May 20, 2009
When I was 17, my mentor, Don L. Dise, gave me the book Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz. I learned one of the most valuable of life lessons. We can choose how to think about our own thinking. In addition, we can choose how we respond to life’s circumstances. How we think about things will then determine our actions and our reactions. Our actions and reactions will change our circumstances for the better or for the worse. The bottom line is that we have the power to change our lives by choosing to improve our thinking and responding. We have personal responsibility for choosing our thoughts and our actions.
My son, Ethan, will graduate from high school this month. Recently I asked him to come with me to the “Peak Performance 101Workshop” at the Van Tharp Institute in North Carolina.
The focus of the class was on personal responsibility and improving one’s responses to circumstances. “Respond-ability” is Dr. Tharp’s phrase for better living through better thinking and response. The respond-ability session was kicked off with a teaching entitled “Rules for Being Human.”
It was exciting for me to share these truths with my son as he prepares to walk out the door of his family home to begin his own life of responsibility and respond-ability.
I highly recommend that if you wish to improve your respond-ability, that you consider reading the book Psycho-Cybernetics by Dr. Maxwell Maltz, recently updated by marketing coach Dan S. Kennedy.
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