The Powerlessness of Positive Thinking

Adam Alter, Feb 23, 2014
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Beware philosophies saying 'thoughts become things'. Thoughts do not become things, nor do outcomes appear merely because you hope for them. Yes, there is a relation between visualization and desired outcomes. But what you have to visualize and practice is the hard work it takes to reach the outcome, not the outcome itself. (P.S. this is one of the best stock photos ever to accompany an article - though I've edited it to provide a meme-worthy alternative).

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