Very, very occasionally I get good pieces of advice from people and I write them on a slip of paper to put in my wallet.
Over the years I’ve read dozens of motivational books.
Naturally, some have been great and others have been dross.
Probably the best texts I have read are those by Anthony Robbins – they are literally packed with information, user manuals for your brain.
Of course, not all of the information will be relevant or useful to you.
But some might be life-changing. Here’s an exercise I found worked for me, courtesy of Big Tony.
Positive thinking exercise
For 7 days, try to have no negative thoughts. Obviously this isn’t 100% possible, so you are allowed up to 30 seconds of negative thoughts at one time.[sam id=35 codes=’true’]
If you catch yourself going over 30 seconds, then you must go back and start the exercise again.
Even if you have done 6 days and then you have 40 seconds of negative thoughts, the clock is re-set.
Such a simple idea, and yet if you are like me and prone to bouts of glum moroseness, a supremely effective exercise if you can commit to it.
Some people are lucky don’t suffer from many negative thoughts and they will find this exercise easy.
Others, like me, will find it hard (one of my personal line-of-thought specialities is: “I should be doing something different with my life…!”).
Ultimately, we have two choices in life: we can be happy or we can be sad.
A Botswanan guy called John Parker told me that. Very true too.