Proponents of self help espouse the benefits of positive thinking. I don’t argue with the benefits of focusing your attention on something positive, and making a positive expression. However, what I propose is that there is something more valuable.
What about all those moments when our mind wanders and where our attention has strayed? What are we creating in those moments we are not aware and in control of our conscious expression? I say that is is far more valuable to become aware and gain control over your attention in every moment of your day. Eliminate all the negative expressions and unpleasant emotions in those moments of unconsciousness, and you will do far more to change your life.
Positive thinking can certainly help you to create more happiness and beauty in your life. However it first requires that you have control over your attention, so this is the place you should start.