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Your Thoughts Have Power

It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about. – Dale Carnegie

Well today was another crazy day with another late blog post.  And just an fyi, I’m going to be traveling for a couple of days so I don’t know if and your thoughts have powerwhen I’ll be able to post.  But that also ties in with the fact that your thoughts have power.  They do, and so do mine.  So I’m going to believe that I will be able to get the blog posts up despite my being away.

I know there are a lot of people who think that thoughts having power is bull, but they really do.  How many times have you thought about someone, only to have them call you on the phone.  Or maybe you’re humming a song and you turn on the radio it it comes on.  Just today, I was driving home from work, and I grabbed my chapstick to put some on.  Now this is something I’ve done thousands of times while driving with no issues at all.  Today, as I opened it, I thought “Oh, I hope I don’t drop the cover.”  Never ever have I dropped the cap to my chapstick while driving, today I thought that I hoped I wouldn’t do it, and of course, I did it.

Your thoughts have power.  They really do. So why spend time thinking about what you don’t have and how unhappy you are.  You’re just making more unhappiness in your life every time you do it.  Instead think about what you do have.  Think about things that you are grateful for, and think about things that make you happy.  Take your powerful thoughts and use them in a good way.

 

Don’t Let the Stress Get to You

Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment. – Dale Carnegie

Oh how true this is, especially for me.  I work very had to not worry, and to not feel frustrated.  On the logical level, I know that these emotions are pointless.  They don’t fix anything and they usually make me feel worse.  But it still happens, and when it does, I just feel so dragged down don't let the stress get to youemotionally.  It’s like I’m trying to walk through water carrying 100 pound weights.

Worrying about things doesn’t make them any better, but neither does ignoring them.  You kind of need to look at what’s worrying you as objectively as possible, make a list of possible solutions and have at it.  I’m dealing with a work situation right now, that is frustrating the heck out of me.  Now, I could stew over it and fret, but that’s not going to fix it, and it’s not going to accomplish anything rather than fixing the frustration deep within me, and I don’t want that. So I talked to someone, got some ideas, and then I did something I NEVER do.  I reached out for help.  Will I get the help?  I don’t know, but it’s a positive step.  And do you know what?  It made me feel 100% lighter.  My problem isn’t solved by any stretch of the imagination, but I made a step in positive direction and it helped.

I won’t say don’t worry, don’t feel frustration, resentment or stress.  That would be pointless and unrealistic.  Instead, try to look at what’s bugging you as objectively as possible and look for solutions.  If none come to mind, talk to someone.  You’d be surprised at who may have some ideas or suggestions that will help.  You don’t have to deal with everything on your own.

Such Simple Advice

Count your blessings – not your troubles. – Dale Carnegie

Count your blessings, not your troubles.  It’s such simple advice, but it’s so difficult to follow.  For years, I lived my life with the motto  “hope for the best, but plan for the worst.”  It always made perfect sense to me.  I was being optimistic by hoping for the best, but hedging my bets and having a plan such simple advicein place in case there was a giant kerfluffle.  As you can imagine there were a lot of kerfluffles.  If you subscribe to the Law of Attraction, which I do, I was causing those problems by creating a plan for them.  Because when I make a plan, it’s a PLAN.   I could probably have organized the D-Day invasion if asked.  However, I was so focused on planning for what could go wrong, I probably brought it into fruition.  And the few times that it didn’t happen, I was so busy planning for what may happen that I missed out on what did happen.  I never took the time to count my blessings

Imagine what it would be like if we all did that.  What if, first thing in the morning, after the alarm went off, you just lay there snug in your bed and thought about all the good things you have in life?  Not just thought about them, but were thankful for them!  You should be, and I should be. I’m still not as good as this as I would like, but I do try every day to be thankful.  I have a job, I have wonderful kids.  Those are two really big things. And when I start to think about what I don’t have, I quickly try to turn it around and focus on the haves again.  It’s tricky.  I’m happy and grateful for having my car, but the next thought is usually that it needs work on it, or it has a payment due.  Those are things to acknowledge, but not focus on or obsess over.

So take some time and join me in following what is such simple advice.  I think you’ll be happier for it, and I know I will be as well.

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