I’m not sure how long this is going to be, and I may tweak it later, but I wanted to write this down to give some encouragement to folks who may be looking at positive thinking, the law of attraction, and all of those other concepts that try to get people to use faith and belief and optimism to move toward their goals.
None of the genuine programs want you to stop with just thinking. Wishing really hard isn’t going to get you what you want. Positive thinking isn’t going to make whatever you want land in your lap.
What it will do, however, is open your mind up to possibilities you may have never seriously considered, if you considered them at all. When you think positively and expect good things to come into your life (and it’s not enough to say it–you have to genuinely believe that good things are coming), your subconscious will start keeping a lookout for those good things or paths to those good things.
And what happens when those ideas start to appear and those pathways start to open up? You have to take action, of course. It’s not enough to want and wish. You have to seize the opportunities as they come, not wait for them to fall in your lap. Sometimes they will, because life is full of surprises and sometimes you start out in a good position full of opportunities, but 99.9% of the time, you have to take action.