Power of Negative Thinking?
I Wrestled in High School.
In my own mind, the fate of the universe hinged on the result of my every match.
I'd read all the "Positive Thinking" books.
I tried to Psyche myself into the place where "Failure" wasn't even a concept.
Have you ever read Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Compensation"?
He says that you can't say that you don't like the Left Hand Side of your Stick and undertake to cut off all that is "Left".
Every time you halve the branch, there is always a "Left Half".
To have "Right" you must have "Left".
Well, I had never read Emerson back then. I tried real hard to only have "Victory" in my mind with no thought of "Defeat".
I lost as often as not. I blamed myself for not getting into that Transcendental frame of mind where Defeat isn't possible.
The best Wrestler that I ever saw Wrestled on my team—and I've seen some very good Wrestlers.
He never went anywhere near as far as he could have...
But he was prickly at any time, but before a match he'd lash out at anyone who came close to him like an ill-mannered cur.
He'd be rapping to himself how the other Dude was Bigger, Stronger and More Skilled than he and that he didn't stand a prayer of beating him.
His pronouncements fillied me with Raw Horror.
I felt that to admit that there was a .0000001% Chance that one might lose was to 100% Assure that you had no chance to Win.
Without "The Power of Positive Thinking" the whole project was absolutely hopeless.
Still, he racked up a much better Won-Lost Record than me.
And lets face it, in many ways it is far more Phun and rewarding to be Negative and Cynical...
Kinda like TVs "Doctor House".
Has anyone here made "Negative Thinking" work for you? Know anyone who does?