You are what you think you are.

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“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”
― Nikola Tesla

It is no secret that 50% of the world’s wealth belongs to 1% of the global population. This is no accident. The secret lies in the mindset of these people. They are not the smartest, most intelligent, or even the most hardworking people. They just happen to know the secret of life. Everything we feel, breath and live has its one vibration. Ergo, we as people, also carry vibrations. Therefore, if you put out positive energy towards the universe, positive things will happen. It’s that simple.

According to Psychology Today, the notion of negativity bias is not new. Numerous research has led to theories like The Prospect Theory, which asseses the way people make choices when there is a known risk. Therefore, negativity bias and the Prospect Theory suggest the idea that people are more prone to choose things based on their need to avoid negative experiences, rather than their inclination to experience positive things. Researchers like Roy F. Baumister, Ellen Tratslavsky, Kathleen Vohs, and Catrin Finkenauer have studied this phenomenon in the long term. They came to the conclusion that negative experiences or the fear of them has a greater impact on people than positive experiences.

Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentimihalyi demonstrates that unless we are occupied with other thoughts, worrying is the brain’s default mechanism. This is why, he says, “we must constantly strive to escape such ‘psychic entropy’ by learning to control our consciousness and direct our attention to activities which provide ‘flow’ activities which give positive feedback and strengthen our sense of purpose and achievement.” His views mirrors those of Martin Seligman and Rick Hanson who both make the point that while negative emotion always has the ability to “trump” positive emotion, we have to learn how to keep negative emotion in check by amplifying positive emotions.

(Source: Psychology Today)

Despite the fact that we are aware of the astonishing functions and capacities of the human brain, we still carry on believing in fate, destiny and luck. People’s mindsets are wired to function this way. However, by no means does this have to reflect who you are as a person. You have the power, will and advantage to rewire your brain any time you choose. Is it easy? Hell, no! But, does it harvest the fruits of all hard work? You bet!

People ask me every day how I have the energy and inexhaustible will to be positive day in and day out. To be honest, sometimes I fail to find the answer myself. But, most times, it’s rather simple. I have been through the dark paths of hell and came back stronger than ever. I know what it feels like to be down, to not have will to live or do anything meaningful and to feel like a failure every step of the way. I am wired to always do the best I can, to the best of my ability. Throughout the years, there were times where I pushed myself so hard it hurt. Feeling like it was never enough, I traveled on the verge of insanity. As someone who has witnessed and experienced this painful wrecking phenomenon called depression, I highly advise immediate transformation.

This transformation was by far the hardest thing I ever had to do, but it has changed me as a person for the better. I have never felt more alive, determined and inspired. The key thing to remember when going through such a transformation is gratitude. You must be grateful for every little thing in your life. Soak in the sunlight when you wake up in the morning and peer through your window. Really feel the rays shining over you as the warmth touches your skin. Realize how lucky you are to have running water to drink and bath. Some people can only dream of this. Let that sink in. No, really. Try to imagine your life without running water. Can you? No, of course not. You’re too busy fussing over what to wear and why your jeans don’t fit. STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES.

What does all this mean? Well, we are prone to react more to negativity than positive actions and occurrences. Therefore, we need more time to get used to being positive. The key thing is to persevere, no matter the circumstances. As Heraclitus once said, “everything flows”, everything changes. When you come to the realization that nothing is permanent, and everything is relative, you cannot fail to also be enlightened that negative events must also come to an end, one time or another. But, why not sooner, rather than later?

To quote Lieh-tzu, “When two things occur successively we call them cause and effect if we believe one event made the other one happen. If we think one event is the response to the other, we call it a reaction. If we feel that the two incidents are not related, we call it a mere coincidence. If we think someone deserved what happened, we call it retribution or reward, depending on whether the event was negative or positive for the recipient. If we cannot find a reason for the two events’ occurring simultaneously or in close proximity, we call it an accident. Therefore, how we explain coincidences depends on how we see the world. Is everything connected, so that events create resonances like ripples across a net? Or do things merely co-occur and we give meaning to these co-occurrences based on our belief system? Lieh-tzu’s answer: It’s all in how you think.”
Liezi, Lieh-tzu

Go out there, smell the Goddamn roses, feel the burning sun and live to the best of your ability. Shine the shit out of life. Leave sparkle wherever you go. Inspire people. Do epic shit.

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