Mind Power: Words of Wisdom For Positive Thinking

Written By | Personal Success | July 27th, 2010 | 32 Comments »

words of wisdom for positive thinkingPerhaps the most powerful influence on your attitude and personality is what you say to yourself, and believe. It is not what happens to you, but how you respond internally to what happens to you, that determine your thoughts and feelings, mind power, and, ultimately, your actions. By controlling your inner dialogue, or “self-talk,” you can begin to assert control over every other dimension of your life.

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Your self-talk “the words that you use to describe what is happening to you, and to discuss how you feel about external events” determines the quality and tone of your emotional life. When you see things positively and constructively and look for the good in each situation and each person, you have a tendency to remain naturally positive and optimistic. Since the quality of your life is determined by how you feel, moment to moment, one of your most important goals should be to use every psychological technique available to keep yourself thinking about what you want and to keep your mind off of what you don’t want, or what you fear.

Arnold Toynbee, the historian, developed what he called the “challenge-response theory” of history. In studying the rise and fall of 20 major world civilizations, Toynbee concluded that each civilization started out as a small group of people – as a village, as a tribe or in the case of the Mongol empire, as just three people who had survived the destruction of their small community.

Toynbee concluded that each of these small groups faced external challenges, such as hostile tribes. In order to survive, much less thrive, these small groups had to reorganize themselves to deal positively and constructively with these challenges.

By meeting each of these challenges successfully, the village or tribe would grow. Even greater challenges would be triggered as a result. And if this group of people continued to meet each challenge by drawing upon its resources and winning out, it would continue to grow until ultimately it became a nation-state and then a civilization covering a large geographical area.

Toynbee looked at the 21 great civilizations of human history, ending with the American civilization, and concluded that these civilizations began to decline and fall apart when their citizens and leaders lost the will or ability to rise to the inevitable external challenges occasioned by their very size and power.

Toynbee’s theory of civilizations can be applicable to our life as well.

You are continually faced with challenges and difficulties, with problems and disappointments, with temporary setbacks and defeats. They are an unavoidable and inevitable part of being human. But, as you draw upon your resources to respond effectively to each challenge, you grow and become a stronger and better person. In fact, without those setbacks, you could not have learned what you needed to know and developed the qualities of your character to where they are today.

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Much of your ability to succeed comes from the way you deal with life. One of the characteristics of superior men and women is that they recognize the inevitability of temporary disappointments and defeats, and they accept them as a normal and natural part of life. They do everything possible to avoid problems, but when problems come, superior people learn from them, rise above the, and continue onward in the direction of their dreams.

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  1. Blessings Reign says on November 17, 2013 at 1:53 pm:

    Some great historical truths

  2. kari says on October 1, 2013 at 11:43 am:

    I was wondering if you have anything on the third level of the mind. I want to know more about the unconscious part of the mind.

  3. Busola says on May 19, 2012 at 8:38 am:

    Attitude is everything, i love this article. As always, Brian Tracy gets it right all the time. His ‘THE LUCK FACTOR’ guided me and put me on the right track to achieving my goals in three months. Read from experienced hands and you will definitely succeed.

  4. karen says on December 22, 2011 at 6:05 am:

    thank you for sharing this article. It makes perfect sense; self talk is necessary to withstand life’s challenges and obstacles.

  5. bluelight says on December 7, 2010 at 12:06 am:

    Thank you for sharing this article. After reading this article, I know I need talk with myself positively.

  6. Henry Akinbote says on November 27, 2010 at 9:48 am:

    I am happy I met you and your life changing great works. Kudos to you and your esteemed team

  7. Mittal says on November 20, 2010 at 8:24 am:

    Whatever we think will come to pass, therefore it may better be positive and desirable.

  8. prakash says on November 16, 2010 at 4:31 pm:

    thanks tracy for your valueable words which gives boost courage of life ,that be always positive and optimist,although these are old words but it gives new spirit to adopt it fully .

  9. Rob Lovegreen says on November 3, 2010 at 1:00 pm:

    Great post Brian!! Everyday in every way, I’m getting stronger, wiser, and happier.

  10. Chantal Sauve says on September 16, 2010 at 5:59 pm:

    Very inspirational- totaly agree with what Ian Paul wrote.

    I experience this self talk on the final climb of Mount Kilimanjaro last October. I kept focusing on my goal to reach the summit and kept on telling myself – you can do it – just concentrate on the next step. The satisfaction I got when I finally reach the top was unbelievable.

    I am now 2 weeks away from my next challenge to reach the Base Camp of Mount Everest.

    I will remind myself that everything is possible just have to kept focusing on my goal and let go of the doubt and negative talk.

  11. Clinton Brown says on September 2, 2010 at 7:44 am:

    Isn’t in funny how depending on the environment we either anticipate challenges or we are shocked by them. I am a parent of 2 young children. I am shocked at how many of my peers are totally surprised at the amount of challenges there are two raising 2 young energetic kids. Or friends who are opening their own business and just think it should be smooth sailing. Yet, when someone joins the NFL and aspires for a championship ring they know that they are going to have to workout daily, be sore, get injured, get hit a million times and lose a few games, and then and only then they have a shot at it. They anticipate those struggles. In fact, the those struggles didn’t happen they would wonder what was wrong. Great article.

  12. suhail ali says on August 28, 2010 at 12:55 am:

    i work everyday and new thinking development in today.but i have made you of my life guider.

    thanking you

    brian tracy sir

  13. suhail ali says on August 28, 2010 at 12:48 am:


    i work with high positive thinking and new development in this positive attitude.

    thanking you

  14. Doyle Matthews says on August 22, 2010 at 8:56 am:


    I work with stressed engineers in need of time management skills, beginning with their personal growth. Your article has helped inspired me to teach engineers to face challenges both at home and on the work front.

  15. Are Micheal says on August 19, 2010 at 3:32 am:

    Very Energetical

  16. piyush sharma says on August 15, 2010 at 8:37 am:


  17. oluwaseun says on August 13, 2010 at 4:44 am:

    its what happen within not what happen without,the real world is the mind and what comes out of it i.e the positive word. Brian i love this.thanks.

  18. Matthew D Gour says on August 2, 2010 at 2:32 pm:

    I wonder how you would comment about this current challenge our nation is facing and how are we responding to it?

  19. Alaa says on August 1, 2010 at 11:32 pm:

    Thanks Brian
    That’s really incredible, I really love it.

    God bless you

  20. mi young Kim says on July 31, 2010 at 3:42 pm:

    I’m from korea.
    my name is mi young Kim.
    my dream is most poupular fasion designer!

  21. sara says on July 30, 2010 at 1:32 am:

    excellent article

  22. Muran says on July 29, 2010 at 6:27 am:

    Inspired and motivated, positive and optimistic.

    Thank you Mr. Brian for leading the way for a successful life.

  23. Jacob Sokol says on July 29, 2010 at 1:35 am:

    Love this concept: Your self-talk “the words that you use to describe what is happening to you, and to discuss how you feel about external events” determines the quality and tone of your emotional life.

  24. oluseyi says on July 29, 2010 at 12:23 am:

    Thank you Brian.
    This is a great piece.
    Personally, I agree that this technique works.


  25. carole says on July 28, 2010 at 1:26 am:

    I do agree with that and i already do that in my life. Sometimes when something happens and i don’t feel good about it and i don’t see the positive in then i do say to myself, ” o.k. right now you don’t know why’s that and don’t see and don’t feel the good of it but there is good that you will see further.”

    Thank you.


  26. Maricel says on July 27, 2010 at 8:14 pm:

    Brian!!! Thanks for Sharing these Powerful Words of Encouragement, I really Appreciate it and I know you will be Blessed more. Billions of Thanks

  27. Justin Popovic says on July 27, 2010 at 5:12 pm:

    Another great article. I face disappointments, setbacks and challenges weekly. As a fairly new entrepreneur, I just understand that it is all part of the process.
    When I am hit with a setback, I may worry about it for a brief moment but then it is back to focusing on my next positive action. I usually get a really inspiring idea and feel excited and energetic all over again. It is a bit of a roller coaster ride but I appreciate it for what it really is… living life on the edge!

  28. Ian Paul Marshall says on July 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm:

    To expand on what Steve mentioned…

    Imagine if life we’re easy. If in a blink of an eye you could get what you wanted. There’d be no growth or real satisfaction in that.

    When you go for what you want, the universe challenges you to see if you really want it. And you’re challenged by yourself. Your old conditioning as well.

    The challenges are there to give you the opportunity to rise above them, to rise above yourself and to draw into your life the abundance that you dream of.

  29. Steve-Success Factors says on July 27, 2010 at 10:28 am:

    Brian, thanks for your inspiration. I think I read once a book of yours, and you stated that when a person sets his/her mind to achieve a great goal, it’s as if God says, “Ok, you want something big, let’s see if you’re ready for it.” And that’s where challenge and adversity comes in. And it’s how we handle it that makes all the difference.

  30. Sergio says on July 27, 2010 at 10:11 am:

    Great post and maintaining a positive attitude, though tough, always brings great results.



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