The Myth of Positive Thinking


If you’ve been around Internet marketing, or network marketing, multi-level marketing, or even if you’ve been in a corporates sales organization, then you’re no doubt familiar with “The power of positive thinking.” Some of the hallowed mottos of this myth are.

  • “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
  • “I am nature’s greatest miracle. I am the world’s greatest salesman”
  • “Your attitude determines your altitude”.

Proponents of the school of positive thinking believe you should always be telling yourself, like the Little Engine that Could, “I think I can, I think I can.” Or even better, “I know I can, I know I can.” Just pump yourself up with enough positive self-talk and you can do anything.

Well, it turns out that there’s a better way to talk to yourself. And that’s to ask yourself questions. Don’t say, “I can do it!” Instead, ask, “Can I do it?”

Researchers Ibrahim Senay and Dolores Albrarracin of the University of Illinois, along with Kenji Noguchi of the University of Southern Mississippi, discovered that “interrogative self-talk” was far more powerful than regular old affirmative self-talk.

Because when you ask yourself, “Can I do it?” your brain tries to answer the question. It starts providing you with answers. When you just say, “I can do it” your brain is not activated in trying to solve a problem. It figures the problem is already solved. No help needed. Also, when you ask yourself questions, you discover your own motivations for wanting to achieve something, and not the external motivations of others. Internal motivations are far more powerful than external ones.

Asking yourself questions helps you succeed far more than telling yourself that you can succeed. So, can you succeed with your own online business? Can you make big commissions? Can you achieve your financial dreams? Can you achieve time freedom, money freedom, and location freedom?

Those are the questions you should be asking yourself. And when you want the best answer to all those questions, download my new eBook, the Ultimate Online Profit Model.