Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010 - (Page 47)

Throwing My Loop What You Say To Yourself BY MICHAEL JOHNSON DOES IT WORK? Positive thinking, I mean. We’ve all read an article or book about it, heard stories from other people — then we try “positive thinking,” and find it doesn’t work very well at all. No matter how much we try to make our mind think the proper thoughts, we still hit the golf ball where elephants go to die, we still miss roping steers, we still make bad grades on tests and we still can’t remember anybody’s name. A student of mine once told me, “That stuff you talk about doesn’t work!” And that’s the way most of us are. We read a book or an article – usually only one – about the subject of positive thinking, then we interpret what we think the meaning and implementation is, and when we try it...we fail. Therefore we conclude, “This stuff doesn’t work!” “It doesn’t?” I answered. “Heck no,” he said. “I sat in my room the other night and said over and over — at least 100 — that I would make a 100 on your test, but I only made a dang 40!” “Did you study the material?” I asked him. “No,” he said. “I didn’t have time. I was too busy saying I was going to make a 100!” And that’s the way most of us are. We read a book or an article — usually only one — about the subject of positive thinking, then we interpret what we think the meaning and implementation is, and when we try it…we fail. Therefore we conclude, “This stuff doesn’t work!” Higher academics would certainly agree. Most all those in ivory towers put little stock in the scientific value of positive thinking. Without carefully conducted research studies including random sampling, precise and repeatable testing conditions, control groups and statistical analysis, etc., few college professors would give us the time of day no matter how loudly we might insist there is truth in believing Second Quarter 2010 • 47

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2010
Contents
From the President
Energy Reduction Planning for Utilities
Energy Efficiency
Using the Water Bill to Foster Conservation
Regulatory Update
Rally Wrap Up
Water University for Utility Managers
Rhapsody in Rural Water
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers
Advertisers.com
From the CEO

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