The Power of Belief & Positive Thinking

Research has shown that ones’ belief and positive thinking can shape his/her life and evolve into becoming a  key factor in their success.

According to the Oxford dictionary, belief has been defined as the trust or confidence in
something or someone. Based upon the definition, beliefs are part of what molds us to be the adults we are now. It is a combination of two terms, i.e. ‘be’ and ‘life’. ‘Be’ stands for existences while ‘life’ is an Indo-European word that means love.  The literal meaning of belief is to be in love.

Where Do Beliefs Come From?

According to Troy Smith, owner of Practice-U – apparel brand that reminds you, people form their perceptions or their beliefs from their cultural, social and political background. For example, most Christians are born in a Christian family. Christians believe that God exists and works in their lives, but they have never seen him. There is no scientific proof to back up this belief, but Christians have a clear conviction that God exists. The belief is so strong that when a Christian prays, they believe that their prayers answered.

How Does Positive Thinking Become Reinforced?

According to the Oxford dictionary, positive thinking is the result or practice of concentrating
one’s mind on the good as constructive aspects of a matter. Positive thoughts are expected to
bring positive results. In short positive thinking is believed to bring in positive thoughts.
Positive thinking and beliefs go hand in hand. For example, a student who believes they can
make it in their class will study hard and learn all the necessary topics. When test time
comes, the student is well versed with the subject, and he/she will be in a position to answer
the questions correctly. Eventually, this student will pass. The student believed in the power of  positive thinking that he/she would pass.

In contrast, another student may have doubts about his/her ability to perform well on an exam. This will cause the student to see an obstacle in everything they do. Projects will seem impossible, classes will be boring, he/she will be too tired to study and in general, the student will lack the motivation to work hard in their class. In the end, the student will perform poorly because he/she didn’t put in the necessary effort. The root of this is a negative thought that evolved into a negative belief.

Does Positive Thinking and Beliefs Have an Effect?

Yes. Beliefs and positive thinking can have a positive effect on anyone’s life. Studies have shown when a person has a strong belief system coupled with positive thinking their lives have been impacted with positive results.  For example, patients who attend prayers and vigils feel better than those who don’t. The same way people who know they are loved are less likely to attempt suicide than people who feel unloved. Dr. Bruce Lipton author of The Biology of Belief, believes that positive thoughts attract positive outcomes because the thoughts are enforced by feeling, ideas, and conviction to make it happen. Positive thinking and beliefs have a potent implication in our lives. The world would be a better place if everyone had positive thoughts towards one another. When we believe we can do something, it is viewed as an opportunity, not an impossibility. Positive thinking is an expectation of a positive outcome partnered with hard work and the belief that it can happen. Thinking positively must always be accompanied by self-confidence and actions to achieve the desired results.