The Dangers of Thinking Positive
It was in the 1930s that the concept of positive thinking as a tool to success was first introduced to the world. Since then, much has been said and written about the importance of maintaining a positive mental attitude. Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) is defined as the “philosophy that having an optimistic disposition in every situation in one’s life attracts positive changes and increases achievement.”
 
 

It was in the 1930s that the concept of positive thinking as a tool to success was first introduced to the world. Since then, much has been said and written about the importance of maintaining a positive mental attitude. Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) is defined as the “philosophy that having an optimistic disposition in every situation in one’s life attracts positive changes and increases achievement.”

Positive self-talk and affirmations are touted as some of the key concepts used by business people and athletes to stay focused on their goals. PMA is so ingrained into some of us that we do not hesitate to dish out that familiar line of advice to our distressed neighbours, “Be Positive.” Critics of this theory, however, say that positive thinking is not the secret of success, but only the result of success.

In his characteristic style, Sadhguru debunks theories and philosophies, questioning the need to classify situations as positive or negative instead of seeing them just the way they are.

Sadhguru: The more you try to be positive, the more you will become negative. The nature of the mind is such that if you say, “I don’t want this,” only that will happen in your mind. Isn’t it so? Now, if you say, “I don’t want the negative,” only that will happen. Why are you talking about positive or negative at all? Why do you want to look at things this way? Why don’t you look at every situation the way it is, accept it the way it is, and see what is the best you can do about it? A situation is neither positive nor negative. Don’t try to develop attitudes and philosophies. Why can’t you just be here, without any specific attitude? Without any philosophy? Just aware. Simply aware.

Every situation demands a different kind of response, isn’t it? If you develop attitudes of positive thinking or what not, it may work well in one situation. But in another kind of situation you will do stupid things, because you have a prejudiced idea that you have to be in a certain way.  If you go on thinking positive at the wrong place, the worst things may happen to you, isn’t it? So there is no need to be positive. There is no need to be negative, either. Just be aware. If you are aware, you will perceive a situation just the way it is. When you perceive a situation the way it is, you can act to the best of your intelligence and capability. It is as simple as that. Don’t get into prejudiced action.

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2 years 5 months ago

You surely dint read the article!!!

5 years 7 months ago

Great ideas are being shared here. I have to agree that we do not have to classify things whether they are positive or negative. The important thing is we are aware of what is happening and face the situation.

2 years 5 months ago

There is no answer for "how much sadhana is needed" but it def. works for sure when we're 100% present...watching without descrimination

5 years 8 months ago

Wonderful concept by guruJi... This concept makes you the Sthithapragna(nature of not reacting to the situations, not by judging situations opposite way or untruthful way...

5 years 7 months ago

He is so right all the time!!!

2 years 5 months ago

isn't it so? isn't it?

5 years 8 months ago

yes off course!good and great concept!
"It was in the 1930s that the concept of positive thinking as a tool to success

3 years 8 months ago

Awesome as always...

2 years 3 months ago

Fantastic read. Awareness is different from apathy. If one loses a loved one, it is natural to feel sad. One need not deny one's sadness but just become aware of it. And similarly with happiness. Thus awareness allows us to embrace our feelings without over-identifying with them

5 years 8 months ago

Greatly Said

3 years 8 months ago

Sadhguru should I be saying "Yes yes and only yes" to you or not, please need some clarity Sadhguru.

2 years 2 months ago

Great words. May your blessings give me the strength to raise myself. Pranam sadhguru

5 years 8 months ago

Wow!! Awesome.

3 years 8 months ago

Where is danger u will find danger !!

2 years 2 months ago

Wow! The same thing i said to myself except its a bit diff: "Why be like everyone & be positive? Im just gonna accept things."

5 years 8 months ago

thank you, guruji

3 years 8 months ago

Excellent Advise.

2 years 2 months ago

There you we go again. Defying the purpuse of the article by saying "be positive."

5 years 8 months ago

Well Said !!

3 years 8 months ago

Excellent advise.

2 years 2 months ago

Cycle incense sticks - This made my day :D

5 years 8 months ago

Being aware is the best choice but, how many of us are at that level where we can just BE, and not JUDGE? Our mind is made in way that we must put labels on everything. This is good, this is bad, you are fat, I am slim, and so on.. It is obvious that you are right and we must develop new skills, the skill of just being aware and whatever comes, as it comes, so it goes, We must learn to let go..

3 years 8 months ago

you are right. we have to "unlearn" some things.

2 years 1 month ago

I think the heading " The dangers of thinking positive" is completely misinterpretation of What Satguru is saying.
He has never given the weightage to either positive or negative

5 years 8 months ago

I read your blog. Great thoughts you have share in your bog. The part where you describe don't think positive always. I agree to this sometimes behave normal in every situation and you can easily face that problems. Thank you for giving genuine

meaning of positive thinking..

3 years 2 months ago

<!--td {border: 1px solid #ccc;}br {mso-data-placement:same-cell;}-->Wonderful article ! life is all about how we see the life, i have one small tips to be positive, we can do mediation to avoid negativity, it helps to stay positive.. Every morning I start my day with meditation. After bath I light few Cycle incense sticks and start doing meditation. Defiantly it will work Try this.. stay positive :)

5 years 8 months ago

from balance to integrated everything , really awesome!

2 years 5 months ago

Namaskaram, if suppose someone is scoldings bad about once character generally blood boils ,in that situation how can they stay untouched to the situation? How much Sadhana is needed to act normal n be aware of the situation?

5 years 8 months ago

Truely said, Positive and Negative are the two extremes. Just think as it is...! Namaskaram....!