Positive Thinking Works Even When It Fails — By Making You Resourceful
Maintaining a positive perspective will afford you the ideas and versatility necessary for overcoming life's biggest challenges, explains The Amazing Kreskin.
Born George Joseph Kresge in 1935, the Amazing Kreskin is a famous mentalist who rose to popularity during the 1970s and still performs live shows today. Kreskin works off the power of suggestion to "read minds" and make bold predictions. He stresses that what he does is a form of entertainment, not supernatural; he's not a psychic.
From 1970 to 1975, Kreskin's television series The Amazing World of Kreskin was broadcast throughout Canada on CTV and distributed in syndication in the United States. He appeared on The Tonight Show 61 times from 1970 to 1980. In the 1980s and '90s he came to prominence again through several appearances on Late Night with David Letterman.
The Amazing Kreskin: I'm passionate about positive thinking from the early books written — The Power of Positive Thinking and all the experts in the past. Many of them, I knew them later on in life; met 'em in different parts of the world. But I apply it because if you study any of the writings and the teachings of positive thinking, you have to have a goal in your mind otherwise you're thinking blindly.
You don't walk to a destination without having an idea of where you're going, so positive thinking isn't just thinking to yourself, "Well I can do anything I want and so forth," because some things we can't do. I have some people I know personally; I wish they feel they could float if they walked out of an airplane in the sky. No I'm not being nasty; I'm just being crazy. But the real positive thinking is having goals because a golfer never hits a ball until he sees where it's going, never hits a ball until he sees where — it's otherwise it's going — neither does a pitcher when he throws a ball. So we have to have in our lives some direction.
And we have to think with a positiveness that we're going to take advantage of all the opportunities that lead to that direction. But the interesting thing is when failures take place, and study the lives of famous people, they found alternate routes, which often caused them to invent new machinery, new paraphernalia that didn't work when the other thing failed because they had to be resourceful. The same as you are in a war or when you're playing a game in which you're playing against a team and something goes wrong. Life is really a game so you have to have a flexibility. And those things take place not only in knowing in your heart and soul you're going to find a route. You’re going to find the route to this place you want to go whether it's working in a large food complex because you like to cook and what have you and you savor food or whether it's working on a sports team or what have you. But you also have to figure, "You know if this thing doesn't happen, maybe there's something in the background there that I didn't notice that I could take advantage of," in the same way that sometimes, and let's take a lesson from chefs, if they don't have a certain piece, a certain appetizer that's there for that food, there's often a couple of other ones that can be added that turns out can make it a new taste, a new dessert and that's the way you have to think about life as a meal that you're adding to.
No good golfer takes a shot without first knowing where he or she wants it to go. The same applies to life and positive thinking. The world-famous mentalist The Amazing Kreskin explains in this video interview that your life is like a meal and you're the chef. You're much more likely to enjoy the taste of things to come if you're not just throwing random ingredients in the pot without direction or vision. And then, even if you fail, maintaining positivity will help you fail better and lead you to future successes.
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