Kiss That Frog!: 21 Ways to Turn Negatives into Positives Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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"The moment Brian shared with me the message of his new book, I knew I had to have it, read it, and share it with my friends. I recommend you buy this book, read it, and use it--because a happier, more joyful life is just a few hours away."
--David Bach, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Automatic Millionaire and founder of FinishRich.com
"Don't let the funny title fool you--Kiss That Frog! could change your life. Let Brian Tracy and Christina Tracy Stein help you let go of negative thoughts that may be controlling your day-to-day attitude more than you realize. Read this book and step into a more positive future!"
--Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager(R) and Lead with LUV
"Brian promised that his book with the icky title would show me new ways of overcoming fears, to clear my mind of unwanted memories, and to move forward toward my dreams with forgiveness and positivity. So I kissed that frog. And it wasn't all that bad. Actually, it was excellent. I recommend that you kiss that frog, too."
--Robert G. Allen, author of the bestsellers Creating Wealth and Multiple Streams of Income and coauthor of The One Minute Millionaire
"A timely book that helps us focus on finding the good in another person or situation rather than finding faults or flaws. I especially liked the 'Now Do This' tips that help transform the book's concepts into tangible behaviors. This book should be required reading for everyone!"
--Dr. Tony Alessandra, Hall of Fame motivational speaker, coauthor of The Platinum Rule, and author of Charisma
"Kiss That Frog shows you how to release your unlimited potential for successful living."
--T. Harv Eker, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Secrets of the Millionaire Mind
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
One of the world's most widely known business speakers and a leading authority on the development of human potential and personal effectiveness, Brian Tracy addresses more than 250,000 people each year in corporations large and small, all over the world, on the subjects of strategy, management, personnel selection, hiring, firing, and motivating people. He has worked in 22 different businesses, often starting at the bottom and moving up to the executive suite. He is the founder of Brian Tracy International and is the author of numerous bestselling books and has produced more than 300 audio and video programs.
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I think for the young person starting out or perhaps just hitting mid-career, this book can provide a framework for keeping one's eye on the proverbial North Star. That said, age doesn't always mean people grasp the lessons life has given them. So regardless of your age, if you're in some kind of negative funk you would probably benefit from reading this book if you take the time to reflect on what the authors are saying.
One downside of this book is it consists more of retreaded tales from the self-help literature than of original material. For someone with little exposure to the genre, this isn't a problem (thus my comment about the young person starting out). And I suppose that means the authors are using proven ideas rather than re-inventing the wheel. People will pay six figures for an Ivy League education (such that it is), and you can rest assured the syllabi, texts, and lectures are not completely rewritten each year.
What's original about this book is its theme. It centers on the story of the princess who kissed the frog. Said frog subsequently turned into a prince.
Let's ignore the patrician overtones of that tale, and its underlying assumption that women's lives are meaningless without a man but if she finds a prince she will live happily ever after even though princes throughout history have been notoriously vain, self-centered, narcissistic, and out of touch with reality. The point of the story, as used by the authors, is you need to face what's bothering you even if doing so makes you uncomfortable to the point of revulsion. For many people, facing a particular cause of unhappiness and resolving it is like kissing a frog.
Everything else in the book is a riff on that basic melody. It's a simple concept, but the execution is often difficult.
Another problem with the book is some statements just are not true. In the inside jacket, for example, it says the authors quote Shakespeare with "There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so." Let's do a thought experiment. Suppose you smash your thumb 17 times with a hammer. As you examine the pulp that remains, you try thinking to yourself, "This is good!" Does that quote from Shakespeare really work for you, in this case?
The point the authors intended to make was you can choose to let something get you down or not. That's generally true. In many cases, you would have to be a psychopath to feel good about this or that occurrence. If you see a child get run down by a car, your natural response is going to be profoundly negative unless there is something very, very wrong with you. And you would probably always feel bad about that event.
That said, the principle does apply if, for example, you didn't get that promotion you wanted at work. You could choose to let the opinion of someone higher up make you feel permanently angry, so you then slack off in your work. Why try, if trying previously didn't pay off? Or, you could choose to kiss that frog. You go to your boss and say you really wanted that promotion but obviously there was a difference of opinion. You tell your boss you view this as an opportunity to improve, and you ask your boss to help you map out a plan toward that end.
It's this kind of response to adverse events and adverse conditions that the authors are talking about. Quite often, it doesn't take much to completely turn the situation around. The authors use an example of a car that had one carburetor part inserted backwards, and after the mechanic fixed this the car went from being adequately powerful to amazing its owner.
Not that I personally would use such an example. Having built, rebuilt, repaired, and tuned dozens of carburetors (mostly Holley and Rochester brands) during the 1970s and 1980s, I am perplexed as to what part this could have been. More likely, the mechanic installed larger jets. That would explain the power increase. It could be this story suffered a bit from the telephone effect (recall the classic game). Its lack of detail adds to its lack of plausibility, at least in regard to a backwards part. Thankfully, the authors do use other examples.
The authors repeatedly make the point that "moping about it" or feeling resentful, angry, etc., won't change whatever is dragging you down. Negative feelings, in fact, can make things worse. And I think understanding that is how you get into the habit of solving problems instead of letting them control you and defeat you.
This book consists of 12 chapters and a conclusion, spanning 138 pages. If you're dealing with negativity, your answer may lie within.
Kiss that frog shows in a clear and easy way some common misunderstandings - and the way out. Great inspiration!
The ideas in this book are based on more than 100 years of writing and research in psychology and psychotherapy and are presented in an easily digestible form that goes directly to the root of the reasons why people feel negatively about themselves and about various factors in their lives.
Every idea and instruction in this book has been tested and proven in the crucible of real life experiences, both by the authors (Brian Tracy and Christina Tracy Stein) and by the millions of other people worldwide whose lives have been positively affected by these simple principles.
Kiss That Frog is the much in news and the newest book by Brian Tracy. The interesting fact is that this book is co-authored by his daughter Christina Tracy Stein. Kiss That Frog offers 12 great ways to turn negatives into positives. It offers tangible plans that help you go to the route of the problem thereby offering solutions to turn them into positives.
Akin to other works by Tracy, I realized that this book too has great insights. If you have read Eat That Frog, you would know what I am talking about. Besides, I found something new and novel to apply in my day to day life as well. And am not just talking about work life, this book has so much to offer when it comes to personal life as well.
In a lucid way the authors have very convincingly taught us how to embrace the negative experiences in life and to get the most from a place where you have least expected to get solutions. What I especially liked in the book is that the authors explore topics like worry busters (a mandate in today’s world), gunny sackers and confronters versus evaders.
That is not all; the psychotherapist also gives information on how some people remain happy for long while most others are unhappy at the drop of a hat. All this and more, in this riveting new book which I highly recommend.
The book starts out with 7 truths about you. You are a good person, you're important, you have unlimited potential, you create your world, you are free to choose, you have a great destiny, and there are no limits. These are wonderful concepts, all you have to do is choose to believe them. The rest of the book discusses ways you can implicate these seven truths in your life. When a problem comes along, yes it is difficult, but how you react to it is key. You can reframe the way you think about the situation and see it in a different and positive light.
Another concept discussed in the book is letting go of hurts and things in the past that make you angry and depressed. It frees you to go on with your life and experience happiness. I also liked the discussion of the concept of forgiveness. It is a marvelous concept which I have experienced in my own life. For decades I had a great deal of anger toward my mother for things she had said and done to me. Finally, I realized she could not help it because of the way she had been raised. I forgave her and let it all go. I felt such a feeling of freedom and lightness about my being. I was free to go on and start a new life without all the old baggage.
I also liked the little sections at the end of the chapters called "Now Do This". They contain exercises that you can do to help deal with the "frogs" in your life and turn then into positives. The concepts in this book are true. They are useful to everyone and I recommend it to anyone who wants to be happy and free to be all that they can be. -- Valerie Lull, Author, Ten Healthy Teas
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