psychological day. After waking just after 4am with 'visions of weddings dancing through my head' again, I finished my 'fun' book by Alex Kava 'Exposed' about an Ebola Zaire outbreak in the U.S.

I always have a few partially read metaphysical/psychological books so I am going to continue reading 'Think More, Eat Less' written by a Brit, it is along the lines of 'The Only Diet There Is' which uses affirmations to change old thoughts. TMEL is referencing books as early as 1908 by the first ever self help Guru, Napoleon Hill. One of his books is 'Think and Grow Rich' published 1937, his work has influenced Neuro Linguistic Programming. I have heard of it but will enjoy learning more about it. Hill interviewed Andrew Carnegie, a Scotsman who had emigrated to the U.S. when he was 13. He worked in lowly jobs before going on to found a steel company worth $480M when he retired in 1901. Can you imagine how much that would equate to in this day and age? He was a huge philathropist thank goodness, gave most of it away.

Hill's 13 principles are:
Desire - You must create an overwhelming desire to achieve your specific goal.
Faith - You must have absolute faith in your ability to achieve your goal. Autosuggestion - You must learn to accept your own positive suggestions.
Specialized knowledge - You must do whatever it takes to learn any method or technique you need in order to achieve your goal.
Imagination - Through the power of your imagination, you can create real scenarios and create change.
Organized planning - You must have a specific strategy.
Decision - You must make a definite decision and master the act of procrastination.
Persistence - You must develop the ability to continue toward your goal whatever distractions, or temporary lack of success, occur along the way. This is the power of will.
The Master Mind principle - This is the driving force of combined thoughts for a common goal.
Transmutation - To change one form of energy in to another.
Subconscious - The connecting link between our senses and our recording process.
The brain - A broadcasting and receving station for thoughts.
Sixth Sense - The means through which 'infinite intellifence' can communcate and respond to any individual effort.

I like this gal's writing style. One chapter is called 'SHIT - How much do you have?' SHIT stands for:
Systemic - it goes all the way through you
Harmful - it hurts
Invasive - it gets below the skin
Thoughts - define you
Her advice is to stop letting other people's SHIT affect you! It is their SHIT not yours.

Here is another cool concept from the book, think about it say from when you were learning to drive:

4 Stages
Unconscious incompetence - unaware of behaviors
Conscious incompetence - aware of behaviours
Enter New skill, information and learning then comes:
Conscious competence - think to activate new behaviors
Unconscious competence - automatically do the new behaviors

I will also read some of 'F**k it Therapy' and I got another book 'The Tipping Point' a sociology book: The tipping point is that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire. Just as a single sick person can start an epidemic of the flu, so too can a small but precisely targeted push cause a fashion trend, the popularity of a new product, or a drop in the crime rate. This widely acclaimed bestseller, in which Malcolm Gladwell explores and brilliantly illuminates the tipping point phenomenon, is already changing the way people throughout the world think about selling products and disseminating ideas.

There are mixed reviews on that book, it explains the concept but doesn't tell you how to do it apparently.

All stuff that fascinates me. I've been doing 'The Only Diet There Is' for 5 weeks now. I gained some weight initially as I was really 'testing' it, oinking out on tons of Snickers bars, but I continue to do both and have stabilized. I'm kinda stuck on 'Faith (not quite believing the concept) and Autosuggestion (learning to accept is still in progress)', but it will soon pass as I do have 'Persistence'. ;-)

I am very grateful that my new found 'attitude of gratitude' has stuck and a whole new positive world has opened up and is expanding for my greater good. Change IS good!