ZERO TOLERANCE TO NEGATIVE THINKING
BEATING THE ODDS
People who take positive action
beat negativity, and frequently beat the odds against recovery.
I met two people who used positive action to beat the odds.
One person was involved in a
car accident in which there was a violent head-on-collision. He
was nearly killed as a result of his injuries. He had many
complications including fat embolism to his lungs that could
easily have taken his life.
His wife was also seriously
injured in the accident, and they had to face the devastating
loss of an unborn child who died as a complication of the
accident. On top of all this, his orthopedic surgeon said his
feet, legs, and knees were so badly injured he would never walk
I met him two years after his
accident when he came to the hospital to perform physical
therapy. He walked into the room without assistance and
performed his own program of therapy. I couldnít believe how he
had recovered his ability to walk against incredible odds using
positive thinking and positive action. He told me his
orthopedic surgeon is still amazed he can walk.
Several years later, I met
another person who beat the odds against recovery using positive
thinking and positive action. He was involved in an airplane
crash. He survived miraculously, but had spinal chord
injuries. Although his chord was not transected, it sustained
significant damage, and doctors told him he would be confined to
a wheel chair for the rest of his life.
After many months of physical
therapy at the hospital, his doctors told him he should go home,
accept his fate, and obtain financial support from the
government for his disability. But this person was not a
quitter. He also happened to be a physical therapist by
profession. After he went home, he set up a program of physical
therapy in his own house. He performed therapy on himself eight
hours a day. He spent hours each day treating his paralyzed
muscles with electrical stimulation. This unorthodox therapy
apparently worked because over many months of full time physical
therapy, he recovered to the point he could walk again.
He continued taking positive
action until he was able to go snow skiing. He then invited his
doctors to go with him on a ski vacation. The doctors who said
he would be confined to a wheelchair now watched him ski down
the snow-covered slopes of Switzerland.
When I met him, his recovery
was nearly complete. I wouldnít have known he had any residual
effects of the injury if he hadnít told me. Every one who knew
him thought he was entirely normal. They were shocked to hear
his story of recovery against incredible odds.
That is the way positive action
works. If you allow negative experiences to become a call to
positive action, then miraculous things can happen, and you can
beat the odds.
SNATCHING VICTORY FROM THE JAWS
After practicing medicine for
many years, I know that the limiting factor in injury and
illness isnít the injury or the disease itself. The limiting
factor is way the person thinks about it.
When bad things happen,
negative thoughts are either a call to more negative thoughts or
a call to positive action. The way you answer the call makes
all the difference. If you choose positive action, you can work
around the inconveniences associated with injury or illness.
Although your physical
limitations are real, your mental limitations are your own
choice. You may be paralyzed in your body, but there is no need
to be paralyzed in your mind. You should never compound your
misery by allowing negative thoughts to proliferate. Negative
thoughts and negative experiences must always be answered with
positive action. You can snatch victory from the jaws of defeat
using positive action. Just do it.
WHEN YOU THINK POSITIVE, YOUR LIFE STARTS TO IMPROVE
No matter how negative your
life is, thinking positive makes it better. No matter now
positive your life is, thinking negative makes it worse. When
you think positive, your life improves. When you think
negative, your life gets worse.
Positive change is a gradual
process that begins when you start thinking positive. Positive
thinking doesnít instantly make your problems disappear.
Nevertheless, positive thinking always makes a problem better
than negative thinking does. The important thing is to start
thinking in a positive manner, because until you get started,
your life wonít improve.
ZERO TOLERANCE TO NEGATIVE THINKING
David J. Abbott M.D.
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The wheel of change always turns in the direction of what you put into
your mind, and the Positive Web Ring fills your mind with good things.
Give your mind a push in a positive direction today. Cruise your way
to a positive life. If you really want to be positive, nobody
can stop you.
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