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Fundamental Seven: Develop Positive, Optimistic Thinking

Let’s start our analysis with events…

Consider everything that happened today. Write down every actual event you remember. How did things go in the morning after you awoke? What happened throughout the day? What happened when you got home? Did anything out of the ordinary occur during the day? Write anything and everything you can remember down.

For demonstration purposes, let me cite an example one of my students wrote in a classroom exercise:

“I woke by my alarm clock. I had accidentally set it earlier than usual. I had my morning coffee, showered and dressed, and had breakfast. I made it to work earlier than usual. The work-load was higher than normal, thus I didn’t have a chance to go to lunch. By late-afternoon, tension around the workplace had grown, but the boss seemed tremendously pleased with our efforts. After work, a few of us got together, and I happened to run into an old friend who’s making a fortune in real estate. At home, later, my spouse and I had left-overs for dinner and watched a great movie on HBO. Just before bed, I wrote-out a few checks to pay my monthly credit-card bills. Then I snuggled-up to my spouse for a night’s sleep… ”

How would you view a day such as this? Was it a “good” day, or a “horrible” one?

It’s all in how you learn to interpret it!

First, let’s look at this student’s day with our “blue glasses” on. What’s wrong with this day? Practically everything! He had to wake up early. Furthermore, he had only yourself to blame because he mis-set his clock. He got to work earlier than was necessary. He had to work harder than usual, and missed lunch altogether. Tension on the job ran high. He ran into an old friend who is doing much better than he is. He had left-overs for dinner, and spent the few hours left in his day paying bills…

Looking at it in this light, it looks as if our student had a pretty rotten day!

But now, let’s re-examine the same day with our “rose-colored glasses.” Here, we can see the exact same day in a positive light…

He was lucky enough to show up to work early on one of the busiest work-days of the year (and his boss was tremendously pleased). Although he missed lunch, his productivity was at an all-time peak. He was quite happy to run-into an old, dear friend. He watched a great movie on HBO, had a decent dinner, had enough money left in his bank-account to pay his bills, and at the end of the day was able to snuggle-up to a loyal mate and slumber, after one of the better days of his life!

To teach yourself in the same manner, start logging a series of your own days in a detail. Then, later, experiment by analyzing each of the days by looking at them through the “blue” and “rose” glasses.

Practice with any situation you can conjure. First, put on your “blue glasses” and pick-apart everything you can find that is wrong with it. Then practice with your “rose glasses” to see all the positive aspects of the same situation.

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