“Just keep your conscious mind busy with expectation of the best.”
“All of us have our own inner fears, beliefs, opinions. These inner assumptions rule and govern our lives. A suggestion has no power in and of itself. Its power arises from the fact that you accept it mentally.”
“The way to get rid of darkness is with light; the way to overcome cold is with heat; the way to overcome the negative thought is to substitute the good thought. Affirm the good, and the bad will vanish."
Joseph Murphy, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
Something interesting but disturbing happened today. I was challenged to share some facts about myself that were not common knowledge, that is, not on my blog. As I began thinking about my life and my past, I realized most of my thoughts went to the negative events of my life. More disturbing is even when my thoughts were positive, I quickly put a negative spin on them, or replaced them with something negative. This was not just disturbing; it was frightening. I was forced to consider the following questions:
· Am I negative person?
· Am I a deeply negative person?
· If I am, how does this affect me?
· How does it affect my work?
· How does it affect my relationships?
What makes this so disturbing is that I see myself as a positive person. My job is to motivate people so that they will learn English or get jobs. I write a motivational blog. I’ve written a book of a few hundred original motivational sayings. I’ve given hundreds of motivational talks. I even avoid watching and listening to sad songs. So what am I missing?
To illustrate the gravity of this situation, imagine that I were a fireman who had pyrophobia, a musician who couldn’t read music, a cook who couldn’t stand the smell of food or a speaker with chronic laryngitis. I could still do my job, but I would be severely limited. Am I motivational speaker who is secretly a pessimist? Have I been limiting myself? I know how to speak well, but in my deepest heart of hearts, do I believe everything I’m writing and saying?
I’ve been reading The Power of Your Subconscious Mind by Joseph Murphy. Dr. Murphy says that much of what happens and doesn’t happen is due to our subconscious thinking. “Think good and good follows; think evil and evil follows,” he says.
My life is not where I want it to be. It’s also much better than it was. Are both of these the result of the way I think in my deepest thoughts? Can I change the way I think in my deepest thoughts? I haven’t read enough of the book to comment on it, but I’ve read enough to know this:
· I can pray every time a negative thought appears.
· I can control my thoughts.
· I can direct my thinking.
· I can practice gratitude.
· I can turn fearful thoughts over to God.
· I can tap on negative thoughts.
· I can apply “The Work” to negative thoughts.
I have a lot of options. From past experience, I know that I can visualize positive outcomes. I can plan for the positive. I can act as if all positive outcomes were certain or even here right now.
There’s more to say and study about this topic. I’m looking forward to changing the way I think and seeing what positive changes occur. Despite my troubles, my life has been very good and I’m very blessed. I want my deepest thoughts to reflect this reality. I want to Get Started and Keep Going with a much more positive outlook and a much more positive inner orientation. And I want to start now.