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Several years ago, I learned how some “positive thinking” authors and bloggers deal with Optimal Thinking. They write spurious, mean-spirited reviews in an attempt to elevate positive thinking and discredit the Optimal Thinking book, philosophy, publisher and myself. On occasion, there are grains of truth in their comments (for which I am grateful), but all too often, it is apparent that these people haven’t even read the book. I often ask, “What are they afraid of?” and “How can I best help them overcome their fears, and empower them to live life to the fullest?”
Three months ago, a positive thinking author/blogger appeared to be seeking information about how positive thinking differs from Optimal Thinking. An erroneous, nasty review about Optimal Thinking was posted in a prominent location, followed by two highly inaccurate reviews. My colleague decided to post a favorable review about Optimal Thinking and clear up the inaccurate information. The review is still awaiting moderation and has not been posted.
In my book, audio programs, seminars, coaching and other programs, I have always stated that although positive thinking has five shortcomings, it is valuable. I also believe that negative thinking can be valuable.
So what do you believe? Allowing the truth to reign, and asking “What am I thinking or doing to create fear?” “How can I put my best foot forward?” “Which action(s) will be most beneficial for my self-confidence and self-respect?” can open up the possibility for the best chips to fall where they may.