Should You Always Think Positive? No And Here’s Why

Positive thinking is one of the corner stones of personal development. This is best exemplified by books like The Power of Positive Thinking, by Vincent Norman Peale. These books claim that positive thinking is the secret to all success. But is this really true, and should you always think positive. The answer to this is yes and no. You see, what you have to realize is that positive thinking isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Yes, positive thinking can be useful, but there are also drawbacks to using this technique. For example, here’s why trying to always think positive can actually harm your life:

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Why Trying To Always Think Positive Can Be A Bad Thing

What you have to understand is that positive thinking can often become delusional. Many people engage in positive thinking without doing anything else. They make no effort and expect positive thinking to do all the work.

A great example of this is stuff like The Secret. Many people believe that the law of attraction (or manifestation as it’s also known) simply involves sitting around and “wishing” for things to come into your life. They meditate, visualize, and say their affirmations hundreds of times per day. These people believe that the “universe” will provide them with a job, money, new car, or whatever. At the same time they do absolutely nothing to make these goals come true.

This is why positive thinking must be backed up with massive action. What you have to realize is that achieving anything takes enormous amounts of hard work. It also takes time. Great things rarely happen overnight. This is why it’s so important that you set goals. It’s critical that you sit down, decide what you want, and make a plan for getting it. You need to break your goals down into steps and work on those steps continuously.

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The opposite of this type of thinking is also true. Many people fall into the opposite end of the spectrum. These people do not always think positive. Instead, their minds are filled with nothing but negative thoughts. These people go through life trapped in a haze of  misery.

Their negative thoughts eventually harden into negative beliefs. They believe that nothing will ever get better. That they are helpless to change their lives, and are victims of circumstance, or other people. Success is simply a case of being born “lucky” or in the right place.

This is equally counterproductive. Not only that, these beliefs will quickly become a self-fulfilling prophecy. Their negative thoughts will results in negative outcomes. They will never take action on their goals and are more than happy to stay trapped in back circumstances.

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The bottom line is that, as with anything, it’s all about balance. You have to find a balance between trying to always think positive, while at the same time avoiding delusion, and also backing this up with the hard work needed to change your life.


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