"No thought, whether it be negative or positive, can enter the subconscious mind without the aid of the principle of autosuggestion."
It's been said that we are what we think about all day long. If we focus on lack, we attract scarcity. When we concentrate on the good, we magnify what's wonderful and attract more of that. Somewhere between, we find balance.
Recently, I reached a point where it felt like I was working 100% of the time. Feeling frustrated, tired, and not a lot of fun to be around, I was concentrating so much on work that I was failing to take care of myself in the process.
However, life is not about being "Happy, happy, joy, joy" all the time writes Greg Flahive. Life is balance. There's happiness and sorrow. Joy and pain. Success and failure. You don't have to bury your pain in false cheerfulness. Feel what you're feeling and realize that "This too shall pass." Good follows bad. Success follows failure. Joy follows pain - and vice versa. You can't work all the time and have equilibrium. It's in giving yourself "me-time" that you receive the sense of balance you seek.
"You have a voice in the long-term thoughts that you allow into your subconscious mind" adds Greg Flahive. In other words, your self-talk matters. When good things happen, celebrate them and enjoy the moments as they are happening. In times of difficulty, challenge yourself to find just one good thing - even if it's just a little thing. You may not be able to get to joy immediately, but the benefit is in the activity itself rewarding.
Submitted by Gregory Flahive.