The Power of Positive Thinking


During my first semester of college, I scored a nine out of ten on my first English paper. Although he didn’t say it directly, my Jamaican professor subtly eluded to the idea that I couldn’t score a ten on my future papers. I found out later it was just reverse psychology because he believed I could do better. I didn’t think about that then. All I cared about was proving him wrong.

Mentally, I vowed to myself, “I will score a ten on the rest of my papers.” That’s just what I did. On my remaining assignments, I scored a perfect ten. If I could see my English professor now, I would tell him, “Your trick worked.” Now, when I think of him, I just smile.

Getting a perfect score on English papers doesn’t compare to believing you can beat stage four cancer, thinking positively that your distressed marriage will work out, or believing that your relationship with your mean, spiteful, or selfish boss can improve. I know there’s no comparison, but God’s Word says, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7a). Someone whom I loved dearly introduced me to that verse and the power in its meaning.

The way you think determines the outcome of many situations in your life and can change your destiny. Authors, researchers and mental health professionals have noted the benefits of positive thinking. It reduces your stress, anxiety and depression, and it causes you to have more restful nights. It causes miracles, blessings and opportunities. This means you’re happier and healthier, and you possess the liberty to live your life full and free!

The reason why many people don’t accomplish their dreams, have failed relationships or never experience miracles in their lives is because they think negatively. People want to start their new business, finish their college degree, or apply for a promotion at work, but they convince themselves, “I can’t do it.” Some women have failed relationships because they believe, “All men cheat.” Some people never get healed because they think, “I will never get better.”

I used to think negatively because just in case certain things didn’t work out on my behalf, I wouldn’t be too disappointed. I was scared of rejection. There are different reasons we think negatively. Sometimes, it’s because of what has been instilled in us. Sometimes, it’s because of the people we associate, the things we watch or what we listen to daily.

If you sometimes or often think negatively, you have hope. You can change the way you think! You can rewire that powerful mind of yours! First, decide that you want to. Just remember Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”