While I still haven’t picked up the Hunger Games yet—a serious crime I know—there is a book that has caught my eye the past few days—The Secret. I know it’s been around for a while but for some reason, I feel like this is the perfect time in my life to pick it up—what with an impending graduation and unknown job coming up (okay, it’s a year away but still). Whether or not you believe in an all-powerful universe where a thought can wield enormous power as this book suggests, I believe that there will always be the power of positivity.
So I’m going to give this book a try. I’ll let you know how it goes. My friend gave me a little preview already and she told me that it didn’t necessarily bring her a BMW or a million dollars (hey, even $500 would be nice, right?) but it did change the way she saw the world. She went on to tell me that according to “The Secret,” the universe doesn’t pick up on negatives. Let me explain. So when you make a comment, or even when you think to yourself, “I hope I don’t get a cold,” or “I hope I’m not late,” the universe can’t decipher the message. Instead all it hears is “I hope I get a cold,” or “I hope I’m late.” It might seem like twisted or even pointless psychology but I think there’s a purpose behind it.
As silly as the concept may seem, it could make all the difference in your mindset. Instead of using negatives in your sentences, change them completely. Instead of saying, “I hope I don’t get a cold,” say “I hope I stay healthy,” and instead of “I hope I’m not late,” say, “I hope I’m on time, or better yet, early.” I don’t know about you, but once my friend told me about this concept, I realized that I often do live my life in the negatives. Instead of staying optimistic, it can be easy to fall in to a routine of hopeful “aversion.” Hoping to not get a bad grade, hoping to not gain weight, hoping to not forget an appointment. It’s too much stress and not enough sunshine if you ask me.
So, with that being said, I hope you’ll join me this week in two things. First—to simply become aware of your thoughts. So much of the time our stress is subconscious and doesn’t dawn upon us until it’s too much to bear. Make note of your mentality on a regular basis and observe how you perceive situations. Secondly, if you do find yourself adding unknown and unwanted negatives to your sentences, try to transform your vocabulary. I’m going to give it a go this week and I’m excited to see how this little project will turn out.
Here’s to finding out the secret.
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
Please follow me on Twitter by clicking here!