Visualizing the gold: a contrarian view

Joanne expressed to husband Glenn in a marriage counseling session “her fear that their marriage would fall apart, to which Glenn replied, ‘Joanne, if you hold in your mind that our marriage will fall apart, our marriage will fall apart.’

“Joanne looked at Glenn calmly and then asked, simply, ‘Well, Glenn, if I hold in my mind that our dog, Rags, will crap gold nuggets, will he?’”

Rick Carson tells this story in his excellent book on how to counteract the self-limiting messages in our heads, Taming Your Gremlin: A Surprisingly Simple Method for Getting Out of Your Own Way.

Carson recommends positive affirmations and visualizations, but not at the expense of thought and hard work.

I’d add that no amount of thought or hard work will gild dog crap. Sometimes life is just like that.

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5 responses to “Visualizing the gold: a contrarian view

  1. Well, through hard work you probably *could* gild dog crap–but it seems like an awful lot of work/expense for what would really only amount to a gag gift ;-).

    Awesome story! Sounds like another book well worth adding to my Amazon list.

  2. I am so sick of the “visualize it, get it” mentality. I love this post.

  3. This reminds me of the old saying, “Actions speak louder than words.”

    Until we turn our thoughts into actions, we’ll make no progress. While it’s true that every success starts with a thought, “Nothing happens until something moves.”

    So, let’s dream the dream, but wake up and get to work on achieving it!

  4. Carson not only makes some great points in his book (Taming Your Gremlin), but his stories are especially good. They’re not hypothetical discussions between two characters, they are true stories he tells on himself and others.

  5. First there were affirmations. Then visualizations were determined to be more effective than affirmations. But sometimes reality interferes.

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