Positive Thinking

This may seem like a pretty obvious thing but you would be shocked at how many people tend to have a predominantly negative outlook on life. There are many reasons for this and we shall go into some of them here. Once you can identify what is causing you to think negatively, you can change it. It’s like anything really. Understanding a problem helps you to fix it.

The problem in this case is having a mostly negative mindset. This goes for those who are well aware of their negative ways of thinking, but it also goes for people who might think they are pretty positive but are in fact driven by a negative outlook. I’ll explain how this can be.


You may think you are positive in your mindset, but still you will catch yourself complaining about things. You may not be doing that verbally or writing letters of complaint to companies, consumer groups or service providers, but in your thoughts you could be having an inner conversation with yourself on a regular basis that is criticizing something.

Maybe you’re stuck in traffic and you are silently cursing the slow moving vehicles in front of you, or thinking to yourself what is that idiot doing sitting there while the light is green! Or maybe you are walking along the road and see the trash hasn’t been collected and the bins are overflowing and you start a conversation in your head with the guy that runs that department and you’re telling him that he’s not doing his job properly.

We all do a lot of internal complaining and it may just seem a natural thing to do, but is it really necessary? Do you not think that running these inner conversations or arguments might not be a terrible waste of your mental energy?

They are and they are more than just “trains of thought” because you are putting a lot of emotion behind them. That emotion is often anger, frustration, irritation or annoyance because something that you are looking at or experiencing is not right to your way of thinking.

Whether you agree or not, that mode of thinking is negative. Yes it is!

Negative Thoughts Are Destructive

The problem with negative thoughts that are driven by negative emotions (anger, frustration, irritation, guilt etc) is that they take an enormous amount of mental energy to produce. That energy filters down to your subconscious where it gets converted into a negative physical situation that will go on in your body.

The subconscious cannot reason, think, apply logic or even understand a sense of humour. It is basic in its job which is to keep your physical body running the way it is instinctively programmed to do. Unfortunately (or fortunately, as you will see further along) you can influence the subconscious by your thoughts, whether they are negative or positive.

Negative thoughts will cause a negative physical reaction via your subconscious down to the basic operation of your body. It can result in a reduction in the creation of new, healthy cells and increase the destruction of old cells. It can inhibit the immune system and cause the digestive system to become less efficient.

It can create muscle fatigue and joint damage through an increase in body acidity and even increase body toxicity. In extreme cases it can induce a reduction in organ function and create abnormal cell growth, promoting disease and even cancer.

Of course, all that takes some effort to take in let alone believe. Most people don’t believe it, period. Most people don’t believe that the way they are thinking has any influence on the state of their physical health. Most people have their heads buried in the sand, or simply ignore any of this.

Enlightened people with open minds and the capacity to explore the fascinating wonders that are the interaction between the mind and the physical body will take more notice of this. I did some time ago and now I fully believe that the workings of the mind have everything to do with the state of the physical body and its health and life expectancy.

Positive Thoughts are Constructive

Where negative thoughts can affect the health in a negative way, positive thoughts can do the opposite and promote good health as well as increase life expectancy. That may sound like an incredible statement, but not when you listen to what quantum physicists and modern medical experts are now telling us.

That is that the body is made up of a mass of energy and that energy vibrates on a certain frequency. Our thoughts also vibrate on a certain frequency that changes according to our ruling mental state and what we are thinking about combined with our emotional state.

Like vibrations attract each other as surely as the waves being emitted by a radio station are picked up by a receiving device that, depending on the frequency it is set to receive will play a certain radio station’s broadcast. Our thoughts also broadcast a frequency that is picked up by our physical bodies.

If we are thinking positive, happy, healthy thoughts, then our bodies will react to that frequency and move into a positive, happy, healthy mode of being. New healthy cells will be produced in greater numbers to replace older, damaged cells. Body acidity and toxicity will be reduced. The immune system will be boosted. We will be more resistant to disease and illness and feel better in ourselves.

How to Think More Positively

The first step to enjoying a more positive, healthy outlook in life is to switch your predominant thinking patterns from the negative to the positive. But how do you do that?

It is easier than many people think, but it does involve a change in behaviour and a change in outlook. It will mean making some changes that you may not want to make as well as being more disciplined in your thinking (see: disciplinedthinking.com).

It will mean altering habits that you may have had all your life. But if you want change, then you are going to have to do this.

Stop listening, watching and reading the news!

The news is probably the single most destructive global thought directive of all time. The media bombards us with what it believes we want to hear about. Have you ever noticed that nearly all news stories, especially the headlines, are bad news to some degree?

Why do think that is?

It’s because the media believes that more people will want to read about natural disasters, famines, murders, terrorist attacks, drug trafficking, human defilement or events along those lines. Really!

The media is absolutely right about that.

Nothing sells more newspapers than a terrible disaster of some kind emblazoned all across the front page. People tune into news programs on the TV to see up-to-the-minute live footage of terrible events across the world.

But what’s happening in the minds of the people who are watching those TV news programs, or reading those terrible headlines?

They are being force-fed all these terrible events and they are reacting by getting mad at them. In their minds!

They are getting really, really angry that this or that could be allowed to happen. They are having a destructive conversation in their heads with someone about what should be done to stop this happening.

They are getting angry, frustrated and are venting that negative emotion right back at themselves. No one else is getting it. Because no one else can hear it!

It’s going on inside the heads of the people watching or reading those news stories! It goes on all day and they are still thinking about it when they go to bed.

How personally destructive is that?

Do you want to self destruct just because you have been gripped by the habit of watching or reading the news for all your life? You don’t have to. You can change any habit. You just have to want to.

If you stop allowing the news to invade your personal space, you will find that you will start making huge improvements in your life. Your health will improve for starters.

Because you are no longer carrying on so many destructive inner conversations about things that you can do nothing about. Because unless you intend to run for president, you cannot change what goes on inside your own country, let alone have any say in what happens in other countries around the world.

So why torture yourself about it? Why shorten your life and make yourself miserable when there is nothing you can do to change it?

No one is taking any notice of you screaming and ranting inside your head. Only you are. And only you are suffering physically for allowing yourself to get so uptight about events that are not your problem to concern yourself about or try and fix, because you can’t fix them.

If the news is the biggest generator of internal negative conversations in people’s head, then televised sports has to be the second. Except sports has a different set of rules.

Sometimes, when your team loses, you feel down, dejected and negative. But they don’t always lose, unless you’re a supporter of the lowest team in the league. They sometimes win and then you feel great, on top of the world, elated and jubilant!

But then you get all kinds of media interference. They like to criticize the actions of certain players on the field. They may have a dig at the manager of the team or start bringing up the team’s financial shortcomings.

This is all intended to get you back into that inner conversation where you are giving that commentator a piece of your mind, except they aren’t taking it because its only going on inside your head! Again, you’re off on a spiral of anger, frustration and negative emotional arguing in your thoughts.

So, as hard as it may be to switch off your favourite team, be it football, rugby, hockey or whatever, you are going to have to do it. You are going to have to distance yourself from the sport and get to a place where you can still enjoy the thrill of watching a game without getting angry at anything.

Leading by Example

You wouldn’t expect to take any notice of someone who told you not to do something while they went ahead and did it themselves. Like you wouldn’t take weight loss advice from an overweight chef, or take any notice of a drunk telling you not to drink!

So do I watch the news on TV or read newspapers? Not any more.

I used to, just like everyone else. I used to get angry about certain things and I used to have those inner conversations with myself trying to set the world to rights. All I got for my trouble was a toxic body and a negative disposition, depression, arthritis and a chip on my shoulder at the world in general.

But I don’t any more. I stopped reading newspapers, because I realised they were toxic. I rarely watch any TV because I realised there’s an even bigger ulterior motive going on there.

Doesn’t it strike you as interesting that all commercial channels have so many commercial breaks inside the shows you are watching and they come at the most inconvenient times? Does it make you wonder why the commercials always seem to come on just as you are getting to a really interesting part of the show? Or how aggressive those commercials have become?

Think about this:

Television now only exists to sell you things via the commercials.

It wasn’t always like that, although there has always been a strong advertising presence on television ever since I can remember. But in the last 20 or so years, there has been a shift in the emphasis on commercials. Do you notice that the volume of commercials is always louder than that of the shows they interrupt? Why do you suppose that is?

And why, with such advanced technology at our fingertips, is there no popularly available device that can skip over the TV ads during a show automatically for us? Why indeed!

You might argue that people should watch the commercials, because they are paying for the TV shows to be made and aired for your convenience. Who would you be arguing with? Yourself, in your mind, that’s who! And probably getting angry about it too!

I could go one step further and tell you that TV advertising is brainwashing you to buy a load of stuff that you don’t want or need. And the TV shows they inhabit are also brainwashing you and your children to believe certain political ideals and to embrace all sorts of social change that you may not initially agree with but will soon find that you do agree with it.

But you would probably draw the line there and say I was a crackpot!

But am I?

Doesn’t it strike you as odd that you have lost some of your freedom of speech? Or didn’t you notice that you had lost it. Or that you ever had it in the first place. But you don’t believe you have been brainwashed by the TV, of course! How could you be and not know it? Um…!

Okay, that about wraps this article up on the need for positive thinking, because it is getting way too long and you will lose interest, if you haven’t done already or didn’t do when I had the audacity to say something bad about your beloved television. Or football team.

It’s up to you whether you want to engage your brain and really think this through. You might begin to see a light that you never saw before and some of this might actually start to make sense. If it starts making too much sense, you might start actually believing it and want to know how you can change for the better. Well, I could write some more articles on this fascinating subject.

That is if you wanted to read them. Even if it’s to try and disagree with it. It’s a free world!

Terry Didcott

Astronomical Musings

Let’s get away from the usual ramblings that I tend to, well ramble on about on this personal blog of mine. I want to take a sideswipe at an astronomical observation of mine and wonder what it all means.

It has a lot to do with the Mayan prediction that the world will come to an end next year (2012) as the planets align to bring about some catastrophic event. You see, from an amateur astronomer’s viewpoint, who merely looks up at the sky (on occasion through a telescope of powerful binoculars) or has the ability to plot the positions of the planets to their relative positions in the sky in relation to the rest of the constellations, the planets don’t align next year!

Now I haven’t really gone very deeply into this and I could be hugely mistaken as to the prophesy. I’m just stating what I can see with my own two eyes (and what my smart little computer program can see when I turn it to the future and plot those planetary positions in the sky for next year).

But… and this is interesting (at least to anyone who has a passing interest in astronomy). Venus and Jupiter get very close together in the sky (like almost touching from our perspective) on two occasions and may even appear as one very bright “star” once in the evening around the 13/14 March (close to Aldebaran in Taurus). This is significant, as I can’t be too accurate as to how close they are going to get, but it looks like they could be close enough to appear as a single very bright “Evening Star”. I can well imagine how significant this would be to ancient civilisations that may make the connection between the possible biblical appearance of such a star in the evening heralding the birth of Christ. Those two planets do it again in the morning around 6/7 July as Venus comes back around the sun to become a “morning star”.

Next year is not without its celestial displays of planetary cosiness. Mars and Saturn also get very close together around 14 August (close to Spica in Virgo), although their respective colourings will make them look more like a red/yellow hibrid. Lastly, Venus and Saturn get close together around 26/27 November in the morning, although with Saturn not being so bright (as its rings are still not open very far yet), it won’t be anywhere near as spectacular as the Venus/Jupiter show.

What does all this mean?

Well, it means that from where I’m standing, all 5 planets will not line up in the sky, so I don’t know what that’s all about. What part of this puzzle have I got wrong? Maybe someone with a different projectional program will show a different view of the actual planets in their orbits. Maybe Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn do sort of line up in their real orbits and our earth is in a different place so we don’t see it from here. I don’t know as I don’t access to that kind of thing.

Do I believe the world will end next year?

Nah! Maybe it will end for a few million people who reach the natural end of their lifespan in 2012, but as for major catastrophes, hell, we have Hollywood to blast errant asteroids out of orbit and superheroes aplenty to save us from earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes and a mass series of volcano eruptions.

The worst we can do is let some lunatic tinpot dictator get hold of a nuclear device and try and nuke Washington with it. Or allow our fears to overcome us. I forget who said it, but “there is nothing to fear except fear itself”.

Y’all have a nice 2012…

Terry Didcott

Back to Writing

Well, well, well. How things go full circle. I came into Internet Marketing in 2006 after trying my hand at writing short stories and even got three quarters of the way through a full length novel but not getting anywhere with them. Well, now I’m going back to writing and this time around, its a lot easier.

Easier in the publishing department, at least. I can now publish books electronically via Amazon so people can download them onto their Kindle readers for a fair price. I can also publish via Smashwords to get the same book formatted onto just about every other kind of electronic reader in existence.

So it doesn’t matter whether you own a Kindle, iPad, Android powered tablet or an old fashioned (!) laptop PC or Mac. You can download my books. If you want to read them, that is. Maybe you will, may you won’t. Chances are this will start slowly and gradually build up over time. That’s fine by me, as I’m not in any hurry.

Oh, before you read too far down, this is not going to be a “how to” post, there are some really good blog posts that explain and discuss the mechanics of self publishing electronic books (see below for the links). Ok, you have to read further to get the links, so you’ll just have to put up with my ramblings to get there!

Where was I? Oh yes, the reason for switching back to writing. I still make my living from Internet Marketing, so its not as if I’m desperate to claw money to me. I do just fine with what I already have. But for me, its just not enough.

I have a short attention span and am always trying new things. I get bored with old things fast and want to inject some new interest juice into my life often. Internet Marketing was (and still is) interesting to me because its constantly changing. It takes a lot of continued learning to stay on top of things, which is good for me.

Several days ago, I got a fire lit under my backside when my good friend from New Zealand, Lis wrote on her blog a post that talked about HubPages is a Train Wreck – And The Next Big Thing, the next big thing being publishing ebooks on the Kindle and how it was possible to use my own existing website content to reformat into books. She has since written several more posts to explain how this is all done, which you can read on her blog: Passive Income Online. Lis has also published her own travel ebook (check out her blog for more details).

Around the same time, the other Brit ex-pat Internet Marketer living here in Sunny Spain (and up a mountain, too) Dave wrote his post on the same subject at Inspiration: Publish Books On The Kindle, which also brought another friend from Australia into the discussion, Tracey Edwards, who it turns out had beaten us all to the starting gate and is already a published author.

All of that, in the space of a few days was just too much for yours truly to ignore. My first thought was to grab a set of weight loss articles that I have on a certain website of mine and put them all together into a massive 50k+ word ebook with 100 weight loss tips.

Why not? The content is already written, I own it because I wrote it. But conversations with the others made me rethink and I took Lis’s suggestion that it would be better to split the book up into 5 volumes. Marketing tactics would come into play by putting the first book up either really cheap (99c) or even free to get some interest moving and then to price the other 4 at maybe $2.99 each. So that’s what I did. Or am doing.

The first book is now live on both Amazon and Smashwords for 99c. I think that’s pretty cheap for over 10k words in 20 chapters worth of solid, useful weight loss advice and tips. Um, you may have noticed the shameless plug over on the top right of this page… that’s the book cover and the link to both Amazon and Smashwords if you have an inkling you might just want to grab a copy to see what its all about!

The other 4 books are going to be drip fed out a week or so apart to let the momentum build slowly.

So that’s where I am right now. The plan is to put out some more non-fiction in the weight loss niche, since I just so happen to have rather a good, in-depth level of knowledge in that area, what with spending several years as a qualified hypnotherapist in the UK specializing in weight loss as well as anti-smoking and hypno-analysis (psychoanalysis).

I also want to get back to the fiction I was writing a few years ago and jump start that side of things. Its another avenue of potentially good revenue plus its something that interests me, I enjoy doing and I’m pretty good at (ok, enough of the smug conceit).

The only dilemma for me was what name to publish under. Most writers use a pen name and I have been wrestling with how to do this. I’ve spent 5 years branding myself with my real name, so I don’t want to waste that. At the same time, I have a crappy surname that doesn’t really instil a sense of “coolness” that a good fiction writer must portray. The solution?

I’m going with a pen name, at least for my fiction books and short stories. Name to be announced when I’ve dreamed up a suitably “cool” one. For the weight loss and other non-faction, I’m publishing under my own name.

There, a whole post about writing and not a single “how to” in sight. S’there!

Terry Didcott