This article appeared in 2015 of an amazing woman who was a driving instructor at 95 years of age! This is a great way to demonstrate the power of a positive mindset and finding your purpose in life. She passed away in 2017 but her legend lives on.
“Britain’s oldest driving instructor has passed her 95th birthday and has no plans to stop. Laura Thomas has got 1,000 pupils through the test over 76 years. She started driving in 1938 when her brother bought her a car for Christmas.
Laura passed her test two months later and started giving her friends tips on how they could do the same. Mother-of-two Laura’s reputation spread by word of mouth, and she was bombarded by requests for driving lessons.
She loved her job
The great-grandmother has never advertised her services but has enjoyed a steady stream of customers for almost eight decades. She has also never used dual controls in her car and never had an accident. Laura said she had taught nearly ‘all the drivers’ in Pembroke Dock, West Wales – and none needed more than two tests.
She is aiming to join Britain’s exclusive ‘100 club’ of centenarians who are still on the roads and says you’re never too old to drive along as you have your ‘head screwed on.’ Widow Laura has no plans to hang up her L-plates and can still reduce teenagers to tears with her ‘old school’ teaching technique.”
This is a great example of the Power of a Positive Mindset. Not only was Laura still driving at 95 years of age, but she was still teaching people to drive! It’s quite amazing, and clearly demonstrates the power of Purpose and Passion.
- Positive thinking is a range of ideas and techniques associated with the psychology of achievement.
- It is a powerful tool for transforming your inner self into a health-generating and self-healing entity.
- All of our feelings, beliefs and knowledge are based on our internal thoughts, and we are in control of these processes.
- We can choose to be positive or negative, enthusiastic, or dull, active or passive.
- Such choices are habits, developed over a lifetime and shaped by the feedback of others and by our own self-talk.
- We must change our inner conversations and learn to think optimistically.
- Positive thinking is an optimistic state of mind.
- It brings inner satisfaction, peace, and better health, improves relationships and attracts success into your life.
- Positive thinkers visualise what they want to happen, not what they wish to avoid.
- They are able to develop a mindset that empowers, rather than limits, their potential.
- Positive thinking stresses action – we learn and develop by doing what needs to be done, by moving to where we want to be in the future.
When you feed your mind with positive affirmations, information, books, conversations, and audio programs, you develop a more positive attitude and personality. You become more influential and persuasive. You enjoy greater confidence and self-esteem.
Mental fitness is like physical fitness. You develop high levels of self-esteem and a positive attitude with training and practice. Here are seven steps to becoming a completely positive person:
Step One – Positive Affirmations
Speak to yourself positively; control your inner dialog. Use positive affirmations phrased in the positive, present, and personal tense, such as, ‘I like myself,’ ‘I can do it,’ ‘I feel terrific,’ and ‘I am responsible!’
Your mind is like a garden. If you do not deliberately plant flowers and tend carefully, weeds will grow without any encouragement at all.
Step Two – Positive Visualisation
Perhaps the most powerful ability that you have is the ability to visualise and see your goals as already accomplished. Create a clear, exciting picture of your goal and your ideal life, and replay this picture in your mind over and over. As you ‘see’ yourself on the inside, you will ‘be’ on the outside.
Step Three – Positive People
Your choices of the people with whom you live, work, and associate will have more of an impact on your emotions and your success than any other factor. Decide today to associate with positive people, people who are happy and optimistic and who are going somewhere with their lives.
Step Four – Mental Food
Just as your body is healthy to the degree to which you eat nutritious foods, your mind is healthy to the degree to which you feed it with ‘mental protein’ rather than ‘mental candy’. Read books, magazines and articles, watch TV, DVDs or online courses that are educational, inspirational, or motivational. Listen to positive, constructive CDs and audio programs in your car or on your MP3 player.
Step Five – Positive Training and Development
Lifelong learning and personal improvement are what takes you from poverty to affluence and from underachievement to success and financial independence. When you dedicate yourself to learning and growing and becoming better and more effective in your thoughts and actions, you take complete control of your life. You dramatically increase the speed at which you move upward to greater heights.
”Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” Jim Rohn
Positive thinking is a mental attitude that helps us see the ‘silver lining’, which causes us to anticipate happiness, joy, health, and favourable results. Effective positive thinking requires focusing on positive thoughts and positive emotions and also taking positive action to bring about favourable outcomes.
The power of positive thinking is about committing yourself to getting the most out of your day – every day. It is about being enthusiastic, keeping your mind focused on important things, developing strategies for dealing with problems and refusing to waste time participating in negative inner dialogues.
So, choose to be positive. You’ll feel better, make others feel better, and you’ll look younger too!
“A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.” Gandhi
Well that’s it for this week, have a look back at this blog and take some action this week to be more positive and watch what starts to happen.