By Sheikh Idris Watts
Principle 6: Being an Inverse Paranoid
Instead of believing the world is plotting to do you harm, believe the world is plotting to do you good. Instead of seeing every difficulty or challenge as a negative, see it for what it could be – something that is meant to enrich you, empower you, or advance your causes. What an incredibly positive belief!
Suddenly, obstacles and negatives are seen not as just another example of “Gee, the world hates me,” but as opportunities to grow and change and succeed. If you develop cancer, the possibility exists that in the process of reorganizing your life to affect a cure; you’ll create a more healthy balance in your life and rediscover what’s important to you. Was there not a time in your life when something terrible happened that later became a blessing in disguise? When some challenge happens, look for the upside and not the downside. Ask, “Where is the greater benefit in this event?” Always have it in your mind that whatever you are going through now is going to turn out for the better in the future as well. The more you look for good, the sooner and more often you will find it and you will take the attitude that it is coming. This will mean that you will become less upset and discouraged when you are waiting for the results.
A man was shot down in the Vietnam War. He spent 7 years as a prisoner in the most hellish conditions. He was beaten, malnourished, and kept in solitary confinement for years. He saw it as the most powerfully transforming event in his life. He realized that he would be spending a lot of time alone. He asked himself, “How can I use this experience to my advantage?” He used it as an opportunity to learn about himself and God. He reviewed every interaction he had had with anyone in his life. Slowly he began to see the patterns of what had worked and what hadn’t in his life. Overtime, he slowly psychoanalyzed himself and began to know himself at the deepest of levels. He began to develop compassion for humankind and understand his true nature. He now radiates spirituality and love. The experience made him happy.
You need to enter into every conversation as if good, will come out of it. Then you will find it. Know that “good” is not an accident. Everything and everyone that shows up in your life is not an accident. God is moving you towards your ultimate destiny for learning, growth, and achievement. You will begin to see every moment and event as a change to enrich yourself and advance your life.
Always ask yourself, “What’s the opportunity that this is?” for every event. Tell yourself every day, “I believe this world is plotting to do me good today. I can’t wait to see what it is.” And then look for the opportunities and the miracles.
When you meet with people ask them, “What are you up to and what are you excited about these days?” This will generate ideas for yourself as well as them.