Positive thinking is all the rage these days. Business bloggers are falling all over themselves to recommend “The Power of Positive Thinking,” and personal development writers can’t seem to get enough of “The Secret” (the premise of which is that positive thinking and wishing for something hard enough sends a message to the Universe, causing the object of your desire to manifest itself in your life).
I’m sorry, but what a load of bullshit!
I could sit on my rear end all day wishing for leprechauns and unicorns, but I’m guessing I’d wind up going to bed without a single mythical creature to show for my efforts. (For the record – I haven’t ever tried this. I’ll acknowledge that there’s a *very* slim possibility that, were I to follow the above plan, I’d wind up successfully manifesting a magical being of my own…)
The bigger problem with the above scenario is that while I’m sitting there, doing nothing but wishing, I’m not taking any concrete actions that bring me closer to my goals.
Okay, so the unicorn thing is a bit of a stretch, but you’d be amazed by how many people fall into this trap with their personal businesses. The truth is that if wishing hard enough made something happen, there’d be a lot more filthy rich, skinny people in the world!
And that’s the thing – wishing without action isn’t going to get you anywhere. No matter how hard I wish for a successful business or how positively I think about earning money online, I know I’m not going to achieve any of my goals if I’m not out there doing the work necessary to make them happen.
If I’m launching a new site, it’s not enough to think about how well I want it to perform. I need to be out there building backlinks, posting in forums and writing articles to achieve the momentum I want.
Or, if I want to sell a new ebook, I can’t just sit around and wish for buyers to come around and buy it – I’ve got to actively promote it to get the results I want.
Now, for the record, I want to be clear that I have nothing against positive thinking on its own. In fact, you might be surprised to hear that I consider myself to be an optimistic person! I’m confident that, in the future, my businesses will continue to grow, that my personal relationships will continue to deepen and that I’ll continue to meet the goals I set for myself in every aspect of my life.
However, I know these things to be true, not because of how positively I feel about them, but because I’m committed to taking the action necessary to make them happen.
Have you ever got caught up in the trap of positive thinking? Or can you think of something you’re working on right now that could use a little less thought and a lot more action?