I am yet to find out how positivity works at larger levels like society. But I know it works quite well at an individual level.
I quit my job some two years ago and started preparing for a national level competitive exam. I collected the materials, planned well and started with zeal. After a year and a half, I was still preparing but was nowhere near the goal. I kept reading but didn’t believe I would succeed.I had been doing all the things which were proscribed for being successful like procrastination. Negative things don’t come alone. Procrastination delayed things leading to falling off track and I started comparing my performance with others’. Days went with futile attempts to read and nights contemplating. I even thought of quitting.
One night I had a thought out of nowhere. I decided to analyse what went wrong. If so many people could clear the exam, why can’t I? A positive way of comparing. Wasn’t that? I found that I had been accumulating lots of not so positive thoughts. At that time I had lost all my hopes and truly believed that I wouldn’t succeed. As there was nothing more to lose and there was nothing to fear of I thought of spending the rest of the time till the exam trying out positive things for a change.
Fear of loss stops us from doing anything brave. I didn’t have that fear because I was sure that I wouldn’t and so tried out many things which I hadn’t tried earlier. I read motivational articles, created a pleasant reading environment, surrounded myself with positive thoughts and meditated. This environment infused a wave of energy and I was on track again, on a correct one. Everything started to fall into place. As I already had a plan and materials, everything went well. I cleared the exam and secured a job.
Actions do play a part but the thoughts play the major role in converting a hopeless situation to a success.
Enough of being a negative person. For a change let us try to be positive. After all, what is there to lose?