Positive Thinking has been vouched for and advocated for, by so many people, that it has started to seem like a cliche. There is a reason why everyone swears by the power and benefits of positive thinking. Even numerous scientific studies have proved its correlation with success.
Today, we will be looking at a few quotes that show how the way you think can do wonders for you. While we are at it, let’s also talk about why these quotes inspire people.
“You can, you should, and if you’re brave enough to start, you will.”
– Stephen King, (Author)
The only thing that stops you from starting a new venture is usually your own mind. When you strip down all the layers of reasons, you have built around not doing it, the naked reality of it is that your mind is not fully ready to take it head-on.
You are scared of failure, of the difficulty of the new project, of the n number of things that might go wrong. Which is why, you have to start believing in yourself because you can, you should, and when you learn to fight the fears, you will.
“The only place where your dreams become impossible is in your own thinking.”
– Robert H Schuller, (Televangelist, Pastor, Author)
If the most difficulty you are facing about something is in your head, then you need to rethink your approach. If something seems impossible before you even begin, then you need to spend less time thinking about it, and more time trying to find out how to actually achieve it.
“Impossible is just an opinion, don’t buy it.”
– Robin Sharma, (Author)
You have to stop thinking that something is impossible because it has a difficult path. Once you make the impossible in your mind possible, half of the battle is won.
“We become what we think about.”
– Earl Nightingale, (Radio Speaker, Author)
This has a semblance to “The Law of Attraction.” Like Rhonda Byrne wrote in her famous book “The Secret,”
“Your thoughts become things.”
“Remember that your thoughts are the primary cause to everything.”
“Every thought of yours is a real thing – a force.”
“You are the one who calls the law of attraction into action, and you do it through your thoughts.”
To become something, to achieve something, you need to truly believe in it. When there is no doubt in your mind about how it belongs to you, you will find out ways to conquer what it is that you truly want.
“Beliefs that are good promote your potential and enhance your unique special qualities.”
– Deborah Day, (Author)
Like I said earlier, to achieve something you need to truly believe in it. I can’t advocate it enough. Everything begins with a belief. A belief that it will succeed, a belief that it can change the world, a belief that you can do something. A belief is all it takes to get the ball rolling. Trust yourself and your abilities, the rest will follow.
“Cultivate an optimistic mind, use your imagination, always consider alternatives, and dare to believe that you can make possible what others think is impossible.”
– Rodolfo Costa, (Author)
Now that you believe in yourself, the next step is to not let pessimism plague your mind. Keep an optimistic approach to the task and its process. Considering alternatives doesn’t mean that you don’t trust yourself enough, it means you are smart enough to have another plan ready before you even have to hit a huge roadblock.
“The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude.”
– Oprah Winfrey, (Talk show host, Philanthropist, Author)
“An attitude of positive expectation is the mark of the superior personality.”
– Brian Tracy, (Author, Speaker)
“In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.”
– Dalai Lama, (Monk, Spiritual Leader)
When you go about achieving something, the important thing is to carry a positive attitude throughout. You cannot begin with a positive thought process and then go back to your old ways. The change needs to come from within, and stay substantial throughout.
Your attitude not only dictates your work, but it also dictates the sort of days you have. You must have heard why you need to start your day with gratitude, it is because it helps you start the day on a positive note.
When you surround yourself with positive people, positive energy, and a positive mind; it becomes difficult for obstacles to dim your resolve.
“When you are joyful, when you say yes to life and have fun and project positivity all around you, you become a sun in the center of every constellation, and people want to be near you.”
– Shannon L. Alder, (Author)
You might get tired of listening to how important it is to steer your mind towards positivity, but once you experience its power for yourself, you will realize that these successful people knew what they were talking about.
How Reading can impact your Day to Day Life?
Reading is a healthy habit, which, if practiced daily, can change your entire life around. Do you want to know why? Through Reading, one can not only gain knowledge but also stay acquainted with the outside as well as the inside world. The best thing about reading daily is to have an isolated place for yourself in your mind, where you can run off to. Most people don’t have the patience or intention to read, and that too, daily. Though this is a habit that takes time to settle in but trust me, once it does, you would never regret it. So, here is a list of reasons why you should read daily?
Why should you read daily?
- To gain knowledge
Once you start reading daily, and by Reading, it can be anything – you can read few pages of a novel, or a magazine, or newspaper, or even poetry – you would notice within weeks how much your knowledge regarding the outer world has improved. Through Reading, one can have clear information regarding the current affairs, and hence, stay updated.
- To improve your vocabulary
Through Reading, you can definitely learn new words and hence, improve your vocabulary. Most people make it a habit to learn a new word from the dictionary every day, but if you read daily, you are bound to get new words and make a list of them on a notebook with their meanings, which is definitely going to be helpful for you.
- To have a make-believe world
The most beautiful consequence of Reading is having one’s own imaginary world, where one can live a life full of magic. This is the extraordinary superpower one acquires while reading. In this busy daily life of ours, we all look for a secluded place where we can feel the essence of peace. Reading can fly you off to the imaginary land of sunflowers, daisies, and cats who can indeed talk.
- To become more attentive
Most people lack patience nowadays. Being impatient and restless has become a severe problem in today’s world. Here, Reading can help you calm your mind and improve your observation skills. It works like meditation. In no time, you would find your mind focusing on details and becoming more attentive to events, which used to go unnoticed.
- To reduce stress
Reading is similar to meditation, and hence, it definitely helps to reduce your stress. Books always have a calming effect on one’s mind. It takes you away from daily problems and stressful situations and helps your mind to gain stability. Not only it helps in reducing stress, but it also helps to decrease the anxiety levels of a person.
Everyone should make reading a daily habit. One should switch off the mobile phones, turn off the television and take some time out to read. It works wonders on one’s day-to-day life and changes one person’s entire personality. Though it can be hard at first, with time, you would cherish the moments alone, reading in a corner while your mind is flying off to Narnia.
How Does Meditation Help You?
Meditation has the power to heal you in unprecedented ways. When you meditate properly, you can connect with your soul and inner voice. Sometimes the noise of our everyday life makes it challenging to listen to our own hearts. Especially in today’s time and age, when a sense of uncertainty has gripped the world, we need to calm ourselves down more than ever.
Reconnecting with ourselves helps us understand what we need to do for our self-growth and development as well. Meditation lets you do this and more. In a state of complete silence, all you can hear is your breathing and heartbeat. As you count them slowly, you feel attuned to the vibrational energy of a different kind.
According to ancient mythologies, meditation levitated the soul to realms of the divine. I don’t know anything about that, but it is definitely true that you can free yourself through meditation. Take, for example, right now, this moment.
Many of us around the world are locked in our homes because of the virus. It’s a sensation of imprisonment within the confines of the four walls, isn’t it? Well, not exactly if you let the power of meditation wash you over. When you focus within and connect to your soul, you free yourself from the anxieties, worries, and stress of day to day life. In that moment of truth, you are free, free from your inner bindings, and heaviness pulling you down.
So, the point is you can achieve freedom right where you are through a meditative state of mind. Calming your mind down lets you accomplish complicated tasks with relative ease. Even the work that looks daunting can be solved when you put a clear, peaceful mind at work.
There are innumerable benefits of meditating regularly. These benefits not only include alleviating some of the symptoms of physical ailments but also mental health problems. Especially when it comes to depression, stress, and anxiety, or associated disorders, there is limited dialogue, and the issues often remain unaddressed.
For a generation thriving under tremendous pressure, the competition rat race to succeed mental health problems has become a new normal. Meditation comes in as a beneficial yet noninvasive therapy route and has shown marked differences towards a positive lifestyle.
Let us look at some of the holistic benefits of meditation in terms of clinical conditions.
With regular practice of meditation, it has been seen that anxiety decreases, improvement of emotional stability occurs, increases in clarity and peace of mind, mental agility, memory, and retention power rises. A significant increase in dopamine levels has also been observed after an hour of meditation, which increases your happiness levels!
Moreover, meditation also lowers high blood pressure, lowers the levels of blood lactate, reduces anxiety attacks, reduces headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle, and joint problems, increases serotonin production, and improves mood and behavior of the immune system, and increases energy levels.
A study conducted by UCLA also found that meditation slows down the process of aging in your brain. Now that’s interesting! Older meditators practicing for years had less profound loss of grey matter areas compared to their non-meditating counterparts. This directly affects memory, cognitive abilities, and decision-making powers that decline with the process of aging. Studies have also shown that the default mode network (DMN), the brain network responsible for mind-wandering and self-referential thought processes, decreases through meditating. This brings a ruminating mind under control and increases a person’s ability to focus. According to Harvard scientist Sara Lazar and her team, “Eight weeks of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) was seen to raise the cortical thickness in the hippocampus, which governs the learning and memory functions. Moreover, in certain areas of the brain that plays regulatory roles in emotion and self-referential processing. There were also significant decreases in brain cell volume of the amygdala, which is the center responsible for fear, anxiety, and stress – and these changes matched the participants’ self-reports of their stress levels, indicating that meditation not only changes the brain, but it changes our subjective perception and feelings as well.”
Studies have also shown that you can increase your concentration and attention span through meditation quite effectively. Moreover, according to a research group from the University of Kentucky, “Meditation provides at least a short-term performance improvement even in novice meditators.In long term meditators, multiple hours spent in meditation are associated with a significant decrease in total sleep time compared with age and sex-matched controls who did not meditate. Whether meditation can replace a portion of sleep or pay-off sleep debt is under further investigation.”
So, I hope by now, you are at least partially convinced about the unlimited potential of mediation. There are many options to bring in some well-being into your life, and meditation is one of them. The best part is it’s free and entirely up to you.
Now that you hold the key, are you ready to give it a try and see some positive effects yourself?
Why Do Animals Make Better Friends Than Humans?
Animals are the pure, raw souls that need little to be genuinely happy. In a world continually chasing after materialistic bliss and happiness, your furry friends find fulfillment in a bit of touch, a bit of affection, and a dollop of kindness.
There are no layers or hidden agendas, it’s just a beautiful bond of simplicity, or as popularly known as love. Somehow, for this generation, the meaning of the word love has been lost in translation. We are always after something, something better, something newer.
Our fast-paced approach has derailed basic human emotions and its purity. Friendships for many people is less of a bond, and more of an unsigned “give and take” policy. However, if you look into your dog’s crystal-clear eyes, nothing but love and deep affection reflect back.
That’s the beauty of building relations with animals; they want nothing but some warmth and your time. It’s a sense of fulfillment that makes you believe that being you is enough, along with an odd satisfying sense of acceptance when your four-legged buddy comes running up like there is no tomorrow.
Like a true friend, they listen to you and give you comfort in the most unprecedented ways. We may not share the same language, but some words can be understood even when unspoken.
We all look for hope and belief to be alive. Sometimes, it just needs a kind pair of eyes to stare at you with honest attention, without any judgment, to find that hope. I also believe honesty is a magically powerful language found in abundance in our furry friends.
But this is not only about pets; all animals in this world have something profound to offer. Their sense of affection, love, and gratitude is like a lighthouse in a deep dark sea.
All around the globe, you can find various instances of animals and their bonds with fellow humans developing in unimaginable ways, simply because of their beautiful, unspoiled souls. They are more precious than us, I think, by being able to portray love in the most natural and pure way.
If you have found it, always hold on to this feeling, because it is fulfilling and heart-touching to witness true love in their eyes, and eyes are thought to be the window of souls. At the end of the day, we are lucky to share this world with them, because they truly teach us how to be loved in this crazy, big world.
So try to do your part to save them and provide for them, because your act of kindness can go a long way!
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