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Positive thinking is one of the most valuable tools that is abundantly available, in our reach and most importantly is FREE.


Johannesburg, South Africa – Positive thinking… it should be one of the easiest things we do, yet like with losing weight and living a wholesome, healthy lifestyle, it doesn’t seem to matter how much advice we are given, maintaining it feels almost impossible at times. Switch on any TV news channel or open any newspaper and we become easily bombarded with the negative – road accidents, criminal acts, war, terrorism, hunger, poverty, incurable diseases and the list goes on and on!

Despite all that has been said and written in the past about this topic, I honestly believe that the power of positive thinking is still one of the most fundamental truths remaining misunderstood by many people throughout history.

To answer this question in a simple, logical way I have used some examples to help grasp this primary truth. I hope these are able to help you to create a more joyful, productive, energetic, meaningful and even more purposeful life.

Everything that has ever been created in the history of mankind was first a thought! Every piece of architecture, every design, every invention, every poem or book that has ever been written was inspired or started by a thought process more often than not rooted in a not so positive experience, but rather a catastrophic event, natural disaster, loss of a loved one or loved ones, divorce, bankruptcy and so on. The depths of despair often inspire a choice that gives birth to an idea, a thought that allows us to turn that painful event into a more positive creation, a glorious artistic foot print! Behind most breakthrough discoveries or invention there is some sort of life challenge, traumatic experience, pain or suffering and also a need, the need to elevate pain, to make a difference, to have a better life, and that’s not only for the discoverers, creators or the inventors themselves, but also for the rest of the world around them.

We all know about Thomas Edison’s learning difficulty at school which lead his mother to home school him. The Wikipedia says: “Thomas Alva Edison, inventor of electric power generation, mass communication, sound recording, and motion pictures.

His inventions, which include the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb, had a widespread impact on the modern industrialized world. He was one of the first inventors to apply the principles of mass production and teamwork to the process of invention, working with many researchers and employees. He is often credited with establishing the first industrial research laboratory.”

Alexander Graham Bell, who was badly affected by his mother’s gradual deafness; at the age of 12 used his pain to create one of the most important inventions in history – the first practical telephone.

Nelson Mandela is one of the most legendary examples for all of us. His pain and suffering from years in prison never became the excuse for him to fall or to give up. He well knew the purpose of the game, his mission statement in life. He turned his imprisonment, his pain and suffering into a clear focused choice for his actions to work towards creating a more beautiful, brighter future for his nation despite their differences in race, gender or religious belief, in order for them to live side by side in equality, harmony and peace. His great vision allowed him to access his God given potential for being a great leader even in the parameters of his small cell. He committed himself to work on his dream regardless of time and space, his decision to look beyond his pain and to devote himself to his freedom project carried him through 27 years of imprisonment. Later his vision came to life as a grand revolution that took place in South Africa, a movement that touched the mind and hearts of millions of people around the world in support of his grand breaking vision. The result allowed people in South Africa to enjoy their natural birth right freedom, equality and peaceful living side by side.

The list of examples can go on from well-known people to an ordinary man and woman living anonymously amongst us in our own family or community. People whom we love to have around and love to be around as they help us feel better, they inspire us to be better, to have a more optimistic view towards life, to have faith, to trust, to give, to be kind, to be content, to smile to dream, to dance and simply to be the person who we meant to be.

Here are some simple things we all can do that cost nothing in order to create a meaningful and positive result. We all have stories of pain, difficulty, challenges, be it physically, emotionally, mentally or spiritually. We have all felt betrayed, cheated or robbed at times by people closest to us. The lesson for all of us is to feel the pain and to accept the experience as a part of our life, this does not mean that we agree with what the perpetrators have done or to deny the shame, pain or loss. No! I simply ask you to see the experience as it has been and not make it worse than what was and more importantly not to be imprisoned by it, not to be defined by or to be labelled by it, not to stay depressed, paralysed, angry, sad, bitter, broke, old, fat, hopeless, miserable, sick and so on. It’s easy to fall victim but it’s also costly. If we stay victim and blame others for our loss or our pain, we then create and attract more pain and suffering for ourselves and others around us. We will allow every experience to become a bottomless pit of negativity, and one day at a time, ultimately we will lose our lives to it.

Positive thinking is one of the most valuable tools that is abundantly available, in our reach and most importantly is FREE. It’s a fundamental building block we can use to put us on the right path to the realisation of our dreams.

Something which at first may seem impossible. After all Impossible has made of “I AM POSSIBLE”.

Positive thinking allows us to use our pain as a catalyst to fuel our passion, to search and to explore our human potentials, to grow, to create, to become who we are meant to be, to unleash our infinite god-power within us.

  1. Be honest with yourself about where you are in life now
  2. Think positively about the outcome, about whatever you want to see happen or change within your life
  3. Create a positive vision accompanied with a positive affirmation incantation
  4. Add commitment to take several small actions every day and make it a daily ritual
  5. Be patience and have trust in the process
  6. Enjoy the changes which will follow

This is one of the very simple yet powerful strategies we can use to make our dream a reality. Once we ignite that energy within us we will create a coherent state of body, mind and soul aligned with our purpose which then propels the universe to bring about change, events, situations and people who will be supportive of us or our ideas and mission and soon victory to follow.

Why don’t you try and see for yourself?

Sources: Opinion Piece | Aida Persian 
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Brent Lindeque is the founder and man in charge at Good Things Guy.

Recognised as one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South African’s as well as a Primedia LeadSA Hero, Brent is a change maker, thought leader, radio host, foodie, vlogger, writer and all round good guy.

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