

Ever.

I thought it’s hilarious but am loving the interpretation.

… Some aspect of your personal life that is growing and developing…

I know precisely what aspect of my life that is growing and developing.

It’s my mindset.

Not quite the same as carrying a baby (I imagine) but it’s equally life-changing stuff.

Maybe I’m reading into it too much. But I’ll take it.

It makes me feel I’m on the right track of pursuing my goals, encouraging me to keep going.

Besides, why fight hard and insist on saying:

Nooooo, that can’t be!

Where’s the harm in accepting the “signs” telling us we’re doing good, right?

Until my 100 Day Shipping Challenge, I didn’t realise the depth of the scarcity mindset I’ve carried with me.

I still fight against it each day.

This challenge helped me examine my mindset, clarify it, see things with fresh eyes, explore a new way of thinking and, most of all, understand the importance of the right mindset.

Until recently, I thought positive thinking was nothing more than forcefully injecting wish-wash into our mind.

Those positive affirmations that’re so powerful and meant to change your life?

I thought: how ridiculous. Who are you kidding?

Here’s an example of how I made a point about “absurdness” of positive thinking.

Affirm below every day.

I’m going to be the world’s renowned pianist around the same time next year.

Fast forward a year.

Ta-da…

Let’s see.

Yep, I’m on the exact same spot. Staring at myself in the mirror and repeating the same empty words.

That’s what positive thinking meant to me.

Then somewhere along the way, I’ve learned two important lessons about positive thinking.

Here’s the first lesson.

There is a difference between positive thinking and being a fool.

Duh, I should’ve known I was a fool, right?

Wish washing entirely unrealistic stuff into your life is way beyond the mark of positive thinking but being a fool.

You’re waging an impossible war against yourself.

Zig Zigler put it right for us, which is the second lesson I’ve learned.

Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.
– Zig Zigler

The keyword here is “better” than negative thinking will.

Not necessarily “perfect” but wholesomely “better”.

So then, why do we deliberately entertain negative thinking when we know positive thinking will enable us to do “better” at everything?

Because it turns out negative thinking is a form of hiding.

And we’re REALLY good at giving excuses to ourselves so we can hide.

We tell ourselves over and over:

No matter what, we’re destined to fail at whatever we try. There’s no point in trying.

By doing so, we let ourselves off the hook immediately. Now we don’t need to take responsibility for our indecision and inaction. We’ve already justified the reasons not to.

Repeatedly!

We deliberately flood our mind with negative thinking and let it go in our head round and round.

Until we reach 75 and have an epiphany of life.

Even though positive thinking will make us better at everything we do than negative thinking ever will, we choose to hold onto our negative thinking just so to remain hidden and therefore we don’t have to do hard and necessary things.

And my god, aren’t we good at hiding?

Don’t believe me?

How many times have you seen someone criticise others’ work instead of using the same energy and time to create her own?

Because criticising is FAR easier than knuckling down, doing the work and creating your own, right?

Final Thoughts

This is a daft question but nevertheless let me ask: which of the following phrases elevate your spirit?

It’s going to be a great day.

I hate today already.

You may have developed a habit of hiding without realising doing so.

It’s time to unveil yourself and give yourself a chance to be better at everything you do.

I don’t believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.
– Ken Venturi

Fill Your Mind with Goodies

Read this book that single-handedly changed my mindset, my LIFE.

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2 Comments

I think it is because negative thinking is much easier than positive thinking, even though we know that positive thoughts and attitude can bring us better results. I was hiding behind negative thinking for a long time as I didn’t believe there was something better for me, or that I deserve better..

Hi Denisa, thanks for stopping by and your thoughtful response. Aren’t we glad we’re done with hiding? All the best and have a wonderful day!

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