Dark Clouds or Silver Lining – How's Your Nightmares doing?

Posted: June 19, 2009 by Thrivelearning in Uncategorized
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What do you dream about? How do you look at life? How well do you sleep at night?

What “pops into” your mind, what you dream about – all these things are the result of how you thought in the past, how you’ve programmed your own mind to think.

But the good thing about this is that in order to change what you think about all the time, you just have to change what you’re thinking about now.

OK, let me fill in the logic of all this.

Your thinking process is composed of mental habits you’ve adopted. Shortcuts so you don’t have to re-figure out how to do things. Chronic anything, bad or good, is just a mental habit – a pattern you adopted.

Any habit can be changed. It takes about four weeks of regular action on a new line of thought. If you want to wake up smiling in the morning, all you have to do is to immediately start smiling first thing every morning for 30 days.

Hating whoever is currently President is also the same result – at some point, you’ve started assuming that this person couldn’t be trusted, so everything that person did or said was untrustworthy. And every thought about that person which comes up is tainted negative.

The trick is that when you pursue the negative about anything, you get more negatives showing up in your life.

To the degree you work on the positive, optimistic approach to anything, you wind up getting more good things into your life.

See Christian Larson’s books on this subject. This was the guy who wrote was was later adopted by Optimists International as their creed.

A recent earlier post here told you that a negative is only a misapplied positive – that you don’t shovel out the darkness, but turn on a light (an old, old proverb I first ran across in Haanel’s “Master Key System”)

And the reason I’m up in the middle of my night writing this is some sort of mental loop which kept giving me a “nightmare”.

But being rational, I saw that this was my own fault – I had adopted some sort of mental habit which was bringing me these “bad” thoughts – about some elected politicians, of all things.

Now this doesn’t mean I have to find good things to think about the government or our elected politicians (a clear, un-biased, logical explanation of how government and politicians actually work can be found at TOLFA.us, if you’re interested in sorting out your thoughts in this area.) My own personal policy on this was best summed up by Jesus: “Render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s…”

This is why I’ve always worked with individuals directly, in all the years I spent as a counselor and personal consultant – and now as a book writer/editor/publisher.

Any person – you, me, the people around us – they all can control their own thoughts on an immediate and longer-term (chronic) basis. All you have to do is to practice positive thinking to get more positive results in your life. While Dr. Norman Vincent Peale became famous for a book by this name, I’d suggest you read Larson above, or get a copy of Earl Nightingale’s Strangest Secret to understand more of the theory and practice of this idea.

“You become what you think about all day long” – that’s Nightingale’s simple statement of what he found in an old Napoleon Hill book he found in a Chicago used-book store.

If you are having nightmares, or bad thoughts entering your head during the day, you may want to change your attitudes toward whatever you’ve been thinking about.

If you are “stressed-out” over something (which is the prime reason for the bulk of dis-ease which settles in a body, proved over and over by a multitude of scientific studies) – this stress is arguably too many negative thought accumulated as habits in your mind.

All you have to do is to start changing how you think right now in order to change those “bad” thoughts which keep coming in on you.

Start smiling and you’ll start getting happier thoughts entering. You’ll find more happy things to think about. If you develop this as a simple method of approaching life, then you will start finding many better, more optimal solutions to the problems which come into your life.

And if you encourage others around you to smile when they face adversity – and to encourage others around them to do the same – our whole society could evolve quite rapidly.

Because life operates exactly as Earl Nightingale pointed out: You become what you think about. And his own prescription follows this – get a note card and write out on it exactly what you want to achieve, but write it in the past tense as if you’ve already achieved it. Now, on the other side of this card write the three lines from the Sermon on the Mount, “Seek and ye shall find, Ask and it will be given, Knock and it shall be opened unto you.” And then read that card – both sides – several times every day for 30 days.

That is the way life works, isn’t it? If you are looking for answers, you find them. If you are asking for trouble, it comes your way.

If you have nightmares, get up and start thinking about some great things you’d like to bring into your life. (And if you have a government job, you might consider finding a more optimistic line of work…)

But the more you think about the great things coming into your life, the more likely these great things will come to pass.

And if you cherish your nightmares, and like to lead a life out of a Stephen King novel – well, I’m not going to tell you to change anything… Life is full of choices and your current condition is only and directly the result of choices you’ve made. Any chronic condition you are experiencing – good health or bad, riches or poverty, happiness or sadness – these are all the result of choices you’ve made, which all began with how you chose your thoughts.

Take this advice: choose to change your mind. Put your attention on the most positive side of anything you face, how you can turn any adversity into your advantage. This is how you can win at anything you attempt. Look up winners and you’ll find that this was their constant attitude during any competition or effort – they only had attention on that positive goal they were going after.

I could go on for hours on this subject.

The deal, the bottom line is you. What you think right now determines your life and what happens to you from here on out. Fill your thoughts constantly with the negative aspects of the world around you and it will turn sour. Constantly find the optimistic side – that silver lining behind every dark cloud – and your life will be filled with joy.

Chose wisely. It’s your life you’re running from here on out.

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