Positive thinking can propel you into better life

Graphic created by Maytinee Kramer.

Alecia Allen/ Staff Writer

Do you consider yourself a homebody especially when summer rolls around? I know I do. For the past few days I’ve had this annoying voice in my head constantly telling me that I’m insignificant — but it’s not for the reason you think.

For the past couple of months, I’ve been listening to an audio book called, “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peale. It’s a great book that teaches readers to use scriptures from the Bible to affirm things over their lives, declaring and decreeing positive thoughts out loud that will bring readers health and success.

It also talks about how the thoughts you think can improve your health tremendously. “Actively cultivating positive emotions” has many health benefits such as “lower blood pressure, less heart disease, and better weight control” according to the Huffington Post and numerous studies.

To put words into action, this past week I’ve been setting goals in front of me, declaring and decreeing positive thoughts into my life. My first thought was to completely remove all the social media apps I have on my cell phone to prevent distractions from interfering with the plans I’ve set for my life. But when I did this, I felt as if I was becoming unimportant to the rest of the world. I lost most of my friends, and felt slightly depressed.  

Interestingly, The Huffington Post had something positive to say about my particular situation. The article states that when you are achieving success in your life, “You no longer care what other people think. You only worry about what other people think when you still feel like you have something to prove. Conversely, you know you’ve ‘made it’ when you don’t worry about that anymore — when you’re true to yourself and your principles, and satisfied with your life, you’ve acquired success.”

So I’ve learned to appreciate moments like these because what a lot of people don’t see is me working behind the scenes. Right now, I’m working on my art, my talents and my future, and I don’t have time to tweet or post every second of what I’m doing with my life. The truth is that some people who have all the time in the world for social media most likely aren’t working as hard as the person who went off the grid.

So if this is you, please understand that you’re not irrelevant. Sometimes when you’re striving to be great, you have to go off the grid for a while. But when you appear again, people will see the sacrifice you made to reach your goals.



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