The power of positive thinking
"A man is but the product of his thoughts: what he thinks, he becomes." Gandhi AFTER months of searching for a job Mary was finally invited for an interview.
Her mind was full of apprehension as she thought about the interview that lay ahead. She was sure that she was not going to get the job. 'I mean there are far more applicants that are better than me' she thought to herself as she recalled her previous job interview experiences. Mary spent the entire week convincing herself that she would be rejected, filling her mind with all the reasons as to why she was not good enough.
The day of the interview finally arrived and Mary was numb with fear. She spent the morning being anxious and tense and reminded herself of all the reasons that she would yet again be rejected. During the interview her negative attitude and low self esteem was obvious for all to see.
Her negative attitude and behaviour made a bad impression resulting in her not getting the job. A self fulfilling prophecy!
Donna applied for the same job too, but her approach was somewhat different.
She was confident that she would stand a good chance of being offered the job. 'After all I am qualified and am as good as any other applicant out there' she thought.
During the week preceding the interview she spent much of her time visualizing herself making a good impression and getting the job!
On day of the interview she woke up earlier than usual and used this extra time recalling all that was great about her and the benefits of her strengths and personality to that of her future employer.
When she arrived at the interview, though nervous, she was brimming with energy, enthusiasm and positivity. She got the job because she made a good impression.
Clearly she also has the appropriate qualifications and experience but then again so had Mary!
What is the moral of the story? All of us touch the lives of all those we meet in one way or another. People
Emily is an Executive, Business, Career & Personal Coach with an accreditation endorsed by the Institute of Leadership Management. She is also a seasoned Trainer, Columnist and Speaker who facilitates workshops and retreats for Personal & Corporate Groups whilst continuing her own studies in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EFT Therapy & Qi Gong. Contact details for her and her colleagues are MBOS Consultants Limited 0870570121 021 4227981 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mindbodysoul.ie can sense our emotions and are influenced by our thoughts and actions. When we are positive we have a natural power to lift the spirits of others who come into contact with us. We not only look and feel confident, calm and collected but we become that which we feel.
Learning to think positively doesn't mean that you keep your head in the sand and ignore life's unpleasantness. Positive thinking simply means that you approach challenges and difficulties in a more positive and productive way.
It is expecting, talking and visualizing with certainty what you want to achieve, as an accomplished fact. You think the best is going to happen, not the worst.
It often starts with your inner chatter; that endless stream of unspoken thoughts that run through your head each day.
After all, being positive or negative are habits of thoughts that have a powerful influence on the direction of our lives. Which direction do you choose?