The Power of Positive Attitude

By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 19-09-2011

Recently I was in a video conference with a team
regarding the launch of an online newspaper as part of a social network
site.  Initially most of the team members
approached the idea with scepticism. Why should there be another online
newspaper? Can we compete with the already existing giants in the field? Will
people patronise it? But there was one person, the founder of the network site,
who displayed tremendous optimism and confidence in the idea. His remarkably
strong positive attitude changed everyone's outlook and soon the entire team was
convinced that the idea will work and that it was the need of the hour.
Everyone agreed that there was no going back on the project. That's the power
of positive thinking.

Positive thinking is an important ingredient for
success. Any successful person in any field would tell you that, among other
things, his/her positive frame of mind contributed to reaching his/her present
status. Positive attitude is directly linked to optimism, self confidence and
success. Winston Churchill had said: “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every
opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” An optimist
sees the invisible, tries the unreachable and achieves the impossible. It has
its contagious effect as one person's positive thinking affects others and
helps them change their pessimism into optimism, defeatism into success,
impossible into possible. It's an essential staple for the success of any

People with a positive attitude always get many good
friends around them as they generate positive energy, instil confidence and
help achieve success and happiness. Negativism, on the contrary, creates
negative moods, unhappiness, frustration, failure, disappointment and
loneliness. Says Willie Nelson: “Once you replace negative thoughts with
positive ones, you will start having positive results”.

It is important that we clear our minds of all
pessimistic, defeatist and negative ideas and thoughts and pump in positive
ones in their place. The difference between success and failure can be a fine
line and that is often determined by our positive or negative thinking, as W.
Clement Stone says: “There is little difference in people, but that little
difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big
difference is whether it is positive or negative.”

About The Author

Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP

Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP is a Catholic priest of the Society of St Paul. He has been engaged in media activities for several years as General Editor of ST PAULS Mumbai. He believes in God's gift of beauty and goodness in every human being, in nature and in every religious tradition, and shares his views and opinions with others.