Did you know that there is a difference between positive thinking and affirmative thinking? For years now we have learned from personal development gurus that our success is determined by what we think and say about ourselves. We have learned over time that positive thinking should develop more successful individuals. Many of today’s personal development books point to the success of others who are able to have a positive outlook about what they can achieve. (1)
After all, as “The Secret” taught us – if we can believe it then we can achieve it. So hundreds, if not thousands, of people begin their day by chanting positive statements about themselves. For instance, “I am a good person”, “I am successful” or “I am the best salesperson”. The gurus teach us that these positive statements must be taped to our bathroom mirrors and repeated many, many times during the day.
Individuals who were with people using positive thinking have found that these individuals go further in life than those who don’t. However it is also a slow process in which individuals must repeat these things daily, for days at a time in order to effect a change in their subconscious mind. You see, the act of using positive thinking is the way in which you can make a change in the things you believe about yourself. You are attempting to effect a change in your subconscious mind so that you will take action on things you may not otherwise have attempted.
But there is a better way, a faster way and a more efficient way to make these changes and to affect success in your life. This is to use affirmative thinking. Now, you may believe that positive thinking and affirmative thinking are one and the same. After all, they sound the same. They both address things in a positive manner and they both have the same intent. But they are different. The definition of positive thinking is optimism or the inclination to collect the most favorable spin on actions and events and to anticipate the best possible outcome.