BY ROBERT MANDEYA
Just recently I was watching a WWE match and was caught by the appearance of Koffi Kingston, a Ghanaian wrestler who has made it in this top American money-spinning sport.
It is in one of his most important matches that Kingston asserts his prowess and confidence in beating his opponent who in this particular match was billed as the favourite to win.
Kingston was coming into the match as an underdog but he assured his legion of fans before the match that his positive mind was going to see him victorious. He spoke a little about the power of positivity which I found quite fascinating.
Given what is happening in Zimbabwe currently in terms of the condition of our economy, coupled with the Covid-19 crisis and resultantly what people and businesses alike are going through, I found Kingston’s concept of positive thinking quite profound and relevant to our situation.
The concept of positive thinking has permeated our culture. It is a philosophy of faith that does not ignore life’s problems, but rather explains a practical approach to life’s full potential. It is a system of creative living based on spiritual techniques, and its operation is demonstrated in the lives of thousands of people.
True to his belief in positive thinking philosophy, I watched Kingston subdue his larger-than-life opponent sending his fans into a frenzy of excitement and inspirational adulation. There were quite a lot of lessons in the Kingston scenario.
Believing in yourself
Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy. But with self-confidence you can succeed.
A sense of inadequacy interferes with the attainment of your hopes, but self-confidence leads to self-realisation and achievement. Because of the importance of his mental attitude, Koffi in some way helped many who were watching to believe in themselves and release their inner powers. An appalling number of people are made miserable by an inferiority complex particularly in these trying times in our country.
But you need not suffer from this trouble. You can develop faith in yourself. In business there are so many times when we are faced with very critical hurdles to tackle.
We all at some time go through these unpleasant feelings. Issues of faith are so intricate, I myself am not an expert in the subject of faith but life has taught me a lesson or two about this much-hyped concept which is synonymous with man of the cloth.
A peaceful mind generates power
There are two cryptic phrases for people in times of need or want—“an ear full of trouble” and “a mind full of peace.” Which do you choose? The essence of the secret lies in a change of mental attitude. One must learn to live on a different thought basis, and even though thought change requires effort, it is much easier than to continue living in perpetual torment.
The life of strain is difficult as much as it is unavoidable. The chief struggle however is gaining mental peace. A physician friend of mine often tells me, “Many of my patients have nothing wrong with them except their thoughts”
A primary method for gaining a mind full of peace is to practice emptying the mind. At least twice a day, empty your mind of fears, hates, insecurities, regrets and guilt feelings. I know this is easier said than done. To prevent unhappy thoughts from sneaking in again, immediately fill your mind with creative and healthy thoughts.
At intervals during the day practice thinking a carefully selected series of peaceful thoughts. We all have at one point or another gone through some very memorable moments or occasions in our lives. Let mental pictures of the most peaceful scenes you have ever witnessed pass across your mind, as, for example, in my case the silvery light of the sun falling upon rippling waters does the trick.
Another way is repeating audibly some peaceful words. Words have profound suggestive power, and there is healing in the very saying of them. Use a word such as “serenity.” Picture serenity as you say it. Repeat it slowly and in the mood of which the word is a symbol. There are other practical ways by which you can develop serenity and quiet attitudes.
Mandeya is a certified executive leadership coach, corporate education trainer and management consultant and founder of Leadership Institute of Research and Development (LiRD). — firstname.lastname@example.org/ or email@example.com, Facebook: @lirdzim and Mobile/WhatsApp: +263 719 466 925