The Power of Positive Thinking
Our lives are often filled with dreams of a wealthy and happy future with sky-high expectations. However, the reality of our lives does not always align with all our demands. Instead, we find ourselves facing unexpected hardship and trauma. Unrealistic expectations can push us toward dreadful situations, burdened by the weight of our desires. This is where the power of positive thinking comes into the picture.
A Mindset Shift
While foregoing expectations may seem difficult, the burden of expectations can take a toll, leading to depression, anxiety attacks, intense stress, etc. Whether we go through a hard breakup, failure in an exam or suddenly become jobless for reasons unknown, we must train our minds to have the courage to withstand the stress and the tough phases.
In some countries, like India, a majority of children from middle-class families are taught that life is a race. Until they land a job, they are constantly under pressure and in competition with their peers. In fact, rather than analysing their abilities and growing their skills, they are more concerned about the whereabouts of their peers and how well they are doing in life. This mindset needs to be eliminated and children should gradually be exposed to the realities of the world. By facing hardships and challenges head-on and learning to adapt to situations, they can develop a positive attitude, deriving the courage to fight and triumph over obstacles.
We should not expect our lives to be a bed of roses. Everyone has to go through the rigorous test of tumultuous times to evolve into mature and positive individuals. Such mindsets and teachings should be instilled early on.
Be Ready to Embrace Plan B
Planning for success is common. We plan to secure high-paying jobs, marry someone we love, have a family and so on. But what if we fail? What if exactly the opposite of what we expect happens? Is that the end of it all?
By inculcating a positive mindset, it becomes easier for one to switch to plan B. Being able to mould strategies and finding a way to effectively resurrect ourselves and work towards improvement can only happen when we think positively.
The ultimate goal is to have some positivity that even if we falter, we should not lose hope and confidence. Dealing with our hardships and continuing to devise strategies to improvise reflects the power of positivity.
Do Not Lose Hope
Life is too short to dwell on our mistakes and crib over them. Instead, we must embrace life’s lessons, learn from our experiences and strive toward making the world beautiful and sophisticated. Both good and bad times are temporary, and just as we celebrate good times, we should face life’s challenges with patience and a consistent smile, knowing that “this too shall pass”.
Failures, more than successes, provide valuable lessons. While we desire glory and glamour, it is failures that teach us, allowing us to maintain equilibrium in life. We are bound to face obstacles and that’s the beauty of life. We should focus on what’s in our control, maintaining positive energy through practices like yoga and keeping a calm mind. Analysing our mistakes and strategizing for improvement is essential. Passing on our rich experiences to future generations can create a better world.
An Emotional Game
Emotional control is also crucial. We often get demotivated when life’s results don’t match our expectations, leading to negative moods. Instead of building castles in the air, we should focus on the present journey and analyse our deficiencies. Let go of the uncontrollable like luck and the movement of stars; if we work with honesty and integrity, the results will follow.
We must be grateful for our lives, as not everyone gets to enjoy the daily basics and survive with hope. A spirit of gratitude is widely appreciated and enriches our lives. There is no inherent formula for happiness and peace; it lies in adapting to the present and facing it head-on.
Remember, success and failure are two sides of the same coin, supporting each other. A positive mind and a consistent smile can brighten not only our souls but also purify our minds. Let’s cherish and appreciate life as a whole, forgive others, strive for improvement, and find joy in the journey rather than solely focusing on the destination.
By embracing the power of positive thinking, we can lead fulfilling and enriched lives, making the world a better place for ourselves and future generations.
Abhishek Thakurata joined Larsen And Toubro Construction as a Graduate Engineer Trainee in 2019 right after completing his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Techno India Salt Lake College. Since then, his journey with L&T has been a successful 3.5-year stride with the Transportation Infrastructure IC (RREC SBG). He currently works on the Dial Project under the Billing and Materials Department. He is an ardent cricket fan and enjoys writing and reading articles related to psychology. His short story titled ‘A Stranger by the Bridge’ has been published in the L&T ITE Magazine in June 2022.