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Positive Thinking: An Essential Trait for a Self-Starter

Reader’s Digest (the December 2010 issue) ran an interesting, short article on optimism by Meryl Davids Landau. She lists three suggestions about optimism’s principles and payoffs, plus some interesting stats about the benefits of being a positive thinker–longer life, lower blood pressure, less heart disease.

Positive thinking is one of the nine traits of a self-starter. People profiled in my book, Secrets of Self-Starters, kept a positive image of success in their heads even when circumstances warranted giving up. Ginny Ruffner’s story is a case in point. She was severely injured in a car accident. Rather than succumbing to a life in a wheelchair, she fought back, never let the image of what success would look like leave her. She’s now back on top of the world–a world class glass artist and out of a wheelchair. 

Background: Many studies have been done around optimism and its role in mentally healthy adults. Positive thinking was originally promoted in the very popular book, The Power of Positive Thinking, written by Norman Vincent Peale. Peale has been described as the progenitor of the theory of positive thinking.

So what do you do to stay positive? Share your story so others can gain insight.