Morning! It's publication day for the lovely Talli Roland, with the Pollyanna Plan being re-released by her new publisher, Amazon, and I'm lucky enough to have the lovely lady herself here, talking positive thinking... over to Talli...
The Power of Positive Thinking . . . or Not?
Training as an athlete for ten years, it was drilled into me that positive thinking could influence results. By visualizing yourself succeeding, my coaches told me, you could make it happen.
It was this exposure to positive thinking early on in my life that led me to write The Pollyanna Plan. In the novel, Emma Beckett is most certainly not a ‘glass is half full’ person – quite the opposite. To protect herself from any potential pain, she always predicts the worst outcome. I wanted to explore how – or if – positive thinking could change her life.
When I started writing, I wasn’t sure how I wanted my main character to end up. Did I want her to be blindly optimistic and deluded, like the athletes I encountered who thought they’d win the race, no matter what? In my opinion, that’s really no better than being constantly negative. I think it’s possible to have a positive outlook, while still being in touch with reality. By the end of the novel, Emma has found that balance . . . along with a new life.
Writing The Pollyanna Plan forced me to examine my own experience of positive thinking. Looking back, I’ve no clue if the constant visualization and positive self-talk helped me run faster, start quicker, and have better technique. But perhaps it’s not so much the practice of it all, but the belief in the power of positivity that makes a difference. If we think it works, chances are it will. And I’m all for a little optimism if it makes the world a happier place!
Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? Has it made a difference in your life?
About The Pollyanna Plan
Is finding true love as easy as an attitude change?
Thirty-something Emma Beckett has always looked down on 'the glass is half full' optimists, believing
it's better to be realistic than delusional. But when she loses her high-powered job and fiancé in the same week, even Emma has difficulty keeping calm and carrying on.
With her world spinning out of control, and bolstered by a challenge from her best friend, Emma makes a radical decision. From here on in, she'll behave like Pollyanna: attempting to always see the upside, no matter how dire the situation.
Can adopting a positive attitude give Emma the courage to build a new life, or is finding the good in everything a very bad idea?
Thanks for visiting, Talli, and good luck on your publication day!
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