Positivity is a Priority
There are so many self-help books that often, it seems people overlook the greatest one. Our roadmap for life, the Bible.
The Bible teaches love and then commands it.
The Bible teaches forgiveness and then commands it.
The Bible teaches positivity and then commands it.
What self-help books that I’ve read (which have been quite a few) have taught us is basically just regurgitated information. I can’t say that I’ve learned much new from any self-help book after reading a few.
What these types of books do well is preach positivity. As I wrote on Tuesday, smiles are contagious. happiness is contagious, and joy is contagious also.
Happiness is a cause of an event being joyous, good, and enjoyable. Therefore, positivity, as well, is a cause and not a result.
These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold — though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. — 1 Peter 1:7
As people, we should strive to be filled with positivity and center ourselves around positivity. The most important thing is to remain centered regardless of any event or circumstance. As I said, the wide majority of the “self-help” or “personal development” books that I have read focus on positivity and positive outlooks.
The first that comes to mind is Jen Sincero’s book, You Are a Badass which focuses primarily on achieving and maintaining a more positive mindset which in result, helps you to become a “badass” and improve your life overall. Secondly, Gary Keller’s, The One Thing which centers around an intense focus on one thing and also believing that you can accomplish that one thing.
I’m not trying to knock these books solely shining light on the premise of these books. Both, in different ways, emphasize action, a strong belief, and positivity. Amongst the others that I have read, many others do the same. They emphasize action, a strong belief, and positivity. Action that is effective, efficient, and meaningful is only possible with a strong belief. A strong belief is only possible with a positive mindset.
Some of the other books that I have read that center around positivity and an internal belief being the root of everything are: The Element, Grit, Rise and Grind, The Goal, So Good They Can’t Ignore You, Crushing It, and The 5 Second Rule. Now, of course, those books all emphasized other things beyond action, a strong sense of belief, and positivity, though those three things were the overarching themes in all of these books. These books were all framed differently and targeted different audiences, but what they were saying is mostly the same.
Through this, the importance of positivity, again, can be clearly seen.
While we cannot ever completely control what happens to us, we are completely in control of our response and resulting outlook. I would bring this back also to the overall idea of either a world of abundance or a world of scarcity. With the perspective of a world of abundance, we can consistently view things with unlimited opportunity. That perspective, with a positive mindset, creates limitless opportunity and overall control over one’s happiness.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will. — Romans 12:2 NIV