Saturday, October 06, 2012
Loved this chapter!
The two things I liked best were
1) You can choose how you react to any situation (in life, in weight loss, etc.) Christopher Reeve's story was inspirational.
2) The power of POSITIVE thinking.
3) A lot of other good stuff too -- but I'll just focus on these two things.
Actually. I've always been aware of the power of positive thinking -- but it was good to have it reiterated like that. I played tennis throughout high school, and our coach was a real proponent of positive thinking. Tennis is as much a head game as a physical game. So when you hit one into the net, or miss a shot -- he would tell us to mentally picture what happened -- and then to mentally picture it getting smaller and smaller and going away. Whereas when you did something right or made an awesome shot -- then you were to focus on that in your head. Absolutely NO NEGATIVE SELF TALK was another rule on the courts. I've taken those lessons with me throughout my life -- kindof wish I could reach out and thank that coach (whose name I can't even remember now!).
Anyway. I think that this is an awesome approach to life, weight loss and everything. There are always going to be things that don't go your way -- and to dwell on them really won't change anything other than set you up to think that the next time something comes along you won't be able to do it either. Instead -- we need to celebrate our successes and focus on maintaining a positive outlook.
The other thing I got out of this chapter was the idea of choosing how you are going to react in circumstances is totally up to you. It gave the story of Christopher Reeve who's life changed in an instant -- and yet he kept a positive outlook and managed to accomplish quite a bit through pure determination after his accident. Amazing man and amazing story.
The speedbumps of life will show up from time to time -- and some may have more of an impact on your life than others. I'm currently working through some speedbumps -- but I've tried my best to focus on the positive aspects of the resulting changes and to embrace the adventure. While it isn't always easy -- I do think having an optimistic outlook on all things makes for a happier me.
Oh ok one last thing I liked about this chapter was the discussion of the tipping point (great book too, if you haven't read it) -- is that I love this too!. One of my hobbies is ballroom dancing. It is something I really enjoy doing, but as you continue to learn -- it gets tougher and tougher. I am reasonable proficient in most ballroom dances -- but the difference between someone who can dance the steps and someone who catches your eye while dancing and makes you say WOW -- look at them -- is technique. And technique is TOUGH. But there is a tipping point with technique too -- I've spent a lot of time trying to learn good technique to only feel like '' geesh -- I'm never going to get this, let alone be able to dance like this". But after I've persevered -- I eventually reach this tipping point / aha moment, where suddenly whatever concept I've been working on becomes clear and I "get it". You just have to put the time and effort in to MAKE IT HAPPEN.
Thanks for reading!