You Can't Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought: Going Beyond Positive Thinking
"You Can't Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought," by Peter McWilliams hits home with the very first page.
The very first example in the book of how thoughts connect with emotion as part of the disease of negative thinking really makes the reader want to go on
By the end of the first chapter one begins to get a real understanding of how positive thoughts produce positive results, and how daily positive thoughts are instrumental in our attitude, which leads to either an acceptance of our lives and the positive ability to change or the fear and frustration that ultimately holds us back for success in every area of our lives.
The steps of positive thinking are an in-depth lesson in the power of the thought process designed to bring on radical changes in the way that one thinks, beginning with learning to mourn and moving onto "choose by doing" the message here is keep moving toward a better thought process!
Commitment and willingness play a big part when one is making the decision to change their life. It doesn't just happen, and it certainly doesn't happen while you're waiting around feeling sorry for yourself and waiting for your ship to come in. Eliminate negative thoughts and begin to move forward.
Change takes work; daily work and daily strength. You will begin to learn to tap into both by reading this book.
There are some controversial sections in the book. Avoiding people and places that upset you is an interesting chapter, but I'm not sure how realistic it is. The better thought might be how to rethink your attitude toward people and places that upset you, but it's still a good read.
The other chapter that was interesting was the advice not to attend a church that you didn't think you were getting anything out of, and maybe even feeling shamed when you go there. Certainly one does not need to feel shamed at their church, but again, perhaps that has a lot to do with attitude.
The point of the book is to take you past positive thinking into positive action using the power of your mind, and in that sense, the book is definitely one that should be added to your self help collection.
The steps of positive thinking are simple but require action. Using the book as a guide to begin this process is truly helpful indeed.