August 18, 2015

10 Quotes About the Power of Positivity



In the same manner as many people, my “default mode” for reflection is negative. I’m not saying I have anger management issues.  However, I have plenty of challenges with other kinds of pessimism, especially fear. After all, negativity is negativity, no matter what form it takes. I’m one of those people who often allow their limited past to dictate their future. Such an attitude inhibits growth--in a big way.


In my last blog post, “2 Examples of how to Heal Heartache,” I discuss tips to reinvigorate our lives. One of the points I highlight is changing our way of thinking to be more positive. I would like to continue with that subject today. A positive outlook is crucial because, no matter what we may be facing, our thought processes can often either increase or decrease our suffering. By extension, our way of thinking can often improve or damage our lives. It’s that simple. Really!


Since the beginning of time, great thinkers have explored the miraculous power of keeping an optimistic mindset. In fact, no successful person has ever seen achievement by allowing themselves to be held down by past failures and limitations. I’m sure you can think of hundreds of examples. Here is a list of 10 quotes from some of the worlds’ greatest minds on the importance of getting rid of unhelpful (toxic) thinking:

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to rest and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” --Romans 12:2
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“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” --Henry Ford
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“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” --Albert Einstein
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“Before you can change your thinking, you have to change what goes into your mind.” --Zig Ziglar
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“I do not fix problems. I fix my thinking. Then problems fix themselves.” --Louise Hay
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“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” --Marcus Aurelius
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“It is your attitude, not your aptitude, that determines your altitude.” --Zig Ziglar
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“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” --Norman Vincent Pace
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“You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.”-- Marianne Williamson
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Last, but not least, the most-well known quote from the brilliant neurologist and psychiatrist who survived Nazi concentration camps: “Everything can be taken from a man but…the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances.”—Viktor Frankl

My Conclusion

It’s crucial that we monitor our way of thinking. A negative outlook in life never brought anyone success or happiness. The only way to truly know victory is to keep our thoughts as positive as possible. Our thoughts are more powerful than most of us realize. Even if we are going through the darkest of situations imaginable, keeping our thoughts under control can sometimes make the difference between an average life and a memorable life.



Are you holding yourself back with damaged thinking?