Positive Thinking – The Key To Thinking Positive

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hey this is Leo for actualised org and
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in this video we’re going to talk about
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positive thinking okay so let’s talk
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about positive thinking I want to
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illustrate what I have to say about
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positive thinking by telling you a short
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story so this is a Zen story from a long
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time ago and it goes like this once
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there was an old village in this village
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there were the villagers and there was
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one odd farmer who lived on the
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outskirts of the village and he was a
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little bit different the way he thought
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his philosophy to life was just
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something that didn’t quite sit well
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with the rest of the villagers so one
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day this farmer he had a horse and this
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horse went off and ran away and that was
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just as he went out and bought a new
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saddle for the horse so this horse ran
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away and it took the saddle with it now
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the villagers hearing of this news they
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went to the farmers farm they went to
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his house and they said we’re so sorry
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what bad luck you have your horse ran
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away and the farmer looked at them and
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said maybe it’s bad luck but who knows
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maybe it’s good luck and they looked at
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I’m kind of weird and they said well how
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could it how could it be good luck your
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horse your only horse ran away what are
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you gonna do now he said well we don’t
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know maybe it’s good luck maybe it’s bad
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luck the villagers left his house
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scratching their heads
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and they went back to their business
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a few days later the horse returns to
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the farmer and the horse brings with it
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three wild horses so now the farmer has
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his horse back with the saddle plus
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three new horses untamed the villagers
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hearing on this news they make their way
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to the farmers house and they said wow
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what amazing luck you have and the
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farmer looked them and said maybe it’s
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good luck
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but maybe it’s bad luck who knows the
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villagers they looked at them puzzled
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how could how could you possibly say
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this is bad luck you had one horse then
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it ran away now you’ve got that horse
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back plus you got three new ones this is
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amazing the farmer looked at them and
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said maybe it’s good luck but maybe it’s
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bad luck the villagers left shaking
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their heads not sure what to think
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then a few days passed and the farmer’s
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son because he had to tame and train
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these new three horses as he was trying
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to train one of the horses one of those
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wild horses it kicked him and it knocked
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him down and he broke his leg over a
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rock the rest of the villagers hearing
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of this news they they made their way to
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the farmers house and they said we’re so
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sorry what terrible luck you’ve had the
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farmer looks at them and says maybe it’s
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terrible luck but maybe it’s good luck
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now this this the
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just and this anymore how could you
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possibly say this is good luck I mean
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your your only son broke his leg surely
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this is the worst of luck farmer looks
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at them considers their suggestions and
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says well maybe it’s bad luck but maybe
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it’s good luck the villagers were just
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aghast and they walk away angry and then
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a few days later as his son is
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recuperating from his broken leg he’s
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lying on the bed there the country
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officials come by through the village
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and they’re conscripted troops for the
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army for the war that’s going to be
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waged overseas and what they do is they
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round up all the able-bodied young men
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in the village to go off to die in
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battle but they don’t take the farmer
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son because the farmer son is not able
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to walk so that’s the story this is an
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old Zen story and I have to give credit
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to John Kehoe who I got this the story
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from and the way that he delivered it it
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was really powerful for me because what
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this story shows us is that who really
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knows I mean who really knows what is
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good luck and what is bad luck in our
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life the wiser of us we see that it’s
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not quite so simple that the things that
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are unpleasant that happened to us are
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necessarily that bad for us and the
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things that are pleasant on the surface
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are necessarily good for us that’s a
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very simplistic way to think about life
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and in the end you truly can’t tell not
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until every last card is played out what
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is good luck
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and what is bad luck and when you start
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to really understand this and you start
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to take this in a very deep then you
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start to understand what it means to be
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a positive thinker you can get a lot of
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little tricks out there that will help
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you to think positively to be more
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optimistic but I think if you want to
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really cultivate positive thinking
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within yourself you have to start to
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take on this idea that there’s something
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deeper going on in life and that it’s
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not quite so simple to figure out
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exactly what it is if you think about
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all the really challenging they’re
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really hard times you’ve had in your own
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life all the really unfortunate times
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the ones that we would obviously label
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as unfortunate and then you trace back
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the ripple effects from that through the
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rest of your life and into the present
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you trace that back and you take a look
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a lot of times what you find is you find
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your greatest gifts there you find your
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greatest strengths there you have you
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find your greatest growth there you find
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your biggest lessons in life you find
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your biggest successes stemming from
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that being born from it so those really
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challenging times a lot of times they
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are the seeds for our ultimate success
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so don’t be so quick to dismiss those as
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being bad and that is what you’re doing
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most of the time most of the time when
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you’re thinking negatively when you’re
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worrying when you’re afraid when you’re
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really angry or you’re feeling hurt I
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mean it feels real and it is real I mean
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it hurts it gets you mad it gets you
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anxious but if you start to become more
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of a positive thinker you really start
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to buy into this deeper philosophy you
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start to realize that that’s not
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necessary and then in fact a lot of
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times you’re worrying about the things
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that are really good for you
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the things that are really going to make
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you grow the things that are really
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going to make you successful
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there’s something to this idea that
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there can be no problem that is not an
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opportunity in your life and I think
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this is what the core of positive
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thinking is is understanding that every
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problem every challenge that you have is
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ultimately an opportunity and this is
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not just some wishful thinking this has
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not said lightly this is something that
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takes some study this has takes some
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study and some contemplation to
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understand it takes wisdom to really
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understand this you have to have some
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life experience to start to see the
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truth of this the depth of it because
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there’s like a surface level
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understanding and then how much deeper
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layer of understanding that’s why you
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have to kind of go back and look at your
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own history just try to prove it to
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yourself to prove yourself this is true
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because right now I tell you this but
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you’re probably saying yes this sounds
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nice and sure it could probably work for
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many problems in my life I can see that
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somehow I’m catastrophizing them
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exaggerating them a lot of times they
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don’t come true
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but you know there’s just this one
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problem I’ve got right now I’ve got this
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one problem that’s just pure hell it’s
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pure hell it’s pure evil there’s no
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possible way that this problem I’ve got
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right here there’s no possible way that
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this could have any opportunity in it
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there’s no opportunity here there’s no
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lesson to be learned here
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there’s nothing pot this is just pure
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negative if I could remove it from my
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life my life would be happy I would be
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better I just know it well that’s
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exactly what I’m trying to tell you is
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that that’s not positive thinking and I
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mean I understand where you’re coming
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from a lot of times I get triggered like
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that too and I was especially like that
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a lot in the past and I’m still a bit
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like that today but you can understand
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that this is the mode of thinking that
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you’ve been coming from for most of your
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life and that that mode of thinking has
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gotten you to where you are right now in
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your life so that’s gotten you to where
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you are but that’s only gotten you to
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where you are and I’m willing to bet
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that you can do better than where you
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are right now and if you really want to
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go to that next level then what you have
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to do is you have to start to think
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in a different way sometimes if I start
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thinking in a radically different way a
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way that seems uncomfortable a way that
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seems wishful thinking at first a way
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that seems unrealistic that seems
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idealistic that seems fantastical yet
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there is something to this idea that
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nothing can happen to you that is not
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positive I guarantee you that if you
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really look at it if I really sat down
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with you and we really looked at that
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challenge you have right now that’s
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totally unsolvable that’s ruining your
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life if we looked at it we can pick out
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I guarantee we can pick out something
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positive something you could learn from
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it of course this doesn’t mean that all
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the sudden your problems to be fixed it
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doesn’t mean that your problem is not a
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real problem it doesn’t mean that you
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shouldn’t work to fix your problem it
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doesn’t mean that you don’t feel the
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pains of your problem I’m not denying
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you any of that but I am saying that
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once you adopt this mindset and you
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become a positive thinker then you’re
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going to be able to Aikido a lot of your
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problems the art of Aikido it’s a it’s a
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martial art and one of the philosophies
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there is that you use the the force of
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your opponent as as a vehicle of taking
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him down so when an opponent lunges at
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you or he tries to do some move at you
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what you do is you kind of roll with the
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flow you roll with the problem right you
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roll with the punch that’s coming at you
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and you deflect it and you you don’t
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just stop it or block it or avoid it you
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actually use it and you transfer the
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momentum from it into something that’s
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going to serve you so it goes from being
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a negative where the punch is coming at
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your face to all the sudden within a
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split second it turns into a big
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positive because now you’ve got the
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opponent and you’ve taken them and now
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you’ve been able to convert that punch
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that he threw at your face you converted
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it into some sort of advantage for you
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tactical advantage in combat for you now
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the opponent is lying on the ground and
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you’ve got them in a in some sort of pin
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because you were able to do some move
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that Aikido the problem into something
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to your advantage that’s what true passe
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of thinking is and on a practical level
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this the supply is very easily to every
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problem that you have I want you to
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start thinking from now on for every
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problem that you’ve got a little one to
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the biggest one
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always remember to think what can I get
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from this what is going to be the lesson
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what am I going to learn how is this
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going to grow me how is this going to
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lead to my ultimate victory to my
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ultimate success and this is going to
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take a lot from you because this is
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something that’s very unnatural
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especially if you are prone to anxious
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neurotic thinking and you’ve been doing
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that your whole life you’ve got that
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habit built up and it’s not going to be
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very easy for you to even remember this
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it takes consciousness it takes
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awareness because those problems you’ve
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got what they do is they trigger you
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they trigger a base emotional response
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within you and that response it just
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comes about or less naturally it’s like
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a trigger you get a stimulus and then
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you get a response a stimulus and then a
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response and you’re just a stimulus
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response animal you’re not actually
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behaving consciously if you want to
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become a positive thinker then you have
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to remember what I’m telling you now and
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the next time that you have a problem
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big or small you have to try to remember
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and stay conscious and even though you
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are going to feel some of the pain and
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the fear and the anxiety and whatever
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else I want you to remember what I’m
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telling you is say okay even though this
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is a problem it feels very real there’s
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something I can draw from it something
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positive I can draw from it and when
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you’re able to do that that’s when you
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really develop positive thinking one
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quote really powerful quote on this
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topic positive thinking that I got from
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Tony Robbins really resonated with me
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and I want to share with you guys and it
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goes like this you will be truly
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cheerful in life the day that you
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realize that no matter what is happening
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around you being anything other than
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cheerful will not make it any better
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there’s something about this that rings
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very true very wise
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because the all the optimum strategy the
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optimum strategy is to be cheerful in
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every situation no matter how bad it is
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no matter who dies if you remain
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cheerful that is that is going to lead
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to the best possible outcome you’re not
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going to gain anything by being scared
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you’re not going to gain anything by
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being angry you’re not going to gain
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anything by by feeling hurt or sad
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that’s not to say that any of those
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emotions should ever be felt
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you’ll be able to feel them you’re not
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gonna be able to stop them anyways but
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when you can really live from this place
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you can you can just you can almost feel
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how different your life is going to be
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your life would be very different if you
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were always cheerful no matter what was
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happening it takes strength and courage
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to be able to do this that’s why most
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people can do it that’s why people are
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so negative and their performance in
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life is so shot is because they’re not
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cheerful and I guarantee you that the
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quality of your life is going to be
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directly proportional to how cheerful
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you can stay no matter what’s happening
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around you especially those very
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negative times you have to remain
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positive you have to remain hopeful you
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just have to do it because there’s
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something positive there for you to
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extract that’s a reality that’s a truth
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that’s not wishful thinking okay so to
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really bring this point home for you
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guys what I’m going to give you is I’m
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going to give you an exercise this is
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something that you can practically do to
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really get your positive thinking
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muscles trained up this is a really
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challenging exercise so if you can do it
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successfully I really applaud you and
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what is it it’s called the seven day
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positivity challenge you might have
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heard of it the seven day positivity
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challenge what does this mean this means
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that for seven days you choose when it
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starts for seven days you commit to
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thinking zero negative thoughts for
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seven days straight that means all you
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think are positive thoughts now of
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course even if you make this intention
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negative thoughts will still creep up
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that’s okay
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but as soon as you notice and are aware
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of the negative thought as soon as
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you’re aware of it and you label it you
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have to drop it within 60 seconds and
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not think about it again and move on to
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something else you either start to think
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something positive about the situation
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or you just change topic entirely and
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start thinking about something else or
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just distract yourself but you’re not
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allowed to think about that negative
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thought anymore and then when a negative
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negative thought comes up a little bit
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later in the day again
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you recognize it and the Sunnis
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recognize it within 60 seconds you drop
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it and you think something positive or
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you distract yourself with some other
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thought and so the idea is that you do
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this for seven days straight and you
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have to do it perfectly so if a negative
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thought comes up and you find yourself
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thinking about it and thinking about it
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and thinking about it and then you
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notice that you are thinking about it
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and then another five minutes pass and
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you’re still thinking about it
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another five ends pass and you’re still
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thinking about it you failed if 60
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seconds pass and you’re still thinking
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about it you failed and you have to
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restart the whole challenge from scratch
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so this is a really tough challenge I
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really encourage you to try this because
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it’s a lot tougher than it sounds if
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you’ve never tried this when you do try
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it you’ll realize first of all just how
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many negative thoughts you’re having it
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will shock you you also shock you how
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much you dwell on them even though
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they’re not resourceful at all it will
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shock you how many unrest or soldats
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you’re basically having in your life and
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it will also shock you at the potential
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that you have the potential you have at
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mastering your own psychology because
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when you see that wow if I could just
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eliminate all these negative thoughts
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and I if I could just last for seven
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days straight with positive thinking
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you’re going to see wow like that’s
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that’s a powerful potential change that
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I could make to my whole life how would
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that impact my work how would that
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impact my relationships my family life
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my you know my money situation my health
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you’re going to see it and if you
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actually make it through seven days
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you’re also going to actually prove it
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to yourself because those seven days
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will probably be some of the best seven
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days that you’ve had in your life
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up to now because when you think
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positively for seven days straight
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Wow you’re going to feel it just going
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to make you feel awesome you’re probably
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also going to accomplish a lot of stuff
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and you’re probably gonna be very
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creative in that timeframe so go ahead
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and try that out and just say see how
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good you can do see how much of a
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positive thinker you can be alright this
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is Leo I’m gonna be signing off this is
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what I have to say about positive
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