By now we’ve all heard about the power of positive thinking. Whether it’s for healing a broken heart, believing you will get a call back for a job interview or just to alleviate your fear of the unknown, the power of our thoughts can be a difference maker.
Skeptics will say that fate has nothing to do with your thoughts and that all the positive thinking in the world won’t make an employer pick up the phone and call you. And they may be right. However, how you choose to look at the situation can have a significant effect on how it affects you.
Let’s suppose you are hoping for a role in an upcoming play. You’ve rehearsed, auditioned and done all you can to convince the casting director that you are the right person for the part. Now what? You can sit at home and tell yourself all the reasons you won’t get the part and probably find yourself in a bout of depression. Or you can continue on with your life, hope for the best and convince yourself that you did all you could, which is all any of us can do.
Now, you get the part and all is well. However, if you don’t get that part and continue with your negative thinking you are simply headed for more dejection. Yet, if you have maintained a positive outlook your response may be, there are other plays auditioning, I’m getting better with each try out and if I just keep trying something will come my way.
There will always be external factors in our life that we have no control over. However, how you interpret and process these factors can make all the difference in whether you adopt a positive or negative outlook. The person who thought themselves out of the part probably won’t audition anymore and will simply ignore other auditions while the person who maintains a positive outlook will continue to try and probably one day land a role.
It really is up to you how you choose to see the world around you.