Positive thinking is the belief that good things will happen and that one’s efforts will be crowned with success. It is something diametrically opposed to negative thinking which is being fearful, apprehensive and unsure of success in efforts positive thinking is based on optimism, hope and belief that hard work is never wasted. The effects of positive thinking are magical. Psychologists believe that nothing gears up people to make whole hearted efforts to perform some task as positive thinking.
The felling tones up every muscle of the body and activates every nerve of the mind for a perfect coordination between the body and the mind to do the job when hope enlivens a human being; his / her efforts become coursed and earnest. The vision of achievement and the glory or appreciation associated with it propels a person to work in such a way that no stone is left unturned to achieve the desired goal.
Positive thinking helps a person find a way in a difficult task or a tough situation. He starts feeling that something can be done to overcome the difficulties that are looming large at that moment. It is said that a serious person finds a way, while an idler finds an excuse. The difference between these two is that of attitude of being hopeful or being without hope. A however difficult the task. He puts in earnest endeavors. He may get favour of luck, and help may come from unexpected quarters. On the other hand, person who loses hope can never make a whole – hearted effort. His battle is half lost even before the start.
It is said that life is not a bed of roses. Each person has to face difficult situation in his life. If one becomes fearful and apprehensive about the results, feelings of frustration, depression and disappointment will enter his mind and hinder his normal faculties of working. He may even end up poorer than he actually is. In the present age of tough completion nothing is given by the world on a platter.
Those who do not put in the required amount of efforts are left behind to suffer and repent. ‘ Hope sustains life’ is an old, time tested adage. It accentuates the importance of positive thinking. If you do not think positively you may lose the initiative to do well to achieve your objectives. Positive thinking builds will power. People have reached dizzy heights by sheer will power supported by hard work. When there is will there is a way is not an idle statement. It contains a lot of substance is a way is not an idle statement. It contains a lot of substance.
History is full of examples that show that people have achieved amazing results by perseverance and positive attitude. Kind Bruce of Scotland could not free his land despite many efforts. He had to run away and hide in a cave. He saw a spider who was trying to reach the roof. It made nine attempts but each time it fell just before making it. It tried again and succeeded to reach the roof. King Bruce learnt a great lesson of keeping the hope alive. He made a concerted attempt and was able to free his land. Columbus had no money or fleet of ships to make a voyage across the globe. But he was sure that one day he will be able to realize his dream.
He approached many people for help. Ultimately, the kind of Italy helped him. He made his historic voyage and discovered America. Louis Pasteur saw people dying of dog bite –with rabies. He was sure that he would prepare a vaccine to fight this malady. He worked hard and prepared anti – rabies vaccine Humanity owes him a lot to save the lives of millions who have been treated of rabies all over the world. When India won the Cricket World Cup in 1983, the West Indies team was the strongest in the world. India’s defeated it even after scoring only 183 runs batting first. India’s captain Kapil Dev told his teammates that anything is possible in cricket. If we fight hard keep self- belief, we may win the match. And it actually happened. India became the champions.
The feat was repeated by the young Indian side under M.S. Dhoni’s captaincy to win the Twenty – 20 World Cup. Abraham Lincoln fought many elections in a row. He could not win even a single election. But hope sprang eternal in him. He contested the presidential election and own. He became the president of America. Such examples are endless. All of them go on to show the major role positive thinking plays in our success. It is pertinent to mention here that mere positive thinking without putting in the required amount of effort will not lead to success.
We need to make a proper assessment of the task in hand, prepare a plan of action finding, the right method to perform it, and then make an integrated Endeavour. Applying wrong methods even with positive thinking will result into the failure. Depending entirely on hope or unexpected help or a stroke of luck is foolishness not positive thinking.
Hope is secondary to efforts. Positive thinking therefore essentially mean to be hopeful of a good result after making the required effort. It is an attitude to go for the performance confident of success in a difficult situating hoping that even are such a situation can be controlled if we do what it takes. Efforts are the base on which hope is built; without the required amount of efforts, Endeavour or hard work – whatever you call it, no one can be sure of success.
An important question that arises in this regard is : is positive thinking an inherent characteristic of a person or can it be developed in one’s psyche? The opinions differ in answering this vital question.
Some people believe that it can be inherited from parents, and cannot be developed. Others believe that like other qualities it can be developed with proper practice and guidance. Still some to her hold the opinion that it is hereditary to some extent but can acquired to some degree. There is also a section of people who believe that all depends on circumstances or luck some people are born lucky. They get success with minimum effort; other don’t get it even after greatest of Endeavour. There are, thus, various theories and opinions based on one’s experience and knowledge.
We need to adopt a scientific approach to find an answer to the above question. No one can get success every time even after making efforts, nor can one fail constantly. Moreover success has different meanings for different people. For some students getting 60 per cent marks is success, for other it may not be sufficient. In a competitive examination success means getting selected, whatever the percentage of marks.
As for inheritance theory, since positive attitude is not a physical feature but a mental faculty it cannot be purely hereditary. It can be developed. Moreover, parents play a major role in a child developing this quality. A child who watches his parents work hard, showing hope of success through their words,. Behavior and body language is likely to develop a similar attitude.
The children of short tempered, over cautious and nervous parents may assume these characteristics when then grow up. Psychologists therefore prescribe a code of conduct for parents’ behaviors in front of their offspring. They must exude confidence, self – belief and hope, especially in difficult situation , so that the children emulate these qualities. They must be taught the importance of being positive before , during and after the performance of a task. There is no better education for a child than watching his/her parents come out of a tough situation by means of earnest endeavors. Such success not only gives more joy, increases self- confidence and acts as an object lesson for children and younger members in the family.
The role of teachers in building the confidence of students and telling them about the importance of positive thinking is also vital; the teachers encourage hard work by appreciating and rewarding those who make it. They rebuke and warn those who are not serious in their studies. They tell students about the various ways in which they can improve their shoreline. Prizes, certificates, awards, etc,. are aimed at appreciating hard work that precedes good performance.
In the modern age of science there are many other ways like yoga, meditation, exercises, reading of inspiring books which can relieve us of tension, worry and make us relaxed and hopeful.
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Positive thinking leads a man to success. One who thinks that he can achieve the things, will put his best to achieve, will not fetter by the problems in the path of success and one day he will win positively. Self confidence, determination, perseverance, and hard work are the key factors of success.
Every small or big, easy or complex problem have its solution. There is a way out of every labyrinth, there is an answer to every enigma. The only requirements are the confidence, hard work and determination and you get the answer.
Where there is a will, there is a way. If you find any problem, a typical one, don’t lose heart, go ahead and devote yourself fully, analyze each aspect, and get the problem solved. Every invention taken place so far, were riddled with many unfound answers, but the inventor’s zeal and perseverance found the solution and a new invention took place. For a confident person, the word ‘impossible’ is no where in his dictionary. A determined and dedicated person finds way in all complexities undaunted by the initial problems and failures he keeps on finding solution to every teaser and one day he achieves his cherished goal.
Dedication, devotion to the task and positive thinking with determination have been the important factors of success of every successful celebrity. Take the recent example Mrs. Sonia Gandhi, the widow of Prime Minister Rajeev Gandhi, participated and campaigned in the Lok Sabha election 2004, undaunted by the criticism, personal attacks and all kinds of perversities she went alone campaigning alone without having any other ‘Star’ campaigner, covered almost the whole of the country against the BJP and showed the world that congress got the majority.
She has shown her unflinching determination, unfettered self confidence, dedication and devotion to the cause without worrying for the results and she is the winner. Every Tom and dick had questioned her nationality, her foreign origin, but she cared a fig for all criticism and showed her caliber.
Life is a battle, one has to fight it fearlessly. Fight with confidence, positive attitude, right aptitude, with determined and concentrated efforts, leads to the surest path of success. Fortune is said to favor the brave. God also help those who help themselves. A coward, a pessimist dare not even to fight in the race, it is an optimist and determined soul, who dares to fight, has the chance of success.
A winner never quits and a quitter never wins shows that one who constantly tries to achieve something, one who endeavors hard incessantly to achieve something, he is the winner, later or sooner, but a quitter could never be a winner. When Vallabhbhai Patel told that’ Swaraj is my birth right’ so many people find it mere a slogan, but the incessant struggle put by all the freedom fighters supported the claim of Patel and we could win the freedom. Organizing the efforts properly, in right direction, striking at the opportune time, are essential for achieving a target. Optimism, determination, undaunted will power makes every impossible task possible.
Confidence is the most important key to success. It boosts the morale and creates determination to attain a goal. The loss of confidence makes a man pessimist, coward or a dead man. The importance of 'right deeds’ is well emphasized in Bhagwat Geeta: Lord Krishna tells Arjun to follow the path of righteousness, the path of dedication, Do Karma, don’t think about the result, the God is Omnipresent, Omnipotent, the results as per your deeds will follow. It should also be remembered that the positive and constructive thoughts which aims for the betterment of mankind are met with success. It should not be riddled with self aggrandizement evil thoughts never bear good results.
Your biggest assets are your enthusiasm that enriches with your positive thinking. Never lose hope, keep cheerful put the best possible efforts with your total involvement, have confidence in you and you are the winner.
Through positive thinking one can overcome the mountains. One who always think positively even in adverse circumstances wins. Positive thinking always pays. Life belongs to the ambitions.