The power of positive thinking
Most of the time, we tend to forget or simply ignore basics of life and do not realise how good, strong, determined and real the power of positive thinking is.
See opportunities where others perceive darkness
In the late nineteenth century, a leading shoe manufacturer in the United States of America, decided to expand its operation to Hawaii. The demographic population was five million with a growth rate experiencing an upward trend. The market appeared appealing to new investors. The shoe manufacturer decided to send a sales person to conduct a feasibility study on the market. However, the first sales person who went on a bright Monday morning flew back the next day, and with a long face conveyed his disappointment:
“The place is full of undeveloped savages who do not wear shoes. We have no hope at all!”
The management on the other hand did not want to give up soon and subcontracted an independent sales person from a reputed firm. The latter arrived Hawaii on Wednesday before lunch, analysed the market and sent a telegraph the next day : “Five million customers are ready and waiting. Please rush stocks immediately and ship as many pairs as you can.”
It is an undeniable fact that two people can look at a particular set of circumstances and perceive things in a completely different perspective. Where the first salesman saw despondency and gloom , the second one saw opportunities in the very same area and during the very same era.
Positive attitude in England
In a foreign country like England, where the world’s most brightest and richest people are either living or transiting almost everyday, only a positive attitude can ensure survival of the fittest. While walking in Trafalgar square if a flying pigeon shits on him, a pessimist would crib and moan about his ruined suit. An optimist would look towards heaven and say happily : “Oh God, thanks for not giving wings to elephant as well!”.
In a nutshell, in every experience you have in this country or anywhere else in the world, try always to find the positive side of the double sided coin. Be it at work , when your manager is imposing rules, regulations, standards and policies try to find out the rationale, in a logical way, behind what he is asking you to do. A basic policy of washing your hand properly when you are dealing with food stuffs can cost the life of somebody due to contamination. Lecturers at universities keep guiding students to conduct researches on their own as far as their modules are concerned and not to apply shortcuts like learning summaries of other students or relying only on the basics that have learnt in seminars. Why do they want to pressurise us students? They are being paid the same amount whether you do your own research or not. Your success rate will in no way affect their income or their workplace. Try to find the positive side of why they are guiding us and choose whether you want to become a full fledge accountant, lawyer, doctor or a ‘summarised’ one with only basic knowledge that even a layman could learn overnight.
Half a glass of water can either be seen as a glass half-full or as a glass half-empty. It all depends on the outlook of the viewer. Live your life like a survivor who adapts, changes and moves ahead instead of dying as a loser.
Story of the boy who had no ears
Napoleon Hill in his book ‘You can work your own Miracles’ quotes this story about the power of positive thinking. A man had a son who was born with no ears. He had no power to hear. But the father never believed this. He went on to treat his son the way a boy who could hear would be treated. He never made his son feel that he is deaf. He did not give up. He did not accept the fact that his son was deaf. He simply went on with his strong belief.
When the boy turned about ten years of age, he started hearing. When he was taken for a doctor’s visit the doctor said that the nerves have somehow made their way to be in a form that supports hearing. The boy’s body had responded to his thoughts. His father’s thoughts influenced him to start listening. Nature showed its true beauty in allowing the boy to hear. This story captures the power of positive thinking that none other.
Life is going to shovel all kind of dirt on us. Just imagine how boring it would have been without challenges and experience. Yet we have to admit that experience imply not always good ones but challenges are what make life interesting, overcoming them is what makes life interesting. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of our deepest trouble just by not stopping, having faith and never giving up. Always remember that whatever happens, happens for the best.
There is a beautiful prayer : “God grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change; the courage to change the things that I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”