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The Power of Positive Thinking

Sheryl Mays

Rise and Shine Consulting and Coaching Firm

Success Coach, Author, International Speaker, TV Host

Neuro linguistic Programming

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt


Have you ever experienced a major disruption? I mean, a major event that you know is going to change your life forever. At that moment, you’re not sure if this disruptor will be the cause of some painful years ahead. But, it’s those moments, when you think of making a decision; and, without realizing it, revert to that moment when it all went wrong. And today, you make your decisions based on that painful experience.

Or maybe your experience was different. You knew your disruptor was going to change your life but differently. At that moment, you realize everything is going to be ok, and this was a lesson in life. This understanding allowed you to release a long breath, one of awareness, one that lets you know you are better, stronger, resilient. It is at that exact time; you know you are a survivor.

We are constantly becoming who we are meant to be.


As you have read both experiences, you found they are indeed similar. Yes, there was a major disruption. A life-altering experience. And yet the outcomes were very different. And by outcomes, I mean the mind shift that occurred. What is it that helps you move beyond your circumstances? What allows you to actually see the light at the end of the tunnel? What shifts had to be made to actually take the steps to live in the abundance you deserve?

It’s the power of your mind! Your attitudes, your self-preservation, your ability to look yourself in the mirror and say “I Am Enough!” To walk with confidence, poise, your authentic self.

It’s the Power of Positive thinking! In fact, the idea that your mind can change your world is almost too good to be true. Let me say this, I have experienced and witnessed the good that focusing on the positive can bring.

As a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Specialist, this philosophy sheds light on the fact that how we monitor our behavior is based on the way we relate to our past experiences, our relationships, and our beliefs to make decisions whether right or wrong. In order words, YOU have the control to create the future you want.


Every decision we make is a values-based decision.


If we go back to that first story, I had that opportunity to make a decision about a major disruption in my life. A decision that I knew was going to free me from the past, that horrible situation that I was in, married to a person I no longer knew. After realizing our marriage was over, we filed for divorce. That’s where it all went from bad to worst. (Definitely another article for another time). It was because of this disruption I found myself unemployed and homeless.

During that dark time, I toggled with many emotions. Have you ever, if only for a moment, said “why me”, “I don’t deserve this”…” this is not really happening”. I shared those exact sentiments. Then, after the worst had happened, I thought about my freedom. I thought about my peace, my passion, my harmony, my motivation, my laughter, and my smiles. All of that was back, back into my mind, back into my speech, and back into… my future.


When she remembers who she was, the game changed. Lelah Deliah


The power of positive thinking is filled with optimism, self-preservation, self-responsibility, an abstract mindset, support, openness, clarity, focus, and sustainability. What can you add to this list? Something that you can hold on to in the midst of disruption. It can be a word, an item, a mental picture. Something that allows you to use that wise mind, be that rationally mature person. Yes, even in the midst of your disruption. Whatever happens to us we either create, allow or promote. I decided I would not allow it anymore. What’s going on that you are creating, allowing, or promoting in your life? What’s not doing you any good for your future goals?

Based on many psychological tests, happy people seem to have a special quality that enables them to live a better life than average. Can you guess what that quality is? Optimism, the belief that good ultimately predominates over evil in the world.


Until the next time,

May you speak words of positivity, seek people that are open-minded, show daily gratitude, remain passionate about your desires, stay motivated into action and be an inspiration to others.


Your Friend, Sheryl


Every cloud has a silver lining.


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