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Is it difficult to be positive?

Is it difficult to be positive?

This is a question many would respond to with a resounding “yes”. In fact, some people accept it as axiomatic that being positive is more difficult than being negative. I don’t think the question is as cut & dry as it appears.

Difficulty is as difficulty does

Consider the following question:

Is it difficult to stay awake and have energy?

Well, it depends. Did you get any sleep the night before? Have you eaten anything? If so, did you eat foods that provide the body with energy?

Whether or not you find it difficult to stay awake and have energy varies with how you answer those questions.

If you slept for two hours, skipped out on breakfast, and ate only a candy bar for lunch, you will probably find it much easier to fall asleep than to stay awake. It has very little to do with will-power and much more to do with proper physical conditioning.

A similar principle is at work when it comes to being happy and thinking positive.

“Dig the well before you need the water”

Many people invest very little effort into their mental conditioning and are still surprised when the benefits of such conditioning are absent.

They allow themselves very little room for relaxation, spend almost no time reading or watching inspirational material, and frequently focus their attention around conversations, news reports, and television programs that generate fear and anxiety. This sort of mental diet makes it psychologically impossible to meet the challenges of daily life with any significant amount of inner resources.

How can there be water to draw in a time of need, when one has never taken the time to dig the well?

Last Thanksgiving’s dinner wont satisfy today’s hunger

Can you imagine someone saying the following:

I don’t need to eat this week because I ate a huge meal last Thanksgiving!

Sounds odd, right? Yet, that’s exactly how we treat our spiritual and psychological health when we neglect our soul’s need for daily nourishment.

Being healthy, happy, & positive everyday is not difficult. It’s just as feasible as staying awake throughout the day when you’re at work. It only requires that you take care of your soul with the same level of consistency that you take care of your body.

Your happiness and health is worth whatever investment it takes. I encourage you to regularly make room in your life for activities that feed your soul. Don’t wait for a crisis. Take charge of your life and get on a steady diet of mental and spiritual health as soon as possible.

That’s my two cents.

What are your thoughts?

Cheers,

T.K. Coleman

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Positive Thinking is not a consolation prize. It’s the gold medal!

In sports, a distinction is made between teams who “play not to lose” and teams who “play to win.”

The former doesn’t expect to win. They may have the desire, but they lack the conviction that they have what it takes to ultimately succeed. Instead, they settle for being competitive. Their primary goal is to put forth a respectable effort while ensuring that the other team works up a good sweat en route to inevitable victory.

Teams who “play to win” have an entirely different mentality. They have their eyes on the prize and are “in it to win it.” Their agenda is neither defensive nor neutral. They want nothing short of being crowned “the winner” at the match’s end.

Optimism is sometimes perceived and advanced from the perspective of those who approach the game of life with a play “not to lose” attitude. Positive thinking is often seen as a consolation prize for an unpleasant life. From this vantage point, life really does stink and the best we can hope to do is be a good sport about it. Positive thinking is simply a coping mechanism that allows us to get through the day after our circumstance have already been defined by a pessimistic perspective.

Here’s another way to see it;

Optimism is about playing to win.

Optimism isn’t just there to help you cope with negativity. It’s there to relentlessly challenge negativity. It doesn’t concede any negative interpretations of reality without first contesting it from all sides. Every negative assumption is called into question with the highest scrutiny. Optimism wants to be the perspective that gets to define what your life is like. It’s not going to sit back and let pessimism define what your life means while it passively reacts.

Positivity is not a defensive reaction to life’s challenges.

Positivity is a proactive mechanism for creating the life you were born to create.

There are no consolation prizes in life. You can either be a victim of circumstance or a champion of imagination.

You get to choose. Don’t play not to lose.  Today you can decide to play on the winning side.

That’s my two cents.

Cheers,

T.K. Coleman

The Coin of Heaven

“Thought is the coin of heaven. You must stop spending your thoughts, time, and money. Everything in life must be an investment. Stop all of the old mechanical negative inner talking and start a new positive and constructive inner speech from premises of fulfilled desire. Any time we feel misunderstood, misused, neglected, suspicious, afraid, we are spending our thoughts and wasting our time. Whenever we assume the feeling of being what we want to be, we are investing. We cannot abandon the moment to negative inner talking and expect to retain command of life.” –Neville Goddard

Imagination is the “coin of heaven.” It is the invisible currency which makes the attainment of all desires possible.

If a man can enter into the feeling state of already being that which he seeks to become, then he will have purchased the rights with the currency of imagination to experience that state as a physical reality.

Within us all is the capacity to revolutionize our lives through the creative power of thought. Whatever our circumstantial limitations may be, imagination is that which no external condition can devalue or depreciate.

Where our outer resources seem to be lacking, the inner resources of an open and creative mind are always overflowing with an infinite abundance of possibilities. Man only needs to look inside at the invisible treasure-house within and he will discover the coin of heaven, his own beautiful imagination, whereby anything he desires can be procured.

Sylvia Brown one said “whatever you ardently desire, vividly imagine, and enthusiastically act upon must inevitably come to pass.”

Let us dare to manifest the very best as we cease squandering our mental capital on ideas of limitation.

May we invest every thought in the contemplation of what we would like to become until our imagination is set on fire and consumes all that stands between us and the fulfillment of our destiny.

What are your thoughts and what are you spending them on?

T.K. Coleman

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REFUSE TO GET BITTER

I refuse to get bitter. Not because I love other people so much, but because I love myself too much to allow my positive energy to be wasted and consumed by the hatred of another person.

We have all been offended at some point in our lives. We have all felt betrayed or let down.

The temptation to harbor feelings of resentment towards someone who seems to create inconveniences in our lives is present on an almost daily basis.

I am not here to tell you to go find your enemies and give them a hug. I am here to tell you to have enough respect for your future to let it go.

“Just like that?”

Just like that!

The moment you allow yourself to be filled with bitterness, you have just become a psychological slave to the person you are angry at. The only way you can free yourself is by liberating that other person from the prison of unforgiveness that you are holding them in.

I know it’s not easy, but your destiny is at stake.

In the end, resentment is the ultimate enemy. It robs you of your focus and rapidly diminishes your creative powers.

For the sake of your purpose in life. For the sake of your higher good. For the sake of your own health. For the sake of those whom you have been called to positively influence, choose to forgive.

That’s today’s two cents.

Peace,

T.K. Coleman

The Possible Self

 
 I worship the possibilities within myself. I now give praise to the unmanifest dimensions of my being.

Self-respect is the only suitable attitude to adopt towards a person of your status. If you had any idea of what your true nature was, you would fall on your knees and honor yourself like royalty.

The actor who forgot he was playing a role

We live in a world where people are honored on the basis of what they do for a living.

Should a celebrity or a high-ranking political official walk into a room, many of us would scramble about in a frenzy to ensure that such individuals received treatment and respect of the highest order.

The mere experience of being spoken to by such people is sufficient in some cases to produce a slight increase in our sense of self-worth.

Such experiences condition us to identify who we are with the roles that we play in life. We move about in this world as if we were professionals, students, mothers, children, co-workers, etc. In reality, these roles we play are merely finite expressions of the boundless essence that we truly are.

We are like actors who have become so absorbed in our roles that we have mistaken the character we are portraying for the actual person that we are.

You are more than your personality

The word “personality” is derived from the latin term “persona” which means “mask”. If we take etymology seriously, in this case, the implication is that our personalities are only masks concealing the broader identity of our Real Self.

A mask is not an intrinsically bad thing. It is a great device for exhibiting and exploring certain character traits. A mask can become a great hinderance, however, if one mistakes it for his Real Self.

The Real Self is not merely non-physical, but it is also trans-personal. Just as our bodies are physical extensions and expressions of our non-physical personality, our personalities are psychological extensions and expressions of our trans-personal essence.

In other words, we are all inconceivably more than what we think we are. We are not our jobs, our dreams, our experiences, or even our ranking on the social ladder. We are individualized expressions of The Infinite. As such, we all are worthy of praise.

I salute the divinity within you

There is a greeting which comes from Indian culture by the name of “Namaste.” It comes from the Sanskrit term “Namas” which means “to salute, bow, or adore.” One interpretation of the word “Namaste” is “I salute the divinity within you.” It is a greeting which honors the “divine spark” in all whom we encounter. This parallels neatly, in my opinion, with the declaration in The Book of Genesis that we have all been created in the “image and likeness of God.”

Experiencing life’s fullest capacity for true joy and lasting success requires that we look deeply enough into ourselves until we discover that Inner Radiance which is the source, substance, and space of the little self we think we are.

There are worlds of possibility lying beyond the limited perception of self we refer to as “me.”

Our recognition of and reverence for this Real Self is the key which unlocks the door to these hidden dimensions existing within our own being.

Are you ready to walk through that door?

T.K. Coleman.

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