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The Elephant and the Twig: The Art of Positive Thinking [Secure eReader]
eBook by Geoff Thompson

eBook Category: Business/Self Improvement
eBook Description: Have you ever heard the story of The Elephant and the Twig? In India they train obedience in young elephants (to stop them from escaping) by tying them to a huge immovable object, like a tree, when they are still very young. The tree is so large that no matter how hard the baby elephant pulls and tugs it cannot break free. This develops what is known as "learned helplessness" in the creature. After trying so hard and for so long to break the hold, only to be thwarted time and again, it eventually believes that, no matter what it does, it cannot escape. Ultimately, as a fully-grown adult weighing several tons, they can tie it to a twig and it won't escape, in fact it won't even try. Do you ever feel like this? That you are tied to an immovable object and can't break free? That you couldn't possibly give that presentation at work, that you would never be able to go it alone in business, or that you have to remain stuck in a social and lifestyle rut as there is no other alternative? Rubbish! This book shows you that, when it comes down to it, what ties you and prevents you from realising your potential is only a ?twig?. Geoff Thompson, renowned martial artist and author of Watch My Back, guides you through the process of breaking the negative thinking that binds us all and helps you to take the plunge and properly take on life.

eBook Publisher: Summersdale Publishers Ltd/Summersdale - Geoff Thompson, Published: 2004
Fictionwise Release Date: July 2005

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"The book is about the art of positive thinking and Geoff uses the elephant tale to describe how he felt shackled to his working class background and violent lifestyle before breaking free. He is brimming with optimism and insists that anything is possible--if you have the will to make it happen."--Sunday Mercury

Now that you have accepted Rule Two, your God-given right to create (and the responsibility that comes with it), you need quickly to learn Rule Three: "You are what you think."

Most people in life fail to act because they fear the consequence of their actions; in fact they allow the fear of consequence to bully them into not acting at all. The consequence is rarely the problem in these cases, it is how we perceive the consequence. In other words, it's our thoughts that determine whether and how we deal with it. If we think "I'll handle it" we most likely will, if however we think "I couldn't handle it" then most probably we will not, in fact we will probably avoid making the decision that will bring about the consequence we are afraid of.

You must decide what it is that you want from life and how you are going to set about getting it. Of course, that's logical, but you also have to look at the consequence of having what you want and not be frightened off by it.

Creativity relies on faith in your own ability to create, but equally it relies on your ability to handle what you create. If part of you is frightened of the consequence (failure or success) of creating, you are likely to sabotage (consciously or unconsciously) your own plans and subsequently create nothing. So when the feared or revered consequence rears its head and tries to intimidate, we must kill the fledgling fear before it becomes a monster. We do this with our positive thoughts because we are what we think. We are unafraid and optimistic because we think and encourage positive thoughts and discourage thoughts of fear. We become afraid because we court and entertain negative thoughts and fail to encourage the positive.

What we focus on becomes our reality. If we focus on the good then every day is Christmas; if we focus on the bad every day is dark and no matter what material riches we have around us darkness will prevail. So focus on what you want, on how you want your life to be, choose only encouraging thoughts and starve to death anything that hints of fear--fear is the mind-killer. Choose the decor of your new world and then focus on it every day. From when you wake in the morning until you go to bed at night, tell yourself (in your internal dialogue) that you are the creator and that you can create--and handle--anything. Do this until it becomes a habit to think only positive thoughts.

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