Power of Mind

Thinking Beyond Negativity

Maysville, Alabama
Photo Credits – Karen Sanford

When it comes to success we often try and measure it with factors such as money and notability. There are times where we are pushing to achieve such things that we do not realize that we are undercutting the success we have already achieved. Taking a task and completing it with a passionate heart is a moment that is felt within, whether we realize the success or not. Within our minds we see others who “have it all together,” and we begin to measure the things that set them apart, with hopes that one day our everyday accomplishments will lead us to a position, in which those we are viewing, reside in.

The problem with this thinking is even though we push in the right direction, our thinking is already defeated. How can we succeed in a world where our success is stigmatized? We have to reset our minds to understand that even the smallest of efforts of succeeding is an accomplishment. There are many times where I feel myself wanting things to quickly come to fruition, that I am immediately defeated. If I repeated over and over again that some dreams and ideas are unobtainable then they are just that … Dreams. I for one want my dreams to be substainable. In order for this to be I have to realize several things.


Instant gratification is a myth, and it is something that we need to move away from within our thought process. I am raising my hand high when it comes to this, because I am one who wants things here and now. It is not a reality though. No matter how much I wish it, it is a lie. Things do not happen overnight. For me this is a hard reality, that I find myself having to redirect my thought process from daily.

It takes walking a mile to move an inch when chasing success, but remember an inch in the right direction is better than no inches at all.


Tombigbee River
Photo Credit- Karen Sanford


The most heart wrenching thing that I have learned is that sometimes the ones closest to us, are the ones who either act as if you have already failed, or act as if it is a burden for them to recognize your attempts. Being aware of those who are in your corner is not only important but necessary. On the other hand recognizing those who are attempting to railroad your attempts are not only crippling your walk towards success, but also crippling your mindset as well. Positivity is the key that will develop you into who you need to be to achieve your expectations of yourself. So do not give this power to anyone else who can crumble your attempts. Keep positivity key. It is only you who can fail, especially with a mindset of pleasing others around you.

There will be people rooting for your FAILURE when you need APPLAUSE the most.

Colbert Heights Mountain
Tuscumbia. Al


There will be times where the doubt will settle in and in return you will find yourself wanting to give up. Just remember if you are putting time and effort into something, and you find yourself wanting to quit, then you need to ask yourself , “is this something that I love?” also “Is this something worth accomplishing and seeing through?” There will always be doubt and hardships in anything worth achieving. Although it is imminent we must immediately check the negativity and base our goals on positivity.

Doubt can be the death of your reality.

Phil Campbell, Alabama


In conclusion, when you are finding yourself with doubt and dissatisfaction, push forward until there is no more doubt left. You tend to find that you are your strongest self when you at your most vulnerable. With this you will eventually see that your strength was always within you to succeed all along.

Chasing goals are not easy, in fact we all know that sometimes we railroad our goals before we even begin. Mindset is key. Our thoughts is the most powerful weapon we have. It is always there helping us evolve. Whether we feed into the negative nature or our wellbeing is in our own hands. I for one find it difficult at times, but reminding myself the outcome is a positive reminder of just how powerful I am within my own frame of mind. Remind yourself today that you have control over the world you want and by replacing your negative thoughts IMMEDIATELY with POSITIVITY then you are not only doing yourself a solid, but you are finding yourself closer to your success.

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Author: Mary Swinney

Growing up in the Tri-Cities the love I had for the area tilted more towards how Id love to leave, rather than to see what the area had to offer. I didn't want to see at the time just how enchanting my hometown was. As soon as the chance arose my family and I made our way to Rhode Island. Once there we made some amazing life long friends, who took us in, and showed us just how proud they were of their state. It may be the smallest of all the states, but it was packed with charm and adventure. Each week we were visiting new restraunts, meeting new people, and visiting so many areas that I had only dreamed of. The residents were so proud of what they all had built together that it made me realize just how much I had missed out on back home. I have always been proud of my Southern Roots and I vowed that if God ever brought me back to my hometown I would make it my mission to explore the best it had to offer. I have been back for two years and have fallen in love with so many places. It is my mission now to bring my small town back to life and spread the word on how charming the Tri-Cities truly is.

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