How many times have you heard that attitude is everything? How many times have you heard to think positively? How many times have you sloughed that off?
Positive thinking can get a bad rap from many people. The iconic Stuart from SNL, standing in front of a mirror, saying “I’m good enough” is telling. People who wear a thin smile, saying everything is fine while around them, things fall apart.
That is not positive thinking. That’s delusional happiness. Positive thinking involves knowing what things we can control. It involves holding a proactive mindset. It involves having a plan of action. It involves self-control and temperance.
As an example, you may be apprehensive about the upcoming year, given the results of the 2016 US presidential elections. Sitting at home, watching the news and posting to social media is definitely not a positive attitude. Neither is the attitude that everything will turn in your favor. What is a positive attitude is determining what you can do about the situation. You can donate to political organizations. You can get involved in your local community. You can use technology to find like minded people and work to bring about the change you want.
The most important thing you can do is to focus on the things in front of you. Your career, your friends, your family. Focusing on these will have a much more significant impact on your life. The more you focus and strengthen the things in front of you, the greater impact and reach you’ll have.