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14 Quotes That Teach You The Power of Positive Thinking

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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)


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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.

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5 Reasons Why Not Meditating is Hindering Your Success

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“Nothing is more important than reconnecting with your bliss. Nothing is as rich. Nothing is more real.”


― Deepak Chopra

To meditate means to bring your awareness to the present moment by getting rid of all the unnecessary thoughts in the mind. In the modern world, a lot of people are living their lives in past resentments and future despair. Meditation is the only way to align your thoughts with your life’s purpose and live a happy and fulfilling life.

A lot of people are missing out by not practicing meditation on a daily basis. Luckily for you, there are some clear signs that can let you know whether you need to add meditation to your daily routine or not. In this post, I have discussed 5 reasons why not doing it is hindering your success in life.

Following are 5 points that will help you determine whether you need to add meditation to your daily routine or not.

1. You have no gratitude

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Gratitude is the feeling of gratefulness or thankfulness for the things that you have in your life. Everyone is born with certain fortunes and misfortunes, strengths and weaknesses, wealthy or poor, etc and we have no control or choice over that. Being grateful means to be aware of your current situation and choose to look at the brighter side.  

Meditation helps you be present in the moment and enables you to see the world the way it is. For instance, a lot of people return feeling renewed and reinvigorated after a weekend of meditation retreat; this feeling is very important if you want to be grateful for what you have.  Most people are too busy achieving their goals or working very hard to pay their bills– which are very necessary things– but without taking strategic breaks, life can get very monotonous.

Since the year 2000, scientists have done a lot of studies on how positive emotions work. And they found that having gratitude creates a sense of well-being and brings maturity in one’s life. With recitation of positive affirmations, this sense of well-being slowly increases and we become happier and peaceful.

So, grab a piece of paper and write down five things you are grateful to have in your life. Read and repeat it every morning and start your day on a positive note.

2. You get caught up in emotions

As humans, we are evolved to respond to our emotions more than logic. This worked perfectly fine until 300 years ago. But in modern times, it’s detrimental to rely only on our emotions and feelings. A balance of emotion and rationale is needed.  

Daily practice of meditation can help achieve that balance, and you can live your life without being an emotionally fragile person. Imagine, no more anger or lashing out on your loved ones, handling your clients and co-workers with ease, and no more getting angry at your current circumstances. All this is easily achievable by changing your old habits and adding meditation to your current routine.

A recent study done by Michigan Technological University suggests that just an hour of mindfulness meditation session can help reduce stress and anxiety. Dr. John J. Durocher also confirmed that anxiety in the participants was significantly less after a week of daily meditation practice.

You don’t have to meditate every day for one hour if time is of the essence; just fifteen minutes of mindfulness meditation can help you overcome the emotional blockage. Furthermore, if mindfulness does not suit your liking, there are many other types of meditation techniques available that can also help achieve the same result.  

3. You don’t get much work done

Do you feel aversion towards things that need to be done? Do you put work off and distract yourself with things that don’t add much value to your life? It is natural to find ways to minimize effort as we want to use our energy conservatively. But sometimes we knowingly procrastinate and cause ourselves harm in the long run.

You can read books on productivity and how to work smarter etc., but at some point, you need to get your hands dirty and do the actual work. Not meditating can keep you permanently in the beginner phase where you are just thinking about doing something but never attempt to do it.

Meditation increases productively by calming the mind so that instead of worrying about things that can go wrong you can focus on the task at hand and see it through. It gets your attention from your mind to your body. Combined with exercises like yoga or Tai Chi, meditation can increase your productivity by ten folds.

It is best to get your mind right by meditating before work but some people prefer doing in later in the night to alleviate the damaging effects of stress.

4. You don’t sleep well

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Does the continuous stream of thoughts stop you from falling asleep at night and you have to resort to coping mechanisms like overeating or binge-watching television series until you fall asleep? And I am sure as a result of staying up late at night, you must have trouble waking up in the morning as well. These are common problems faced by living a stressful and competitive life; which most of us are used to living.   

Meditating just before going to bed can help you fall asleep faster. Any kind of deep breathing technique done correctly at night time will not only help you get relaxed sleep but also help you quickly get out of the bed in the morning. It’s very common to feel tired after getting up in the morning especially if you worked very hard the day before. Daily meditation practice will help you wake up in the morning well-rested and relaxed.

Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is a technique practiced very widely in western countries by people who need a quick and easy way to fall asleep. In this technique, the person suffering from insomnia is supposed to lie down in a sleeping position and focus on each of his/her muscle group by slightly tightening and relaxing them. It is based on the fact that the mind can only be calm if each part of the body is relaxed and loose. Moreover, it doesn’t take too long to be done. With this type of meditation, you can easily feel deeply relaxed after just ten minutes of doing it.

5. You consume too much caffeine

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Do you start your day with a cup of coffee? Can you go without having coffee for a week? How will it affect your day? Most people who habitually drink coffee or any other caffeinated beverage to get their day started will find it almost impossible to quit. Caffeine definitely provides a quick burst of energy upon its immediate consumption but the effects are very short term and also harmful if the intake is unregulated.    

Moreover, the sudden crash after the effect of caffeine wears off is unbearable for most people and it makes them crave more caffeine. This is a very common side-effect of most of the spot-fixes that seem to help for a while but are detrimental in the long run.

Meditation can help you become free from the dependence on coffee to get things done.  As you will be naturally feeling fresh and energetic, you will feel less need for things like coffee, cigarettes, soft drinks, etc.

To summarize this post, meditation is definitely not the be all and end all solution to all these 5 problems. But with meditation, you can gain enough consciousness to resolve them with a calm and composed mind. Meditation can be performed for 20 minutes in the morning or at night before going to bed, or even both times.

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5 Tips to Achieve a Positive Mindset

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A positive mindset can be a gateway to your success. What you focus your energy on, is what manifests. The law of attraction is at play here.

Two very important factors of creating a positive mindset are your mind and your physical environment. You have to balance and work at both of them in such a way that it helps you succeed. If even one of these two things is not at 100%, then your goals will suffer.

A negative physical environment will bring you down no matter how positive your mindset. Every step you take further will be pulled ten steps backward if you are in a place that drains your energy and affects you mentally. Let’s say, your family is not supportive of your work and you work from home. Constant bickering, blaming, and fights have the power to drain your mind of all the energy and creativity you need to get your work done.

You have to get out of that place, change things, anything to change the current situation and add positivity to your life.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”


-Will Durant

Here are some tips that will help you do just that. Most of these things don’t exactly need much of your time, but they do need discipline, you have to adopt them in your everyday life.

1. Start your day on a positive note

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How you start your day sets the ball rolling for how the rest of your day is going to be. This is why all the positive affirmation exercises have been gaining popularity lately. If you wake up late, cranky, don’t get enough sleep, then you carry that emotion for the rest of the day. This means you start your day on a pessimistic note and let that view cast a shadow over everything else you do.

There are various ways that people use to start their day on a positive note, such as –

  • A gratitude journal – Keeping a gratitude journal and writing in it the first thing in the morning has shown to have positive effects on the mind. Because you consciously make an effort to think of things you appreciate, you make your mind take on a grateful and positive mindset.
  • Talking to yourself in the mirror – No matter how silly it sounds, try saying encouraging words to yourself every morning. You will start noticing a positive change. As soon as you repeat positive reinforcements to your own reflection, you will most probably feel yourself feel light, get a little smile.
  • Meditate – Meditation helps your mind relax and when your mind relaxes it is easier to think positive thoughts. Self-awareness meditation helps you connect more with yourself and helps you understand yourself better. When understanding sets in, it is easier to not keep on criticizing yourself.
  • Breathing exercises – Breathing exercises allow you to take time out for yourself, to focus only on your breathing, to breathe correctly, and also transport to a calm, positive place.

“By celebrating the small stuff and feeling gratitude for it, things you never noticed before will come into focus.”

-Jane Trumbull

2. Keep your focus on good things

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Your days are going to be filled with good and bad things, what you focus on takes over your outlook on things. Sometimes it can be difficult to see the silver lining, but no matter how faint the lining is, it is what you should be focusing on. It might not make sense to you sometimes, but it sure helps.

Suppose, you are stuck in traffic, it sure sucks, but you can do nothing about it at that moment so you might as well finish listening to the podcast, audiobook, song you were listening to. If you have to wait for quite some time for an appointment, think of it as an opportunity to catch up on reading or replying to your emails. In most negative situations, you might not have a choice to change them, so instead of focusing on them, find other things you can do or think about what good it can do and go from there.

3. Use your failures to learn and grow

“Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.”

– Denis Waitley

One thing that is constant about learning and getting new experiences is making mistakes. Even the most successful people have made mistakes. Mistakes are one of the best ways to learn and grow. If not for failures, we would never find new and efficient ways to do things.

Instead of focusing on the fact that you failed, think about why you did and what you can do to change it. Keep the lesson in your mind to be used in the future.

4. Use humor to add a touch of lightness


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“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.”

– Bill Cosby

Humor is one of the ways people cope up with bad situations. It is one of the powerful tools to use to surround yourself with positivity. One thing that my friend always said in bad situations was to think what a great story your situation will be one day. You will use the time you knew nothing, were in muck or had a horrible experience as a funny story or an inspiring story.

5. Surround yourself with positive people

“It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours, and you’ll drift in that direction.”

Warren Buffett

“You can not change the people around you. But you can change the people that you choose to be around.”

-Anonymous

The people you surround yourself with, leave a more long-lasting effect on you than you would have imagined. This is why it is always advised to surround yourself with people you would like to be like. If there is a person around you who spends his time pointing out everything that could go wrong, then you are going to give in to the pessimism and start doing the same.

Finding positive people to surround yourself with can be difficult, but one thing you can do is cut off the negative people from your life. Let only the positivity seep into your mind.

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A positive mindset is a push you need every day to work towards your goals and dreams. Work on yourself so that you can work on your goals. If you are not at your peak, it will show in the work you do. First better yourself then target the goals, it will become much easier to achieve!

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7 Ways to Clear Your Mind of Negative Thoughts

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Negative thoughts are the biggest obstacle in personal growth and self-actualization.

They also create a lot of trouble in our day to day life. Also, unfortunately, for many of us, they might seem completely involuntary.

Here are some ways in which you can stop these negative thoughts from occurring.

1. Write down positive affirmations

Within the next 30 days, you could be a more positive and upbeat person if you wrote down 10 of your desired affirmations on a piece of paper every day. Writing down how your desired life should look like, in a concise and specific manner, gradually rewires your brain and your life starts to change with each passing day.

However, if you don’t find the time and space to do the writing, you can definitely reap the same benefits by listening to audio tapes of positive affirmations. So, create a 30-day schedule and get rid of your nagging negative thoughts forever.

2. Practicing self-acceptance

A lot of negative thinking is caused by resisting and suppressing the truth about how we actually are in real life. A lot of people live their lives wishing and hoping that they looked better and in a way that is more acceptable by society. Obviously, this creates conflict in their minds, and they start to have a negative thought about themselves.

Self-acceptance can change all that. To be perfectly honest, just knowing who you are and not caring what other people think of you is more than enough to get rid of the self-generated negative thoughts.

3. Journaling

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read on the train.”


-Oscar Wilde

Recent research shows that journaling every day can help reduce stress, bring clarity of thought, and also help people understand themselves better. Unlike what most people think, journaling is an ancient practice; it dates back to the 10th century, Japan. Back in the day, successful people used to maintain a personal diary to keep track of their thoughts and actions.

It’s important to keep track of when and how the negative thoughts come to your mind. Jotting down the triggers can help you become more aware of yourself and make it easy for you to catch yourself when a negative thought pops up in your head.

4. Mindfulness meditation

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Mindfulness is not just a meditation technique, it is a way of life. Being mindful means to keep your mind so clear that it becomes full of emptiness and space. For instance, instead of letting our minds wander and think about repetitive things, we can exercise our power to observe ourselves and be in the driving seat of our lives.

There is no denying the fact that the root of most of our negative thoughts is stress. Don’t let negative thoughts keep you from getting ahead.

Recent research shows that even a single mindfulness meditation session can help reduce anxiety and stress. For instance, the subjects of a study showed reduced anxiety and stress after one hour of the meditation session. In conclusion, their stress was astoundingly lowered when examined after a week of meditating one hour a day.

5. Read poetry to process negative thoughts

A poem may seem like a collection of awesome sounding words and nothing else. But it can be more than that. For a logical person, everything must make sense, and every activity should yield a certain outcome. By being this way, they are being too hard on themselves.

Poetry teaches us to break away from our conditioned mind and delve into the unknown. Popular American spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra urges people to read poems to become more empathetic, happy and free from negative thinking.

In the war-torn area of Afghanistan called Spin Boldak, American troops started a monthly poetry reading session to relieve stress and accumulated feelings. At first, some of the soldiers were skeptical about it, but as the word spread about this unusual social gathering, more soldiers started participating in it.

6. Get away from toxic people

Have you ever stayed awake at night thinking about how your life would look like if you got a chance to start all over again? Many of us get into relationships without even asking ourselves whether that person is worth our time or not. This happens a lot when we are young. In that period, all we care about is having fun and socializing with as many people as possible.

If you find yourself doing things that are clearly hurtful to you or you feel exhausted at the end of the day, there is a chance that you are in a toxic relationship with someone. So, evaluate the people in your life and stay away from the toxic ones.

7. Take a walk in the nature

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Taking a brisk walk is an old fashioned way of dealing with sudden stress and panic attacks. Moreover, walking doesn’t take up a lot of energy.

But how does walking help clear negative thoughts?

When you decide to go for a quick walk, you are making a decision to change your current mental state. It shifts your attention from your mind to your body, especially, if you take a stroll in a park or any place surrounding nature.

To wrap things up, a quick way to get rid of negative thoughts is to write down all your thoughts on a piece of paper or record it on a sound recorder. As a result of that, you quickly become conscious of your thinking patterns, and you start to look at yourself objectively.

Moreover, negative thoughts are a result of our bad experience in the past and to let them lead our life would be a huge mistake. By making the best out of the tools and techniques mentioned in this article, you can successfully eliminate them and live a fully empowered life.

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