The Programmer's Manual for Your Mind contains the tools you need to reprogram your mind with a Positive Operating System. It's your personal mental tool kit that shows you how to change the way you think and feel. Make no mistake about it. If you don't program your mind, other people will. You are engaged in mental mortal combat, and your mind is ground zero. If you let your culture, the media, and politicians do the programming, you will be in real trouble. You will not be running your own mind. They will be running it. You will not be living your dreams. You will be living theirs.
My specialty is changing people's expectations. I take people with low expectations or no expectations, and I turn them into people with positive expectations. I get them to start believing in themselves. I teach them that they don't get what they want, they get what they expect. When people change their expectations, they become new people with a new life.
You may need to repeat an affirmation fifty times before your emotional mind accepts it. It's an eternal skeptic and must be shown the truth many times before it will believe. That is why affirmations are so valuable. You can repeat them until you overwhelm the inner skeptic and change the way you feel.
You have a lot of things to discuss with your mind, and everything that you say needs to be positive. If you don't like what you hear when your mind talks to you, you have the power to change the message. The problem isn't the voice; it's what the voice has to say.
1. Realize that you have a problem.
2. Reestablish command and control.
3. Recognize your cognitive distortions.
4. Reject your cognitive distortions.
5. Renew your mind with new thoughts.
6. Reprogram your mind with a positive operating system.
7. Radically shift your focus.
8. Repeat these steps.
Medications and cognitive therapy are not the complete answer to negative thinking and mood disorders. These two types of therapy help you eliminate your negative and distorted thoughts, but eliminating the negative doesn't automatically make you positive. To become a positive person, you must put positive things into your mind. This isn't optional. There is no other way to create a positive mind.
Many religious people disparage self-help claiming that individuals are attempting to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Unfortunately, they overlook the fact that until you decide to help yourself, there's not much that God can do to assist you. After practicing medicine for four decades, I can say with absolute assurance that God helps those who help themselves. When you do your part, God always does his part, but your part must come first.
Some people believe that they can pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. The truth is just the opposite. If you ever live your dreams, it will be with the help of other people. And if the real truth be told, whatever you accomplish is a gift from God. You may be more intelligent than Einstein, but if you don't understand that everything you have comes from the hand of God, you are dumber than a log. Intelligence is an unearned gift, and it's not something that you brag about, it's some thing for which you are grateful.