I can admire the “can do” spirit. I usually do it from afar. I, of course, am a master practitioner of the “no can do” spirit. You may have seen the fictionalized version of me in the movie Aliens. I’m talking about Pvt. Hudson of the Space Marines portrayed spot on by Bill Paxton.
I’ve long extolled the virtues of negativity. So much so that I’ve achieved guru status.
Today I wish to bring you news of a story you may have missed. It wasn’t exactly the top story of the latest news cycles. But it does offer a rare glimpse into the murky and mysterious world of positive thinking.
Tony Robbins, a motivational speaker, held a “firewalk” during an “Unleash The Power Within” seminar. Almost two dozen people were reportedly injured after attempting to traverse hot coals which are a metaphor for overcoming life’s difficulties.
Traditional negativity theory has it a bit different. It states that fire is “hot” and “hot water burn baby!”
At least 21 people were injured. Some injuries were described as “minor” while some participants likely had second and third degree burns.
I’m not a fan of shameless self-promotion but at my events participants are invited to squeegee their toes in rich luxurious carpet in the Die Hard style. I’m not sure what metaphor that illustrates, but one thing is certain. It is much less hot. And it’s a lot easier. And takes a lot less effort. And we all know that true greatness always comes from much less effort.
At Tony Robbins events the firewalk activity is not required. Seminar attendees are welcome to remain in their La-Z-Boy chairs and watch TV while eating their potato chips and drinking their 48-ounce Mega Super Gulps of soda if they so desire.
Positivity is risky.