I've read a lot of books regarding success and personal growth. There are three main things they focus on. The way you think, the way you feel, and the way you act. One of the biggest publishing successes for personal growth was The Secret. I have a copy of it. It's main focus is thought. Think it, dream it, and voila, it appears.
One main thing it skims over is action. The book refers to Jack Canfield. It's actually my favorite part of the book. One of the things he did was write a check out for $100,000 dollars and every morning he looked at it. Then he got an idea, an inspiration to write a book. He sold the book for .25 cents each. He followed the golden nuggets of inspiration, advertised in the National Inquirer, and sold close to 400,000 copies. Not only did he basically reach his envisioned goal, he celebrated. Then he got another idea to write something called Chicken Soup for the Soul. It was a bit successful. If you call a major hit a bit.
What's the moral of the story? Know where you are. Know where you want to be. Act on it. Do something about it. Just do it. Sound familiar? A small shoe company uses that slogan.
Years ago, my best friend and I were debating about what was more important. Positive thought or Action thought. What do you think?
You can wish to win the lottery, but until you buy a ticket, it's unlikely you're going to win.
Personally, positive thought is overrated. Progressive thought, on the other hand, is awesome. You want something? Go for it. Take the first step toward it. Too many people want the success without putting the work behind it. Think what you need to do to get what it is you want.
My friend coined the term progressive thought. Thought that moves you toward your goal. You want to be a great sprinter? Sprint. Want to be a great snowboarder? Snowboard. Want to write the great American novel? Write.
And a small word on positive thinking. It's not about thinking positively, but ignoring the crap that doesn't help you. If a friend came up to you and said, "I wanna be an actor." Most people would be like, "Good luck, dude. It's like totally hard, man, and it's so not practical." DON'T LISTEN TO THAT CRAP! Let it roll off your back, have a progressive thought like, "I'm going to take acting classes." You are now one step closer toward your dream. Isn't that what Tom Hanks did? Read his story. It's amazing.
Just do it.