Positive thinking is unrealistic?

I was listening to a podcast this morning which asserted people with positive attitudes were not realists. The host continued that people need to be realists and know that a positive attitude changes nothing.

I don’t think positive thinking can make a cancer diagnosis disappear or make a financial crisis disappear. This thinking is unrealistic thinking  but more appropriately termed denial. It has nothing to do with positive thinking or attitude. I do believe that positive thinking allows you to have hope.

I had a dream to be a nurse practitioner and discovered Duquesne was starting a program that fit my schedule. I kept a positive attitude during my interview and was able to articulate this in my interview for the program. I do feel this assisted me in getting into the program and accomplishing my goals.

I was also ready to purchase my home. I did think positively and related this to my mortgage lender. He was extremely impressed and I truly believe the attitude helped my application be approved. My mortgage agent had a major role in the application approval or rejection. At the time I applied, mortgage applications for middle age females were greatly scrutinized.

At work, I always leave my personal problems at the doorstep and put a smile on my face. Is that being unrealistic-I think not. I know my problems are still there but the people I see each day do not need a negative person who is self consumed with their problems. Many of my patients have pain and are anxious at the thought of surgery. I feel it is my obligation to make them as comfortable as possible.

In my daily life I try to surround myself with positive people. I don’t think these people distort reality but can often add a perspective when I am under stress or have a problem  that seems insurmountable.


I would be interested in your thoughts on the power of positive thinking.

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4 Responses to Positive thinking is unrealistic?

  1. Proverbs 12:25 says, “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” Positive thinking allows people to have hope that one day things are going to be better. It allows people to be grateful for what they have, where they are at.

  2. I believe we become our thoughts. I tell my daughter, Shantel, all the time that we create our environment by our thoughts. If we think good, positive, thoughts, good, positive, things will come into our lives. Likewise, if we think negative thoughts, we will create and bring negative things into our lives. I believe there is a lot of power in our thoughts. Great post!

    • katsbynp says:

      I do think we become our thoughts. As I have come to know you through your blog and comments here I see you as a very positive person. Thank your for your insightful comments and support

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