We all know successful, positive, happy people. We often call them “lucky”, but suppose luck is just a concept, an idea, a myth? What if these people who are successful, positive and happy are not lucky at all? What if they create their own “luck” through using a ‘think positive’ attitude?

We once lived in a world without computers, radios, TVs, microwaves, mobile phones and we now benefit from all this technology because of positive thinking. Not the kind of deluded, unfocused, wishful “One day I’ll win the lottery” kind of thinking that relies onthe external universe to change our circumstances for us, but the positive thinking that accepts the current reality and asks the right questions to produce progress and better results. Questions such as…

  • “How can I make this product/situation/relationship better?”
  • “How can I improve on what I have now?”
  • “How can I become more competent?”
  • “How can I add more value to my family’s/client’s/own experience?”
  • “How can I acheive my goals easily and quickly?”
  • … and perhaps most importantly in the current turbulent economic times:

    “How can I find out what I need to do or know to make the best decisions for me?”

    By asking positive “How can I…” questions like this, you begin to form positive ideas and as Dr Richard Bandler, co-creator of NLP said, “People create ideas that shape reality”. ‘Think Positive’ techniques like this can help you manage your change for the better and ensure you get more of what you want and need in your life. In other words, help you have the reality you want and deserve.

    Of course, you can’t always control every aspect of life’s changes, but you can decide to use these type of techniques to increase your level of control. As well as the questions above, you could try thinking back to a time when you felt in control of your life, were successful, or in the zone and notice that you probably did a lot of things unconciously to produce that result. For example, you may have:

  • assessed the situation realistically in terms of what is within your sphere of influence and what is not;
  • devised a plan, set goals and action steps;
  • networked and asked for help, support & ideas;
  • managed your resources effectively (time, money, etc.);
  • seized opportunities and created new ones;
  • expressed yourself positively;
  • had either a positive inner voice, image, or role model to encourage you along the way;
  • reviewed progress and adjusted your plans accordingly.
  • Remember these two techniques – the “How can I…” questions and the ‘thinking back’ – whenever you are faced with a change or want to make changes in your life. Change happens so ‘think positive’ and make a change for the better.