Posted 5/20/2020 1:44 PM (GMT -6)
Here’s how that occurred with me.
I was negative but I didn’t realize it because it was in my unconscious and didn’t see it. At least one person had told me, you’re negative, but I didn’t see it. The way I looked at it was, I was realistic, many things were bad. The person who told me that was super positive and happy, nothing bothered that person.
I (my negative unconscious) thought, I don’t want to be like that. I don’t want to skip down the street even when things are going bad. That’s not who I am. I want to still be me.
Then I read a column in a newspaper that said, if you aren’t positive, you’re probably not a good problem solver. It never mentioned skipping down the street. It never mentioned I would have to change my entire personality. It simply said, if you go into a problem thinking you can solve it, your chances of solving it increase.
For 30 seconds I could be positive, just when I needed to think about solving the next problem. So, before the next problem, I told myself, read the column on being positive before trying to solve it. The problem was, our car would not start and it was in the backyard. I think, I don’t know how to solve that.
Then I rem. the column on being positive before trying to solve problems. I read the first 3 or 4 paragraphs which said think positive that you can solve it, before you start to try to solve the problem. I did think positive (from reading the 1st 3 or 4 paragraphs) and I did solve the problem. I called a wrecker that could get into our small, twisting driveway. For the first time in my life, I had solved a problem.
All because the column made me think I could solve it, it had communicated to my unconscious (negative), think positive. The column had changed my unconscious thinking from negative to positive, and it looked for a solution, rather than looked for defeat, and I had found the solution.
From then on, when I was away from the column and couldn’t read the first 3 or 4 paragraphs, I would work on my unconscious myself, by saying several times, “Think positive, think positive, think positive” and only then would start to think of the problem.
And I solved more problems when I thought like that than I had ever solved in my life. And I still don’t skip down the street. I’m still me. I just think positive for a few seconds before I look at my current problem.
I was defeating myself. I was practicing what I had been taught. It’s not that the problem is great, it’s that my chances of solving it are much improved if I think positive for a few seconds before I try to solve it.