Have you ever wanted something with all your heart… and could not get it out of your mind…
…only to look up and realize that some time had passed and that thing is now in your lap…
…even though you can’t say you did much actively to make that a reality?
How unworldly did that moment that feel?
Can you relate?
I’ve talked to a lot of people who have similar experiences. My family member who wanted (and now has) a dog. A friend who dreamed of living (and now lives in) America. An acquaintance who wanted to (and has) escaped a boring town for a vibrant city.
In fact, that’s how freelancing has felt for me. Ever since I entered the workforce, all I wanted was to do my own thing, help people I wanted to help, and have time to think. I thought about that day in and day out.
Suddenly I realize I have it now. And it didn’t feel like work, or at least it didn’t feel as hard as swimming against a current. In some ways it feels like it just happened.
Lots of successful people, from Maya Angelou to Napoleon Hill speak on the power of positive thinking.
“If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.” —Maya Angelou
Recently, I learned about the RAS system in our brains.
Your RAS is a small group of cells behind your eyes, at the base of your brain stem, that acts as a gatekeeper for processing information.
Think about this: we are literally exposed to billions of bits of information every moment we have our eyes open. How does your brain know what to take in & process, and what to leave out? That’s where the RAS comes in.
If you are afraid of spiders, you will zero in on the spider in the corner even though no one else has noticed it. If you love food, you’ll notice when the snack room at work has been restocked before others. If you are taking care of a baby, you will hear its cries above all else even if there is a train passing by.
Do you see how this relates to the power of positive thinking? Do you see how powerful a business could be if its owner adopted a positive mindset? Consider: more opportunities could pop up. They’d figure out easier ways to do things. They’d make more of the right connections.
Now I’d like to leave you with a tip for using positive thinking to its fullest potential for your business.
If a goal is important to you, WRITE IT DOWN. Not only will it help you remember what you came here for, but it’ll set your RAS and rest of your brain to look for things to assist you in reaching that goal.
“You are 42 percent more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down.” —Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews
Personally my notes app on my phone is filled with past letters to self to set intentions. And with time, they all come true.
“Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” —Napoleon Hill
Don’t take a chance on something that could radically change your life! Write. Down. Your. Goals.
Hi, I’m Diana Lopez! I’m a freelance web designer and developer who works with startups and small businesses. I create memorable & effective websites and brand identities. Interested in learning more? See my portfolio at pixelswithin.com →