Ever since The Secret (by Rhonda Byrne) was released a few years ago, we started seeing the “be positive” affirmation everywhere. Unfortunately, many people either stopped there and went back to being more negative than before while others took it to the extreme and gambled away their life savings.
As valuable as it is to be positive, it is only the tip of the iceberg of the real message of affirmations and achieving your goals. In my book “7 Secrets to Get your Prayers Answered,” I discussed how prayer without action is useless, if not counterproductive. It is not enough to be positive and look at the bright side of things, but we must also put in the work needed to achieve our goals.
On the other hand, it is also important to acknowledge and recognize the presence of malevolence and negativity. Even if every person in the world started thinking positively, someone’s positive is another’s negative. An undertaker’s positive affirmation is for more people to die, and a doctor’s positive is for more people to be sick. While this seems negative to us, it is definitely positive to them.
This is why you shouldn’t be stupid. An experienced gambler can easily manipulate the minds of naive gamblers to get them to bet higher under the guise of being positive so he can rake up his gains. So don’t be naive. Recognize that there are people out there who do mean you harm, but don’t be paranoid about them. Ensure your safety and backup plan at all times before you take a risk. I know that most big businessmen talk about taking big risks and all, but it’s easy to take a risk when you have nothing to lose (or when you have a million dollars to fall back on). And when you look at the big picture, more big risks end up in big failures than in big success.
In conclusion, I’m not encouraging anyone to be negative, but to be realistic with a sprinkle of positivity. If you can afford to lose it, gamble it; otherwise, hold on and wait for a better opportunity. And remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is a scam, so don’t fall for it.