Positive mindset: African’s way to prosperity

“Thoughts possess great power. You should be aware of the thoughts you think and admit only positive ones. If you desire prosperity and riches, admit only these thoughts into your mind.” Remez Sasson.

Africa has for a long time been the most underdeveloped continent ever. This is so not because the continent does not have resources but basically because the wind of awareness and/or positivity has not yet blown onto it.

Looking at the natural resources available in Africa, one tends to wonder as to why most African societies still live below the poverty line. Isn’t it in Africa where we have fertile soil for agriculture? Isn’t it in the same Africa where we have gold, coal, silver and other precious stones? Isn’t it not in Africa where we have beautiful waters in lakes and rivers? Isn’t it in the same continent, Africa, where we have great and beautiful mountains? Isn’t it in Africa where we have scientists, philosophers, prominent psychologists and other great men? But why are we still poor?

I, for one, believe that the major problem lies in our thinking. Naturally, we, Africans, have low self-esteem in that we think that only the whites are blessed to bring about economic and scientific ideas in the world. We deliberately neglect the fact that we are just like the whites themselves. The only difference is that the white man has a strong belief and determination in what he does. No wonder that the white man and his continent’s economy is always stable.

Our negative thoughts deprive us of the opportunity to prosper once and for all. We limit ourselves way behind what we are capable of doing and/or achieving in life. Unless the whole of Africa connects to the rhythm of positivity in thought, we are way behind attaining economic independence. Arthur C. Clarke once wrote, “The only way to discover the limits of the possible is going beyond them into the impossible.” Africa has the potential to prosper. All what is needed of us to transform the continent into the land of milk and honey is to first change the way we perceive ourselves. We need to embrace the concept of positive mindset and a belief in our own capabilities.

Until we change our mindset and the way we look upon ourselves, prosperity shall always remain a dream way beyond our reach. This change in mindset will see Africa turning away from the mentality of asking for financial and/or material support from donors. This change will see Africa embracing a sense of high self-esteem thereby coming up with forums to maximise on the natural resources the continent is rich in.

Matter of factly, with a positive mindset, Africa can never be a subject of aid conditionings. Donors want us to abandon our sacred culture and embrace homosexuality in the name of getting help from them. We are selling off our dignity and sovereignty simply because we do not have the economic muscle to run the affairs of our continent. Had we had a positive mindset in our own unique potency, we could not have been subjects of hypocrisy in abandoning our own conscience simply to embrace the strings attached to donor aid. Had we believed in the strength of having a united Africa, there could not be such abyss levels of poverty in our beautiful continent.

A positive mindset, to borrow from Remez Sasson’s philosophy, brings inner peace, success, improved relationships, better health, happiness and satisfaction. It also helps the daily affairs of life move more smoothly, and makes life look bright and promising. Had Africa realised how powerful positive thoughts are, this continent could have been a better place to live in.

A change in the way Africa perceives the world begins at an individual level. There is need for every African to first transform his/her negative thoughts into positive ones so as to contribute effectively and efficiently to the development of the continent. Africans need to drop the ego that hampers them from working as a team. We have to realise that we have a core duty of contributing a little something, through our positive thinking and humility, towards the development of our continent.

Remez Sasson further argues that “positive thinking is contagious. People around you pick your mental moods and are affected accordingly. Think about happiness, good health and success, and you will cause people to like you and desire to help you, because they enjoy the vibrations that a positive mind emits.”

Why wait! Africa needs to develop a positive attitude toward life, we need to always expect a successful outcome of whatever we do, but also that we must take any necessary actions to ensure our success. Prosperity is something that can be attained only by embracing the concept of positive thinking and committing ourselves to seeing our thoughts and goals materialising through necessary actions and/or efforts we apply. It begins with you and me!

*The author is a student at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College

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