Hi and welcome back to “A Woman’s Heart” podcast show, on the True
Conversations Network. I’m your host Edna Howard, founder of Voices of
Encouragement, an organization designed to empower women.
You can learn more about True conversations network at:
www.true-conversations.com and more about Voices of Encouragement at
I’m so excited you decided to take the time out of your busy schedule to
listen to another empowering message. Today, I am going to talk with you
about “The Power of Positive Thinking. Think of me as your Chief
Encouragement Officer for the next few minutes, as I share with you
positive information and tools to help you tap the power within you to
promote positive thinking.
I’m a woman of faith so I’ll start from the Faith perspective. The first thing I
do is to look to scripture for guidance and wisdom on how to think, act and
Psalm 19:14 “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my
heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he"
So, you might ask what does it mean as a man thinketh in his heart so is
he? Well the truth is, each person's thinking and core identity is determined
by and reflects the conditions of their heart.
Said differently, what you think about you bring about – so you should think
about some great stuff.
And from a more philosophical perspective: Mahatma Gandhi said
“A man (woman) is but the product of his thoughts what he thinks, he
Here’s a question for you: Did you know that our thoughts determine the
quality of our lives?
The podcast show today is about thinking positive but first let me set
the stage by talking to you about attitude: I’ve got three questions to get
you thinking. Put me on pause and grab a piece of paper and a pen, cause
you’re going to want to write these downs.
1. Do you have a positive mental attitude?
2. Is your attitude positive or negative the majority of the day?
3. In what ways could you be sabotaging your positive mental
These thought provoking questions are designed to help you assess your
attitude; is it more positive or negative? Your attitude is your window to the
So, if you have a positive attitude you will see the good and positive but if
your attitude is negative (stinking thinking) then how you operate and
engage with other people is going to be negative.
Think of your attitude as the mental filter through which you experience the
world around you.
Something I read in a book titled, “Attitude is Everything” written by Jeff
Keller, he says “some people see the world through the filter of optimism
(the glass being half full) while others see life though a filter of pessimism
(the glass being half empty).
He gives some examples to explain the difference between a positive and
The person with the negative attitude thinks “I CAN’T”
The person with the positive attitude thinks “I CAN”
The person with the negative attitude dwells on problems
The person with the positive attitude concentrates on solutions
The person with the negative attitude finds fault with others
The person with the positive attitude looks for the good in
The person with the negative focuses on what’s missing
The person with the positive attitude counts his or her blessings
So… are you more of a optimist or a pessimist?
Remember our “Attitudes are a secret power working 24 hours a day,
for good or bad” – So… what’s your attitude going to be?
One thing I know for sure is if you are complaining you’re slowly developing
a negative attitude. It starts small… and then before you know it, you’ll find
yourself swimming in negativity. Personally, I think that the number one joy
stealer is complaining. Why? Because it causes you to focus on all the
negative things that are going on in your life - and that my friend, will most
certainly affect your attitude.
I would like to share with you a couple of gold nuggets a good friend of
mine Nikea Ray shared with me; just a little something to help you
remember not to complain. You can say this to yourself when you feel a
negative attitude developing in your spirit - It simply says:
“I choose to be thankful for everything that comes my way. I realize
that complaining is draining. Complaining is counterproductive and
will not get me anywhere I’m trying to go. I won’t complain. I will look
at every situation and find a lesson in it. I will look at every situation
and find a blessing in it. My complaining days are over.”
So, I encourage you to choose the right mental attitude. Recognize in
yourself whether you have a positive or negative attitude.
And from a faith perspective You can speak words that please God: Psalm
19:14 “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be
pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
Here’s an example of a prayer requesting God’s assistance to help you
improve your attitude and thoughts:
“Lord, help me to not think negative thoughts or say critical words
about anyone. Forgive me for any time I have done that, for I know it
does not please You. Help me to be careful about the words I speak
so that I won’t say anything that hurts someone. Help me to treat
others with kindness, patience, and love. Enable me to build people
up and not tear them down. I know that words matter and You have
said in your Word that “Those who guide their lips preserve their
lives” (Proverbs 13:3). Teach me to think before I speak so that I say
words that are honest and caring and sensitive.”
Now that you understand a little more about mental attitude, let me share
with you the power of thinking positive: The topics I will review are:
What is positive thinking?
Motivational Channels to positive thinking,
And how positive thinking can enhance your life?
Mark Twain said, “The secret to getting ahead is getting started”
So, let’s get started.
But before I do let me share my personal affirmation with you – saying it out
loud to myself every morning gets me excited and keeps moving forward
with my personal goal of growing Voices of Encouragement to empower all
I’m a powerful purpose driven woman on a mission
In 2017 I assumed my position
Thanking God for my direction and clarity, cause he’s my creator He
chose this career for me
So just sit back, step back, and watch me flow, cause VOE, we are
on the grow
We keep showing, suiting, stepping up to the plate
Believing extreme success is our only fate
And as we break pass this invisible wall of fear
Let me keep real and be very clear
If you think you know you have no idea
No idea is what you have, cause I’m super charged I’m highly
powered I’m bad to the bone the name is Edna E. Howard
What is positive thinking? The positive inner voice (avoiding the
Making a conscious deliberate effort to continually believe in your abilities.
What are the motivational channels to positive thinking?
4. Motivational Tapes
7. Inspirational Movies
How positive thinking can improve your life:
The use of positive thinking can create a powerful life for you: There are a
few things you need to be aware of:
1. Realize that the only person that can make you happy is YOU!
2. Heighten your level of awareness – hang out with eagles so you can
fly high (those who are on the move and can motivate you to get on
3. Choose power over pain.
I have a little exercise I want you to do. OK, image if you will a chart: I’ll
call it the “Pain to Power Chart”
Take out a piece a paper and draw a line down the middle put an arrow
on each side and now write PAIN on the left side and POWER on the
PAIN (most of us can place ourselves somewhere in the middle) POWER
OK – Now let me give you some pain to power vocabulary and you can use
the chart to place the pain vocab on the left side of the page and power
vocab on the right side of the page.
Changing your vocabulary: Pain-to-Power Vocabulary
I can’t ---------------------------------------------------------------------I won’t
I should ------------------------------------------------------------------I could
It’s not my fault ---------------------------------------------------------I’m totally
It’s a problem ---------------------------------------------------------- It’s an
Life is a struggle ------------------------------------------------------ Life is an
Now you have a tool to use when deciding on vocabulary to help you think
Next let’s talk about…
How can you activate your positive thinking?
You make a choice whether you will be in control of your life or if life
will control you. Said differently, you can choose to seize the day or
let the day seize you.
Your attitude determines whether you are a success or a failure at
any task (if you think you CAN you CAN and if you think you CAN’T
Use every experience as an opportunity.
Make a commitment to think positive:
Draw from the higher power from within (God) and make a
commitment today to think positive
Make your life a best seller and become the most positive person
Happiness is a journey not a destination
Positive thoughts Lead to Enthusiasm:
Enthusiasm derives from the two Greek words En Theos, meaning
“inspired by God”; our lives need to be inspired, infused, filled
afresh with Gods goodness every day.
You may not have somebody patting you on the back and
cheering you on – and your day may not be filled with
extraordinary events, but you can still give it everything you got
with enthusiasm and be an example for others.
I would like to recommend a Day-To-Day Action Plan for your
1. Fill the first 10 minutes to an hour of your day with inspiration:
books (devotionals), spend time with God, motivational music,
and motivational YouTube or tapes (I really suggest not
listening to negative news and going on Facebook)
2. Don’t hang out around TOXIC negative people. (They will sap
your energy). Have I ever shared with you the 30, 15, 10, 5, 1
minute people theory? Here it goes…
The 30, 15, 10 minute people: these are the inspirational
people you want to be around (these folks talk about events not
people, you feel good and empowered just to being in their
space- they lift you up! You feel amazing when you leave their
presence). Then there are the 5 and 1-minute people (these are
the folks who make you feel down and who never really have
anything good to say about others and they make you feel bad
about yourself and situations. (These folks are the ones you
must say hi to and keep it moving because you know they don’t
have anything good to say to you or about others.)
3. Don’t give your attention to your immediate disasters (look to a
positive future/Hold the VISION).
4. Lose the Fear of What other people think about YOU!! This is
such a big one – if your fear of what people think about you is
keeping you from taking bold strokes in the world, then you are
allowing the fear of what others think of you control your life.
News flash! You serve God not man. Remember: No weapon
formed against you will prosper, you are more than a conquer,
and greater is He who lives in you then He that is in the world.
Thanks so much for listening in.
If you have enjoyed our time together please share this podcast, or tell a
friend about it. Mark your calendars for the upcoming Voices of
Encouragement Women’s Empowerment Workshop, scheduled for
Saturday, January 26, 2019. For more information email me at:
Have a triple P Week: Powerful, Positive, and Productive
Until we meet again remember Ephesians 4:1 “Walk worthy of the calling
with which you were called”