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Sunday
Oct052014

Possibility Thinking

It is our dream of what is possible that gives us hope.

When we envision positive outcomes, relationships and lives, we are using possibility thinking. When we let ourselves imagine what is possible, even if we’ve had a history of disappointments, we allow positive energy to enter our thoughts and actions. Dreaming is just as essential as taking action.

Dispense with limiting beliefs and negative self-talk. Instead let positive thoughts infuse your being. Instead of dwelling in what we didn’t do, focus on what we can do. Focus on what is possible. Focus on being creative, flexible, and open to other options. It’s freeing.

What’s possible?

 

 

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Reader Comments (14)

A few months after I started my PO business I developed an understanding about the work that we do - that we are needed in every area of human life from cradle to beyond-the-grave. Since that time, I have believed that anything is possible so long as I remain fearless. Thanks for the great reminder, Linda! xo

October 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRegina Lark

Regina- What a wonderfully open view…"anything is possible so long as I remain fearless." You've identified the number one thing that prevents most of us from moving forward, or moving outside our comfort zone: FEAR. How awesome that you go forth with "fearless" as your motto. Just wonderful!

October 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

It's funny that you should mention the self-talk. The reality is that we listen to our own voice more than any other!! Unfortunately, we carelessly beat ourselves down, spotlighting everything that isn't perfect. This is useless, and sometimes detrimental. We need to acknowledge the power of our inner voice, ferociously silence the self-criticism, and cultivate an inner cheerleader.

October 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

Seana- Such words of wisdom that you shared…. "ferociously silence the self-criticism, and cultivate the inner cheerleader." Love that! Thank you, thank you.

October 5, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Positivity is such a powerful perspective! It reaches into all our relationships in both give and take. It's an important part of how we do business. Keeping positivity as your focus will make a difference each day.

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

Ellen- It's so true that adopting positivity has far reaching outcomes in our relationships, business, and lives. What we project, comes back to us (negatively AND positively.) But it's more than that, our outlook also changes our internal experiences. It's how we choose to view things that can greatly effect how we feel and influence the outcomes we have. I'm with you 100% that being positive makes a "difference each day" in all good ways.

October 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

What's possible is choice and how we look at things. Our brains are wired to respond to negative inputs so we have to work harder to focus on the positive. I like entertaining 'benefit of outcome' and really standing in the place of completion of the dream. How will my life be different on all levels? What will I have to give up? What daily practices will get me closer to this destination?Sharing my dream with others - dream holders - helps to define the dream and add a layer of positive accountability.

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCameron Gott

Cam- Love how you bring this front and center….the fact that we have "choice" and perspective. Also love the idea of having a "dream holder" that helps us clarify our dreams and add, as you said, "a layer of positive accountability." Fantastic thoughts added to this conversation. Thank you.

October 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I always try to be positive about life and my business, but it is always great when you remind us Linda. Thank you for keep the thinking and the learning coming our way.

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJill Robson

Jill- Interesting how sometimes our positivity flows naturally and other times we need some nudging. There's so much to be grateful for on a daily basis, so much to be excited about, yet sometimes the pressures or challenges of life can cloud the beauty of what's before us. So glad that you're here with us and that you felt renewed in your "positive" thoughts.

October 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I'm not going to lie, I am realistic about life rather than optimistic, my way of thinking was determined by not so happy events in my childhood (particularly loosing my father at the age of 10) Since that moment I learned life was not easy nor fair, life is just a cumulus of events and happenings, some of them happy and some of them sad.
As I grew up (physically and mentally) I discovered enjoying life is accepting and embracing those moments, no matter what. Slowly I break free from fears, and possibility thinking has been the key. If I can dream it, putting my focus and a good amount of effort I can do anything I want.

October 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterNacho Eguiarte

Nacho- Thank you for so openly sharing your journey and how you came to develop your life's philosophy. My deepest sympathy for the early loss of your father. Breaking free from fear is no easy thing. What a powerful statement to know that if you "dream it," and give your focus and effort, you can accomplish what you set out to.

October 7, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I find that if I assume something IS possible, instead of worrying about whether it is or not, it empowers me to move forward and take whatever actions are needed to bring it to pass.

November 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Janet- Doubt can be paralyzing. I love your "assumption-based" philosophy which propels you forward instead of keeping you stuck. Fabulous!

November 8, 2014 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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