Can we create a better life through the power of positive thinking? Positive thinking is only a small portion of the process of conscious creation, but without it, we haven’t got a chance. People are more successful when they encourage themselves with positive thoughts and hold positive images of desired outcomes.

Positive thinking is not a contemporary, new-age concept. In 1937, author Napoleon Hill wrote, “What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Buddha conceptualized, “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.” Virgil (70 BC -19 BC), ancient Roman master poet wrote, “They can conquer who believe they can.” Throughout the ages, wise men and women have understood that success requires envisioning a positive outcome, and encouraging ourselves with positive expectations and beliefs.

Yet, how often do we attempt to motivate ourselves with the opposite approach? We “hate” our bad habits, or “loathe” our bodies. We “can’t stop” or “can’t get started,” and conclude that we are “lazy” people! We call ourselves names, put ourselves down, and say things to ourselves that we would never say to anyone else! How blind we are to think this approach might work.

So many of us continue to motivate ourselves to act or eat differently through fear, punishment, and negative thoughts. Motivating ourselves with criticism is ineffective in the long term. Focusing on bad habits and exaggerating our faults can not provide enough inspiration to fuel the entire journey toward success.

Have you ever been in this situation? You’re driving along in your car, and all of a sudden you see a pothole. You’re looking directly at it thinking, “Don’t hit the pothole.” Yet sure enough, thud! your car drives right into it. We go where our attention is focused. Success requires shifting attention from what you don’t want to what you do want.

Or let’s say you’re driving along and your goal is to avoid eating at fast food restaurants. In your thoughts are images of the restaurant and the words, “I’m not pulling in. I’m not doing it. I’m not eating that double cheeseburger, fries, with the vanilla shake today.” Chances are, you’re still saying those words as you pull into the drive through lane. The more you think about not seeing the fast food, not tasting the food, or not feeling the food, the more vivid the mental images of eating become. The harder you focus on what you don’t want, the more difficult it becomes to avoid what you don’t want.

Instead, aim for the solution to your problems. Focus on your desired outcome. Put your attention on where you want to go, and what you want in your life. To achieve any desired outcome:

1. accept and assess your current situation

2. determine exactly what you want instead of what you don’t want

3. use positive phrases and wording

4. give the details of your vision (clarity)

5. make your vision exciting and compelling!

Sample Vision:

1. I currently weigh _______ pounds. I decide to make peace with my now reality. It is what it is. I can’t change my current experience, but I can create a different future for myself.

2. I decide to breathe, relax, and determine what I would wish to create as a future desired outcome.

3. I imagine myself creating a new experience in which my body now weighs ______ pounds. I’m capable of creating a new outcome, and I deserve to have what I want.

4. I look fantastic! I love the way I look and so does everyone around me! I’m more active than ever before! I’m doing fun and exciting things like playing tennis, practicing yoga, and enjoying morning walks. I feel so alive and healthy since I’ve begun eating light. I am living my dream! My food choices and my body reflect the joy and love I feel towards myself. Every day I become even more confident, assertive, and decisive in every situation.

5. Everyday, I choose to spend time imagining myself living the type of life I deserve. I consciously put passion and energy into my imagined life. I notice the synchronicities that begin to occur, and I take action when and where I am inspired. I continue to pump energy into my desires, and keep myself motivated in all sorts of ways that feel good.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Annette Colby, RD can help you take the pain out of life, turn difficult emotions into joy, release stress, end emotional eating, and move beyond depression into an extraordinary life! Annette is the author of Your Highest Potential and has the unique ability to show you how to spark an amazing relationship with your life! Visit to access hundreds of content filled articles and sign up for a Fr’ee subscription to Loving Miracles! newsletter.