By KELVIN ESIASA
ONE element that is key to personal development is positive thinking.
In Christianity itâ€™s called faith.
James Clear (Huffpost) wrote that research is beginning to reveal that positive thinking is about much more than just being happy or displaying an upbeat attitude.
Remez Sasson notes that positive thinking is not accepted by everyone.
Some consider it as nonsense and scoff at the people who follow it.
But there is a growing number of people who are accepting positive thinking as a fact, and believe in its effectiveness.
It is a practice of an optimistic disposition in every situation in oneâ€™s life, which attracts positive changes and increases achievement.
It employs a state of mind that continues to seek, find and execute ways to win, or find a desirable outcome, regardless of the circumstances.
The power of positive thinking cannot be undermined. Successful people reach their set goals and targets by thinking positively, with much energy and enthusiasm generated both in the mind and in the body.
If we want to achieve our goals by practising positive thinking, changing the way we think is simply a matter of changing a habit, and this can be done in less time than you may think.
With practice you will have this new habit perfected and will be practising positive thinking automatically in no time at all.
We need to constantly remind ourselves that changing how we think is for our own good.
Weâ€™re doing it to get good results in the near future.
Having a positive mental attitude is a value that must be constantly practised in order to stay motivated, to focus positively on the task at hand, and to achieve the success that you have always wanted.
In recent years, researchers have found that minds can have a powerful effect on body.
Immunity is one area on which thoughts and attitudes can have a particularly powerful influence.
In one study, researchers found that activation in brain areas associated with negative emotions led to a weaker immune response to a flu vaccine.
Researchers Segerstrom and Sephton found that people who were optimistic about a specific and important part of their lives, such as how well they were doing in school, exhibited a stronger immune response than those who had a more negative view of the situation.
In times like today, with tragic natural disasters, terrorist threats and the economic crisis, positive thinking is more important than ever.
Lifting our spirits is part of physical and mental health, as well as part of leading a happy, fulfilled life.
In contrast to a person with a sunny, positive outlook on life is the person who has a negative attitude.
A person with a negative attitude may be disagreeable, withdrawn, hostile or simply pessimistic.
People who are depressed often have a negative outlook on relationships and life challenges.
Depression can impact a personâ€™s sleep patterns, activity levels, general motivation and work habits, weight and even lead to thoughts of death or suicide.
There are many benefits from creating and maintaining a positive attitude.
Optimistic people can envision success and are, therefore, able to achieve their goals.
People are naturally drawn to others with happy, cheerful dispositions, so friendships and relationships are easier to develop.
It can take a little time and effort to create the habit of a positive attitude if it is not something you are accustomed to doing.
One way is to catch yourself when you are having a negative thought and form a new positive script in response to it.
Therefore, start thinking positively from today.
The author is the president of the Zambian Society for Public Administration and Society for Family Business.
By KELVIN ESIASA