Power of Positivity VOE Episode 19

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

negative attitude:

 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?

1. Books

2. Music

3. Places

4. Motivational Tapes

5. Workshop/conferences


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

the move.

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

right side


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

more positive.

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

your right)

 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

you know

 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”