THE CAPTAIN'S CORNER

THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING
ArticleID: 84
Date: 5/28/2000
Written By: Captain Jackson

THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING
by Captain Jackson

Each morning when I arise, no matter what kind of a mood I may be in, I look in the mirror and say to myself, "Gosh, Isn`t life wonderful?" And whether or not that particular morning that statement is the truth or a lie, I still say it with a smile.

Is the glass half empty, or is it half full? To me, it`s always half full, as one half empty can always be filled. After a while, one begins to think this way.

Don`t misunderstand me. I have never lead a "gilded" life. On the contrary, mine has been one filled with disappointments and rejection. But each time I have been "kicked while I was down", I`ve always gotten back up on my feet and continued. If you`re a positive thinker the words "give up" have no meaning to you.

The same applies to a career. Many people take a job solely based upon the salary. But what if you aren`t happy with your task? It takes little time before that job begins to create negativity.

The best piece of vocational advice I have ever received was, "Never choose a career for money. Choose it because it is what you want to do, and money will always follow". I know this has been very true in every career move I have made.

And then there`s worry. What was it Alfred E. Neuman said? "What, me worry?" A truer statement was never made.

Worry creates anxiety, and more worry. Don`t get me wrong, even the most positive thinker occasionally worries about the many circumstances of life. Just don`t dwell on it. I`ve always looked at it this way: If you spend all your time worrying about something and it turns out positive, you wasted all that time. On the other hand, if you spend all your time worrying about something that turns out negatively, it created nothing but the extra undue stress you put yourself through. Either way, as a positive thinker, you`ll always come out on top.

Positive thinking is not a difficult practice. It`s like riding a bike. Once you learn how, it becomes second nature. As the saying goes, "Try it, you`ll like it!"

Copyright 2000, CFC


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