In the ‘90s the movie Clueless gave us a lead character named Cher. A popular rich teen living in Beverly Hills who used the saying “Ugh, as if” to show her disgust for things such as boys wearing baggy pants and backward caps, she was too sophisticated for such things. In a positive mind, however, the words “as if” carry a very different meaning. Think of sayings like Gandhi’s “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Taking this perspective Gandhi was trying to help us live life to the fullest every day we have the pleasure of being alive.
In Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Living he builds on Gandhi’s perspective on the words “as if”. In Peale’s writing we can see that the words “as if” are actually the key to positive thinking. The idea is simple: whatever you want to be, act AS IF you are already that way; whatever you want to have, act AS IF you already have it. Eventually, your acting becomes reality. Peale gives many examples of how this has worked for different people with differing circumstances. And, if it worked for them it can also work for you and me.
Why not give it a try? Act AS IF you are already everything you want to be and that you already have everything you desire to have. Act with confidence making a conscious effort to think only positive thoughts about it. Start with something small and see how it works for you. Sure, it may be difficult at first and you may feel like a phony or a fraud. But if all it takes to get you what you truly want is to act like you already have it I think it’s worth the effort.
Some religious teachings call on believers to “die” to self as a commitment to whomever it is they worship. This “death” can come in different forms. Christians take a figurative approach being referred to as “born again” suggesting that the “old self” has died and we have been made “new” through Christ. Other religions call for a more literal death such as Muslim extremist groups who believe that suicide in the name of Allah is the ultimate sacrifice and that they will be rewarded in Paradise. Regardless of your faith, and even if you have none, dying to self is a necessary task to take control of your mind and to use positive thinking. This excerpt from Vash Young’s A Fortune to Share puts this idea in terms that everyone can relate to and understand regardless of religious beliefs, or lack thereof:
I would like to say that while you may not know it and I may not look it, I am, in reality, fabulously wealthy. And my riches are not the kind that take wings and fly away. My wealth cannot be affected by bank failures, stock market crashes and business depressions. It is permanent and unlimited, so you are all welcome to any part of it you may want.
I acquired this great wealth through the death of an old associate of mine. Now you may think it rather strange for me to tell gleefully about the death of an old friend. But this is one funeral over which I can be very happy, as you will soon see. This old associate had treated me very badly while he lived, but at his death he more than made up for everything. Now I do not mind telling you who this old associate was. He looked just like me and he had the same name as mine. As a matter of fact he was my former self. Yes, after a long suffering illness, my former self finally gave up the ghost and died, and I would like to tell you what was buried with him: Selfishness, pessimism, fear, worry, indecision, regretting the past, doubting the future, stewing about business, being irritable at home, envying the other fellow, slavery to false appetites and desires, and a lot of other junk too numerous to mention. These things were all very definitely buried with my former self. After the funeral the will was read and I found that my new self had inherited the following riches:--
My inheritance: Unselfishness, optimism, fearlessness, contentment, decision, forgetting the past, confidence in the future, dominion over business troubles, kindness and patience at home, rejoicing in the other fellow’s success, freedom from false appetites and desires, and many other riches of a similar nature. I took this inheritance out into the business world and it made me successful beyond my fondest hopes. I started giving it away to people with whom I came in contact and the more I gave the more I received. It is a fortune I can never deplete, so I am more than happy to share it with you.
Join me as I say "Rest in Peace" to the old me.
Did you know that there is great power between your ears? No, I’m not talking about the electrical currents firing across the neurons of your physical brain; I am talking about your mind. Your mind is a powerful tool, one of the most useful tools you will ever use. Within it is both the path to great success and the potential for great failure; it all depends on how you use it.
For decades scientists have studied the mind and its impact on our lives continues to be researched even today. Studies have shown that our thoughts have the ability not just to dictate our actions but also to actually alter our physical bodies. Recently, psychologists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found that certain nerves in the brain operate more effectively in people who practice positive thinking. Other studies have even shown that positive thinking and optimism improve the effectiveness of medical treatments for a range of different ailments, even chronic illnesses such as cancer. How cool would it be if we could really THINK ourselves well; to some degree, we can.
Have you ever heard of the Law of Attraction? It’s an ancient concept that has become more and more popular over that past several years. The concept is simple: Ask, Believe, Receive. The idea is that your thoughts draw things to you so whatever things you think about are what you “attract”. For example: if you are constantly thinking about being in debt more debt comes because you are attracting it. This idea makes a lot of sense but is not so easy to control. In fact, I’m still working on it myself and I learned about it some years ago. But why is it so hard to put this idea to use? Why are we so drawn to think on the things we don’t want in our lives? It’s all in the mind.
Past experiences and disappointments have a way of robbing us of our futures. We can get so caught up in the way things happened last time that we can’t even imagine things working in our favor this time. Our minds become overwhelmed with so much negativity that positive thoughts have no room to grow. So, I challenge you today to transform your mind one thought at a time. Every time a negative thought creeps (i.e. worry, doubt, fear) IMMEDIATELY replace it with a positive thought and think on that instead. I suggest you prepare a few “happy thoughts” ahead of time so you don’t find yourself searching for one when you need it. Take control of your mind so it doesn’t control you. Remember how powerful it is and use that power to your advantage.
"Thinkers" are quotes that challenge your mind by giving new perspective.
A good quote can inspire you, it can motivate you, and it can slap you in the face and make you get up and do something. Think on these words as you journey to legacy...
"The more you SERVE the more you DESERVE."