How the Power Positive Thinking Works
So, I wrote about positive thinking in my last article. But, how does positive thinking work? Normally, I like to give facts and information, but I thought today that I’d share some stories. The following stories illustrate how the power of positive thinking works.
First Story: Joe’s Story
Joe applied for a new job, but he didn’t believe he would get it. He applied, but went into the interview with low self-esteem, and considered himself not to be the most qualified and felt unworthy of success. Since he had a negative attitude about himself, he thought the other applicants must be better and more qualified than he was.
Joe’s mind was occupied with negative thoughts about the job, for the whole week preceding the job interview. This mean, though he would show up for the interview, he anticipated failure.
Anxiety kept him up late the night before, which meant he got up later in the morning than he planned. When he got dressed, he found that the shirt he planned to wear was dirty, so he had to grab another one. The new one needed to be ironed, so he took care of that, but left without eating breakfast.
During the interview, Joe didn’t feel his best. He felt tense, hungry, and was afraid he wouldn’t be chosen. All of this distracted him from being there in the moment. He couldn’t concentrate on the interviewers questions.
His self doubt and lack of confidence, let an overall bad impression, and consequently Joe’s worst fear materialized. He did not get the job.
Story 2: Joy’s Story
The second story is about Joy, who applied for the same exact job. However she approached the interview with a different mindset. She was sure and confident that would be hired and had a healthy dose of self-esteem.
As the interview date approached, she often visualized herself making a good impression and getting the job. She anticipated the questions she’d be asked and was able to think of great responses. She felt good because she put positive affirmations to that effect.
Since she wasn’t stressing, Joy got to sleep a little earlier than usual, but not before she was able to pick the right clothes.
On the day of the interview, she had ample time to eat breakfast, and arrived at the interview early. She was ready. As you could guess, she got the job. All because she made a good impression.
What do we learn from these two stories?
Did Joy have anything going on that Joe didn’t? No, but she did have a better outlook and positive expectations. She planned accordingly as a result. The difference between Joe and Joy was in their attitude, behavior and approach.