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Trees in the Stream

The mind has a hard time thinking in the negative.  In fact, the mind is incapable of thinking in the negative.  You can have negative thoughts, but you can’t think in the negative.  If you tell your mind not to think of something you’ll wind up thinking about it.

Here’s another exercise.  Ready?  Go … say to yourself  ‘Do not think of a forest green VW Bug with purple polka dots.’ and then don’t think of a forest green VW Bug with purple polka dots.  I’m serious, don’t think of a forest green VW Bug with purple polka dots.  Stop it!  Stop thinking of a forest green VW Bug with purple polka dots.  No more!  Quit it!  Do not think of a forest green VW Bug with purple polka dots!

What was the effect?  You more than likely couldn’t help but hold a vision of a forest green VW Bug in your minds eye.  Your mind can’t think, can’t focus in negative terms.

I once had a woman tell me a story.  She was negotiating a boat in a broad stream.  Up ahead she noticed that a tree had fallen into the stream.  There was more than enough room to one side of the fallen tree to negotiate the boat.  However, she said to herself, ‘Whatever you do, don’t hit that tree.’  She said to herself over and over again, ‘Watch out for that tree in the water up ahead!  Don’t hit it.’  With all the room she had available to negotiate the boat past the tree, she wound up grounding the boat on the tree anyhow.

It is a good idea to know the obstacles you have lying in the river up ahead.  It’s good to know the position, the depth, the width, and the breadth of the obstacle.  However, it’s wiser to focus on the passable side of the stream in positive terms than it is to focus on the tree laying in the water in negative terms.  That tree in the water might just draw you in to it like a magnet.

Till next time, remember, think of what you want in terms of what you want.  Thinking of what you want in terms of what you don’t want doesn’t work very well.  Thanks for reading, and remember, you’re spectacular.

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