Posts Tagged positive thinking

Why Positive Thinking Just Doesn’t Work

After writing about the effects of thinking positive on my tennis game the other day (September 22nd), I was amused by an article (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/russell-bishop/why-positive-thinking-jus_b_278572.html)by Russell Bishop, Executive Coach, and Performance Improvement Consultant that refined the concept of how to improve your performance. Below are some excerpts that express the author’s specific point of view:

My experience has shown me that no matter where you are, what you have endured, or what your current level of circumstance, you can almost always do something to improve the quality of your experience, even if you can’t do much about the quantity of it…

Positive Thinking Doesn’t Work

…Positive thinking alone is unlikely to change much of anything in the physical world. You can sit there and hope, pray, project, imagine, fantasize, visualize, make up great affirmations and just about any other kind of positive thinking idea you can imagine, and not much will change —at least not without actually getting involved, without taking some form of action towards what you want more of in your life… Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , ,

Think Positive

I want to explore what it means to be positive…in Life, and especially when one is playing sports. The other day at tennis, I was discouraged, because my partner and I were losing 2 games to 5. Then Frank said to, “Think positive.”

His words reminded me of my father, who had been president of the Miami Beach Optimist’s Club. I was raised hearing constantly about the importance of good thoughts, how they really influenced your behavior, your actions and the results. If faith can move mountains, if visualization helps you reach your goals, certainly there might be power in positive thinking.

So Frank and I came back to win 7-5. And the next set, when we were behind 1-4, we “got” positive again and achieved another victory from behind.

I am always hearing how so much of competitive sports is based on confidence, on self-belief, on the player’s attitude. But I always wondered how you get a good attitude and acquire all that confidence? Don’t you have to have the success first, and then again and again, and then that gives you the confidence and good attitude? I asked the same questions about some of my successes in life—I often had the upbeat attitude—and the best answer I worked out was that I was just lucky. I acquired some of that attitude from genetics and the rest from favorable upbringing or life experiences.

When people say “Relax” or “Stay calm” in stressful situations, I am not sure that really works. Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: , , , , , ,