It would be wonderful if one could wave a magic wand and poof, everywhere you looked and as far as the eyes could see, you only saw possibilities. Unfortunately, it’s not that easy. Becoming a possibility thinker does not happen overnight. Like anything else, it takes commitment, determination, and practicing some specific actions. It starts with developing a possibility consciousness (awareness or mindset). This means programming your mind to – no matter the circumstances or how bleak things appear to be – look beyond what is happening at that moment; to look for the possibilities outside of that moment.
To help me develop the consciousness, specific actions I took included devouring books and articles on possibility thinking and positive thinking. And, I watched any television show that had anything to do with positive or possibility thinking. Even then, it was clear to me that possibility thinking and positive thinking, though related, were not the same. Two of the first books I read were Dr. Robert Schuller’s, Possibility Thinking and Dr. Norman Vincent Peale’s Power of Positive Thinking. Recognizing that neither possibility thinking nor positive thinking were concepts I could grasp overnight, I had to find a place to start. I decided to start by changing my consciousness – i.e., the way I thought about the concepts. I had to develop a possibility thinking and positive thinking consciousness or mindset.
I developed that mindset by writing down quotes and positive statements (or affirmations) on possibility thinking and positive thinking. I placed these quotes and statements on index cards and carried them around with me, reflecting on them throughout the day. Each morning, I would select a quote, repeat it, and meditate on it for a few minutes. Over the years, I collected hundreds of quotes. In my next blog, I will post 20 of my favorite quotes taken from my booklet, 100 Quotes to Inspire Possibility Thinking.