Think Well - Accomplish Better
- on top of it if you can and conditions allow. One step at a time.
As a warmer-up, ask why so many wrong and flimsy fake-positive ones makes you yawn.
How commonplaces fall all over this place, and brash assertions, halting and limping, grossly overstated and unfounded.
They tell of positive thinking without intending to make clear just what it is under varying circumstances.
For your own good, back off from irksome sayings and plain rubbish, regardless of what it is masked as.
Irksome guys reason with us by commonplaces, platitudes over and over. I almost feel sorry for some of them. However, there is an obvious danger involved: Platitudes with faltering counsel to victims of a depersonalised more and more control-bent society, may conceal many issues that are society made, such as the isolation in urban areas, and offer rather cheap commonplaces on top of many a plight. So for your own good, think for yourself. "He (or she) knows best where the shoe pinches who wears it." Then, considering the facts in issues involved, take the steps that give help.
And explaining away society related problems by making them problems of singles, and then hailing being single, may add to the problems and not solve them in any thorough way at all.
Take care. It is part of growing up.
Quoting others may be fun for a long time. One day it may dawn on us that deeds may be more, that sound and patent accomplishments might pay a lot more. Maybe. It would depend on how words are used, for example in training manuals. There are many quotations that are arranged so that they may easily be used in slack, additive programs. [More]
Arranging the quotations so that they fit the general success form of tick tack tao, is good work, and may pay dividends. It is much up to you.
Here is a sample to arrange in the tick tack tao manner, as it is explained on other pages on the site. However, it is sound not to apply things as a non-expert unless it is safe. Who among the first makers of microwave ovens saw that eggs could explode in micros? Some learn from the research findings and mistakes of others, so as to get better lives themselves. Education is for that, and also careful training and apprenticeship.
If you take these words to heart as you should, you would be careful to apply tick tack tao scheming only when you have enough control over settings and what follow. That is my opinion.
Positive thinking plays an important role in positive psychology, a subfield devoted to studying what makes people happy and fulfilled. What follows is simplified and deals with such careful, positive thinking. It means being on the outlook for the brighter side of happenings, seeing possibilities, and treating obstacles or mates as possible opportunities somehow. A danger: over-idealising a positive outlook while disregarding and ignoring the circumstances, drift of happenings, and surroundings.
Go for a good and fulfilling life - such an overriding aim. Second, learn to consider how life runs in the country and culture where you are, for accommodating carefully to customs and common goals, makes some things easier, and then you may get a surplus to accomplish more, better, classier, as the case may be. Although very much in industrial societies is low and foolish and a waste of time. It is more neurotic than fools suspect. But make the best out of it, for example.
Also, learn to observe. Much is tentatively appraised on the basis of well trained observation. Many ground-breaking novelties are fruits of observations and clear thinking hand in hand.
The aim of sound schooling and careful observation training is knowledge about the terrain and way, and how to steer along, what to deal with, what to avoid, like disaster, and what to go for, such as warm-hearted acceptance.
If you manage to accomplish things like these, fair assessments are likely to be fit. If you have no hard facts to guide you to the most suitable path through life and also not many facts to guide your steps where you venture, there is help from judging the likelihood that this or than may happen if . . . In short, you need to assess good chances, overt and covert dangers and traps, and make the most of your background, what you have and what you are capable of yourself.
It takes years unless you sit on the shoulders of able educators, be they parents or any others. And still, if conditions are changing, then traditional ways and customs and thinking patterns may stand in need of revising. That is not easy to do for a single person.
It is wise to see what positive thinking may accomplish in this scenario. If it leads to overoptimistic appraisals and futile attempts, it has not been good enough, and may have suffered from well qualified coaching and feedback too. It is often more difficult to stand alone.
If your overt positive thinking makes your fare a crank's fare, your overall thinking and appraisals have not been good enough. Accept that. For example, kind persons who give and forgive, may not realise that unless the receiver is worthy, and not a camouflaged bandit, the good-hearted and kind ones may also undermine their own standing, and the standing of other good ones. Often there is a dark side to things. Such sides need to be taken into account too, or things may start deteriorating along the way.
To be plain realistic is hardly easy. Wishes and deep desires may clog it a lot. Fallacies of thinking may too. One hardly accomplishes very much by being dreamy all the time.
Also, when browsing quotations on positive thinking, most of them are hardly helpful. Quips, snappy one-liners, firm-looking prescriptions – they may lack substance, and may not fit in, may not suit yourself, your background, overall circumstances or your partners – or your enemies.
You have to wade along. Some quotations on positive thinking could help you, but who are they?
If you do find some truly helpful maxims, bon mots, mottos or quotations or handy teachings that serve fair progress in life on your part, congratulations. For there are lots of fooling words around. Enticing, impressive-looking, but fooling - or lacking substance.
You will neither build a house on quicksand, nor your life on words that are all fooling facades. The next step is to decide how to put sifted sayings of seemingly sterling worth into practice. Yoga offers good ways of doing it. One way is called lojong, and another sanyama. But they are ideally the same thing, the same way of deep focus.
Some offer sayings to live by, in part by deriving them from lores of different sorts - there are many sources, canons, and scriptures, but maybe they are not much worth. Consider that when faiths clash or don't agree, one or more faith is not perfect, and may not be suited for a winner either. For example, faiths in suicides. Thus, sort out the faiths that do not demand that you believe, and instead help you on and up to experiencing things well, firsthand, although it may take some time. Try to be realistic and assess things fairly. Where evidence is missing, treat the ideas as interesting, but undocumented if you will. That could help you above credulity. Kalama Sutta].
If you take the time to study how to make quotations work for you by tick tack tao scheming, the understanding may be helped, and you may easily understand what to practice, and it which order(s). It is easy. If you add meditative thought and care to the Tao-serving schemes that you get on this site, so much the better, I guess, for the surveys of this sort make it easy to get mental associations to enrich your field.
Shallow or deep?
Common positive thinking tends to be shallow, more or less a surface thing, and not very effective. But there are ways and means to tackle that problem. Visualisations are documentedly helpful in some areas, affirmations too. They may be used together, in that you visualise yourself reaching a goal, and at the same affirms it. [Hunt and Buzan,xxx)
What is called Superlearning, may help through calm repetitions. (Ostrander and xx)
Some there are who say it is good to plant suggestions in the subconscous mnd instead, for example during the time we fall asleep. Some sell recordings for such settings. So far I haven't seen any documentations of which effects are had under which conditions, but I haven't search for such reports yet.
In yoga and also by the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung, we are taught the mind goes deeper still, also beyond the subconscious mind. The general idea is much in accord with what is stated in Manu Samhita 2:85, that muttering prayers (read: affirmations also) is better than loud prayers, and silent, mental repetition is a hundred times better. Maybe it is just ninety-nine - feel free to study it, or consider "hundred" a poetic device that allows for variance.
The sensible way to get the most or best out of positive thoughts is to treat them like seeds, and sow them deep - not too deep in the wordless depths or heights within, but as fits for sprouting. Different seeds, different depths, a gardener knows.
Go deeply in deep meditation first, charge the spirit and mind by that, and after a while add the magic words that may change your life if all goes as planned. This is referred to as sanyama by Patanjali, and should be welcome in Tibetan lojong training too, both Hindu and Buddhist forms. One thing is to hear of it, another is to practice it, and yet another is mastering it.
Consider, prepare the ground for the plants you are after, then plant. There may be no plants overnight, but if things go well, tender sprouts appear and develop. Treat them so wisely and well that they flourish.
Dogen, Eihei. Beyond Thinking: A Guide to Zen Meditation. Ed. Kazuaki Tanahashi. Boston: Shambala, 2004.
Gelb, Michael J., and and Tony Buzan. Lessons from the Art of Juggling. London: Aurum Press, 1995.
Hansard, Christopher. The Tibetan Art of Positive Thinking: Skilful Thought for Successful Living. Mobius Paperback ed. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 2004.
Ostrander, Sheila, and Lynn Schroeder, with Nancy Ostrander. Superlearning 2000. London: Souvenir Press, 1995.
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