Power of Positive Thinking versus Positive Action
I am pretty sure you’ve heard it time and time again that positive thinking can increase your chances of becoming successful. This is quite true, however you need to know that just as the bible says in James 2:26 “…faith without works is dead…” so also positive thinking without action is just like dreaming with your eyes wide open!
Although positive thinking helps, research has shown that taking simple actions can have a greater impact on human behavior and the achieved results.
It doesn’t take a lot of work and effort to get meaningful results. Most times simple actions are all that you need. Provided you are committed to taking simple regular actions towards achieving your goals, you’ll begin to see changes that will lead to your success.
You have the key to your success, follow these 10 research-based exercises and you’ll observe the power of positive actions:
1. Do things in a new way.
If for example, you’re trying to quit smoking, try smoking with the opposite hand. It makes the behavior seem unusual, and you’ll be less likely to smoke. People who smoke do so automatically, therefore by doing it differently, you will be forced to think about it.
2. Nod in agreement.
If someone nods while communicating with you, they’re more likely to agree with what’s being said. Hence, if you want someone to agree with you, subtly nod your head while chatting with them. They will unconsciously start to do the same. This results in a greater likelihood of agreeing with you. If you follow-up that nod with necessary action steps, you’re very likely to get something more (favour, contract etc.) out of that conversation.
3. Act happy.
No one but you can make you happy – it’s a decision and only you can make that decision. Consequently, even when you’re down, the simple act of smiling will make you feel happier. If you want your smile to make an impact, smiling big – using your whole face (including your forehead), and making it last about 20 seconds.
4. Act sternly.
Those that sit up straight and cross their arms have been shown to persevere twice as much as those that sat in other ways. Try this technique if you want to be persistent. This technique is particularly useful if you happen to fall into the category of people that people don’t take you serious enough. When you say “no”, they take you as saying “yes”.
5. Wash up.
A recent study found that washing your hands, taking a bath, or showering can reduce feelings of guilt. Even cleaning the hands with an antiseptic after committing an immoral act significantly reduced guilty feelings. If something you’ve done fills your heart with so much guilt and you find it difficult to move towards your goals… go wash up, get clean… pray for forgiveness or approach the person that holds your forgiveness!
6. Soft chairs for soft people.
If you have to negotiate with others, arrange for them to sit in a soft chair. Studies have shown that firm chairs result in tougher negotiating. A soft chair makes people more flexible. Powerful psychological act!
7. Just begin!
Spending a few minutes on the activity you’re avoiding can often stop procrastination. Getting started really is the hardest part. If you can just break the hold of procrastination by a tiny winy act…you’ve won that battle!
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8. Be emotionally intimate.
Couples that are close are more likely to talk about the intimate aspects of life. The opposite is also true. When two people have an intimate conversation, they feel more attracted to each other. If you’re on a date, steer the conversation toward more meaningful topics.
9. Flex your muscles.
One study discovered that tensing your muscles increases your willpower. If you’re struggling to quit smoking or to stick to a diet, the solution is easier than you think. Make a fist and flex your biceps. If you’re around others, flex your leg muscles.
10. Act confident.
You’ve seen the cliché “power” pose of CEOs, with them leaning back with outstretched legs and looking up with their hands behind the head. If you’re standing, put both feet flat on the floor, chest out and shoulders back. Play the part. If you act confident on the outside, you’ll feel more confident on the inside.
These ideas all come from university research, so there’s some science behind them. Try them and see what impact they have on your life. While positive thinking is great, sometimes positive actions can be even more powerful. Positive thinking attracts what you are thinking towards you while positive action propels you to go get it!
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