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Zafar Anjum | Aug. 2, 2013
Tiger tales, Neurolinguistics and the power of positive thinking

This shortsightedness has created a leadership vacuum in the banking sector in India-a sector which will see more job creation than the manufacturing sector in the years ahead.

According to her, your negative thoughts induce the release of harmful hormones in your body, making you ill and disease-prone. The language you use affects your brain and its wiring-that is Neurolinguistics in short.

Her prescription? Always think positive. Tell yourself you can do it (let's say public speaking) and you will be able to do it. Imagine positive scenarios for yourself and believe in them. They will happen. It is as simple as that.

Don't use the word 'try'-as in 'I will try to achieve my goal'. Say, 'I will achieve my goal' instead. Don't let the word 'try' become an obstacle in your path to success.

Don't be afraid of your weaknesses-we all have our weaknesses. Don't focus on them. Focus on your strengths. When you see Javier Bardem on screen mouthing dialogues in English, you don't mind his weird accent. You enjoy his acting. Bardem is successful because he is exploiting his strength-his acting abilities. Vladimir Nabokov, the famous novelist, was not a great speaker of English but he wrote some of the most scintillating sentences in the English language. Dr. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, might not have a great accent but he always has great content to share. He focuses on his content and that has made him a darling of people, an inspiring figure.

The choice is yours. You want to think positive and stay healthy or you want to have negative thoughts and damage your brains. 

You have to try it to believe it. Promise me that you will think positive today and see how it goes.

Zafar Anjum is an author and online editor of MIS Asia, CIO Asia, Computerworld Singapore and Computerworld Malaysia



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