Improve your position in the natural order of probability.
The normal distribution or bell-shaped curve shows that in the universe of all possibilities, most activity occurs in the middle, and higher or lower levels of the measured activity fall away to the extremes. The usual advice is to have positive thoughts "most of the time." Most of the time is 68%.
The same concept is applied to success patterns. I have to reach a point where my confidence and persistence enable me to keep working towards my goals.
We are experts at creating and believing negative thoughts. But we usually have trouble creating, believing and sustaining positive thoughts. The goal of practical Positivity is to learn to manage the positive, negative and uncertainty/doubt so that the negatives do not overwhelm your positive aspirations and efforts.
Being average is good ! The goal for the individual or the organization is to have at least an average level or probability of success. Increase your Positivity, and the other factors will more likely fall in place-your motivation, persistence and confident decisions to match your goals.
You can't change the nature of the universal curve. But you can change your positio in the normal distribution to move farther to the right, to be among the most successful performers with a higher probability of success.
You can't change the nature of the universal curve. But you can change your place in the normal distribution of events and opportunities.
The goal is to reach a sustained level of 68% or greater of Positivity about your goals. The higher the level of Positivity, it's likely you will also have a greater level of confidence and persistence that will keep you on the path to success.
Mathematical note: it's true there are many different types of statistical distributions other than the normal distribution. Regardless of the exact shape of the curve, there will always be performers at the highest levels and those at the lowest levels of performance. Regardless of your goal or the nature of the environment, Modern Positivity can help you increase the probability of success for any realistic goal.
The Modern Positivity Formula
We define success as achieving a specific goal. People, organizations, and businesses have goals, and there are observable successes and failures.
How do you increase the probability that you are one of the success stories?
There are hundreds of concepts for achieving success identified in philosophy, spirituality, education, organizational theory, and sociological and psychological disciplines.
The Modern Positivity approach is what I identified as the single most important factor in success: a consistent level of Positivity about my goal that coexists with a modest but necessary level of negativity (fear, doubt, uncertainty). Success practices have to recognize both risk and opportunity, and negativity is our risk assessor.
Success is guaranteed to be achieved by someone. For every goal there always be those that succeed and those who don't. Some people will be the most successful, and others will achieve little or no success.
The optimal success condition is to have a level of Positivity that significantly improves the probability that you will be in the prime zone where most events occur. Of course, there will always be exceptional levels of success and failure, but most things happen in the middle.
The goal is to reach a sustained level of 68% or greater of Positivity about your goals.
The higher the level of Positivity, it's likely you will also have a greater level of confidence and persistence that will keep you on the path to success.
Why 68% ?