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The Power of Positive Thinking in 3D

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When you employ the power of positive thinking, how do you apply it? Are you working to overcome a limiting mindset or to adopt a positive one? Do your positive thoughts include pictures, sounds and feelings?

While you’re at it, what is your vision for your life based on? Did you form it around your past, your present or your future?

You and I have these movies we play in our head. They start with a dialog and then move into pictures. Then they become moving pictures, and finally, we attach feelings to them. So, effective positive thinking needs to be multidimensional.

Positive thinking motivated by your personal vision

These mind movies and the feelings that come with them are what I like to call our personal visions. They are three-dimensional and they have feelings attached. These personal visions are also great motivation generators.

The energies that fuel our ability to attract and our ability to act grow out of these visions. The degree of contrast between what is actually taking place in our life now, and what we envision achieving, motivates us to close the gap as we move towards that vision. That’s why the whole process needs to be anchored in positive thinking.

The energy of positive thinking can be defined as:

Enthusiasm
Physical Energy
Courage
Persistence
Confidence
Conviction
Creativity

When you and I are motivated positive thinking, meaning we are producing the energies from this list; we can, and we will, do just about anything we set our minds to.

So the question is: What have we set our minds to do?

The greatest opportunity for a misunderstanding here is to think that what you and I want, even what we have a burning desire for, is in fact what we have set our minds to. There is often a huge difference.

For example, think of something you have wanted for a long while; something you’ve wanted very badly and may have even worked hard for, but are no closer to having now than when you started wanting it.

Now think of something you have felt for some time was inevitable. Something you have often seen happening in your mind’s eye. Something you believe will happen, whether you really want it to or not. Notice how it seems to always happen, or how you seem to progress towards it. This is no coincidence! Regardless of whether it is based on positive thinking or fear, you will attract it into existence.

Motivation has no conscience

Surprisingly, motivation does not care about motives. It is not dependent on what you want or don’t want; need or don’t need. Motivation happens in accordance with what you expect, what you think will happen. It is anchored to the mind movies you play in your head and the scenarios you believe will come true. For your expectations to produce positive results, they must be based on positive thinking.

Now let’s talk about belief and positive thinking

Let’s say that you really, really want to reap some future prosperity. You really want to raise your income to the next level. But is it really possible to believe you will, when it’s something you’ve never done before? Will positive thinking be enough to manifest that prosperity?

Without mastering the art of visualization and motivation, we will tend to believe only those things that we have actually experienced. When we allow our past experiences to establish our beliefs, we tend to stay stuck creating in a circle. We will go round and round, producing the same quality of results repeatedly.

This sounds a lot like the definition of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over again while expecting a different result!”

How do we break the cycle?

The only way to break this cycle and produce unprecedented results is to establish a belief about your future that is not anchored in the past. You have to establish a new belief that is in alignment with what you want, not in alignment with what you have achieved. To do this, you must activate a different set of resources than those that produced your past results. What are those resources?

They are the part of us that is powerful beyond analytical thinking and include our energy, our emotions, our thoughts, and our subconscious mind. This part of us cannot tell the difference between a real experience and one that has been vividly imagined. Think about that.

There is a very powerful aspect of your mind that cannot tell the difference between imagining that you earn an extra $10,000 every month and actually earning an extra $10,000 a month.

The conscious mind can definitely tell the difference. It’s the part of us that will attempt to limit our expectations according to past results. This is the part of us that watches a movie and says, “It’s not real, it’s just pretend, performed by actors and actresses.”

So on some levels, the conscious mind is fairly limited when it comes to producing extraordinary results. In contrast, the part of us that is unlimited and extraordinary experiences a movie and sheds tears of joy or sadness, or responds however the writers, directors and actors intended for us to respond. That part of us cannot tell the difference because it is fully involved in the experience.

Ask yourself these feeling based questions

If you really had been earning $10,000 a month, what do you feel you could expect to earn next month? How would you feel about the opportunities in front of you? Who would you be willing to approach? What would you sound like? What feelings would others get from you? What level of enthusiasm would you convey? How optimistic would you be, how creative? How much confidence would you have?

Compare those answers to how you currently approach your income opportunities. If there is a difference, your current vision is anchored in the present; and if you are only earning $1,000 a month you will only see a $1,000-a-month opportunity. That $9,000 difference is huge when it comes to how you present yourself and where you see opportunity.

Take advantage of your hidden resources. Create a new mind movie anchored in positive thinking to represent what you EXPECT life to be like. The part of you that will get it done cannot tell the difference, and it will respond in accordance with your vision. It will start responding immediately, and it will motivate you to move purposefully in the direction of your vision.

What kind of mind movies do you have?
Are they three dimensional with feelings attached?
Are they based on positive thinking and positive expectations?
The lines are open!

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22 Comments

  1. Galen Pearl March 22, 2011 Reply

    What an important post! I call this resetting your homepage. That internal chatter is a habit and we can change it by following your excellent suggestions! I hope everyone reads this!

    • Jonathan March 25, 2011 Reply

      Thanks Galen, resetting your homepage, that’s a nice way to think about it.

  2. Alex Blackwell March 22, 2011 Reply

    Jonathan,

    We do create our realty with our thoughts – and then we put into motion the actions that our mind sees.

    I see positive, good things. As a result, there’s more good in my life than bad.

    Alex

    • Jonathan March 25, 2011 Reply

      Hey Alex, when I read your stuff I see the reflection of your positive, good thoughts combined with consistent action. It’s working!

  3. Nancy March 22, 2011 Reply

    Another great post Jonathan and to answer your question in the beginning of your post – YES my positive thoughts do include, pictures, sounds and feelings. You pose some great questions here and the questions do make you think. Personal visions are so magnificent and Albert Einstein did say, “imagination is more important than knowledge.” I love the mind movies idea Jonathan and what a fabulous idea. Why not I say – Because WE CAN!

    In gratitude,
    Nancy

    • Jonathan March 25, 2011 Reply

      Hi Nancy, isn’t it cool that a guy with Einstein’s knowledge had total appreciation for the value of imagination. Obviously, he had an abundance of both. Thanks for the quote!

  4. Sandra March 22, 2011 Reply

    Jonathan,

    This is a fascinating post. This struck me in particular, “The only way to break this cycle and produce unprecedented results is to establish a belief about your future that is not anchored in the past.”

    I’m going to have to read this post through a few times to really grasp it fully. I myself don’t think in pictures at all. So I’m not sure what that means for me!

    • Jonathan March 25, 2011 Reply

      Hi Sandra, are you sure that you don’t think in pictures? That’s really interesting. Is it possible that the words you use to articulate your thoughts have captured your awareness to the point that you don’t actually notice the pictures? If not, maybe you could elaborate on how your thinking process works.

  5. Josue March 22, 2011 Reply

    Doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result is not the definition of insanity. This is one of the biggest lies ever been told. It’s the path to mastery of any skill. You must perform the same skill thousands of times, expecting perfection.

    • Jonathan March 25, 2011 Reply

      Hey Josue, if the thing you are doing is producing good results, then yes, doing it over and over would help you hone your skills. This quote refers to people who keep doing something that doesn’t work while continuing to think that one of these times it will. If it doesn’t work, then it doesn’t work and it’s time to find a new approach.

  6. Sudeep March 23, 2011 Reply

    Thoughtful. Very thoughtful. This is going to occupy my mind for a while now, and I’m glad about that.

    Great picture by the way. Makes me smile.
    Great title too!

    • Jonathan March 25, 2011 Reply

      Hi Sudeep, I once had a humming bird sit on my finger for awhile. That’s what I thought of when I saw this picture.

  7. Stuart March 23, 2011 Reply

    I definitely think in pictures Jonathan, I’m quite a visual person. And I understand and agree with the value of this article.

    We think in moving pictures, like a movie screen. Each slide that comes up onscreen is a thought, and we can choose what slide comes up next. It’s hard, but we can determine whether our movie screens showcase horrors or comedies, romances or thrillers.

    We can choose what movies to play, and how often to play them. If we don’t, then the reel will get stuck and distorted images will show. We must take care of our movie screen minds :-)

    • Jonathan March 25, 2011 Reply

      Hey Stuart, that’s also one of the reasons we need to be selective about what we put into our minds. We can easily wind up replaying images that tarnish our outlook on life. That’s one of the reasons I refuse to watch the news or any kind of graphic or sensationalized violence.

  8. Carolee March 23, 2011 Reply

    lol- last year, the home biz I was doing took a nose-dive and I was just starting my coaching biz AND my hubby’s place of employment shut down (On Christmas Eve 2009!)

    I decided I wanted a trailer to camp. I kept looking at trailers for sale, even though I had no money! Ron got a job “on call” so wasn’t making much. We had no money, but I kept looking for a trailer to buy.

    It ended up people we knew were selling a beat up old trailer for a VERY good price. Ron had just started getting busy with work. We bought the trailer, found a campground. This was the weekend before Labor Day! Thankfully, they are open April 15- Oct. 15th… we had about 6 great weeks of camping and can’t wait to get back in April!

    All because I “knew” I would have a trailer and “knew” I would have the money when the time came. And I “know” when I’m ready, we’ll buy a nice new trailer…maybe an RV to travel.

    • Jonathan March 25, 2011 Reply

      Hi Carolee, six weeks, that’s a lot of camping. Sounds like you are getting your moneys worth out of that old trailer.

  9. Stephen March 24, 2011 Reply

    Hi Jonathon, I agree that the key here is to ‘break the cycle’. So in terms of mind movies be sure to think big and subscribe to watching the new release blockbusters, rather than renting the same DVDs over and over :)
    Thanks, Stephen

    • Jonathan March 25, 2011 Reply

      Hi Stephen, too right. There’s no point visualizing a sitcom when you can create an epic.

  10. Steve March 25, 2011 Reply

    Jonathan, I love the concept of thinking in 3D and making the mind movie. A vision board is a similar concept. I know that I need to spend more time engaged in this type of thinking. Thanks for kick starting me :)

    • Jonathan March 25, 2011 Reply

      Hey Steve, I should do a vision board also. The only drawback is that a vision board is static and my mind movies are wide screen, 3D with surround sound.

  11. Sandra Pawula February 18, 2014 Reply

    There’s a huge part of our mind that we rarely use, isn’t there, Jonathan? I’m fascinated by the idea of using new mind movies to create a different future. Thanks for showing us the way.

  12. Jonathan February 18, 2014 Reply

    Hi Sandra, it is estimated that we only use somewhere between one tenth and one hundredth of one percent of our mental potential. I think part of the problem is that our over stimulated analytical mind crowds out the more intuitive and creative aspects of our minds true power. Thankfully, we can develop these through use.

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