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Is positive thinking delusional?

Is Positive Thinking Delusional?

Have you ever wondered if positive thinking is actually as important as everyone makes it out to be or if it is really just a form of delusional thinking?

Positive thinking is not delusional unless you let it be. No matter what you are striving to accomplish, thinking positive is required for your success. That being said, it is also very important to ensure you remain grounded. You must be sure you see, evaluate and respond to things for what they actually are or can become.

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. -Benjamin Disraeli

In this article we will examine why positive thinking is extremely important to the success of whatever you are doing and is not delusional unless you let it be.

Are Rose-colored Glasses Bad?

-John C. Maxwell
Preparation+Attitude+Opportunity+Action=LUCK – John C. Maxwell

You have probably heard the phrase, “Looking at something through rose-colored glasses.” The intent of this phrase is to suggest the individual is seeing something as better than what it actually is. 

“Change your thoughts and you can change your world.” –Norman Vincent Peale

While it is important to see things for what they truly are, it is also just as important to employ some strategic thinking and see the potential for what they can become. All too often, people see things in their current state and stop at that. Highly successful people always look at things for what they are and also what they can become. 

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. -Milton Berle

Ray Kroc was the man responsible for turning McDonald’s into what it is today. In 1954, Kroc was a Mult-Mixer salesman. One of his good customers was a little hamburger joint in San Bernardino, California. Ray was impressed with what the McDonald brothers had built but he also saw additional potential the McDonald brothers had missed. 

According to Wikipedia, Kroc purchased McDonald’s for $2.7 million dollars in 1961. At the time of his death in 1984, Ray Kroc had parlayed that investment into a $600 million dollar net worth. Not too shabby for an old guy who was 50-something when he started that endeavor.

Never give up. Find a way to make it happen.
Never give up. Find a way to make it happen!

Here’s the interesting part of the story. In 1954, Kroc had contacted an old acquaintance by the name of Walt Disney and inquired about the possibility of putting McDonald’s restaurants in Disneyland. Apparently, Disney thought Kroc was looking through rose-colored glasses and declined the business offer. In the late 90’s, the Disney corporation saw the error of their ways and added McDonald’s restaurants to their theme parks. 

Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can. -Richard Bach

So, the answer is obviously, no, rose-colored glasses are not bad as long as you aren’t using them to fool yourself. Was Kroc 100% sure he was going to be able to turn the McDonald’s concept into the behemoth he did? Of course not. No business venture is ever a sure thing. But, without calculated risks coupled with a positive attitude, you will never make positive advancements in your life. 

The Godfathers of Positive Thinking

In 1937, The Ralston Society first published Napoleon Hill’s bestseller, Think & Grow Rich. Since that time, it has sold over 15 million copies. 

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character. -Albert Einstein

Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. - Colin Powell
Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier. -Colin Powell

Today, the Amazon page for this book boasts 17,620 reviews and 4.5 out of 5 stars. That is absolutely amazing. I don’t think I have ever seen another self-help book on Amazon that enjoys that many reviews, let alone so many of them being positive. According to Amazon, only 3-5% of buyers leave a review. 

Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. -John C. Maxwell

In October of 1952, Dr. Norman Vincent Peale published The Power of Positive Thinking: A Practical Guide to Mastering the Problems of Everyday Living

According to Wikipedia, It was on the New York Times’ best-sellers list for 186 weeks, 48 of which were spent in the No. 1 non-fiction spot. 

Today, the Amazon page for this book boasts 3,541 reviews and 4.5 out of 5 stars. That is definitely a testament to the importance of thinking positive.

Clearly, many, many people feel these books and the positive thinking they have instilled, has been very helpful in their lives.  

Finding The Good 

Your problem isn’t the problem, it’s your attitude about the problem. -Ann Brashares

Some pursue happiness. Some create it.
Some pursue happiness. Some create it.

Bad things happen. That is definitely not a secret. Losers focus on the bad while winners focus on finding the good. I believe there is a certain amount of good to be found in just about everything. Sometimes, finding it can be a little difficult though. Sometimes, it takes a little practice to get your mindset turned around but as time goes on, you will continue to get better at it if you continue to try.

If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. -Maya Angelou

Some people always seem to focus on the bad. If this is you, make a conscious decision right now to begin hearing exactly what you are saying (both on the inside and the outside) and striving to turn it around. Begin to look for the good in things rather than the bad. As you begin to do this, you will begin to notice how your life becomes better and better. 

In his blog post here, Tony Robbins tells us to choose our words carefully. Both the words we use in conversation and the words we have in our heads have a deep impact upon our mindset. Whether that impact is positive or negative is totally up to us. 

The most important decision you make is to be in a good mood. -Voltaire

Always be on the lookout for the good and the potential for future good. If you can control it, make it good. If you don’t have any control over it, don’t waste time on it. Afterall, what’s the point in spending time on something you have no control of, right?

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. -Oprah Winfrey

In this blog post, I said, “A positive attitude is an absolute necessity for creating success.” It was true when I wrote that and it still holds true today. In this post, I gave six excellent examples of people who have created successful businesses that generate millions of dollars because of their hard work and positive attitudes. No one has ever created a wildly successful business with a bad attitude. 

Two things define you: your patience when you have nothing and your attitude when you have everything. -George Bernard Shaw

How To Improve Your Positive Attitude

The grass is greener where you water it.
The grass is greener where you water it.

I’ve said it before but it bears repeating. Our lives are chock full of influencers every single day. The woman at the bank who smiled and called you by name when you came in influenced your smile. The guy who cut in front of you at the grocery store influenced your scowl. The television shows you watched last night influenced you in some form or fashion. 

A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one who makes opportunities of his difficulties. -Harry S. Truman

Knowing and understanding this concept helps us to begin adding more positive influences into our lives. As the old adage goes, “garbage in, garbage out. Gold in, gold out.” 

If you are going to achieve excellence in big things, you develop the habit in little matters. Excellence is not an exception, it is a prevailing attitude. -Colin Powell

I've learned that I still have a lot to learn. -Maya Angelou
I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. -Maya Angelou

Start adding more gold into your life. Read more books from authors like Zig Ziglar, John Maxwell and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale. Begin listening to more podcasts from people like Tony Robbins and Grant Cardone. Get an Audible account and start listening to books on your smartphone that will add more positive influence into your life. There are many great videos on Youtube. Even if you are driving, you can still be listening to an inspirational address from Tony Robbins, Dr. Wayne Dyer, Will Smith and hundreds of others. Make a “positive” use of your time. See what I did there? 🙂

Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. -Henry Ford

As you begin to increase your positivity input, you will notice life changing all around you. 

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading. -Lao Tzu

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