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"Attitudinal Isometrics (TM)... A Workout For Building Strength of Character"
- by Rev. Dr. John Lutwyche-Clements
(c) Rev Dr John Lutwyche-Clements. All Rights Reserved. http://www.BookShaker.com
From early nineteen thirties to mid-sixties, a significant fraction of magazines in English-speaking world ran a series of linked ads. They all showed wasp-waisted, wide-shouldered, bulging-biceped, swimtrunk- wearing Charles Atlas standing in various poses and claiming: "I can make a new man of you in 7 days!" Thousands of men responded to ads. Most ended up disappointed - not with exercise system they received, but with their own failure to persevere beyond initial seven-day period! Presumably, they had never read words of Dr Samuel Johnson: "Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance".
Got a dream to fulfil? Got a problem to solve? Got a corporate entity to build up? Then I've got an exercise system to help you! I call it Attitudinal Isometrics. Schematically, it looks like this:
CORRECT THINKING + CORRECT ATTITUDE + CORRECT ACTION = HERCULEAN SUCCESS!
It is not, however, a magic formula. Some who try it will end up disappointed - not because it doesn't work, but because they won't work at it!
All exercise systems involve movement. Attitudinal Isometrics involves mental movement, and can be analyzed into four basic dynamics:
from --> negativity... to --> positivity from --> reactivity... to --> proactivity from --> self-interest... to --> public service from --> inconsistency... to --> constancy
Practised regularly, Attitudinal Isometrics promotes strength of character. And without that, we can't really expect to succeed at anything, can we?
1. WILDE WISDOM The first exercise in Attitudinal Isometrics gymnasium is movement from negativity to positivity. Oscar Wilde had a first-rate piece of advice for negativist: "Get up and out, young man - day is bursting with moments!"
A moment is an infinitely short window of time - yet it's only window open to us! Positive action can occur only in present moment (rather than in irredeemable past or unknowable future). Therefore, time for sowing seeds of achievement is now. A microsecond's delay equals a harvest of opportunities lost!
Of course, a positive attitude doesn't guarantee success; but it does keep our eyes, ears, mind and body focused on goal. Future outcomes won't just happen - we have to get up and out, and intercept fruitful moments that day is bursting with!
2. PROACTIVITY VERSUS PROZAC The second Attitudinal Isometrics exercise is movement from reactivity to proactivity. Supposing you have an unpleasant task to complete, and don't quite know how to start. What's your usual procedure? Do you picture finished results and throw yourself into task? Or do you picture all possible problems and throw yourself into a depression? "Well, truth is, Dr John," I hear you say, "some tasks just seem futile - especially when I'm not sure whether I'll succeed or not." - Oh, really? Let me ask you this, then: Why should your level of proactivity be dependent on your skill in predicting future?