There is a lot of advice out there about positive thinking and accepting that the things that happen in your life are your own doing. I have even heard one guru say that if anything bad happens to you then it happened because of the vibe you put out there. Although I know there is a lot of power in positive thinking, these people are misleading in their messages because you can think positive all day long every day and things still might not go the way you need them to. So the question becomes what is missing from the equation? If you have thought positively and been pleasant to everyone you meet, while at the same never thinking any negative thoughts about others and things still are not going your way then it is time to rethink your strategy.
It is pretty safe to say that everything does start with attitude and how you think but you need to do more. Some say that people who are lucky or seem to always get those good opportunities have character traits that others do not. So the first thing you need to know is that these people put their selves in the position to be successful, that means meeting and interacting with the right people. I once received training from a world famous hypnotist and one thing that he did to increase his odds of being successful was to go to places successful people go. One place that he suggested was staying the night at expensive hotels and be social with people in the bar areas, pool areas, any public places at the hotel where it is generally acceptable to be social. As you can see with this advice it makes more sense than just thinking positive. Although the hypnotist was and is a very positive thinker he also did not sit around and wait for his positive thinking to work for him. In other words, it is good to think positive, it is good to realize that you may be the source of your bad luck and problems in your life but these things can be overcome with persistence.
You just need to apply thinking with action in order to achieve your goals. This formula has been truthful for some of the most successful people in the world, most of these people did not start out at the top. One famous example is Michael Jordan who did not make his high school team but because he was persistent and thought positive about himself he became one of the most successful basketball players of all times, and his story is just one of many. The thing is that all these stories have the same formula in which positive thinking is only one part of the formula the second key ingredient is action. Think about the steps that you could take today to achieve the goals you want even if it is by starting a plan.