Sunday, January 13, 2013

Do you think you can...?


"Whether you think you can, or think you can't...you're right"  ~Henry Ford

I have always loved this quote. To me, it illustrates one of life’s fundamental truths…there is power to be found in positive thinking. I am a strong believer in positivity. I think it can do wonders for the soul. I’ll be the first to admit that I didn’t always believe in it. But once I started actually practicing it, it changed me internally in ways that I never thought possible.

If we don’t believe in ourselves, how can we expect anyone else to believe in us? If we don’t think we can accomplish something, haven’t we already set ourselves up for failure before we even begin? If we take a negative approach to something or someone, won’t that negativity begin to permeate the relationship/connection with that someone or something?

Is positivity a magic wand that can make anything happen? Of course not. There’s no such thing. Positivity does not work in such a manner. But what it DOES do is bring about a sense of internal clarity and happiness that is so often missing within us. It will allow for more positive interactions with others, and that is wonderfully contagious. It will also allow us to pursue difficult or intimidating endeavors with a mindset that does not set us up for failure before we even begin. That alone can make all the difference in the world.

Do you find that positive thinking helps you? Or do you feel that it’s easier than it sounds? Share your thoughts or experiences.

111 comments:

  1. I think it does. While I may not always see the affects I'm hoping for, I know it definately better than the alternative.

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  2. i think it does as well...you project what you think...and others can see it...so it affects them too...its like a ripple....so its not just you.....nice post....happy weekend man

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  3. I fight to remain positive. It's hard when you live with Mr. Negativity but I keep trying.

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  4. Thinking positive, yes! In my creative endeavors (writing, photography), I always express a positive outlook. In my life, I always work toward and believe in a positive outcome. And it does have a positive ripple effect on relationships. Positivity inspires and uplifts me and it's definitely contagious! I do think it's magic. Great post! :)

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  5. I believe it does make a difference...what a man thinks so he is...but it is always easier to say than do

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  6. Reminds me of a psychiatrist I once worked with who would alway say ( when faced by a patient who would question the validity of a feeling)
    "YOU FEEL WHAT YOU FEEL"

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  7. That quote is super!!!

    I certainly hope it works! I'm using it, to avoid the Flu.

    Yeah, sounds silly.

    I simply mean that I've had the shot, I try to wash my hands, and avoid large crowds of people.

    And NOT worry, worry, worry about the possibly getting it.

    And on the larger scale, of course I try to keep a positive outlook, and avoid negativity. Avoid dwelling on things, over which I have no control.

    WORRY SUXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX!

    WORRY never helped a damn thing!

    So sezzzzzz "Auntie"! ,-)

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  8. Inspiring post, to think so positive! I quite agree with you on both the point of thoughts. Yes, positive thinking gives refreshing thoughts and feels like there are nothing obstacles.

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  9. Positive thinking helps ... but it really needs a lot of practice o think positively all the time :-)

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  10. I think it becomes a habit after a while. It really does help to maintain a better outlook, and a healthier inner experience.

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  11. As a lifelong diehard pessimist, I can attest to the fact that negativity breeds negativity and stifles the soul. I definitely believe that positive thinking generates opportunities for success and inner-serenity.

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  12. I'm forever struggling with trying to keep positive. If you make it a way of life, to be aware and open to the possibilities around you, to smile more, it really is infectious. Those around you take notice and they take some of that optimism with them. I practice saying YES to things that don't go my way. To not try to control everything but embrace the new and unexpected.

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  14. I love the Henry Ford quote!

    Positive thinking is a powerful tool. One I certainly need right now in the writing task currently facing me. But it is harder than it appears.

    One of the hardest things for me to reign in is my impatience. I not only want to "get it done." I want to "get it done NOW, without any mistakes or missteps." And that's just not realistic.

    I think you have to combine Henry Ford's quote with one by his contemporary, Thomas Edison. "I haven't failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."

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  15. I love the picture (I have the word believe tattooed on my wrist) and I love the quote too and believe it to be true. I do my best to try and stay positive, although sometimes I can massively fail!

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  16. I needed this today. Thanks for the reminder; yesterday was rough

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  17. I believe some people are positive from birth (my daughter). I also believe positivity is a skill that we can practice, if we choose to be positive.

    It's not always easy to be positive, but if we can "see" light at the end of the dark tunnel that we might be in, it will feed hope. And hope will push our step -- forward.

    T

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  18. I love that quote! For me, positive thinking is HUGE. It gives me the confidence to step outside my comfort zone and go for my dreams.

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  19. i needed this boost. need to center myself to continue a battle this week without giving up. :)

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  20. I have mixed feelings about positive thinking. Obviously, many people extoll its virtues, and if you don't think positively, you're only hurting yourself according to them. But going with the flow, the ying and yang, the back and forth, of positive and negative thinking is more realistic to me, more genuine. Not everything is positive. There is evil in the world. We have to live with open eyes to see the truth. Correct me if I'm wrong.

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  21. I agree with Richard's comment above and sometimes too there are important things that end up being hidden from view with too much positive thinking.

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  22. This is EXACTLY what I needed to hear today. Fo' shizzle.
    Tomorrow is a new adventure for me, and positive thoughts are just what I will need to get through it. I have recently been conflicted, I haven't been believing in myself, and I lack confidence. So I've been sorta, eh, down about not being able to make it, but I know I can, I know that I need to believe in myself more and realize that I CAN do whatever I set my mind to do.
    And I can do it well.
    This was a great post, thanks! ^_^

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  23. Positive thinking to me is an openess. I really like this quote. For me it isn't about avoidance but a willingness to be appreciative and present in the moment. Thank you for this post.

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  24. I think everyone chooses to either think and live with a positive or a negative attitude.

    For years I dwelt on the negative aspect of things that had happened to me in my life. I was a miserable person and made a lot of people miserable who loved me or tried to love me.

    I made a conscious decision to avoid negativity as much as possible and stay in the moment with a positive attitude. Does that mean I can do all things? Of course it doesn't.

    However, it does mean that I am now able to see the possibilities of what I am capable of doing and I do them. Am I able to retain this state of positive thinking and living all of the time? Of course not...I am only human.

    But being happy is a choice. I am glad I chose to live with a positive attitude as much as humanly possible and my life has changed dramatically.

    It does not mean that I miss seeing the evil in the world. I am aware of it and try my best to avoid it. But, when bad things do happen I react differently to them. I waste as little time as possible dwelling on them. I can't change what has already happened. I can only change the way I choose to react.

    I also have learned to accept that not all people are born with the same gifts, talents,wealth,social standing or intelligence level. I have accepted and acknowledged what my gifts are and I do my best to use them for the better of myself and everyone I come in contact with.

    My eyes are not shut. In fact, the very opposite happens when you focus on things with a positive outlook. You truly open your eyes and see reality as it is. You do not see it as you perceive it to be.

    Positive/Negative-Ying/Yang...what does it matter? What matters is your thought process and your choices! I choose the positive!


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  25. positivity is the key. This book, 'the Secret' by Rhonda Byrne got to find a way out of a lot of things. you call it positivity, I call it 'being happy'.

    From a pessimist to an optimist, positivity was the way. :)

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  26. Just reading this post I felt super encouraged and enlightened. :) A positive attitude does wonders for ourselves and those around us.

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  27. I absolutely agree with positive thinking {hence the name of my blog} and have accomplished some seemingly impossible things with a positive attitude. Also love that quote ;)

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  28. Inspiring post today, I have to think more positively as I tend to cringe at challenges.

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  29. I definitely believe that it does. Have you read Peale's The Power of Positive Thinking? I recommend it. It's a powerful and life-changing book.

    Happy Sunday!

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  30. Yes, I totally believe in the power of positive thinking! Of course it is not always possible to be a ray of sunshine every minute, but looking for the good in every situation has helped me. I love the quote, too. Being positive attracts good things. xx

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  31. Firstly, this photo made me smile because I had a stone like this when I was a teenager. I used to hold it in my palm whenever I felt sad and the word "Believe" rubbed off over the years.

    You reminded me of a quote from The Perks of Being a Wallflower: We accept the love we think we deserve.

    It's a fundamental truth: In order to love others, you have to learn to love yourself first.

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  32. I feel a lot of positivity at a moment but then a lot of negativity and uncertainity strikes me...trying to learn controlling them..

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  33. I love this post- I am a huge believer in positive thinking. Even in the worst situations, I will be the first to find the positive things- no matter how small..I try to stay away from any type of negativity with the fear that it might rub off on me. Very Inspiring post!

    http://mylifebeingrenewed.blogspot.com/

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  34. It's a shame that the notion of being "selfish" Is thought negative.[It all begins inside?].Selfish ,to be aware of self is a postive thing (as long as we share as well!)

    Great Blog!

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  35. I think positive thinking can help, but in the sense that we have to look at the good side of things. We can't deny that bad things can happen, all we can do is try to think of good things about them, or good things that came about because of them. I do also think though that positive thinking is far easier said than done. Despair is just easier.

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  36. That really is an amazing quote. I've been doing a lot of thinking about faith and I keep coming to the point where I see how true it is: faith without works is dead. Faith is meant to be acted upon and that's been a real help to me.

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  37. what a wonderful image and great quote. I think it's soooo true. what we believe makes all the difference.

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  38. I have used this same quote on my blog! It is an attitude that one brings to the table and the most necessary ingredient for the success in any effort. If you think you can't then you surely will, for sure. Thanks for the visit to my blog!

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  39. It totally helps to think positive. There have been studies that have proven that patients that have cancer get better faster if they thing positive. With Alzheimer's patients they did a study to put headphones in their ears. They listened to things that they previously liked. Their vegetative state went away. They were much more lively and happy! There are a lot of other factors that go in there, but it's pretty interesting.

    You can see a video of the ipod Project here: http://youtu.be/fyZQf0p73QM It's truly amazing how he comes to life when hearing his happy music!

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  40. I, too, have always loved this quote. YES, positivity helps! And I love that you point out it is contagious. It is the opposite of what a good friend of mine called a "piss-pass" (passing grumpiness around, which happens ALL too often). And the good part is that it starts within yourself, and whether or not you are able to affect/help others with your positivity, you are most definitely making GOOD changes for yourself (and your health). Thanks for the reminder!

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  41. Positive thinking is the most marvellous and only away to spend your life or the very next moment. Thank You.

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  42. I believe that everything one sets out to do, they will if they so desire. The power of positive thinking is limitless.

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  43. I think it's harder then it looks, but I try so hard...

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  44. It is definitely harder than it sounds.

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  45. It can sure help a ton, but there is a fine line. As all the positive thinking in the world isn't going to help you if you aren't willing to put the time and effort in.

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  46. Yes, I think positive thinking combined with positive action can change the world! It's changed my life already!!!! Great post!

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  47. Positive thinking is great, but for me is worthless unless paired with positive action. I believe in the power of positive action more than thinking, because in my life I could think all day but never leave my apartment and DO anything.

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  48. Positive thinking....harder to do than to say. But it is a positive action for us all to take.

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  49. Hey hey, I'm a believer..... the Beatles were right. My Mom always said if you wake up with a smile, it would be a good day for you and everyone you met that day. I still do it, and it works. All those corny things like "Smile and the world smiles with you", are true. I have been around negative people my whole life, and I try really hard to stay away from them, as I have negative tendacies myself. Smile! Believe! Love!

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  50. Wonderful entry! I try my best to live positively, this wasn't always the case. I've found since adjusting my attitude life is much more receptive and I'm a much happier person.

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  51. Thank you for this beautifully inspiring post!



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  52. Positively empowering! Thank you for sharing.

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  53. I have to admit that I don't practive positive thinking enough. It's easier for me to do so with others, when I'm trying to encourage them. With myself...not so much. But that's one of the things I'm working on, to let go of negativity and be more positive. Thanks for a great post!

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  54. I agree for the most part. we can if we think we can, to a certain degree of course :)life is so much easier if we think positively. it's not easy for everyone though. I tend to be a negative thinker but i have been getting better over last 2 years. i think it also comes easier as we get older. it is very freeing once we force ourselves to think more positively!

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  55. and for me too, i tend to be very positive for others but i'm a lot harder on myself! great post!

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  56. Hi! Excellent quote and yes, I am a strong believer in positive thinking. It's always worked for me, whether it got me to where I wanted to be or not, it keeps me going in the right direction :-) Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog--very positive!!

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  57. I sure do, as positive thoughts attract positive events, people and positive thoughts ~ You raised good questions in your posting ~

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  58. I also believe that positivity can enrich our lives in ways that no other thing can. Granted, it takes effort to begin to look at life/the world/ situations in a more positive view, but, if we are able to then nothing bad can come from it. I also believe that positivity doesn't mean expecting the best. I think it means reaching for your goals and doing the best you can to get there, and along the way when things don't go according to plan, you take a positive outlook instead of giving up.

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  59. Hi Keith,
    Delighted to note you do some similar postings to mine. To live life with realistic positive anticipation, rather than negative speculation, is one heck of an inspirational focus.

    My friend, an excellent posting. Let me put it like this. A positive environment starts from within and from there, our positivity breeds positivity. I know that when we move forward from our uncomfortable comfort zone, wondrous things can happen.

    With respect and kind wishes, your way,

    Gary

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  60. Being positive definitely helps in my opinion! Being able to laugh often is such an elixir. It's like the candle not going out by lighting other candles, but instead creating even more light.

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  61. I do! Back in high school we had a guest speaker for a class (I don't even remember which one) and he said that if you have a dream you have to be specific and you can't talk in terms of "if" but "when." So instead of saying, "If I accomplish this" you need to say "When I accomplish this" and you need to make sure that you are very specific with your goal. That has always stayed with me and that's how I think about my goals now. Of course, thinking this way doesn't replace the work it takes to accomplish those goals, but I think it puts you in the mindset of, "This is doable so I need to do the work to make it happen."

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  62. What a great post and so very very true !!!!
    For many years I was very negative and always thinking the worst was going to happen (because that was how my Mom was) and then as I got older I realised that I could make choices - to worry about things I had no control over or let them go and be positive about what I could control. I couldn't believe how different it made me feel.
    Yes, there are still times when things get me down but I tend to get out of that funk a lot quicker now.
    Have the best day !
    Me

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  63. I think it depends on the situation. For me, thinking positive is difficult sometimes. I find myself being wishy-washy with it, one moment thinking positively, the next thinking rather negatively. I definitely think it is better to stay positive and that if you think you can, you probably can.

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  64. I'm a pathological optimist, so I definitely believe in the power of positive thinking. Having a positive attitude doesn't make us immune to the bad things in life, but it does help us recover from them faster.

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  65. amazing post... i think that positive thinking is very very important. it's half way to accomplish what you wish for.

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  66. Sometimes it's easier than it sounds and other times it definitely helps.

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  67. I am a strong believer in positive thinking. Every morning I spend some time during my meditation to give thanks for the positive things in my life and some time on positive affirmations. There is even a difference between a positive WISH and a stronger affirmation, such as ' may I be happy ' and ' I am happy '

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  68. It is all about thinking, yes *
    Believing and positivity helps a lot along the way ;
    I found it to be (and it was) a challenge, eventhough I have my way with words, to help others and myself.
    :) Have a good week**

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  69. Wonderful reminder. Your last two posts tie together nicely. I'm sure that Martin Luther King Jr would not have made his "I have a dream" speech if he didn't believe these words of Henry Ford.

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  70. I used to. I used to believe in magic. Positive thinking got me through everything, so when I stopped breathing and started suffocating, and dying everyday without cause, I have to admit I lost all my magic, and I'll never know why. Now if I'm around people too long it's like someone stripped my skin and exposed all my nerves. I've developed a social phobia, that I do not understand whence it came. Sometimes the magic goes through anyway and i'm grateful and I try to remember my magic...so harsh to forget, even harsher not knowing why...I've been so scared...I don't know why, so yes i believe thinking positively makes a difference believing in magic makes a difference but it doesn't live with me anymore...and still I don't know why

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  71. Its funny that I read your post after I wrote mine for today, which I must admit, was filled with a little negativity. However, I find that I remain positive most of the time and it does make a difference. Life is easier to get through when you don't dwell on the negative aspects in your life. Just this year alone, my whole family has been sick and a lot of other things have happened that could have put me right into a negative frame of mind. I didn't let it affect me in that way though, instead choosing to keep on moving forward, looking for that next sign of positivity to keep me going. I find that whenever those negative thoughts do creep in, my best method for getting them out is to either write about it or talk to a friend. That way at least, it doesn't dwell within me, fester, and create a longer lasting issue that hinders and paralyzes me from living.

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  72. Hi there - nice blog - thanks for the visit and comment on mine,.

    Well, as far as I know positive thinking does no harm!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  73. Its easier than it sound but definitely when you believe everything is possible.. Negativity will only gets on our way so positivity is a must..

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  74. Agreed! Positive thinking, while not magic, really does make seemingly impossible things possible.

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  75. Nice blog, Keith, and cool photo as well. You've got some great comments here as well - your post really got some few people thinking. I thought you might enjoy visiting my blog, The Black Dionysia, as we were both 'Liebsterized' by S.K.Saini.

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  76. I always used to think pessimistic so at least I wouldn't be surprised if there was a bad outcome but maybe we should Rick Roll our life...never gonna give you up never gonna let you down..dadada

    Anyhow, I am slowly changing my way of thinking to a positive one, it takes time but I feel much happier with it.

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  77. Polyanna game springs to mind - see positive in all bad (misfortunes), however hard at given time - and oh boy, does it work! Honest! x

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  78. I too love this quote. I blogged about it a little while ago. I try and see the opportunity in every new day. It's tough though. Not every day sees positive things happening to you. I always think, things could be worse. And sometimes I play the comparison game. Like, I look at other people's lives that have bigger challenges than me and I'm grateful.

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  79. I love your post. I, too, believe in positive thinking. Many thanks for such inspiring article.

    Greetings from London.

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  80. I am a total negative thinker and I really do believe thoughts can change the way you are. My goal this year is to try to be more positive.

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  81. I think without a doubt that positive thinking is a wonderful tool. I married this totally negative thinker, he is a gem but a totally negative thinker, and he never understands the half full theory, and I never get the half empty one. Good thing we love each other or there'd be trouble in paradise. ;)

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  82. I really struggle with thinking positively, I'm the first to feel defeated when my goals or dreams don't work out right away. I like that quote, I might hang it on my mirror to remind me :)

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  83. I needed to read this timely post today. Thanks.

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  84. Great post...so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  85. i love that quote as well! i really do believe thoughts shape us a lot, i'm mostly a negative thinker and need to change that! x

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  86. I try to be positive about most of my thinking, but some things I just can't help having a negative attitude towards.

    Lovely quote today!

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  87. love love LOVE your inspiring little place on the internet!

    I am so excited to follow you and follow in your inspiring footsteps to be a better person!

    I really hope you follow back because I would love to stay in touch with you!

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  88. I'm a 'the glass is half full' type person. Most of the time. :)

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  89. Oh yes, I believe having a positive attitude works. I think it makes all the difference.
    I think a positive attitude makes you a happier person it goes along with having an optimistic outlook on life.

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  90. I am always trying to think positive, or at the very least figure out what is positive about a negative situation. I try to find the silver lining...always. Even if some days are easier to do so than others. Great post! Best:)

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  91. I at least try to be positive....:)

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  92. I absolutely believe it works for me. Thinking positive, visualizing, and mantras have brought so many beautiful things in my life!!

    The only thing I have trouble explaining though is how, for example, would someone born in a *very* poor country (or very under privileged) be able to bring "so many beautiful things" into his/her life...when he/she has to struggle every day to find food, or escape violence, or witness atrocities. (Sorry I know this is negative but the power of positive thinking is something I contemplate on a regular basis so I'm liking your questions :)

    However, I remember a time in my own life when what I lived every day felt like hell, literally, no exaggeration. And changing my thoughts, my beliefs brought what seems like miracles into my own life.

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  93. I've seen how positive thinking can bring on good fortune. I knew what I wanted out of life and I made positive things happen. Things have changed and the world is different. I still put on a happy face.

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  94. Neither positive or negative thinking helps me. Realistic thinking is what works, and knowing my limitations. If I can do it, full steam ahead, if not, don't even bother.

    All or nothing. No half measures.

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  95. Hi Keith .. thankfully I am of a positive nature ... but do believe that if you think positively things turn out right in some way or other ... negativity breeds negative = not a good idea ..

    So the power of the positive thought is a definite yes in my life ... cheers Hilary

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  96. You always have the best post's! I use to be relatively negative, but since truly finding myself I have been an extremely positive person. I think it makes life so much better to be positive and optimistic. Hope you have a wonderful Tuesday Keith.

    Heart, Ashton

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  97. oh man, HUGE believer in positivity here! it's so important to put out what you want to receive!

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  98. I love the picture and I love how you always ask questions like that at the end of your blog. It sparks up my mind and inspiration. Its kind of like a writing prompt to me, so thanks. :)

    To answer your question, yes it usually does help. Because thinking positively gives me confidence and when im confident I'm a bit more outgoing and once you are outgoing other people around you tend to open a bit and become more comfortable and outgoing too. Plus, you tend to achieve more if you do, actually, believe you can. Because you try harder and are more determined. And then that results to being happier as well.

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  99. What if you don't know about either :) It's all about your frame of mind

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  100. I like that quote from Henry Ford. I mostly agree with what you wrote here, except for this: "...how can we expect anyone else to believe in us?"

    It's important to remember that we will not always have other people's support. There are some situations where we have to believe in ourselves, regardless of whether someone else is going to.

    "I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours, than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity." - Ulysses S. Grant

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  101. I love that quote too. Think it is important to make the learning fun, so people can enjoy positive thinking, and experience the joy of it. :)
    It is also magic to overcome the challenge and go on the journey of reclaiming yourself. :)

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  103. On one hand, being positive is a decision. In "The Power of Positive Thinking," Peale tells the story of being in a public restroom with a man who was complaining that it was cold outside. "Yeah, well at least there aren't any mosquitoes!" Peale burst back, running out the door. Part of his decision is to avoid negativity.

    On the other hand, positive thinking is difficult to do if we're not taking care of ourselves. Getting enough sleep, exercise, the right diet, etc., are practices we often sacrifice for the sake of our crazy schedules. When we're tired and stressed, life seems gloomy.

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  104. Hi, I was happy to see that you visited my blog...thanks! I really like what I see here on your blog. The past few years I've really tried to be more and more positive which consist of positive thinking. My blog friends have helped me a lot! Hope you have a great week!
    Marie

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  105. In general, I do try my best to stay and think positive, even in the mist of negativity I fight to remain positive. 

    Recently, however, I hit a brick wall with maintaining a positive outlook on things. Luckily not long term, thanks to a heart of hope that is always with me.  

    Funny, after reading this post, I realized that I was escorted to the brick wall by those who had nothing but negative reactions to the circumstance at hand, when I was fighting tooth and nail to stay positive. 

    Thank you for a great post, I really needed to read this. It took me back to the importance and rewards of positive thinking.  

    Madison

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  106. This is a true statement - and don't you wish everyone would learn it's true meaning and then live it?

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  107. positive thinking helps, but positive doing..helps more. Just thinking about doing something positive doesn't get it done, you have to actually go do it..but positive thinking does help get you motivated.

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  108. Laws of Attraction would say positive thinking definitely has an impact on what we magnetize. The more we change our thinking and the energy it creates, the more we'll watch our surroundings and the situations that come before us transform.

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  109. Exactly...It works. Believe! Great post :)

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  110. Nice blog and it's great to see lots of people thinking positive in a world which seems to have a fair bit of suffering.

    I have had mentoring by a good friend who is a well known hypnotherapist and he helped me enormously a few years back. I applied his methods on my life and instantly saw the results.

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