Last time we explored the connection between purpose, happiness and results. Now I want to introduce you to the concept of the power of our thoughts. I believe that we alone determine whether our goals will be successful or not. The first thing I would like you to consider is that our reality or the world that we live in can be redefined. In fact, everything can be redefined. It is never too late to have a successful life. Our world and what is or isn’t possible in it can be redefined because everything that you see around you has been created by you. Everything!
You might think you’re weird when a thousand good things happen but you focus on the one bad thing. You’re not. That’s the way our brains are hardwired. We’re designed by nature to pay more attention and react more quickly and more strongly to negative than to positive news. This tendency to give more weight to the negative is called negativity bias and is defined as “the propensity to attend to, learn from, and use negative information far more than positive information.” From the dawn of human history, our very survival depended on our skill at dodging danger. The brain developed systems that would make it unavoidable for us not to notice danger and thus, hopefully, respond to it. It is often a relief to know that your brain is designed to behave in this way. However, it is still an issue as far too many people become self-critical as a result.