Flying in the Face of Gravity: How to Break Free From a Negative Atmosphere and Live a Life of Abundance

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"An insightful self-help book that seeks to help people free themselves from the negative thoughts that prevent them from achieving success.

Everyone's familiar with the concept of physical gravity, but in this book, debut author Epperson coins the term "Mental Gravity" to describe a constant downward tug on one's emotions. Every person faces a struggle with negativity, he writes, and '[t]he only way to survive Mental Gravity is to be keenly aware of it, and take specific actions to moderate the effects it ...

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Overview

"An insightful self-help book that seeks to help people free themselves from the negative thoughts that prevent them from achieving success.

Everyone's familiar with the concept of physical gravity, but in this book, debut author Epperson coins the term "Mental Gravity" to describe a constant downward tug on one's emotions. Every person faces a struggle with negativity, he writes, and '[t]he only way to survive Mental Gravity is to be keenly aware of it, and take specific actions to moderate the effects it produces.' Unlike other books on positive thinking, this one emphasizes that positivity alone is not enough, because a well-balanced individual should be prepared for times of both levity and gravity. The author illustrates this balance by relating some of his own negative experiences - including a family car crash and personal financial collapse - and telling how he used them as opportunities to learn and grow. He also writes of his own difficult relationship with his father, and how he used it to become a better person. He warns readers that 'we need to become very adept at dealing with disappointment,' as it is sure to come eventually. He also points out that his philosophy extends to the past as well; it doesn't matter what a person's background is, he says, because each new starting point is a gift... with his friendly, encouraging tone, Epperson does a fine job of offering practical ways to overcome Mental Gravity, and many of his tips can be put into action rather quickly... A useful guide for readers aiming to conquer negative thinking."
--Kirkus Reviews

In this candid, even blunt discussion, Epperson goes way beyond the "you should think positive" platitudes. This is not a feel-good, hand-patting book. Join the author as he takes a hard look at real-life challenges and lays out practical solutions.

Table of Contents:

- Acknowledgements
- Introduction

PART I: JUST THINKING POSITIVE IS NEVER GOING TO CUT IT.
- Gravity is a Bitch
- You Don't Get to Choose Who You Are. Deal With It.
- Do You Even Have a Plan, Or Are You Just Stumbling Around?
- Thermals Can Rip Your Wings Off
- You Are Never Going to Be in Control
- You Are Doomed To Crash
- So What, You Crashed. Get Over It.
- You Are Five Steps from Being Fearless
- The Desires of Others Can Kill You
- Go Ahead - Wreck Your Life

PART II: MASTER YOUR DESTINY
- You Really Believe That?
- Science and Religion Are the Same - And They're Both Wrong.
- Without Faith, I Don't Believe You Can Do Anything.
- Man, You Really Need... Something
- You Are a Genius!
- Seriously - What do You Mean?
- The Raw Power of Discernment and Determination
- The Media Has the Power to Fix the World
- How to Become an Expert
- You Can't Fly Without Fire
- Your Destiny; Own It!
- Summary
- About the Team
- About the Author

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Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-12-26
An insightful self-help book that seeks to help people free themselves from the negative thoughts that prevent them from achieving success.Everyone's familiar with the concept of physical gravity, but in this book, debut author Epperson coins the term "Mental Gravity" to describe a constant downward tug on one's emotions. Every person faces a struggle with negativity, he writes, and "[t]he only way to survive Mental Gravity is to be keenly aware of it, and take specific actions to moderate the effects it produces." Unlike other books on positive thinking, this one emphasizes that positivity alone is not enough, because a well-balanced individual should be prepared for times of both levity and gravity. The author illustrates this balance by relating some of his own negative experiences—including a family car crash and personal financial collapse—and telling how he used them as opportunities to learn and grow. He also writes of his own difficult relationship with his father, and how he used it to become a better person. He warns readers that "we need to become very adept at dealing with disappointment," as it is sure to come eventually. He also points out that his philosophy extends to the past as well; it doesn't matter what a person's background is, he says, because each new starting point is a gift. There are a few startling requests to "download my free report" on various topics, which feel out of place and would have been less obtrusive at the book's end. Still, with his friendly, encouraging tone, Epperson does a fine job of offering practical ways to overcome Mental Gravity, and many of his tips can be put into action rather quickly. For example, with a hat tip to self-help guru Tony Robbins, he advises readers to pretend they're movie producers, in order to reframe negative memories as positive ones. He also advises writing a list of at least 101 positive memories, and making it one's goal to collect more.A useful guide for readers aiming to conquer negative thinking.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781495236464
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/6/2014
  • Pages: 338
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

As an Author, Public Speaker, International Training Consultant, and Personal Strategy Coach, Tom shares effective techniques which can optimize the output of any individual, group, or organization. Tom delivers dynamic content in an honest, no-nonsense style which cuts through the illusions and opens the way for true growth and progress. In spite of having experienced many disappointments and setbacks in his life, Tom has achieved a fulfilling and meaningful lifestyle. He has been married to his high school sweetheart for 35 years, together they have raised two successful adult men, and are now enjoying two fantastic grandchildren, and a dream career. Now that their sons are grown, Tom and Connie are raising a docile, loving dachshund, and a psychotic dachshund-chihuahua mix.

Tom has conducted corporate training and 1:1 coaching both nationally and internationally, and is the author of three books, Flying in the Face of Gravity, the Anti-Gravity Log Book, and Micro-Victories, and is the co-author of Police Dynamics, which is temporarily out of print. Tom is a sought-after guest for radio talk shows in the U.S., Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, and is a well-known public speaker. Tom's mission is to show people how to "Break Free From a Negative Atmosphere and Live a Life of Abundance."

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