The glass half-empty or half-full scenario. Positive thinking isn’t about burying every negative thought or emotion you have or avoiding difficult feelings. The lowest points in our lives are building blocks to managing problems and how we approach tough times in a more positive and productive way.
Positive thinking generally empowers positive action and achieving our goals.
Negative thinking is paralysing, bringing fears and doubts and preventing us from taking the actions that can get us closer to our goals.
Its important to recognise those negative thoughts and not to bury them as they could have an unconscious impact on our actions. That negative thinking is limiting or eliminating the possibilities we can have.
Giving positive compliments to others requires little effort, while having great results for both parties. While you gain the satisfaction of knowing you brighten someone’s day, it can also enhance their performance and activate the reward pathways in their brain.
Criticism is the expression of disapproval of someone or something on the basis of perceived faults or mistakes. Here is a great example of criticism with either a positive or negative outcome.
Albert Einstein once wrote on a blackboard :
9 x 1 = 9
9 x 2 = 18
9 x 3 = 27
9 x 4 = 36
9 x 5 = 45
9 x 6 = 54
9 x 7 = 63
9 x 8 = 72
9 x 9 = 81
9 x 10 = 91
Suddenly chaos erupted in the classroom because Einstein made a mistake. Obviously, the correct answer to 9 × 10 isn’t 91. And all his students ridiculed him.
Einstein waited for everyone to be silent and said:
“Despite the fact that I analyzed nine problems correctly, no one congratulated me. But when I made one mistake, everyone started laughing. This means that even if a person is successful, society will notice his slightest mistake. And they’ll like that.
So don’t let criticism destroy your dreams. The only person who never makes a mistake is someone who does nothing.”
Criticism is a reflection of yourself.
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