I ask the same question every day. Will today be a good one? Sometimes the answers are ambiguous.That’s OK, because the answer really isn’t important. What is important is the frame of mind with which you face the day. If you are in a lousy frame of mind, your day will most likely go sour. It all boils down to attitude. If you have a good one, you will do well. If you have a bad one, you likely won’t do as well. The question or the answer doesn’t make the day good; it’s the power of suggestion. We have a lot more influence on our lives than we think. If you think it will be a good day, you will make it good. Or you will consider it a good day when it is done.
Now, I’m not saying that a positive attitude will make you rich in the monetary sense. It will help you achieve goals because you will believe that you can and that will make you try. Of course, there is an element of luck in our lives, but we can influence things in our favor, if we try. Positive thinking won’t prevent unexpected accidents, but it can help you get past the temporary roadblocks that life seems to always have on hand.
A lot of those roadblocks are things we place in our own path, usually because we are scared to go there. We blame it on life or fate, but it is really our own fear. Overcoming fear is hard, but it can be worth the trouble. It isn’t easy, but nothing worthwhile is easy. If it were, we wouldn’t value it so much. Sometimes all it takes is a little push to get you moving past your roadblock to the goal.
I self published my first novel, Accidental Colony, a couple of years ago. I wouldn’t have written it if it weren’t for NaNoWriMo. I hemmed and hawed about doing NaNoWriMo for a few years before I took the plunge and the challenge, because I worried that I wouldn’t be able to do it. I conquered it. I did a trial run, and learned that I could write sixteen hundred sixty-seven words in a single day. That gave me the confidence to write the story. The point is that I didn’t do NaNoWriMo for those years because I didn’t think I could.
Fear of failure keeps many people from even trying to achieve goals. I conquered that fear. I decided that I could write a novel in thirty days. As a result, I have published two novels and a novella to prove that I can write stories. I have more novels to edit into a publishable condition. I’m working on revising the third one. I’m also considering editing the Feline Freedom League blogs into a series of short stories. I just need to find the time to do that. I think I can. That’s the power of positive thinking. So shove those roadblocks out of your way and forge ahead to your goal, whatever it may be.