Chapter 10: Embrace Positive Thinking

 How to Make Your Creative Dreams a Reality:
Strategies to Cultivate Your Talent

Chapter 10
Embrace Positive Thinking

As you become more familiar with the principles of positive thinking you’ll learn how to take advantage of timeless attitudes that are celebrated by countless numbers of successful people in all areas of life.  Once you’ve identified the area of your interest you’ll begin to feel a stronger level of confidence and enthusiasm. Your commitment will lead you closer to making your goal a reality, and your need to be creative will evidence the beginning of your journey in earnest.

After three or four months of working at home in my small studio space, I was getting stir crazy being at home all day, so after work, I would go to the local bar to nurse a beer for a change of scenery. On occasion I would talk to a real estate salesman around my age who I became friends with over time. I mentioned to my new friend Roy that my little glass art making business wasn’t doing well. He listened to my story of woe and suggested I read a positive-thinking book titled, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. I bought the book and substituted my personal dream of creating exceptional floral glass paperweights in place of the money motive. As I read and reread the book, my attitude started to change. Over a short time, instead of thinking I probably would fail and not be able to support my family I became more confident about my ability to craft special objects that people would admire. 

The more I understood the principles of a positive mindset the stronger my resolve became to succeed. I began implementing a disciplined work habit that kept me in the studio five and a half days a week. I joined a local gym that gave me a place to go after work and started to lift weights. By substituting the gym for the bar, I not only had a place to go after work, but I was improving myself at the same time.  I soon realized that physical fitness complemented my work because stamina in the studio is a necessity. 

Within a short time, I was introduced to four-wall handball, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Over time I connected to a group of men from all professions and played handball three times a week throughout my adult life.

By embracing positive thinking and other classics, most notably “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Norman Vincent Peal, I became self-motivated and took pride in believing my glass art was evolving. 

My spiritual life grounded in morning prayers, along with a sweet naïveté that was oblivious to the authority of art making, was moving my career forward.  

My disciplined work schedule with my new attitude adjustment reinforced my work habits on a quality level with a dedication to inventing a botanical language in glass.  I took advantage of my new quasi-business plan of action encouraged by positive thinking advice and began to integrate the “can-do” lessons I was being exposed to. Slowly, instead of worrying about how long it would take me to fail, I began to believe in my dream to craft significant floral glass paperweights in ways that made my work celebrate poetry and delight.  

There is no guarantee that positive thinking will produce results, but it is a virtual certainly that if you focus on the negative, you will create a self-fulfilling prophecy.  

 The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but significance, and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.

- Oprah Winfrey