Positive thinking and the best named philosopher!

I like a good quote to help motivate and inspire. If you are a little bit like me it would be very impressive if you have never come across the best named philosopher of them all: Confucius! He doesn’t just have the best name (if the pictures online is anything to go by) -the eyebrows really are something to behold, and that comes from me who is married to a man who by some is known as Eyebrows Howes.

Confucius is by many considered one of the most important and influential individual in human history. He believed in equality and education for all. Famously saying: If your plan is for 1 year -plant rice. If your plan is for 10 years, plant trees. If your plan is for 100 years, educate children.

At the moment I am working with a great group of young girls, going through the program ‘Making of a Champion’, and we are on the lesson about potential. Really powerful and challenging stuff! The one quote by Confucius that I have written down and is pondering this week alongside this material, is:

‘The man who says he can, and the man who says he can’t are both correct.’

How much do we hold ourselves back because of our thoughts and the things we tell ourselves? How much do we allow our thinking to limit us, and in some cases even cripple us? How can we use our words to help encourage us towards our dreams?

Experts keep finding evidence that our thoughts, positive or negative, don’t just have psychological effects, they can also have physical effects on our body. Surely that means that one of the best habits to develop is a positive thinking habit? Believing in yourself and what you can do, expecting to give your best, and being kind to yourself, is crucial to your success. Simply by working to eliminate self destructive thoughts and the negative comparison to others, we can break the thought habits that says we cannot.

Who doesn’t want to develop the power to reach your goals? As with every great habit it doesn’t just magically happen, it takes time. Use positive words and gratitude. Read inspirational stories. Believe in yourself, no one will exceed self imposed limitations. Use positive affirmations and visualisation. You will reach your goals when you believe you can (and then you make a great plan to put all your belief into action).

As the best named philosopher once said: The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

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