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Contents

Preface

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About the Author

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1. Thoughts: Understanding Thought and the Mind

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2. The Thought Chain

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3. Attitude: Raw Material for Thought

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4. Power Your Life with PEP

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5. PEP: Positive Energy Power

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6. NEP: Negative Energy Poison

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7. My PEP Story

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8. Flip over from NEP to PEP

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9. Now Can You Think and Live Positively All the Time?

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Preface

For the last 25 years, I have been reading about Positive Thinking and Positive Attitude and have passionately lived each day of my life positively. I have experienced the power of Positive Thinking and have understood how thought can control actions, reactions and feelings. Although I have acutely felt the power of positivity, I initially did not understand the nature of this power – where it came from and how exactly it worked, and I kept wondering how it could be understood.

We all know that it is great to be positive, but we cannot control our thoughts at all times. Thus, a meaningful question arises – can we think positively all the time?

I remember the times when I wanted to be positive but couldn't be due to some reason; my mind would just wander toward thinking negatively. However, reading books on positive thinking, using the power of positive self- suggestions and various other triggers finally built positive

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energy in me. But despite these efforts, I felt that something was missing in my understanding of positive behavior and the negative forces that worked against it. I kept asking myself:

Where does this positive energy come from?

Are people born positive? Is it in their genes?

Why are some people so full of positive energy while others emit fumes of negativity all the time?

What controls the mind?

What controls our actions and reactions?

These questions have been active in my subconscious for the last two decades and my curiosity has led me to read up more on the nature and power of thought.

Finally, I discovered a secret that provided answers to all the above questions, and I call it PEP – “Positive Energy Power.” The acronym itself denotes energy, but one has to read this book to appreciate its use and understand how to remain positive all the time. Once you understand it, you will be able to influence your

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thoughts, take charge of your actions, control your reactions, be a master of your feelings and live a life of your choice. You will be able to flip over from negativity to positivity.

When you choose positive energy in your life, all the negativity will disappear because it will be replaced by the power of positivity. Just as a coin can be flipped over from heads to tails, your thoughts, feelings and actions too can be easily flipped over with a few simple decisions and choices. You will be able to distinguish between thoughts, attitudes, feelings and actions, and this will help you take charge of your life.

The power of positivity, although a simple concept, has not been clearly defined and explained previously. It has often been presented mysteriously. Writers, philosophers and thinkers have always urged us to “Think positively,” but have failed to explain how to think positively always. Authors have emphasized the power of thought, but have not explained the way in which thought can be controlled. Aspirants of positive thinking, like me, have often tried in vain to be directly in command of thoughts, but to no avail.

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This book, Power Your Life with PEP is written to bust several myths about Positive Thinking. It will help you discover the power

of positivity that will eventually transform your life. It will serve as

a guide for you to take care of your thought and life.

I believe that life comes to us only once and that if we fill it with

negativity, we will lose this valuable gift of life in misery. One can choose positivity and live positively every moment and every day or one can choose negativity! It is not something magical, but a practical choice that one needs to make.

Once you understand the concept of PEP, you will realize how simple life can be. PEP will fill your life with excitement and

enthusiasm like never before! And that's guaranteed. So let's begin

the journey then

and flip over from negativity to positivity!

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About the Author

RVM is a “Positive life” philosopher, an author, a speaker, and a motivator.

He was one of the earliest successful Indian retailers who transformed the way retailing was done in India through his megastores—Kidskemp, Big Kidskemp and Kemp Fort.

After achieving success after success, he realized that there was more to life than just accumulating millions. He transformed his life from that of a successful businessman to that of a philosopher.

He started a Trust, which has built the 125-bed capacity RVM Home for the destitute and needy. He has also built the RVM Hospital, which is growing from a 150-bed charitable hospital to a 1000-bed one, offering free medical services to the poorest of the poor and reducing their pain and suffering.

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His spiritual efforts to spread the power of faith led him to build a 65-feet-tall statue of Lord Shiva at the RVM Shiv Temple on Old Airport Road in Bangalore, which is a revered spiritual destination.

RVM has devoted his life to spread the RVM Philosophy, which stands for Rejoice, Value life and Make a difference. To share this exciting way of living, he has authored several books, some of which are: I Wanna Be Happy, The A to Z of Life Philosophy and Succsex.

Through his talks to various audiences, RVM shares with them the philosophy he practices in his life. He hopes others too will learn from his life philosophy and live a meaningful life with purpose, rejoicing and making a difference in the world before their journey of life is over.

Website: www.rvm.co.in

Email: rvm@rvm.co.in

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Chapter 1

Chapter 1 Thoughts: Understanding Thought and the Mind 1

Thoughts:

Understanding Thought and the Mind

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The word “thought” originates from Old English. It means “to conceive of in the mind or to consider,” and it refers to an intellectual or mental activity. Thoughts are impulses that are broadcast from the mind.

A thought is like an electrical vibration that is produced in our mind and leads us to feel and then act.Athought “happens” by itself and is something beyond our control. It is produced by the mind that acts as a machine, which I would like to refer to as the “Thought Factory.”

Everybody has a Thought Factory. This factory manufactures thoughts, both positive and negative: thoughts of love, hope, courage and compassion as well as thoughts of hate, fear, worry and jealousy. Is it possible to enter this Thought Factory and program it to produce positive thoughts? Do we have a direct command over our mind? Unfortunately, we don't! Science is yet to invent a machine or a medication that can consistently create positive thoughts. Yet, some people always think positively, while others are

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filled with negative thoughts. What makes these positive thinkers always think ever-positive thoughts?

Undoubtedly, it has to do with the Thought Factory that produces thought. By taking charge of the Thought Factory, we can take charge of the thoughts it produces. But how does one do that and think positively all the time? Over the years, philosophers and authors have optimistically recommended the “Think positive” mantra. However, when one is surrounded by negative circumstances, how can one think positively? The thought process becomes involuntary, and like impulsive reactions, the mind begins to emit negative thoughts. Thus, it is very important to understand the nature and origin of thought.

Where do thoughts come from? While it may seem that thoughts originate from nowhere, they are actually born in the mind. Before we understand how we can control our thought, let us first understand the link between the mind and the body. The mind perceives or senses the objects of perception through the sense organs. When the body sees, smells, tastes, hears and touches, the sense organs trigger thought in the mind.

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For instance, I see an apple and feel hungry. I smell something burning and panic. I hear my favorite song and feel like dancing. I feel the cold breeze and feel like I am in the mountains. I touch currency notes and feel rich! Thus, whenever our sense organs are exposed to something, thought is created. This thought leads us to feel and then act.

We are essentially emotional beings because we are able to feel, and we do so consistently and naturally at all the phases of our life.

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However, does this mean that we give in to the demands of our sense organs completely? For instance, I see apples and feel hungry. But do I eat all the apples? Let's consider another example, I see a beautiful car that does not belong to me and develop a desire to drive it. Do I break open the door and zoom away? No, I don't. The question that now arises is what controls or influences the sense organs? Our intellect does. My intellect counsels me that the car is somebody else's and my desire to zoom away with it is unethical. In such situations, the intellect creates further thoughts and feelings. Hence, there is an aspect within us that regulates, controls and influences the sense organs: our intellect.

The mind is known to think, but the deeper question is how does it choose its thoughts? How does it decide whether it should give in to the demands of the senses, allow the intellect to govern or allow something else to take over?

To seek an answer to these questions, let us attempt to understand the mind. Our mind is structured in layers. These layers can be differentiated into three: the conscious, the subconscious and the superconscious.

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Most of us are fully aware of the power of the conscious mind alone. However, it is only the tip of the iceberg. A few people realize and actualize the power of the subconscious mind, but the power of the superconscious mind continues to remain a mystery. The conscious mind is the active mind that is alive and thinks from moment to moment. When we sleep, the conscious mind goes to rest and we are said to be in an unconscious state.

The subconscious is awake even when we sleep. It is a storehouse of all the information processed by the mind during the day. Pictures, sounds, feelings and circumstances, amongst other things, get automatically stored in the memory of the subconscious mind. We may not consciously register certain things, but the subconscious mind grasps and registers all these things in detail, which are otherwise invisible to the conscious mind. Thus, it is very powerful.

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The superconscious mind is that domain of the mind which is responsible for intuition, sixth sense, creativity, hunches, imagination and telepathy. It functions as a powerful receiver and transmitter of thoughts from and into the Universe. While the study of the power of the superconscious is still in its infancy, the superconscious mind is said to have tremendous powers, yet unknown to man, but capable of strengthening both the conscious and subconscious mind, ultimately making man a genius.

We now know that the mind is a combination of the conscious, subconscious and superconscious. We also know that thoughts are constantly produced in the mind, the Thought Factory. Before we can take charge of our mind and the thought it produces, we must understand how the mind is formed.

Let us imagine the mind of a newborn child. Is the newborn already full of thoughts and habits? Does it have a character or is its mind like an empty board spotless without thoughts? A newborn lacks thoughts, habits or character; therefore, it is obvious that the newborn's mind is empty. Then, how does a newborn's mind develop thoughts, feelings and habits?

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Each newborn is naturally born with the five sense organs, that is, sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch. These sense organs trigger the mind when they come in contact with any stimulus. The conscious mind of a young child will react while the subconscious mind will register and memorize all that it hears, sees and feels. A child that grows up in an environment of anger and violence, where the parents are screaming and fighting most of the time, develops a mind filled with negative emotions like anger, hatred and tension. Whereas, a child that grows up in a nurturing environment of love and understanding develops an uncomplicated mind that eventually

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leads to positive personality traits and emotions. The subconscious mind of an infant is believed to be more dominant until the conscious mind develops adequately.

There is a global debate on the influence of nature vs. nurture. The

question debated is, “Is a child's life capable of being nurtured or are

a child's genes preset by nature and incapable of being molded and

changed?” Scientists, philosophers and doctors have more or less

agreed that while a child's genes determine its physical appearance and health, the genes do not influence the child's thoughts, habits and character. Upon further study, they have realized that the subconscious mind of a young child will definitely absorb whatever

it sees, hears and feels, and this will influence the child's character

as it grows up. However, if the same child was brought up in a different environment, the subconscious mind of the child would absorb a different character and culture – the one that it is exposed to. This has, by and large, laid to rest the debate on the role of nature and genes in influencing the mind and thoughts of a child.

The mind is born with empty thoughts like a blank slate. Every impression influences the conscious mind and is registered in the

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subconscious mind, leading to the formation of our character. Thus,

a large part of a child's mind and character is formed during its youthful years.

If a mind is already formed and if its character is already set, can it

be changed? The good news is that the mind of a child is still in the process of formation and is capable of being molded as the child matures into a teenager and an adult. The experiences of a youngster growing into an adult are instrumental in creating its character. Once the mind is formed, it can be visualized as constructed in cement, stone and steel, difficult to break and change. This realization gives further hope and possibility for an individual to take charge of their mind, thought and life.

As the mind grows, various constituents are responsible for its final formation. The five sense organs, of course, respond consciously to the stimuli, creating impressions on the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind absorbs impressions from the environment and helps build the structure of the mind. As an individual grows up, the mind thinks, leading to feelings and actions. These repeated actions become habits, and they further influence the mind. The mind, by

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its nature, reacts and responds. These behaviors also influence the thought that the mind produces through the Thought Factory.

Since the mind has so many sources that influence the thought it produces, is it possible at all for us to control our thoughts? Is there a way to strategically build a mind of our choice or does our mind evolve on its own as we grow up? Is it possible to take charge of our mind, our Thought Factory and thus our thought; or is this beyond our control? Since circumstances influence our habits, do we become creatures of our habits and thoughts, or is there a way to take charge of our habits and thus our mind and thoughts?

Since our mind is already conditioned to react in a particular way, is it possible to control our reactions and responses or is our behavior involuntary, based on the state of our mind? Is the mind so deep- rooted that its shoots and roots are predetermined? Has our childhood crystallized our mind into a character that is irreversible or is there a way to change? Is the mind already programmed permanently or can it be reprogrammed to think the way we want it to?

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While it seems possible for a mind to change its thought patterns, we haven't scientifically studied how to do it. We spend much time, money and energy learning to program and reprogram our computers, but we are yet to discover how to perfectly program our mind to think positively all the time. I believe it is possible to reverse the conditionings of our childhood! But unfortunately, science has not invented a device to directly reprogram the mind to think positively. If such a machine were invented, it would be a global best-seller; one could plug into it and be able to think positively all the time!

However, while there is no such device to directly control the mind and thus the thoughts, there is definitely a way to influence the mind and take charge of our thoughts and hence our life. If only we learnt how the mind functions and how we can program and reprogram it to think the way we want, we would be able to control our feelings, our actions, our habits and our destiny! Let us understand how this is possible by understanding what I call “The Thought Chain,” discussed in Chapter 2.

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Science has shown that thoughts are electrical vibrations and that they have power. They are a source of energy that lead to feelings and actions. They can make us happy or sad. Thoughts create beliefs and habits that strongly influence all our choices in life, which ultimately create our destiny.

Something as simple as a thought is actually amongst the most important ingredients of our life. James Allen, acclaimed to be the founder of Positive Thinking, wrote, “As a man thinketh, so is he.” Norman Vincent Peale, known as the Father of Positive Thinking, elaborated on the power of Positive Thinking and its impact on human life. He said, “When I get up in the morning, I have two choices – either to be happy or unhappy, and what do you think I do? I just choose to be happy, and that's all there is to it.” Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or can't, you are right.” Many successful people have, through a study of their experiences, vouched for the amazing potential and the power of thought.

Is there any doubt about the power of thought? Ask someone who has used creative thinking, intuition and imagination to create dreams. I have done it, and these inspirational thoughts have not just created my dreams but have also pushed them into becoming a

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reality. Not just once, but every time a creative thought has crystallized into a powerful dream, success followed.

While there is no doubt about the power of thought and its connection with feelings, actions, habits, character and destiny, one must understand the role of thought in the Thought Chain before one can take charge of their own thought and life. As we grew up, we may have pondered over things like what came first - the chicken or the egg. But we may not have bothered to study the chain that rules our life. We know that there is a connection between thought, feelings and actions. But what creates thought? What controls our feelings? What leads us to act? Where does this chain start from and where does it end? If only we discover the source of this chain or the “life chain,” so to speak, we could take charge of our destiny by controlling our thought!

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The Thought Chain begins with a thought that leads to feelings. If the mind thinks of a happy thought, we feel happy. In the Thought Chain, therefore, feelings follow thought. Some people however question this. In their view, while a happy thought may lead to a happy feeling, they believe that a happy feeling creates a happy thought, and hence, feelings don't follow a thought, but precede it.

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While their argument is correct, a simple logic puts thoughts before feelings in the Thought Chain. This logic pertains to the nature of thoughts, that is, if there were no thoughts in the mind, there would be no feelings. Thus, all feelings are created by the electrical vibrations produced by thoughts. Science has also shown that failure in the functioning of the mind directly results in the absence of the corresponding feelings. Thus, while feelings do influence thoughts, the rightful link in the Thought Chain is that of thoughts preceding feelings.

Just as thoughts produce feelings, what do feelings produce? Feelings produce actions. A happy thought leads to a happy feeling, which in turn leads to happy actions. The Thought Chain has three links in it so far. Again, some people are of the opinion that actions lead to feelings. Some philosophers have prescribed that if you want to feel happy, you should act happy. They are absolutely right because, if you dance, this happy action will make you feel happier.

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However, while this is true, I believe actions follow and not precede feelings in the Thought Chain. This is because if there are no feelings, there would be no actions. Just imagine, is it possible for you to dance joyously without actually feeling like dancing from within? Certainly not! Thus, feelings lead to actions.

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We now have thoughts, feelings and actions in the Thought Chain. The next link is habit. Repeated actions create habits and this forms the fourth link in the Thought Chain. While most people agree, a few have a different but valid argument: Aren't habits responsible for creating actions? If one had the habit of becoming angry, then one's actions would be full of anger. Therefore, should not habits precede actions in the Thought Chain? Before delving into this further, we need to know where habits come from? None of us is born with habits. Our repeated actions result in forming habits. Thus, while habits do influence actions, habits are actually formed from actions, and they follow actions in the Thought Chain.

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The Thought Chain now has thoughts, feelings, actions and habits. The next link in the chain is character. Repeated habits build our character. While an individual's character may create habits, it is actually habits that form one's character in the first place; therefore, in its rightful order, character follows habits in the Thought Chain.

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Finally, the last link in the Thought Chain is our destiny or life. Are we born with a predestined life or is our life in our hands? Philosophically, we may have several answers for this. But practically, we all know that we create our own destiny. Therefore, the important question is “does our destiny create our character or does our character lead us to our destiny?” If you read the autobiographies of great men and women in the world, you will discover that many of them were born in ordinary families. Some did not receive any formal education, yet they worked their way to the top and became successful. They weren't born successful, but something made them successful. Their success didn't happen entirely by chance. It was more a result of their hard work and the choices they made. More importantly, it was their actions, habits and character that led them to their destiny.

We now have a clear picture of the Thought Chain. Thoughts create feelings, feelings create actions, actions create habits, habits create character, and character leads us to our destiny or life. Therefore, to take charge of our destiny and life, we need to take charge of our

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thought. But the big question is, how can one take charge of their own thought? The next chapter provides an answer to this question by revealing the raw material that manufactures thought.

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Although we have reviewed thought and the mind and have understood that thoughts lead to feelings, actions, habits, character and our destiny, we are yet to understand how thoughts are produced in the mind.

Earlier we discussed that the mind is like a Thought Factory. This factory keeps producing thoughts but we have no direct control over it. However, the factory needs a raw material to produce its product – “Thoughts.”

In any production unit, the quality of the finished product depends on the quality of the raw material. Likewise, in the Thought Factory too, the quality of thought depends on the quality of ATTITUDE that we supply to our mind, as raw material. So, let us understand how attitude becomes the raw material for producing thoughts.

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Attitude is the way in which we react, respond and behave. It is a physical and mental response. The response may be due to our thoughts, actions, feelings, emotions, others' actions or

circumstances. Our attitude can be either Positive or Negative.

Every day and most of the time, we react and respond to things happening around us and within us. We react to our own thoughts as well as to others' actions; this is expressed in our behavior. We react to circumstances, and in fact, we are actually reacting to life. Therefore, we are constantly thinking, feeling, acting or responding with our attitude. While we cannot directly control our thought and the feelings and actions they produce, we have command over our attitude.

As we are responding and reacting every day, the conscious mind is either thinking and following the subsequent links – that is, feeling and acting in the Thought Chain or it is reacting and responding to somebody else’s thoughts or actions. Sometimes, the conscious mind is reacting to our own moods, beliefs or habits.

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Our mood is our state of mind. The mind may be in a good mood or bad mood, happy mood or sad mood. We thus understand that the mood of the mind depends upon the kind of emotions that we have currently chosen to live with. If we choose positive emotions, the mind is in a positive mood, but when we live with negative emotions, our mood or state of mind becomes negative. Thus, you will notice that even though something negative happens, a person in a good mood reacts positively, while the opposite is also true. A person in a bad mood will react negatively even in the best of circumstances.

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believe in some of these. These beliefs become our philosophy, our way of life, our ethos and even our life's constitution. These beliefs are formed by repeated thoughts or observations, and they stand like iron pillars in the mind. Therefore, although a particular circumstance deserves a type of reaction, our mind reacts differently depending on the beliefs it is attached to. This may not be logical, but the mind still reacts that way because it believes in something and its response is based on this belief.

Every time we react, we are choosing a behavior that is depositing a raw material in the mind to produce a thought. Suppose, we see somebody doing something that is not as per our expectations, then it creates an intense disappointment or a feeling of hatred or dislike, which makes us react nastily and develop a negative attitude. This negative attitude acts as a raw material and directly influences the mind to produce a corresponding negative thought and thereafter a negative feeling and action. However, if we have the willpower to control our attitude and understand the other person's action, we will choose to react with patience and compassion. This positive

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attitude or reaction to the exact same situation deposits a positive raw material in the mind that leads to a corresponding positive feeling and action. Therefore, the type of attitude we choose, either positive or negative, becomes the raw material for the mind and produces the corresponding positive or negative thought, respectively.

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quality of thoughts the mind produces. In fact, when we constantly repeat our attitude, the consistent reactions not only act as raw material to produce thought but also crystallizes in the mind as a habit.

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What is Habit?

The dictionary defines a habit as a recurrent, often unconscious pattern of behavior that is acquired through frequent repetition. Habits are behaviors formed by an individual from repetitive

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actions, reactions, thoughts and feelings that have become the very essence of a person's life. As are one's habits, so are one's thoughts and actions. Hence the saying “Change your habits to change your life.” Once cultivated, habits are rock-like and difficult to break. Once we form a habit, the habit in turn forms our life.

How are habits formed?

We are not born with habits. Instead, we grow up forming habits depending on the environment and surroundings we live in. Our mind is empty at birth. Once the subconscious mind is formed, it triggers thoughts, which in turn, lead to feelings and actions. These actions when performed repetitively get established in the subconscious mind as a habit. The act of repetition influences the subconscious mind and leads to the creation of habits.

Habits are created not only by repetitive actions but also by repetitive reactions expressed in our attitude, behavior and responses as they crystallize in our mind bit by bit. Each time we react, not only does the mind get triggered to think a corresponding

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thought, but also the reaction deposits in the mind an emotion, finally creating a strong habit.

Habits, once formed, become the pillars of our life. They take charge of our mind and thoughts, our feelings and emotions, our attitude and reactions. In fact, habits are responsible for everything we do in life because our life gets programmed for living in a particular way depending on the habits we have cultivated. The foundation of our entire personality, sometimes understood as character, is based on the habits we form. We think, act and react with this personality or character until we decide to change.

As a person grows, the mind becomes stronger and stronger with stronger habits, thoughts, feelings and convictions. Parents, teachers and mentors influence a child's character as it grows from an infant to an adult.

Can habits be changed?

Habits take charge of our mind. They become the directors of the Thought Factory and make it produce their kind of thoughts.

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Positive habits, on the one hand, take charge of our mind to produce positive thoughts, which then lead to positive feelings and actions. On the other hand, negative habits will influence the thought factory to produce negative thoughts. These in turn lead to negative feelings and negative actions.

To view the process more practically, let us reflect upon our habits. Many of us may develop the habit of reacting with anger. The habit of anger will create angry thoughts and will lead us to feel angry and frustrated. The frustration then becomes a habit and constantly creates thoughts of anger and frustration. This negative circle will continue with each negative thought, feeling and action adding a layer to the habit, thus making it stronger.

Positive or negative habits and traits define one’s personality or character. However, it doesn't mean that if these habits happen to be negative ones, they cannot be changed.

We can compare a habit to a thick cable made up of several thin wires that are twisted together. Similarly, a strong habit can be perceived to result from the cumulative formation of several

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actions, reactions, thoughts and feelings that come together. A thick cable, which is hard to break, can be easily undone wire by wire; likewise, strong habits can also be broken by dissolving or changing, one by one, the actions, reactions, thoughts and feelings that comprise the habit.

Another way to view a habit is to visualize it as the long hair of a woman. Each action, reaction, thought or feeling is just like one strand of hair. By itself, it can just be plucked off effortlessly, and it will easily break away from the scalp. However, just try to hold the entire plait of hair and pull it from the scalp. It is impossible to break it free. Habits also behave in the same way.

The only way to change a habit is by dissolving it thought by thought, feeling by feeling and action by action. And since we cannot control our thoughts that lead to feelings and actions, we should control our attitude that leads to our responses and reactions and influences our thoughts. Is this a lengthy process? Not really. Changing all negative habits into positive ones may take some time,

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but the change starts the moment we make the decision or the choice to respond with a positive attitude. The moment we start responding positively, we start destroying the negative habits. Slowly, but surely we will change the negative elements in our life to more positive ones because attitude is a matter of choice.

While moods, beliefs and habits influence our attitude, what is it that actually controls our attitude?

Our WILL plays a vital role in our choosing our attitude – positive or negative. A waiter in a restaurant may accidently spill water on us. However, our willpower actually decides whether to react with anger or forgive him. Therefore, the mind also develops a power, called willpower, which is responsible for the choice of attitude and thereafter thought.

At this point, we have discovered several things. So let's sum it up. We have discovered that thoughts lead us to our destiny through feelings, actions, habit and character. We have understood the mind and how it produces thought. We have realized that attitude is the

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raw material that produces thought. In addition, habits also crystallize in the mind to produce thoughts. The will helps the mind to choose an attitude that triggers thought and thus influences our feelings, actions and finally destiny. Moods and beliefs also influence our attitude, but finally, while all of these influence our attitude, it is attitude that is the raw material that produces thought.

While we have discovered the above, we are yet to find out what creates our attitude, and thus our thoughts, feelings, actions, habits and destiny.

The magical ingredient that creates Attitude is our Emotion. Our emotions can be positive or negative, and I call them PEP (Positive Energy Power) and NEP (Negative Energy Poison), respectively. This PEP and NEP create our Attitude, which in turn, influences our thought that creates feelings, action, habits, character and destiny.

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Although the Thought Chain is a very simple concept, people have not understood how they can control their thoughts, feelings, actions, reactions, moods, beliefs, will, habits, character and destiny. All these are part of the Thought Chain, and if the first link of this chain is positive, the entire chain becomes positive. Begin with a negative link and you have no choice but to end with a negative life.

What is the first link of this chain that will determine our life? What is it that can ensure that the mind produces only positive thoughts? We know that if the mind produces positive thoughts, then we don't have to worry about feelings and actions. Once the mind shelters positive habits, beliefs and will matching its positive attitude, we can rest assured that the mind cannot be wrongly influenced by negative attitude. This is because the source of energy for the mind is so potent that it cannot be misdirected.

What is the original source of this energy for the mind? The energy in the mind is not static; rather it is in a state of flux and makes the mind active or creates motion in the mind. This same energy is

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responsible for our attitude and also builds our willpower and is further responsible for crystallizing into habit through attitude.

This energy becomes the life force of the mind. Not only does it produce the raw material that manufactures thought but also lends an aura to the mind, which creates the mood that also leads the mind to manufacture thought. This active energy in motion is nothing but our EMOTIONS.

What are emotions? Emotions are those powerfully strong feelings by which we live. They are the “Energy in Motion.” They are not mere impulses that follow thoughts but are derived from certain choices we make; these are choices that each one of us make as we grow up. Emotions can be either positive or negative and they build the foundation of our life. They are the source of all the factors that influence our thoughts, feelings, actions and destiny.

As we grow up, our life is filled with emotions – emotions that we can choose and emotions that we can change at any time. We are influenced by emotions not just as kids but also as we grow into

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adults. We choose our emotions till the last day of our lives. It is this choice of emotions that controls our life's destiny.

Emotions can be positive or negative. We can choose the emotion “love,” and this energy in motion will make us affectionate and will prompt us to behave in a friendly and warm way. Alternatively, we can choose the emotion “hate,” which will create unrest in our heart and mind, creating negative feelings and thoughts. The good news is that whether the emotion is love or hate, it is our choice. We can choose to fill our life with love or hate. The moment we fill our life with either of these emotions, we choose a source of energy that creates a motion that will trigger attitude, thought, feelings and actions.

Let us look at another choice of negative emotion over positive emotion. When someone does something to insult us in front of several people, we vow to take revenge, that is, we choose the negative emotion of “revenge.” This emotion not only fills our mind with poison at that instance but also leads to the production of poisonous and toxic negative thoughts. Once the negative emotion

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establishes itself as a source of energy in the mind, the mind begins to be controlled by it. In fact, we develop negative habits and a negative mood and our positive willpower gets destroyed. Negative thoughts are produced leading to negative feelings, actions and destiny. Instead, if we chose forgiveness, this positive emotion would create peace and tranquility. The mind would be at rest and there would be no worries. Positive thoughts will be produced and this would result in a positive destiny.

So, the good news is that we can choose emotions in our life. We can overcome negative emotions by making a conscious choice of the corresponding positive emotion and thus power our life with PEP.

What is PEP? PEP is Positive Energy Power. It is a power that can lead us to a positive destiny. It is the choice of positive emotions that can power our life with positive energy. PEP acts as a source of energy and nourishes the mind. PEP, which is a combination of positive emotions, produces positive attitude that manufactures positive thoughts that build positive habits. PEP also creates a positive mood

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that influences the mind to produce positive thoughts. PEP creates a positive willpower directly and indirectly. PEP is a source that determines a positive life. If only we understand PEP and accept it, we would be able to think positively and live positively all the time!

Is it that simple? Yes and no! If you power your life with PEP, you have discovered the way to a positive life. However, many of us are unfortunate and have the presence of NEP, Negative Energy Poison, in our life. Just as PEP can power our life, NEP can destroy our life. It can create toxins and poisons that can devastate our life through negative thoughts, negative feelings, negative actions, negative habits and a negative destiny.

NEP creates a negative mood and a negative aura in the mind. It kills the positive will that PEP creates and pushes us into the whirl of negativity. While NEP is so powerful, what is most encouraging and exciting is that at any given time or circumstance, we can always change and choose PEP. Yes, you can power your life with PEP and take charge of your thoughts and life!

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“PEP” is an acronym for “Positive Energy Power.” It is the power that comes from using positive energy to think, feel, act, respond and behave. When one chooses to live positively with PEP, one's life is transformed. While it sounds great to be able to live life only with PEP, most people don't know how to make this happen. All around us, we find a mix of both negative and positive energies. Sometimes people and circumstances force us to respond negatively. Then, how can we live with PEP all the time?

We cannot control others' behavior and circumstances, but we can surely control our own reactions to these. When you choose PEP, you are actually choosing the power of positive energy that then helps you respond with a positive attitude toward people and circumstances. PEP will, therefore, make you think, feel and act positively. If you do not choose PEP, negative people or circumstances may naturally derive a negative response from you. But by choosing PEP, you ensure that even the negative is confronted with the positive. Confronting the negative with the positive brings you growth and fulfillment in the long run.

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PEP is a matter of choice. It is a way of life that only you can choose. PEP is based on the concept of living life with positive emotions and energy, rather than letting negative poisons consume life. When you choose PEP, you automatically develop positive habits and your responses will be positive. While PEP is not directly positive thinking, a positive attitude or a positive habit, it is a power that leads to all the three. It is a power that channelizes your life into being positive by you making positive choices even in negative situations.

What creates PEP?

PEP is created when one makes a conscious choice to live only with positive emotions. Emotions are Energies in Motion that flow in our life through our Thought Chain. The cumulative positive energy that we choose to live by creates PEP. Once our life is full of PEP, we become equipped to face the negative and transform our response to positive.

PEP is a powerful force that takes charge of our attitude, thoughts, feelings and actions. Many positive emotions cumulatively build PEP into our life. Some of the positive emotions and attributes that

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can create PEP are faith, hope, love, joy, courage, confidence, passion, inspiration, cheerfulness, compassion, optimism, appreciation and enthusiasm. Let us understand these emotions that create PEP.

Faith

The word “faith” is born from the Latin word fide. It implies sincerity of intentions and connotes firm belief and trust. People with faith have strong convictions and inbuilt loyalty. Faith gives rise to courage, confidence and enthusiasm. Generally, faith is talked of in relation to God and religion, but can be used in other contexts too. To me, the word “FAITH” is best understood as an acronym for “FullAssurance In The Heart.”

Faith is a positive emotion. It eliminates doubt and destroys fear. It suppresses the negative and gives rise to all that is positive. People with faith naturally respond positively. Their firm belief is the key to their positive energy. Faith is the foundation of PEP. Without faith, the negative emotion, doubt, enters our life and creates skepticism, hesitation and indecision leading to negative reactions, thoughts and feelings. We must carefully fill our life with faith.

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Hope

What is hope? “HOPE,” to me, is an acronym for “Having Only Positive Expectations.”

With hope, one is more confident of the future. Hope generates belief and trust. It makes people's emotions positive and fills their lives with positive energy. While a person without hope may react negatively in any situation, a person with hope always responds positively. Hope creates optimism and influences our emotions and feelings by giving us the assurance that something positive will definitely happen. Positive expectations make a person's attitude positive forever. Therefore, hope is one of the most important keys to unleash PEP.

When the positive emotion, hope, is absent, the negative emotion, despair, creeps into our life creating a poison within. This makes us lethargic and drains us of joy and cheer. Hence, we must choose hope to live with PEP.

Love

Love has different meanings, but in the context of PEP it implies a deep sense of caring and being affectionate toward others. Love

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builds strong relationships and carries no price tag. In its higher form, love emerges as a positive emotion. When you love someone, your attitude toward that person is kind, compassionate and understanding. That is, love emits positive vibrations that ensure a positive response toward others no matter what. Love is the energy that lets PEP take root, bloom and spread positive radiance all around.

Love is a positive emotion that creates PEP. Love also builds strong and genuine relationships that can serve us in times of crisis. Love emits positive vibrations; with love as a dominant emotion, our thoughts, feelings, reactions and actions will always be positive.

Replace love with hate and the heart is instantly filled with a poison! The poison initiated from hatred creates anger and hostility that makes us react with cruelty. Hate kills kindness and mercy and makes us brutal and ready to inflict pain on others. We are at our best when we love and feel loved. Living a life rich with love is a wise choice, which will fill us with PEP.

Joy Joy is a positive emotion that fosters happiness and bliss. It is a state of being wherein one smiles, has a twinkle in the eyes and feels the

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heart dancing with excitement. One is filled with joy if one is continuously cheerful and in good spirits.

Joy eliminates gloom and worry not only from one's life but also from others' lives. Joyful people subconsciously develop the habit of being positive because their feeling of cheerfulness eliminates the possibility of being negative; they naturally respond with optimism. When one is cheerful, one cannot be negative, just like one cannot be crying when one is laughing and smiling. Therefore, joy, cheerfulness, bliss and happiness are the basic ingredients of PEP.

The absence of joy opens the door of our life to sorrow. This creates distress and regret and leads us to a life of dullness. The body sinks into a poisonous state as if it is stung by a reptile. Once we sink into sorrow, we have no option but to live an unhappy life. It is wiser, thus, to bounce back and consciously choose joy instead of sorrow and live with PEP.

Courage The word “courage” is derived from the Latin word corage, which means “heart.” Over time, it has come to signify a “strong heart.” People with courage have the mental and moral strength to face

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opposition, danger and hardship. Courageous people can overcome any difficulty.

Those who are courageous eliminate fear from their lives and hence are able to face dangers with a strong heart. With this state of mind, they respond positively to all the occurrences in life. Though many things perceived as difficult or unfair may happen to them, they don't let those unfavorable incidents interfere with the way they respond. Courage makes them respond positively. Courage is the guts and the steel that forms PEP.

The opposite of courage is “FEAR” – “False Expectations Appearing Real.” This negative emotion appears because our life doesn't have enough PEP. It creates anxiety and exaggerates our dangers. While the dangers may not be real, fear is real. This negative emotion both poisons and paralyzes us with the negative energy it possesses. Fear can kill, and thus, we must always choose courage over fear.

Confidence

Confidence is a positive emotion that quite instantly creates PEP. Confidence is to do with belief in oneself. It is about trusting one's

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own abilities. The word “confidence” originates from the Latin word confidentia, which means firm trust. When one has confidence in oneself, one is said to have self-confidence. However, confidence, belief or trust is not something restricted to one's self alone; it can be placed in others as well.

When one has confidence, one's responses are naturally positive even when the situation, circumstance or person they are dealing with is essentially negative. A person with confidence responds positively.

Lack of confidence welcomes the negative emotion called hesitation. Hesitation is indecision and doubt in disguise. It corrodes faith and trust. It causes us to miss opportunities with its toxic power. Conquer hesitation with confidence and live a life of PEP!

Passion Passion is the root of PEP, because it is one emotion that creates all other strong emotions. One who is passionate can truly love, live with faith, be inspired and can live with enthusiasm. Therefore, passion is the root foundation of PEP. However, this positive emotion if improperly used can lead to great disasters. For instance,

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when love becomes lust and inspiration becomes overconfidence, it leads to disastrous results. If positively implemented, passion can create the power that can fuel PEP.

Lack of passion leads one to a state of dispassion, wherein there is no desire, no life. One who is dispassionate doesn't possess the energy that can drive PEP forward. Slowly, a poison develops along with indecision, lethargy and lifelessness. Choose positive passion as you power your life with PEP.

Inspiration The word “inspiration” is born out of the word “in-spire,” meaning to create within us a spiraling energy that will arouse our mind to creative action. Inspiration ensures that we are always in action. One who is inspired is full of energy, courage and confidence. Those who want to live with PEP must choose inspiration over boredom. Boredom drains us and makes us lose all the power that inspiration creates. A bored person can never respond with PEP, but will surely make room for negative poisons to fester and destroy growth. Eliminate boredom and live a life of inspiration and PEP!

Cheerfulness Do you want to live a life full of PEP? Then, choose cheerfulness

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over depression in your every thought, word and deed. Cheerfulness eliminates gloom and worry and creates ripples of happiness in those around us. Cheerfulness destroys the possibility of NEP and other negative emotions. It is a strong expression of positive power, joy and bliss. This emotion is far better than its opposite: depression.

Depression is a killer. It is amongst the most dangerous of NEP and is born only in the absence of cheer. One who is depressed has no interest in living, is bored of life and is slowly, but surely, sinking with NEP. Before depression attacks us increasingly and digs deep into us, we must create the foundation of cheerfulness and live a life full of PEP.

Compassion

Compassion is a positive emotion that kills indifference and apathy. It is born with the sympathy we nurture and express toward others; it's a sense of care and mercy. People who have compassion understand other people’s pain and problems and empathize with them instead of ridiculing them, and this understanding creates a positive energy.

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There are others who are indifferent toward the problems that their fellow humans face, they are unconcerned, aloof and detached. This insensitivity creates negative poison. If you fill your life with compassion and eliminate indifference, you will notice PEP and its other positive emotions taking charge of your life.

Optimism

Optimism is about expecting the best possible outcome. An optimist simply believes that all is going to turn out well. Generally, an optimist will look at a glass that is half full as half full, whereas a pessimist will find the same glass half empty.

Optimists do not react with negativity because they expect good things to happen. They know that if they respond negatively, then things will not happen the way they want them to. Both optimism and PEP march in the same direction and work hand in hand; they both are about believing, hoping and achieving. One cannot have PEP without optimism, and one cannot be optimistic without PEP!

When optimism is absent, pessimism rules the mind. One is always apprehensive and lives with doubt and hopelessness. Obviously, this creates poisonous thoughts and leads us to a poisonous destiny. Flip over from pessimism to optimism, now!

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Appreciation

Appreciation is the recognition or the highlighting of the good in someone or something. It is a positive emotion that creates positive energy. It is magical, since one who receives appreciation becomes very happy and excited. When we appreciate somebody, we create a positive aura around us and deposit positive energy within us as well. I believe that every day we have the choice between appreciating or condemning someone or something. A positive person chooses appreciation and uses it as a tool to never lose sight of PEP.

When PEP is missing and NEP takes charge, one is always criticizing and condemning. Criticism creates poison because it focuses on only the negative and ignores the larger positive picture. Such an attitude can never result in positive energy. To live a life of positivity, learn to focus on the positive and appreciate others and yourself instead of concentrating on the negatives and indulging in criticism.

Enthusiasm

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God. Such people believe in the existence of the power that gave them life. Enthusiastic people are happy, energetic and always positive because they live with faith in God.

People who display enthusiasm can never be negative; they always respond with a positive attitude. Enthusiasm creates a large amount of positive energy. Once you choose to be enthusiastic and believe in the divine power, you will joyously accept whatever happens as the work of the Master Craftsman. Instead of being in denial and resentful, you will positively accept whatever comes your way with happiness and a welcoming spirit. Such an approach makes anyone respond enthusiastically and builds PEP.

Lose enthusiasm and you will see lifelessness entering your thoughts, feelings and actions. Instead of a positive energy, a negative poison will rule your life. So choose to be enthusiastic always. Live with faith, hope and belief in God!

Cumulatively, all the positive emotions discussed in the preceding text create Positive energy Power or PEP. Let us observe the working of these positive emotions and attributes and use them to create PEP in our life.

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By choosing these positive emotions, which then lead to positive energies, we will be eliminating the negative opposites that maybe constricting our life. For example, choosing compassion will eliminate indifference from our life and the many other negatives it would have produced as its by-products in the course of time. Similarly, choosing faith will remove doubt and lead to hope, enthusiasm and love.

Let's recall what all these positive emotions do cumulatively. Positive emotions create an environment of positive energy. This positive energy or happy aura we develop, in turn, makes us feel and think positive. In such a positive environment, it is unlikely that we will react negatively to people and situations. Therefore, Positive Energy Power ensures that we continue to plant positive thoughts and habits through constant positive attitudes and emotions. When we start living with PEP and eliminate all the negative poisons, we start the process of being ever positive and convert all our negative habits into positive ones. All our responses steadily become positive; so also our thoughts, feelings and actions. PEP gives birth

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What is NEP? “NEP” is an acronym for “Negative Energy Poison.” Just as positive energy creates power, negative energy creates poison.

How does negative energy create NEP? It paralyzes thought; it creates hesitation, fear, worry, anger, hate, jealousy, greed, sorrow, pessimism and doubt amongst other things. All these lead one to respond negatively. They create an environment of negativity giving rise to negative thoughts, feelings and actions. NEP or negative energy poison can never result in any positive action.

We don't realize it, but at times, when we don't fill our life with PEP, poisonous negative energies enter our life without our knowledge and lead us to failure and disaster. These negative energies build negative habits, brick by brick. They capture the mind and take charge of the thought factory. Cumulatively, they become so poisonous that they can destroy life. Hence, I call them NEP – Negative Energy Poison.

Generally, negative energy is far more powerful than positive energy. Negative energy can be lethal because it produces chemicals and hormones in the body that create depression and sorrow. People who live with NEP will generally be sad, dejected and hopeless. It is difficult for them to choose a positive attitude

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because they are surrounded by negative energy, which paralyzes them.

Slowly but surely, NEP leads people to a life full of sickness and disease. The sunshine of positive living escapes these people because negative energy has enslaved them. They seem to be injected and drugged with the influence of negative emotions.

By now, we have understood that when such negative emotions are present, it is impossible to think positively. This negativity will be followed by negative thoughts, feelings and actions. Those who live with NEP cannot escape from a negative destiny. The poison of negativity is so strong and powerful that its influence and effect lasts for a long time and becomes difficult to overcome. What is needed is a strong antidote of positivity to slowly convert the negative energy into a positive one. It is definitely possible to convert it; however, it is not an easy journey. It can only happen when every negative situation is confronted with PEP and changed from the negative to the positive.

Some of the negative energies that create NEP are revenge, jealously, ego, greed, anger, worry, cruelty, hostility, agitation, disappointment, agony, frustration and guilt. Let us understand the

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negative energies that create poison in our life and also how they lead us to disaster.

Revenge Revenge is an action taken in response to an injury received or perceived as unfairness. It is a negative reaction and attitude that makes a wrongdoing justifiable. Unfortunately, revenge can never deliver peace, because it is a negative poison. Only forgiveness can undo the wrong done to us. When we choose revenge, we fail to realize its nature and instead choose to house a poison within us that constantly emits toxic fumes. Instead of getting even with the one who has wronged us, revenge is sure to suffocate us and steal our joy and happiness. It is a negative poison and can never create a positive power, no matter what. Although one will feel an immediate sense of achievement, after executing this negative emotion, one experiences a sense of regret. Due to the poison that revenge carries, one will wonder why one ever chose to take revenge in the first place. Revenge is NEP. It will lead us to negative thoughts, feelings and actions. The only way to flip over to positivity is to replace revenge with forgiveness. Then this NEP would be transformed to PEP.

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Jealousy Jealousy is another negative emotion, which emerges in response to others and their possessions. When one feels a lack of something and wants what others have or when one painfully desires others' advantages, one becomes jealous. Jealous individuals focus more on what others have rather than on what they themselves possess and get upset. For a jealous person, the grass is always greener on the other side. Due to jealousy, people react with negativity. They may have enough to be happy, but instead of enjoying what they possess, they lose their happiness because they are more concerned about what others have. Jealousy, therefore, robs away one's joy and happiness. Why choose to become unhappy by craving for others' possessions? Why not rather choose to count one's own blessings and vibrate positive energy. The resentment caused by jealousy or envy for others' good fortune leaves behind the poisonous influence of negativity in one's life. Jealousy is NEP and can never create positive energy. To flip over from this NEP to PEP, one must focus on contentment and fulfillment. These emotions will defuse jealousy and lead us to think positively.

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Ego Ego is one of the strongest negative emotions. It is born from the nominative Latin word “I” that translates to “I, myself.” It is an inflated feeling of pride in oneself and a feeling of superiority over others. Egoistic people feel high and mighty and look down upon others with disdain; they don't respect others. Whenever they react to something, they do so by only keeping themselves in mind. It is only “I,” “me,” and “myself” for such individuals. Ego is a negative emotion that kills the positive emotion of humility that is needed to live a positive life. Humble people are able to attract cooperation and get things done. To succeed and live a life of joy and bliss, we must learn to give up ego and choose humility.

Greed Greed is an excessive desire to acquire and possess more than what one needs. Greedy people are never satisfied; they continue to acquire and hoard only to show off to others rather than enjoying the acquisitions themselves. This selfish and negative emotion makes one blind to the reality of life, thus making one react negatively. Though greedy people have enough, they behave as if they have very little, and their actions and reactions clearly reflect their negativity. Wanting more and more is a negative poison. It

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consumes one's thoughts, feelings and actions thus displaying negativity all the time. Greedy people forget their need and focus on greed.

Instead of greed, if the PEP of contentment was chosen, one would attract far more positive energy, love and affection. Nobody likes to be with a greedy person. Thus, we must learn to flip over and be content by attracting PEP into our life.

Anger Anger is a strong negative emotion that emerges out of displeasure, frustration and helplessness. When something doesn't happen as per one's expectations or when one has no control over important matters, then one becomes angry with somebody or something. Anger creates poison within; it raises one's blood pressure and emits venomous thoughts, words and deeds. The strong feeling of anger creates an environment of hostility.

When one is angry, it is natural for one to react negatively. Anger takes away the power to think and reason from an individual. An angry person is highly emotional, volatile and mostly unpredictable at times. Being highly volatile and reactive, the only way an angry person can react is by being negative, causing pain to oneself and others too. Thus, anger is considered to be the most dangerous of all the terrors lurking inside one's being.

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It is sure to burn one's heart and soul far more than it could ever hurt the one who is being targeted. One can choose to continue the negative influence of anger by either suppressing it, or expressing it

or converting it into a positive power through forgiveness. Angry people are people who are extremely impatient as well.

To eliminate anger, choose calmness, the PEP that can overcome the NEP, anger. Calmness, in turn, will attract many other positive emotions that create Positive Energy Power.

Worry Worry is the most commonly found negative emotion. Most people

worry. Worry consists of an uneasy feeling; it is a troubled concern

or fear that strangles and chokes a person from the inside. It creates anxiety and destroys the ability to think. Hence, worry causes unhappiness.

A worried person is like a rocking chair going up and down but

getting nowhere. The thoughts of people who worry never progress. They worry about what might happen in the future rather than enjoying what is in the present. Worry can never have a positive consequence, as it is a pure unadulterated poison that can only kill. Instead of choosing worry, which is a negative poison, why not invite tranquility that can create positive power. Tranquility is an

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emotion that can give extreme calmness, and with it the mind can truly think and introspect.

Cruelty Cruelty is the lack of kindness, compassion and mercy. It leads to behavior that is brutal in manner, while inflicting pain and suffering upon others. This negative poison starts with a lack of understanding that turns into indifference and finally peaks with cruelty. The poison of cruelty makes one's thought and actions barbaric. One who is cruel does not realize how negative their actions are. At first, the cruel thought lead to cruel actions, until slowly they become a habit. One emits the poison of cruelty without even realizing it. It is better to choose the positive emotion of kindness as kindness is sure to give us joy and success and build PEP than allow cruelty to destroy us.

Hostility This negative emotion reveals symptoms of one being very unfriendly. It almost makes one feel that others are their enemies, and this emotion vibrates ill will. Thus, it emits poison and is most unwelcome. Instead of hostility, if one flips over to the positive

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emotion of harmony, one could live a life of joy and bliss. Harmony

welcomes

willingness to work toward compatibility. Agitation This negative emotion creates extreme disturbance in the mind leading to negative thoughts, feelings and actions. An agitated person cannot react positively. Only when agitation is replaced with serenity can positive power be attracted. Serenity on the other hand, eliminates all stress and turbulence in our mind, thus creating Positive Energy Power.

Disappointment When one develops a feeling of being let down, one builds the emotion of disappointment in one's life, not knowing that this will lead them to NEP. A feeling of being let down along with dashed hopes and crashed expectations results in dissatisfaction. These generate NEP. While it is true that we often feel disappointed, we must realize that this feeling grows into a strong negative emotion. We must desist it, and instead of being disappointed, learn to develop the positive emotion – gratification. Gratification will dissolve the poison that disappointment created, generating PEP.

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Agony Agony is another strong NEP. This intense feeling of suffering, torment and torture gives us tremendous pain. If only we learned to develop the habit of being blissful, this positive emotion would transform our life, creating power and defeating the pain that agony brings.

Frustration Frustration is the result of feeling defeated or extremely disappointed when expectations are not met. Sure, many of our plans in life will not materialize, but why should one be annoyed and frustrated creating further poison that one has to deal with?

Is it not sensible rather to flip over from frustration to peace? Choosing the positive emotion of peace dissolves frustration. It is a choice that we must make to choose to be peaceful or frustrated.

Guilt Guilt is one of the strongest poisonous emotions. It is born out of committing an offence or mistake and feeling extremely negative about it. It pricks us from within, releasing negative poison.

Of what use is it to create this NEP! Nobody is perfect and if you have made a mistake, use the positive emotion of innocence to

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humbly accept your error and eliminate guilt, which is only counter-productive. This is the only way to pass from negative thinking to positive thinking.

All the negative emotions discussed in the preceding text create Negative Energy Poison or NEP. Imagine living a life with all these negative poisons! The very thought of anger, hate, jealousy, worry, revenge, indifference and doubt creates panic in the mind. How could one fill one's life with such negative energy? Of what good can these emotions be? Can they lead us to any positive consequence? While positive energy has power, negative energy is poisonous. Negative energy creates a toxic environment in our mind and body. The body becomes listless and lifeless and instead of being inspired, we become depressed. We have all experienced what it feels like to be criticized unjustly, to be condemned and treated with cruelty. How can this poison motivate us to live happily? NEP is negative and cannot lead to anything positive. When the mind is thinking of revenge, it is consumed, controlled and constricted, unable to do anything else but produce strong negative fumes that will make us feel negative and act negatively. Many of us have experienced pessimism and

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hopelessness and know how these can shroud a visible opportunity in a cloud of uncertainty and doubt. While the positive power gives courage to act, its negative counterpart creates hesitation and paralyzes action.

PEP creates courage, but NEP creates fear. The former creates hope, while the latter creates despair. People with PEP have faith in their faith, but the ones with NEP believe in their doubts.

It doesn't take time to identify those who carry PEP in contrast with those who carry NEP. The visible signs of joy and cheer are smiles. They symbolize PEP. Sorrow expressed with a frown reveals NEP instantly. Can you imagine living a life of hatred and worry without any enthusiasm for anything? You would end up being dull, lifeless and bored. Can this create any power to progress? Of course not! These are sure to poison us into inaction and lethargy. NEP ensures a negative attitude, produces negative thoughts, generates negative feelings, creates negative actions and builds negative habits. NEP will surely lead to a negative character and a negative life.

Does it make any sense choosing to live without trust, while being confused and de-motivated? Will this catapult us into an orbit of success? Rather, these negative poisons will enslave us. All the negative energies mentioned are destructive and some can

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devastate us. Surely, we have all experienced negative emotions such as anger and its power to create a terror within, fear and its paralysis, indifference and its freezing chillness, cynicism and its vicious fumes and ego and its singular loneliness.

No doubt NEP can be terribly destructive! Each constituent of this negative poison is extremely toxic and lethal. Some may destroy instantly, while others may act as a slow poison, but cumulatively NEP will kill whatever PEP creates. Do we still want to choose NEP? Would anyone still prefer to fill one's life with these negative energies? If it were a choice, would one adopt these poisons to be the energy of their life?

Flip over from NEPto PEP I believe one requires Willpower to turn one’s life over from NEP to PEP. These can be visualized as two sides of the same coin. We must make a choice and flip from NEP to PEP – the positive side. To change from NEP to PEP, it is important to introspect and check whether our mind is producing negative thoughts. If we realize that we are producing negative thoughts, we need to use our willpower to stop this NEP from being produced. This may need grit and practice; but once we make it a habit to flip over from NEP to PEP, the subconscious mind becomes trained and programmed.

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Whenever a situation of NEP confronts us, our willpower should react and respond with a positive attitude. PEP will conquer NEP if we develop this strong willpower. It needs practice and commitment, but it is not difficult. We must consciously choose to be positive. If we don't, NEP will arrive, occupy our mind and destroy us. NEP is poisonous. It can transform positive power into negative poison destroying our joy and bliss and all the positive emotions that we could otherwise choose to live with. Therefore, we must become champions in flipping over from NEP to PEP!

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A man who bought a new shiny car came out to the porch to admire it. To his astonishment, his 4-year-old son was scratching the car with a stone. Enraged, the man ran to his son, screaming in anger, took the little boy’s hand and hammered it as punishment.

After the man cooled down, he took his son to the hospital. However, the child lost his fingers due to multiple fractures.

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the child lost his fingers due to multiple fractures. Devastated, the man went home and kicked
the child lost his fingers due to multiple fractures. Devastated, the man went home and kicked

Devastated, the man went home and kicked the car many times. In sadness, he knelt down in front of the car. He took a look at the scratches, the child had written " LOVE YOU DAD.”

The father could never forgive himself for the rest of his Life!

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My PEP Story

Power Your Life with PEP

What better way could there be to endorse PEP than sharing my personal story of how PEP transformed just about every facet of my life? That's why I call this chapter “My PEP Story.” This story started when I was a teenager, bubbling with the positive energy derived from reading all kinds of books on positive thinking gifted to me mostly by my father. It built in me a storehouse of positive energy, which I did not understand initially. But I was charged and excited with this unstoppable positive energy. Authors like James Allen, Norman Vincent Peale, Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill, Robert Schuller and J.P. Vaswani further influenced my thoughts and feelings and put me into action.

When I started my positive journey of life, I attempted to “think positively.” I used to read positive books, use positive autosuggestions and mingle with positive people; all these activities filled me with a lot of positive power. However, a few years later, I discovered the power of PMA or Positive Mental Attitude. I realized that I could only think positive if I had a positive attitude, but I did not know how I could develop a positive attitude. Yes, several positive thinkers suggested many ways, but none

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explained to me how one could definitely and incessantly think

positive. It is only now, two decades later, that I discovered PEP and

I realize, in hindsight, how my story had PEP in it all the way. When

I started, I was positive as if by chance, but today, I am positive by choice.

The positive emotions of faith, hope and courage made me start an advertising agency at the age of 16, and by the age of 18 I had enough earnings to buy my own car. My friends found it weird because they were still engrossed in activities like studying, playing and enjoying life. My positive energy gave me enormous amounts of focus and direction. It gave me the confidence to start my success journey before others could even think about it or plan for it. Normally, a youngster would be paralyzed with fear, but I found myself confident and full of faith. Instead of being uncertain, I was self-assured, patient and passionate, only due to my optimism. Instead of questioning myself, “Can I do it?” I would expectantly tell myself, “Yes, I can do it!” And this made things happen. The positive energy in me created positive thoughts through a positive attitude, which then eliminated all negative options and possibilities. I was so positive that I would declare, “Nothing is

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impossible. I have removed the word ‘impossible’ from my vocabulary!”

My success as a teenager was only the beginning of my PEP story. From then onwards, it was one success after another. When I turned 20, I collaborated with my father to launch the retail brand “Kids Kemp.” At all stages of my early years, my father was more than just a parent. He was a good friend and a guiding light, who helped build my positive energy and emotions that supported me positively. There arose a time that called for us to let go off a brand our family had owned for nearly four decades. Overnight, through courage, belief and positive conviction, we finally took the bold step of changing the brand name. We made a life-altering decision with faith and hope, and it worked! The store with the new branding was a mega success! And this was not just limited to Bangalore, where we lived, but the success of the brand spread all over India.

The PEP story became even bigger as “Kids Kemp” metamorphosed into “Big Kidskemp” – India's largest store for kid's garments. Big Kidskemp too was a huge success. Soon, our positive energy drove us to invest a huge capital in advertising,

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marketing and the real estate business that would normally paralyze anyone with fear, considering the risks involved. But we forged ahead without hesitation, and with our confidence intact, we reaped rich dividends. We were able to make more money than we had ever imagined we could and created wealth that we could never dream of. We believed in sharing with others, and the more we shared with our team, the more positive the results were. Our growth rate was unprecedented due to the positive synergy of all our team members. We began each day with love, hope and cheer. The enthusiasm spread to our customers as well, and they shopped excitedly. Although we worked for over 12 hours a day and 7 days a week, each day ended with joy that was gained from the satisfaction of the positive energy with which we worked.

My PEP led me to start humanitarian activities at a very young age. Positive Energy Power enriched my life with compassion and concern for others' welfare and created a burning desire to selflessly serve suffering humanity. This positive energy paved the way for adding more to the positive energy bank that I had accumulated at that time. My compassion helped me initiate the RVM

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Humanitarian Home project, a home to accommodate 100 destitute people. My faith led me to build the Shiv Temple, a project that would generate faith and hope to thousands of people every day. Being confident and optimistic from the infusion of positive energy, I somehow found the required land, financial resources and business opportunities to see these projects through.

I was not aware of it at first, but at hindsight, I knew that all my dreams would turn real due to the positive energy I lived with. Had there been any Negative Energy Poison in my life, many of my projects would have definitely crashed. I didn't know what doubt was. I rarely experienced fear. I was so full of hope that there was no place for despair. My positivity ensured that all my projects came to completion, successfully.

Then I decided to open a huge store, called “Kemp Fort,” covering 200,000 square feet. It went on to become India's largest departmental store! The idea was to open a single store, which would be the size of a mall.

At each major juncture of my life, I experienced what anyone would normally feel at moments of decision making. I would have to

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choose between courage and fear; between conviction and disbelief in the project; between hope that the idea will work and doubt that it wouldn’t; between pursuing it with confidence or allowing hesitation to creep in. Each project was either implemented cautiously and with careful planning or would simply “happen” just by giving it my all. But invariably, at every step, I would choose the positive. I would make use of my “Positive Coin” (which I will explain later) to flip over from negative to positive and conquer all the negative emotions with positive energy. When I started the megastore “Kemp Fort,” the challenges were far greater than anything I had faced before. I found myself overwhelmed by negative energy and faced resistance from all quarters of my life, which was unprecedented. Yet my heightened inspiration and positive energy kept me focused and passionate. I knew there was no turning back because I was fearless.

PEP created a miracle. At that time, almost everybody thought that it would be impossible for me to make it happen. But yes, PEP did it! On October 15, 1997, the grand megastore created history in India, long before modern retailing had taken root.

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I made millions; it was more than I ever needed, and then I realized, that there was much more to life than just accumulating material wealth. I recognized that positive living was my greatest priority and focused more on my humanitarian endeavors to establish the RVM Hospital. Using my PEP, I set up a team to pick up homeless and helpless people from the streets, who were afflicted by pain and disease. Every day and even to this day, we help make a difference by alleviating their pain, disease and suffering, and PEP has made it possible. Soon, the RVM Hospital intends to become a 1000-bed free charitable hospital for the poor while reducing pain and suffering by saving valuable lives and giving a new lease of life to many.

My humanitarian and spiritual efforts kept on building up my PEP, and at 40 years of age, I decided to transform my life. I shut down India's largest store and leased it out as a mall. My positive emotions and energy gave me the confidence to become a philosopher, an author and a speaker. Today, my PEP has helped me author three books, and I have started travelling all over the world to

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give talks and vibrate positive energy. Would all this ever have been possible without PEP? Certainly not!

My faith is so strong that I have decided to spend all my excess material wealth, beyond my basic needs, on humanitarian, inspirational and spiritual endeavors. My Positive Energy Power eliminates fear, doubt and worry about the future. I believe in the Universal Power, who can create miracles in my life, only if I have unconditional faith, hope and belief. My PEP, I must humbly state, has climbed peak after peak, and the power of the positive fills me from head to toe. I have been able to give up several negative qualities and PEP has completely transformed my life.

Negative emotions have attacked me at times as they confront any living individual. Doubt, worry, fear, hesitation, hatred, indifference, pessimism, revenge and cynicism would knock at my door at every possible opportunity. But what did I do? What I did was very simple. When hate troubled me, I turned around and acted with love. When revenge consumed me, I would change it into forgiveness. I destroyed fear with courage, anger with calmness and worry with confidence. Whenever doubt fumed in the air, I diffused it with faith.

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It was not that my life was devoid of negative energy. Negative

emotions kept knocking at my door but I did not let them in. I gently, but firmly, redirected them by converting them into corresponding positive energies. That is how the battle was won. Instead of allowing poison to flow into my life, I converted it into power. I changed every NEP possibility into a PEP action. I could see victory marching forward each time I chose PEP, leaving NEP far behind, destroyed and eliminated. And I kept practicing this until it became

a habit.

I never let NEP raise its ugly head, and even if it did, PEP would

shoot it down. I used to tell myself, “I will never allow negative thoughts, feelings, emotions and people to poison my life. I will accept only positive thoughts, feelings and people that will add to my positive power.”

How did I do this? I must share the secret of this Magic! I developed

a habit that made me remain positive all the time. I got the

inspiration for this habit from a very simple concept. Several times

in life, I was faced with the situation of choosing between thinking

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positive or negative attitude and taking either a positive or a negative decision.

So I devised the concept of a card, with PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) inscribed on one side and NMA (Negative Mental Attitude) on the other. Whenever I faced a negative circumstance, I would look at the NMA side of the card and turn it over to PMA. By doing so, I was consciously communicating to my mind that I had to react positively. Since my response and reaction were within my choice, the card would trigger a positive response instead of a negative one.

From time to time, we all face such choices, and I believe that using a card to flip over helped me convert my attitude from negative to positive. This card was so effective that I created a coin with PMA etched on one side and NMA on the other. I carried this coin with me at all times and would play with it by flipping it over from the negative to the positive side.

What I discovered with this concept was that at every stage in life, we have a choice between positivity and negativity. We are faced with emotions that are either nourishing or toxic and we need to

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make up our mind to carefully choose emotions that will enhance the quality of our life. But without the help of a trigger, we may at times end up choosing negativity, either by default or due to pressure. However, I would invariably choose a positive attitude over a negative one; similarly, anyone can choose faith over doubt, courage over fear and hope over despair.

The PMA/NMA coin developed my willpower. It was so effective that although the idea started with a plastic card, it eventually became a bronze coin, then turned into silver and finally became an everlasting gold coin. Today, I still carry the coin with me at all times. It gives me the strong will that I need, to choose positivity. The PMA/NMA coin and card triggered Positive Energy in my life. It helped me choose a positive attitude whenever I was going to react negatively.

In the last few years, I discovered that while I wanted to have a positive attitude and wanted to flip over from NMA to PMA, it was not possible, because the negative forces of NEP were too strong and dominated my life. I then discovered the power of PEP and how by filling our life with positive emotions it weakened NEP and made the process of flipping over from negative to positive easier.

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In fact, I melted my gold coin, which had PMA and NMA on it, and made a coin with PEP and NEP inscribed on it. This is because I realized that while attitude was a choice most of the times, it generally followed our emotions and that if I filled my life with PEP, then I need not have to choose PMA; my attitude, response and reaction would automatically be positive.

My PEP story is not a fairy tale. It is a factual account of how PEP helped me achieve success after success. And each success can be attributed not so much to my skill but more to my will that was born out of the positive energy I lived by. My PEP filled me with energy that made the seemingly impossible possible and made me invincible at every step and in everything I did.

My story endorses the power of positive energy and my present life is a testament to it. I have chosen to share PEP with the world because I know that PEP has transformed my life. And not just my life, but it has also transformed the lives of many others with whom I have been in touch with and shared this secret of PEP. I hope my PEP story will continue to inspire others to choose positive emotions over negative ones.

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If one has a choice to live with PEP or NEP, I see no benefit in choosing NEP. I only see failure and sorrow surrounding those who choose NEP, for their life will be led by their negative emotions, thoughts and actions and will lead to disaster. Not only does NEP create misery for those who choose it, but it also unleashes a chain of negativity and trouble for all those who come in contact with those afflicted with NEP. I say this with conviction because the PEP that I lived with vibrated positive energy to thousands and made people dream big and realize their dreams.

My PEP gives people hope and optimism and motivates them to be inspired with the belief that they too can do it. It continues to generate confidence, courage, joy, cheer, passion and power. Thousands of people have been positively influenced by the PEP that I live by.

Now, can there be a better testimonial for PEP than this? Use PEP and turn your life around from NEP to PEP, and you will experience the magic of living positively and arriving at the destiny of your dreams.

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It's now time to put into action the secrets we have learnt, that is, to flip over from NEP to PEP and to transform our life into a life filled with positive energy at all times. There will be a few who are already positive and many who are sometimes positive and sometimes negative. But there will be many more who are challenged with NEP. Their life is full of negative emotions that make them react with negative attitude, causing them to think, feel and act negatively, leading them to a negative destiny. Now is the time to flip over from negative to positive, from a negative attitude to a positive attitude, from NEP to PEP. But how do you do that?

You have already understood the Thought Chain and know how thoughts create destiny. You also know that attitude is the raw material for thought and that emotions build the attitude. You also know that emotions can be PEP or NEP. Now it is time to choose PEP over NEP. It is entirely your choice, your decision. It does not matter whether your life is fully positive, fully negative or somewhere in between. Even the most positive person faces negative situations and circumstances and needs to choose PEP.

The challenge is how to flip over from NEP to PEP. Once you know that PEP or NEP is the source of your destiny, you become conscious of the emotions you choose. If you knew that a glass

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contained poison, would you drink it? If you were presented with an opportunity that was worth a billion dollars, would you miss it? The answer obviously is NO, because we realize the importance of such an opportunity. Therefore, the first step to choose PEP involves realizing its worth and appreciating its value. Generally, people choose PEP and NEP randomly in their life, and thus, their attitude and thoughts are mixed with both positive and negative energies depending on the quantum of PEP and NEP they choose.

If we truly desire to be positive at all times, we can. If we want our minds to always think, act and react positively, it is possible! If at every instance of life we only choose PEP over NEP, it is possible.

NEP will be present in our surroundings, our environment and in the world we live in. However, we have to build a strong willpower to reject it and to flip over from NEP to PEP.

To make this possible, I use the PEP coin. Whenever I am faced with NEP, I stare at the NEP side of the coin and then I choose to flip over the coin to PEP. I eliminate the negative emotions and choose the positive emotions. You can do this too.

I hope that each of you get a PEP coin. It also happens to be my visiting card. To help PEP enter everyone's life fully, I have

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developed the PEP cards (Positive Energy Power Cards) based on the concept of the PEP coin. A set of these PEP cards have been attached in this book with perforations. You can easily detach them and use them to turn your life over from the negative to the positive. Each PEP card has a positive and a negative emotion written on it in orange and black colors on either side of the card.

Now, let me briefly explain how to use these cards. Let us consider the negative emotions you may be facing in your life. Ask yourself whether anger rules your life. If yes, then use the “Anger” card and flip it over to “Calmness” on the other side. Do so especially when you face a situation that incites anger in you. Remind yourself that you have a choice between the negative and positive and that you must choose to be calm rather than be angry. When you continuously and consciously choose to flip over from the negative to the positive, you will slowly but surely eliminate negative emotions from your life. You can similarly pose questions to yourself with regard to each of the negative energy cards and choose to flip over.

At times, you may find yourself being hostile to those around you. Look at the “Hostility” card; it is black and reminds you to flip over

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to “Harmony.” Harmony will create a positive energy that is powerful instead of the negative poison that hostility creates. See the card and become harmonious, do it as a practical task. Soon it will become natural to choose harmony rather than hostility. In this way, each of these cards can help you turn from a negative to a positive state of being. You may be in a state of worry, but when you flip over the “Worry” card, you will see “Tranquility” on the other side. Remind yourself that worrying robs you of the clarity of your thoughts, because the mind can do only one thing at a time; it can either worry or think. So what would you choose? Flip over the card to “Tranquility,” and you will be able to think and feel peacefully. The power that comes from this positive emotion will eliminate worry from your life bit by bit.

At times, you may be depressed and when you look at the “Depression” card, you will realize that it is much better to be cheerful. Thus, choose “Cheerfulness” by turning the card and experience PEP lighting up your life! If you find yourself condemning and criticizing, immediately remember that this is a toxic NEP that can cause an adverse reaction. So flip the card over to “Appreciation,” and you will experience the magic of PEP.

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Whenever you are surrounded by sadness, remind yourself that you don't want to be sad and flip the card over to happiness. Find something that will make you happy or just go and make someone else happy, and you will become happy too. If you feel inhumane, as this NEP surrounds you, call upon your will to flip over to humaneness. At times, we all feel loneliness surround us. This will build NEP, but we can choose to flip over and let intimacy dominate our life. By flipping over the card, we can flip over our life too.

At times, you may observe a NEP called inferiority complex taking command of your life. Consciously flip the card over to superiority and feel the goodness and positivity in you and the world. Similarly, we sometimes develop a feeling of self-pity. Stop immediately, and as you flip over the card to self-esteem, eliminate the negative thought of self-pity. Do you feel lethargic at times? Pull out that card and flip it over, and you will find excitement on the other side. Let it motivate you to find something exciting to do. If a feeling of shame has come over you, flip the card over reminding yourself that there is nothing to be ashamed of. Take pride in everything you do.

Sometimes, cold indifference leads us to apathy until we flip the card over and choose empathy. When immorality occupies our

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mind, we sometimes need to get our hands onto the card to flip over and choose morality. Each time the emotion of “Pain” envelops you, flip over the card to “Pleasure,” and remind yourself to enjoy everything in life with pleasure. Very often impatience rules our life. It is NEP and creates poison. The moment we move over to patience, it brings back positive energy power. We must flip over from dissatisfaction to satisfaction, distrust to trust, demotivation to motivation and discouragement to encouragement as we flip over from NEP to PEP.

It is a challenge to flip over from negative to positive. But these cards can help you do that. When you feel intolerant, pull out the card and choose tolerance, just as selflessness will replace selfishness and gratefulness will replace ungratefulness. Each of these cards will help you flip over from weakness to strength, from uselessness to worthiness, from a feeling of defeat to a feeling of victory. They will help you flip over to freedom from slavery, to patriotism from treachery, to a feeling of security from that of insecurity and to powerfulness from helplessness. Each card is magical, as it tumbles down the negative energy and pushes up the positive energy. With the flip of each card, you will fill positive thoughts, feelings and actions in your life.

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There are several cards in the set of PEP cards. These will help you choose forgiveness over revenge, kindness over cruelty, confidence over hesitation, faith over doubt. All you have to do is keep these cards with you and whenever you are confronted with any negative emotion, stop and flip it over to the positive. Also, as often as you can, go through all the cards and evaluate how many of the black cards (NEP) still rule your life. This will show if NEP controls you. Consciously flip over the black NEP cards by patiently and persistently choosing the orange PEP cards, which are on the other side of the black cards.

Once your life is filled with PEP – positive energy power (orange cards) and you have eliminated NEP – all the negative energy poison (black cards), you are sure to arrive at destination “success.” Joy and fulfillment will be yours if you have flipped from black to orange, that is, from the negative to the positive. Also, instead of just keeping these cards with you physically, you should memorize them and use them subconsciously, whenever you have to choose PEP over NEP. Whenever you are reacting negatively, stop and imagine the poison of the black negative emotion. Flip it over in your mind and let PEP take charge. Once you implement this, your life will be transformed.

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Never forget that choosing PEP over NEP means filling your life with positive energy that will lead you to a positive destiny. Ignoring this means allowing NEP to rule your life. Negative energy can poison your life and fill you with contempt for life itself. Remember, the choice is yours. You can choose NEP or PEP. You can flip over from NEP to PEP because situations will arise in life when NEP will confront, test and surround you. Though negative situations or circumstances may attack you at any time, you will always have the opportunity to flip over from NEP to PEP. When you make it a habit and a choice, it will help you in both reacting and living positively. Your life is thus in your hands and depends entirely upon you and your will. You know that you can choose your destiny by living with PEP. Whether you flip over from NEP to PEP is your choice!

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Gone are the days when we had to be helpless with negativity ruling our life. We wanted to be positive, but we could not. We could not control our mind and our thought. Somehow, even while we wished to think and live positively, it was not possible.

Now, we have discovered PEP and we can power our life with this Positive Energy Power. Let us recall what we have discovered.

We have discovered that we cannot control our thought. The mind keeps producing thoughts the way a popcorn machine produces pop corn. These thoughts could be positive or negative depending upon the raw material that we feed into the mind. We learnt that attitude is the raw material for thought and that if we filled our mind with positive attitude, our thoughts too can be positive. Whenever we react negatively, the mind in turn produces negative thoughts. We further learnt that attitude is not just the raw material to produce thoughts, but it also crystallizes into habits. Habits, in turn, produce thoughts. We understood in the Thought Chain that thoughts lead to feelings, actions, habits, character and destiny, and if we wish to control our destiny, we can do so by controlling our thoughts.

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However, we know that we cannot control thought directly but can certainly influence it through our attitude. But how do we control our attitude? We discovered that attitude is created by emotions. Emotion is the energy in motion that makes us respond and react. Therefore, the most important aspect of our life is emotions. We also identified that emotions are either positive or negative. The positive emotions together constitute PEP, Positive Energy Power, and negative emotions cumulatively create NEP, Negative Energy Poison. Finally, our significant revelation was that if we chose PEP and eliminated NEP, our life would be full of positive energy, positive attitude and positive thoughts. This automatically led to positive feelings, actions, habits and a positive destiny. And the biggest discovery of all was that this is a “Choice.” At every instance of life, we have a choice to choose PEP or NEP. If we discover and make PEP the source of our life, we can think and live positively all the time.

First of all, our life will be full of positive energy. The positive emotions will create an aura of positivity. PEP will make sure we react, think, feel and act positively, infusing our life with positive energy.

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Power Your Life with PEP

Does this mean that there will be no more negativity in life? Of course not! In reality, we will meet different types of people, some of whom may be filled with either PEP or NEP. These people will invoke either positive or negative reactions in us depending upon their actions. They may act positively or negatively; we cannot control their actions. But if our life is full of PEP, we can certainly control our reactions and choose to react positively. We will not let NEP produce a negative attitude and negative thoughts, actions and reactions.

Why do we react negatively at times? If our life is full of PEP, chances are that our impulsive reactions will also be positive. If sometimes, a negative action is very strong, we may momentarily react negatively and think negatively, but if the foundation of PEP is stronger, we will soon bounce back with positivity, destroying the negative energy that confronted us.

Filling our life with PEP is an ongoing process. Every day, we need to nourish the body by eating healthy food, drinking clean water and breathing fresh air continuously to live. Similarly, we also need to imbibe positive emotions of Love, Hope, Faith, Courage,

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Confidence and Compassion. We consistently and continuously choose specific emotions to rule our life. If we keep building PEP, the source of our life becomes stronger and stronger, making our life full of positivity. Occasionally, if we let NEP – anger, worry, fear, frustration, hate and revenge – enter our life, we are draining our PEP and creating an opportunity for our mind to think negatively. However, if we eliminate the negative emotions completely by not allowing any of the negatives to enter our life, we will kill the source of negative energy and thereby the source of negative attitude, negative thought, feeling and action.

If only we understand the power of PEP and how dangerous NEP is, we will eliminate NEP completely and choose PEP all the time. If we understand PEP and the Thought Chain and start living our life with PEP, that is, with Freedom, Strength, Happiness, Calmness, Enthusiasm, Smiles, Kindness, Faith, Optimism, Love and other positive emotions, we can think and live positively all the time. The choice is ours!

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Summary

1. Think Positive! Everybody would like to think positive all the time. But is it possible? In reality, you cannot always control thoughts, but surely, you can influence them.

How can you take total charge of your thoughts? This can be achieved by taking charge of your attitude. Attitude is the raw material for the thought factory (the mind) that manufactures thought. If our behavior, reaction or attitude were always positive, our thought too would be positive always. By taking charge of your attitude, you can influence and control your thought.

2. What is attitude? It is the way we react, respond and behave. Can we control it? Yes, we can almost control it, always. Our attitude is strongly influenced by our Emotions, which can be referred to as Energy in Motion, that is, the energy by which we live. If our life is full of positive emotions, we can live and react with a positive attitude. But if we choose negative emotions, our attitude will be negative. Attitude is critical for our life and it is a choice.

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3. What are habits? Habits are like a strong cable that are built from repetitive thoughts, actions and behaviours. They are formed by the emotions we choose. Positive emotions create positive habits, just as negative emotions build negative habits. We form most of our habits in our childhood. But as we grow older, we can change these habits bit by bit. Our life depends on our habits. Our habits build our character. Therefore, we must take care to build positive habits.

4. Emotions are both Positive and Negative. Positive emotions create PEP – Positive Energy Power. The different emotions that create PEP are Faith, Hope, Enthusiasm, Joy, Love, Tranquility, Courage, Confidence, Optimism, Trust, Compassion, Forgiveness, Selflessness, Belief, Cheerfulness, Humility, Patience, Acceptance, Thankfulness, Sincerity, Proactive, Appreciation, Contentment, Kindness and Pleasantness. Imagine a life filled with all this positive energy. There would be no scope for thinking negatively or behaving and reacting

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negatively. PEP will push you toward Positivity and the good news is that you can choose to live with PEP!

5. NEP is not Negative Energy Power. It is Negative Energy Poison. Emotions like Doubt, Despair, Sorrow, Hate, Worry, Fear, Hesitation, Pessimism, Indifference, Revenge, Selfishness, Shame, Dispassion, Treachery, Depression, Impatience, Ungratefulness, Criticism, Greed, Cruelty, Ego, Hostility, Anger and Jealousy create poison in our life. They destroy positive thinking and positive attitude. Beware of NEP. Once it takes charge of your life, you will be filled with poisonous negative thoughts, actions, and habits and will eventually reach a negative destiny.

6. While attitude, thoughts, feelings, actions and habits influence each other, there is a clear chain that we must understand if we want to control our thoughts, actions and destiny. Positive energy leads to positive attitude; a positive attitude manufactures positive thoughts; positive thoughts generate positive feelings; positive

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feelings trigger positive actions; positive actions form positive habits; positive habits carve a positive character; a positive character leads to a positive destiny; and a positive destiny builds a positive life. Similarly, negative energy leads to a negative life. By choosing the energy and emotion with which we live, we can kick-start a chain reaction that will control our destiny and our life.

7. We know that PEP is Positive Energy Power and NEP is Negative Energy Poison and these create success or failure in life. The good news is that PEP or NEP is a choice. We can choose positive or negative energy by choosing the emotions that we live with. We can choose to take revenge or forgive; we can choose to love or hate; we can choose faith or doubt. These choices determine our destiny and the important thing is that it is our choice.

8. I have lived with PEP all my life. I always think positive because I have a positive attitude. I have a positive

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attitude because I choose positive emotions in all that I do. Throughout life, I have been confronted by negatives, but I have always chosen positives. The choice of PEP has destroyed NEP and led me from one success to another. PEP is no fairy tale. All successful people endorse it. I have lived each day of my life with it. Now, you too can choose a life of PEP.

9. PEP and NEP are like two sides of a coin. Just like there is pleasure and pain, sun and rain, loss and gain, we have PEP and NEP in life as well. The secret is to flip over from NEP to PEP, that is, from the negative to the positive. Discover the secret by discovering the emotions and energy that create PEP. Every day, make it a point to choose emotions like love, faith and forgiveness over the negative ones like hate, doubt and revenge as they confront you. Each moment, wherein you flip over from NEP to PEP, deposits a positive power in your life, which will lead you to joy, success and fulfillment. But the key is to flip over. You Can!

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10. You wanted to think positively all the time, but you thought you can't. Sure, you can't control thoughts, but now you have learnt how to influence them. By controlling your emotions and choosing positive energy, you build a positive attitude. This leads to positive thinking and crystallizes into positive habits. This way you can literally choose your thoughts. Not just your thoughts, you can even choose your destiny because your thoughts will lead you to feelings, actions, habits, character and finally to your destiny.

Therefore, choose PEP or Positive Energy Power in your life and eliminate NEP or Negative Energy Poison. Don't ever forget that this is a choice. So choose your destiny by flipping over from NEP to PEP in every possibility. You will see your life transforming into a more positive one. By choosing PEP as the dominating force of your life, you will soon experience joy and fulfillment like never before. You will learn to think and live Positively all the time.

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Reinforce your life with Positive Energy!

Now fill your life with positive energy. Are you convinced after reading this book that you should live with PEP? Are you keen to build positive emotions into your life? Are you determined to eliminate all negative behavior, negative thoughts and negative habits from your life?

I have created a set of 52 cards called the “PEP Cards” or “Positive Energy Power Cards.” They have a positive attribute, value or emotion printed on one side and a corresponding negative one on the other. These cards can help you build all the positive energy you need to turn from NEP to PEP. To create positive reinforcements for yourself, build a positive foundation and eliminate negativity from your life; these cards will be the key for your transformation.

Cut the perforated cards attached herewith and keep them with you at all times. Flip over from NEP to PEP, and transform your life!

Use the PEP cards to Power Your Life with PEP

What you hold in your hands isn't just a pack of cards; in your hands is a treasure that can transform your life. These cards challenge you to flip over from being negative to being positive, that is, choosing the orange positive emotion (which gives power) over the black negative emotion (which is poisonous). Ask yourself each time, what would you choose? Remember, the choice is completely yours. And your life is in your hands.

This pack contains 52 cards, each having two sides: black and orange. While black stands for Negative Poison, orange stands for Positive Power. Look at both the sides of each card and think for a while. For instance, if you've picked up a card that has “Revenge” on one side and “Forgiveness” on the other, think and find out which emotion dominates your life. Keep that side facing up and go to the next card. This card may have “Fulfillment” on one side and “Jealousy” on the other. Ask yourself which of these overtakes the other in your life. Keep that side facing up. Repeat the same process with all 52 cards; you will find some orange and a few black cards facing upwards.

Keep the orange cards together, look at them every day and keep building on the positive emotions by reflecting upon

them. Then, look at the black cards that have negative emotions on them. These rob us of our happiness. Each time the negative emotion fills your life, suppress it consciously using willpower and choose the opposite positive emotion.

This is an individual exercise, therefore be candid. The goal is clearly to turn over from negative to positive. Make it a habit to go through these cards regularly, no matter where you are and what you are doing – waiting for an appointment, watching T.V., travelling or just before you go to sleep. Make use of these cards and challenge yourself to overcome all the negative emotions, one by one. Once all the cards facing you are orange, you will know that your life is full of PEP, and this will lead you to bliss, joy, prosperity, achievement and success. Positive emotions and feelings form the backbone of a happy and joyful life.

Remember, your life is in your hands. You are in command of it. Make the most of it by filling it with a treasure of positive emotions. A positive life is a priceless possession and worth more than all the material wealth of a millionaire. Generate positive energy in your life – a power that will help you rejoice and be a blessing to the people around. And these cards can do it for you!

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