“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale

Our thoughts determine the quality of the life we’re leading- whether it is sad, happy or content life. Positive thoughts can generate a zing in our system, which makes our blood flow freely and heart beat joyously. They create a spring in our feet and spur us to action. On the other hand, pessimistic and gloomy thoughts can create inertia and make us feel negative about everything in life. Simply put, our actions are the practical manifestations of our thoughts.

James Allen describes one of the best analogies on the power of positive thinking in his timeless classic “As a Man Thinketh.” The book’s basic message is, “You are what you think.” He compares a human mind to a garden. If planted with beautiful plants and carefully nurtured, the garden will yield beautiful flowers and be a place of beauty and peace. Otherwise, the weeds will creep in and yield thorns and negativity.

Allen argues that a person’s character is the sum of all of their thoughts. Someone with a noble character must have kind and positive thoughts than the loathsome ones. He further explains that each and every action takes place from a thought that person has entertained. He writes the following lines: “As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so every act of a man springs from the hidden seed of thought . . . Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruit.”

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Every thought that is transformed into an action creates a result, and that result brings you either joy or misery. He refers to thoughts as “thought-seeds”. Hateful and bitter thoughts will produce pain and misery. Happiness will follow those who have noble, kind, and positive thoughts.

The power of positive thinking will fetch good results exactly the way negative thinking will yield bad results. You cannot sow oranges and hope to reap apples.  Similarly, you cannot cultivate negative thoughts and hope to live a positive life. You live what you think. You live what you say. Therefore, it is important to think the right thoughts and sometimes make a deliberate effort to do so through positive affirmations.

The best way to keep your thoughts focused is by creating a list of life goals, and to keep those goals at the forefront of your awareness. Then continually ask yourself: are the thoughts that you’re having right now likely to blossom into the action that you need to take in order to achieve your goals? If not, what better thoughts could you think instead?

It is quite clear, therefore, that we must bring a change in the way we think in order to create happiness in our lives. A good thing about the brain is that it adopts any changes that we bring about in our thinking patterns. Think positive, live positive.