Saturday, May 21, 2011

Axiom 3: The Glass is Half Full - Why Positive Thinking is Like Winning the Lottery (or Better)

"Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier." - Colin Powell 

"Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Back in the fall of 2006 I came across a little video that you may have heard of called, The Secret. For those of you who are not familiar with the movie, it explains something called "the law of attraction". Basically whatever you think about consistently will come to fruition. The video gives supposedly true amazing stories of people that used positive thinking to transform from unlucky losers into successful rich people. 

Want to know the process? Simple. Want a million dollars in the bank? Visualize a million dollars in the bank everyday and believe it with your whole heart until it comes true. Use the same process for anything else you may want: your dream lover, a new job, a cup of coffee, anything.

But beware that the opposite also holds true. If you focus on how awful your life is it will continue to be bad. People that constantly have negative thoughts attract negativity into their lives. You'll notice that some people just keep having bad luck while others just keep rolling sevens.

So after watching The Secret I went on the Internet to tried to find some unbiased reviews. People either said it changed their lives, or it was pure crap. I figured that I really didn't have anything to lose, so I decided I'd give it a try and see if anything happens.

I started every night from then on by lying on the couch for 10 minutes or so and meditating. I imagined how I wanted my perfect life to be. I pictured my dream house, dream car, job, friends, and so on. I also imagined that I no longer had bad luck. The meditation was great for goal setting and putting my life into perspective. During the day I would also consciously eliminate negative thoughts when they would pop into my head and replace them with positive ones.  

I'm sure you want to know what happened next. During the course of the next year my life, and my luck, dramatically changed for the better. I won a $1000 football pot, found enough money to buy a new truck, got a raise at work, traveled to 6 states, met some great new friends, bought my first house, and met the girl that would later become my wife. And yes - this all happened over a period of less than one year from when I started thinking positively. It became by far the best year that I had up until then. 

For some there is nothing that I could write to convince you that positive thinking can change your world. I didn't become a millionaire (yet), and my life didn't dramatically change overnight. However, over a short period of time my attitude changed and my goals became more clear. I think this also helped attract outside positivity into my life. Positive thinking is the one thing I practice that I believe has had the biggest impact on my life so far.

So give it a try! What do you really have to lose by meditating once a day? It helps you relax, helps you set your goals, it puts you in a good mood, and could maybe even change your luck.