How A Positive Attitude Creates Positive Results
The Law of Attraction has been around in some form for centuries. It is based on the idea that whatever area, belief or idea we give our energy to, will be met with more energy of the same ilk. It has been a cornerstone in many religions and philosophies throughout time. Even the bible refers to the Law of Attraction. Proverbs 23:7 reads, ‘As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.’
While it may be difficult to quantify exactly how positive attitudes create positive results, there are many instances of its truth around us. For example, you might learn about a movie or band that you’ve never heard of before, and then suddenly, you continue to hear about them continuously after. Or, perhaps you start thinking about a friend you haven’t talked to in a while and within a few moments, they text you seemingly out of the blue.
Being able to use this law to your advantage with the aspect of positivity is a skill that creates positive results. Keeping a positive attitude in a work environment or when focused on a task assists in creating what we want. How is it that this works?
Positivity is Magnetic
Picture yourself boarding a bus for a long ride. You see someone on your left and they are slouched over with a frown on their face grumbling to themselves. On your right is another person with a pleasant smile on their face sitting quietly and contently. Most people would choose to sit next to the person who is smiling. This is because positivity is magnetic. It draws people towards it.
Positivity is Constructive
Positivity is constructive in its nature. It doesn’t look at what is wrong, but rather what is right in any given situation. When we’re faced with a challenge, remaining positive keeps our eyes looking forward, ready to begin some creative problem-solving. Becoming negative has the opposite effect. It makes us want to turn back around and simply quit.
Positivity is Clarifying
Have you ever experienced a situation in which you were feeling upset or frustrated? When we’re in those moments, it’s like we’re in a fog. All we can see or think about is what’s making us upset and how we feel it should be different. It makes it difficult to see through the fog to an eventual solution. Remaining positive helps keep our heads clear and focused, and able to get to where we need to be without being lost in the bog of negativity.
Positivity is Goal-Oriented
Negativity is a bit of a complainer. Negativity doesn’t want you to come up with solutions or get to an acceptable point. Negativity would rather just sit in the mud and express how much the situation sucks. It doesn’t want to get things done, it just wants to be sad or angry. Keeping a positive mindset keeps us organized, goal-oriented, and up to the task.
With the understanding that positivity attracts positivity and a positive attitude creates positive results, there are exercises that you can do now to create and nurture that positivity.
Use Your Imagination
Our minds are incredibly powerful. So powerful that we can create what it is that we want just by imagining it. A great example of this is reflected in baseball. When a player is standing on the base with the bat raised, facing the pitcher, they might imagine the pitch. They see the ball coming towards them and they see themselves swinging and connecting with the ball before the pitch is ever thrown. Because they’ve already seen it happen in their minds and created that “memory” within their bodies when the actual pitch comes, they are far more likely to hit the ball.
So the next time you have a big presentation, imagine yourself at the front of the room delivering a home run proposal. Imagine your coworkers and your boss giving you a standing ovation. Once you actually get in front of the crowd, it will go that much more smoothly, and you’ll be less nervous. Because, in your mind, you’ve already aced it. After all, isn’t it foolish not to win in your own fantasy?
Reframe the Situation
Reframing is a very powerful tool to create and nurture positivity. There is more than one side to every story... and infinite perspectives. French novelist Alphonse Karr once said, “Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns. I am thankful that thorns have roses.” Another commonly used example of this is the ever-popular water in the glass analogy. Is the glass half-empty, or is the glass half-full? You have the option to decide how you want to see it for yourself.
Give this a try the next time you are judging a situation as bad or negative. Is there some positivity that can come out of it? Is there another side to the story that you aren’t allowing yourself to see?
It’s often easy to fall into negative self-talk if we don’t get what we want or if things don’t work out the way that we think they should have. We might end up judging ourselves and telling ourselves things like, “I was stupid to believe that it might work out that way anyway,” or, “It makes sense that it didn’t work out since nothing ever works out for me.” This kind of negative self-talk is detrimental to our mental, emotional, and physical health. It also anchors the belief of unworthiness within ourselves. So, the next time that you find yourself speaking in a negative way about yourself, try to put an end to it and instead support yourself. Instead of the negative reactions, you can tell yourself things like, “Well, even if it didn’t work out, I put myself out there and gave it a shot. I’m proud of that.” Or, “Even if it didn’t work out this time, next time will be better, especially since I’ve gained this experience and knowledge.”
Karma is really just another form of the Law of Attraction. We receive back what we put out into the universe. If we are kind to others, others are more likely to be kind to us back. One prominent example comes to mind in the form of giving someone a compliment. When a person gives another person a genuine compliment, a very common reaction is to give one right back. Try it for yourself. Go out and give someone a compliment when you genuinely feel it and see what kind of a response you receive.
There are infinite ways to bring more positivity in your life. The most important thing is to keep it in the forefront of your mind. It’s okay to fall into negative thoughts or beliefs since it’s a perfectly natural human response. However, no matter what situation or circumstance that is introduced in our lives, our attitude towards it is always under our own control. And it only benefits us to eventually come back to the positive.
Melissa Schoenecker is a freelance writer and co-creator of the universe based in Venice, California. She received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Master's Degree from the University of Santa Monica. She contributes to a number of blogs and online postings, but her best work can be found in her gratitude journal.