ZERO TOLERANCE TO NEGATIVE THINKING
THE NATURAL HISTORY OF NEGATIVE
In medicine, we study the
natural history of disease. After we understand the natural
course of a disease, we can figure out if treatments are
worthwhile. Many disorders are self-limited; they go away on
their own if you ignore them and let them run their course.
Often itís hard to know whether
a medication has a positive effect when the natural history of a
disease is spontaneous recovery. Many medications only shorten
the course of a disease that would go away on its own.
After studying the natural
history of negative thinking for more than fifty years, I know
negative thinking doesnít get better on its own. Spontaneous
recovery isnít part of its natural history; it only becomes
worse when left untreated. Negative thoughts always generate
more negative thoughts. The more negative thoughts you think,
the faster they come, and the more rapidly they accumulate into
a mountain of toxic waste. Once they are in your mind, they
donít go away until you do something about them.
This natural history means that
the only appropriate response to a negative thought is positive
action. Negative thoughts are a call to positive action.
If positive action isnít your immediate and unequivocal
response, you will sink in a quagmire of negativity.
Positive action is the pivot on
which your life turns. Negativity will never expand massively
into your life if you take positive action. Whenever a negative
thought enters your mind, itís an automatic signal that tells
you to immediately take positive action to eliminate it.
NEGATIVITY AT THE DOOR OF YOUR MIND
You must stop negativity at the
door of your mind. If it gets inside, it will turn your mind
into a battlefield. You will spend hundreds of hours tacking
eviction notices on the negative thoughts echoing in your mind.
It is much easier to keep negativity out than it is to evict it
once it gets inside.
Negativity will never overwhelm
you if you are totally committed to positive action. Positive
action causes you to win in two ways. First, it prevents the
proliferation of additional negative thoughts. Second, positive
action starts you moving and keeps you moving in the right
direction. Positive action transforms disaster into victory,
and in the process, pushes negativity out of your life.
Physical therapy is a
profession that transforms lives using positive action. The
foundation of physical therapy is positive action. The only way
to restore health to a broken or dysfunctional body is through
positive action. There are no magic buttons to push that
restore lost function. Positive action, hard work, and time
perform miracles in the world of physical therapy.
When I had two broken legs, I learned the importance of positive
action. After my injury, I was confined to bed for many weeks.
When I first attempted to walk, I was shocked to discover I had
lost the muscle tone in my legs because the muscles were
atrophic. When I stood at my bedside for the first time, I
nearly fainted because the blood in my body ran down into my
legs. My feet looked frighteningly blue, and I was dizzy from
low blood pressure; the vascular tone in the blood vessels of my
legs was gone.
I took a few timid steps beside
my bed, and within seconds, was covered with beads of sweat. I
couldnít believe I was in such a terrible state. I could barely
stand without assistance and wondered if I would ever walk
again. I was worried.
Over the next week, I stood up
for short periods without passing out, and positive action made
it possible to walk across the hospital room and back to my
bed. I was envious of people who could walk, climb stairs, and
even run. All of that had been taken from me.
I spent three months in
physical therapy. Learning to walk again meant taking positive
action for two or three hours a day. I discovered that if you
canít bend your knees, itís impossible to walk normally. It
required three months to achieve 45 degrees of bend in my right
knee. It required six months of positive action to achieve
ninety degrees of bend. Until you can bend your knees, itís
impossible to climb stairs. Month by month, positive action
took me closer to my goal of being able to walk without
As I attended my physical
therapy sessions, I met other people taking therapy. Each
person had a different problem, but they all faced the same
mental challenge; they struggled with negative thoughts. Some
of them were apathetic and overwhelmed by negativity; it was
written all over their faces. The people who couldnít hear the
call to positive action didnít do well. Their progress was slow
Those who only hear the call of
negative thoughts have negativity expand into their life. They
not only suffer physically, they suffer mentally as well. Those
who hear the call to positive action have a positive strategy
that keeps them from being overwhelmed by despair.
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