Moving Beyond Happy Thoughts to Empowerment
Action may not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.
Many people equate positive thinking with naiveté. Thinking "happy thoughts", they point out, in the face of tragedy or difficulty is unrealistic.
There seems to be a defensiveness in that line of thinking. It renders as, "If I let my guard down enough to think 'happy thoughts' when things are tough, I'm going to get hurt. So, I'm going to steel myself against that possibility by thinking negative (um, realistic) thoughts."
I can't think of a better time to think "happy thoughts" than in the face of struggle. The challenge is whether or not you can. It's not so easy to face down injustice, sadness, depression, and hatred with a sense of peace and a wise smile. It takes incredible strength and fortitude to do that and we, this blogger included, often fail miserably.
Negativity (um, realism) is like a powerful gravity well sucking us into its depths. We become caught up in negativity (um, realism) and we find ourselves getting more negative (um, realistic) by the moment. A "happy thought" is a very good thing at that moment. it changes the perspective. After all, the overwhelming majority of stresses we feel in our lives are rooted in our thinking. Maybe, just maybe, changing your thoughts changes the situation.
"Happy thoughts" are beneficial, but only a beginning. Empowered thinking is the ultimate goal. Empowered thinking changes the dynamic from throwing "happy thoughts" against a stressful world to actually feeling strong enough to act for change.
The Three elements of Empowered Thinking are:
- Thought aspect - you have to think positively. Belief and commitment are important in any endeavor. Positive thinking is imperative to maximize those attributes. Positive thinking is the basis for empowered thinking, but empowered thinking is more than just positive thinking. It incorporates two more elements.
- Knowledge aspect - you have to be informed. In achievement pursuits, know what you are trying to achieve and be informed on what is going to be involved in succeeding. Knowing that ahead of time can help you prepare mentally for it. When empowering your thinking to critically evaluate information (such as in politics) you need to know as many of the facts as possible. Positive thinking and a lack of information do not allow you to take powerful action.
- Action aspect - empowered thinking is more than just thinking and knowing. Empowered thinking includes action. If you have incorporated the first two elements, your actions can be motivated and informed.
While "happy thoughts" may provide you a kind of protective shield; empowered thoughts help you break out of your shell and move forward towards a better you, a better life, and a better world.
Follow your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.
The Affirmation Spot
Ray Davis is the Founder of The Affirmation Spot and co-founder of 6 Sense Media. He’s been writing, recording, and using affirmations for 30 years. He's also the author of Anunnaki Awakening. He advocates for the potential of the human race. He's life-long history buff and holds a B.S. in History Education.