Your focus will steer you.
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A quick blog post to get your day started off right…
Have you ever heard a news report about someone driving along a desolate, deserted road but somehow ending up crashing into the only tree or telephone pole in sight? HOW do they manage that? it’s because just like in life, you move toward what you focus on – just like driving or racing a car, you need to focus on where you WANT to go, not where you DON’T want to go. Your mind will steer you in the direction of your goals.
How many times do we all have something bad happen to us, and we FOCUS on it like crazy? As the old saying goes “when one door closes, another opens – but we stare so long at the closed door we don’t see the new one open.” How true though. We’re all guilty of it, even though we often realize it’s self-sabotage.
If everyone reading this was aware of how powerful your thoughts & focus are, I’m confident you’d never have another negative thought again. Your mind will steer you where you need to go – the challenge is having the constant fortitude to avoid and not get stuck on negative thoughts or situations. Positivity and passion are the fuel of progress and you always need to keep your tank full.
There’s too much negative we all come in contact with on a daily basis, people are miserable and it’s socially acceptable. If you’re happy for no reason, it’s “weird.” The news is all negative, when was the last time something truly positive and inspiring was reported?
Commercials and jingles have us hooked, and there are other little influences that we don’t even think about which I’ll get into on a later post. We need to always be feeding our mind with positive and shut the rest of this out. The team wins the game but we all have to be on the same page.
If you don’t already consistently listen to powerful speakers such as Anthony Robbins, Jim Rohn, Zig Ziglar, or whoever fits your personal style the best, you may not be running on a full tank. Keep putting positive in, and you’ll get positive out.
Have a great day!
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This reminds me of the many gurus who reside in countries with enormous human rights violations. So focused on the ‘positive’, they ‘allow’ and/or are apathetic towards great suffering which is right under their nose. I think that much of the negativity in this world is due to apathy and ‘allowing’ mentalities.. As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, and I’m paraphrasing, ‘evil prevails when good people do nothing.’ There’s a subtle message in the positive thinking movement that says if you are unhappy, suffering, sick and/or sad, etc., it’s your fault. The power of positive thinking is the power of delusion. I recommend the book by Psychologist Cordelia Fine “A Mind of its Own: How Your Mind Distorts and Deceives”
I also recommend: “Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America” by Barbara Ehrenreich
I’m all for positive thinking in moderation, but balance is key if we are to survive as a species. As you so poignantly wrote in your secular humanist post, millions of children are starving to death. I doubt you are advising we shut this out. There is much suffering in the world. It would be inhumane to “shut it out”. I agree that we live in a society that focuses on and is entertained by negativity (usually for profit), but we also live in a society that is consumed with gaining a reward (dopamine), in what ever form they can get it: power, money, recognition, status, drugs, religion, and even positive thinking movements. It’s no surprise that much of the woes in our world are birthed by this obsession for personal gain (reward).
“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.” ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hey, thanks for your comment! You make some great points here.
You are correct, I certainly don’t advocate shutting out the tragedies in the world for the sake of our own mental health. I am the first one to start a fundraiser when a tragedy happens or attempt to help someone in need. This post was primarily regarding those who are seeking personal success and constantly come in contact with doubters, drama, distractions, etc. These things destroy focus and can do some serious damage to self confidence.
I hope I’ve concisely but adequately addressed the confusion and clarified my stance a bit better. I will also take a look at the writings you recommend. Thanks again for your contributions and I look forward to more of your thoughts on my entries.
Thanks for your prompt reply, James, and for your clarification. As a big-picture thinker, I tend to be somewhat skeptical when people appear to be advocating for positive thinking movements. I do agree that we should block out the voices that say “you can’t do it”. Ironically, it’s often those very voices that propel people to prove otherwise. So, there’s always something ‘positive’ to glean from the ‘negative’ attitudes of others. 😉
It’s a pleasure to meet you, and I look forward to reading more of your posts.