I am so excited to share this interview from the positive attitude tips.com website owner and author Colin VanderMeulen. Pay attention folks, there are some great tips in here from one dynamic individual. Colin is positive thinking in motion. You're gonna love the insights he has shared with us in this interview.
Q) Colin, your website www.positive-attitude-tips.com is a wonderful example of positive thinking in the works. Can you tell us what your motivation was to start this website and what you hope your readers take away from the site?
A) My main reason for starting positive-attitude-tips.com was because I wanted to share something that I myself am really interested in and also that the information might help people in the process. My goal is that people will leave the site with at least an understanding that they don't need to accept their lot in life, that you can change your life by thinking positively.
Q) Can you share with us the first time you were introduced to the power of positive thinking and the effects it has had on your life.
A) Believe it or not, the first time I was introduced to positive thinking was almost ten years ago when I stumbled across a website that explained how to use the information taught by Abraham Hicks to improve your race car driving results. I don't race cars myself, but I found the concepts extremely intriguing so I continued to research how our thoughts affect our lives. I've never really stopped researching and experimenting since that day. I'm hooked :).
Q) Your site is full of great tips for thinking more positively, can you share one tip with our readers that they can implement into their lives right now that would greatly impact their everyday lives?
A) If I were to give the readers one tip that could be implemented right away that would greatly impact their lives, I would have to suggest a daily practice of appreciation. Appreciation puts you into a high vibrational state that will help you to attract more good things into your life. And if you have bigger goals that you want to achieve, you need to start working towards them coming from a feeling place of having vs. needing. When you're in a state of appreciation you're in a state of having. If you're working toward a goal with thoughts and feelings that you need it, you're only going to attract more 'needing' into your life. Learn to appreciate what you already have before you start aiming for more.
There are many ways you can practice appreciation on a daily basis:
Q) One of my favorite sections on your website is the one where you talk about reprogramming the subconscious mind. You talk about using, positive affirmations, meditation, and visualization together to get the best results. Can you share with my readers an example from your own life where this has worked well for you?
A) Positive affirmations, visualization, and meditation are a great daily combo to help you achieve your goals. A few years ago, I was going through a tough time financially and I was falling behind on my bills and my mortgage. Every day I spent about half an hour meditating, just to clear my mind and help clear resistance to receiving money into my life. I also visualized about 4 times a day, for roughly 5 minutes each time. When I visualized I imagined sitting in front of my computer feeling elated as I saw the amount of money I needed sitting in my bank account, following that with feelings of appreciation and relief as I paid all my bills. (some people would say not to imagine bills as this would create more bills, but what's more important is how you FEEL, not the images themselves, and for me, I felt appreciative as I imagined paying the bills, so I stuck with it).
Outside of the daily visualization and meditation I just kept affirming that I was safe and supported and that the Universe provides for all of my needs. I'd repeat this as I walked, as I drove around, while waiting in line, whenever I could.
Within a few weeks I got a job offer for a better paying job and I received a substantial financial gift from someone I knew. Both were completely unexpected. But the end result was that what I had visualized had come to pass, I was able to sit in front of my computer and happily pay off my bills.
Q) The book “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, had a huge impact on me and I see you offer this book to your e-mail subscribers as a free gift, Is there any one book that you have read that has made a huge impact on you and if so, what was the impact and why did it have that impact?
A) I've read a lot of great books over the years, but I would have to say that one of the biggest eye openers for me was "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind" by Dr. Joseph Murphy. It's an older book, but it showed me how much influence our subconscious mind has over our lives. This book helped to make sense of why so many of us keep repeating the same scenarios in our lives over and over again.
The subconscious mind has 98% of the processing power of your brain, and it also never sleeps, so that's actually where most of your manifesting work is done.
We all have subconscious programs running. We don't need to dig into our minds and our past to find out what they are, we only need to look at our own lives. Almost everyone has repeating financial situations, relationship situations, work situations, health situations, and more. If you want to change those situations, you need to install a new program into your subconscious mind. That's where the visualization and the affirmations come in. If you do them often enough, for long enough, you can install a new subconscious program which will bring you new results into your life.
Once I understood that, it was like the puzzle finally clicked into place for me. What I finally understood was... change your subconscious thoughts and your life will change according. Since then, most of my reading and experimenting has been on ways to change our subconscious programs into supportive ones instead of destructive ones.
Q) Is there anything else you would like to share with our readers? Any last words of advise, any final tip?
A) If I could leave you all with one last tip it would be not to take any of this to seriously.
I don't mean that you shouldn't believe in what a positive attitude can do for you, but simply that you should try to make it fun. I know I've used it in the past to solve problems of my own, but I actually get faster results when I experiment and just have fun with positive thinking. Make a game of seeing what you can manifest and achieve by practicing things like visualization and affirming. Choose to manifest something weird and funny instead of something you're desperate for.
When it's a game, there's no stress or urgency around it and you'll get much better results. After you've made a game of it for a while, your confidence in both yourself and the process will be much higher, then you'll be in a much better place to start tackling some of your life issues. But until then, keep it fun and easy.
We are at the end of the interview and I want to take a moment to thank you, Colin for taking the time to talk with us and to thank you, my readers for taking the time to get to know a little bit about this amazing author and website owner of positive-attitude-tips.com
Colin, I love what you had to say about appreciation, I call it having an attitude of gratitude and it is by far the best tool I have for living a positive life full of peace and harmony, and what you had to say about not taking this stuff too seriously, I want to commend you, because not too many people have the courage to say that, but it is so true. Thank you for the great tips and I wish you all the best and much success with your site positive-attitude-tips.com