Psycho-Cybernetics Part 18 of 30: Avoiding the Bunkers
June 3, 2009 by Dr. Lam
As encouraged throughout this blog series, Maltz wants us to have an incredibly realistic self image not one based on self delusion and self denial. I think if you have been faithfully reading this series you will recognize the truth of this comment. Accordingly, even though we should focus on the positive goal (“keep our eye on the prize”) we also should not disavow the importance of using negative thinking.
He likens the use of negative thinking to a golfer who is aware of where the bunkers are in front of him but focuses on the green. Similarly at the end of the day, focus on your successes but have the flashing lights on the dashboard of the pitfalls you avoided or failed to avoid so that you do not commit the same error again. Like the guided missile moving toward its target, we have to acknowledge the errors so that we can make corrective steps toward our goal and so that we can avoid that negative action again. When negative thinking forms boundaries in our minds or serves to focus us “on the green” so to speak, it can be a good thing.