There is just no room for negative thinking in this process! Out with the negative old and in with the positive new!
As you may have already gathered by reading thus far, it’s hard to be positive when you’re caught up in the negative! Peale illustrates very plainly in this chapter how lack of faith and negative thinking can really prevent you from seeing a positive outcome. This presents a problem because if your head is buzzing with the negative, how can you expect to get an inflow of fresh thoughts which you will require to move toward a desired goal?
In order to move forward in the direction you wish to go you must first be able to see the end destination clearly and firmly in your mind. Yes! This does involve being able to see in detail what you want or where you want to be. Next you need to believe that if it is God’s will you will have what you seek.
It isn’t so much your environment that makes you who you are but the thoughts that you have that can make all of the difference in the world. If your thinking and doing are wrong than you will inevitably experience failure after failure. However, if you are willing to go to your Higher Power or God and ask for help as you work to change to right thinking and doing then you are poised to be successful in your life ventures.
You can think yourself right into trouble or out of it. You can make yourself sick by thinking about it but you can also make yourself well by thinking yourself into better health, too. Prayer or meditation certainly helps this process and if you already talk to your Higher Power or God as if you would a person than you are well on your way to better things in your life.
When dealing with negative circumstances we do not have to accept them. The best approach is to develop a clear picture in your mind as to how those circumstances should be and use full detail. Pray or meditate about what you’ve just visualized, work at it and believe in what you see in your mind. In this way you can actually bring your mental picture into reality.
Peale tells us that the above is one of the greatest laws in the universe. Think in terms of the positive and you will get positive results! Think in terms of the negative and you will get negative results. You reap what you sow, right?
In addition to visualizing what you want as if you already have it you can do one more thing to help the process along. Put a thank you in advance into your prayer or meditation! When you write a letter to someone about a matter and you want a response from them, you may write, “Thank you in advance for your speedy reply.” Right? That’s pretty much what Peale is saying you can do with your prayer or meditation to God or Higher Power when it comes to attracting a positive resolution or situation.
Take an entire week and make it a point to look at everything in a hopeful, positive light. Then take two days off to look at everything in a more realistic fashion. Peale assures us that by sticking with this exercise for a week before taking two days off that your perception of what is realistic will have changed in a big way!
Make a list of the friends you have. Then stick close to the ones who are the most positive on the list until you’ve absorbed their spirit. Once you’ve done this for a time you can go back amongst your negative friends with your newly embedded positive spirit and thought patterns.
You don’t have to argue with the negative when they bring up subjects and express their negative point of view. What you can do is simply express your positive view of the matter and just leave it at that. If they would rather believe their version of perception as being correct than that is their choice alone. However, after a time, without them even realizing it, your positive outlook just might rub off on them. This happens without you having to do anything other than conduct yourself in accordance with your own newly acquired positive thought patterns and spirit!