The Pony Principles: Lessons in Optimism Because of Adversity

The Pony Principles: Lessons in Optimism Because of Adversity

by Keith Elkins


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Principle I: See the Pony. This principle concentrates on vision, overcoming limiting beliefs, getting specific, and focusing on your talent and beliefs. All of these ideas are essential to getting started on your way to creating a life you never imagined, but this is just the start of the journey.

Principle II: Feed the Pony. This principle concentrates on not just nurturing your mind, body, and spirit, but nourishing them with a different way of processing your life experiences through lifetime learning and exposure to people, places, and ideas that help you to grow.

Principle III: Train the Pony. This principle concentrates on the real work. The key word is "WORK." You can not make any life-changing or lifelong change if you don't train, train, train. If your life is worth living, it is worth training for.

Principle IV: Ride the Pony. This principle concentrates on getting on the pony and giving it a little kick. So often we just sit around and see what we want. We have learned what to do. We have practiced doing it, but we fail to move forward with total commitment and passion. This principle will give you some ideas to pursue.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781432775827
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 09/08/2011
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)

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The Pony Principles: Lessons in Optimism Because of Adversity 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Allizabeth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Description: The Pony Principles: Lessons in Optimism Because of Adversity by Keith Elkins is a self-help book focusing on personal growth based on four main principles:1. See the Pony- Overcoming limiting beliefs, focusing on 2. Feed the Pony- Nurturing mind, body, and spirit with life experiences and lifetime learning...3. Train the Pony- Work to change your life...4. Ride the Pony- Pursuing your passion and kick-starting your life...Review: The "pony" metaphor may not be new, but Keith Elkins' thirty-eight chapter self-help guide puts a refreshing spin on the use of optimism to restart and refuel your life. There are many encouraging quotes and stories/lessons, followed by mini assignments that aide in comprehension and retention of the material. The book is well-written, understandable and quick-to-read, (158 pages), and his down-to-earth motivational style is very helpful and conducive to actually following through with each step in the process. I did find some of the material very close to other optimism-based self-help guides, there wasn't anything startlingly new, but his methods are still very practical and very helpful. I recommend this book to anyone wanting a fresh take on optimism and its overall effects on life and success, especially teens.Rating: Bounty's Out (3.5/5)*** I received this book from the author (Bostick Communications) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Laurie Gray for Readers Favorite "The Pony Principles: Lessons in Optimism Because of Adversity" by Keith Elkins offers 38 brief life lessons of encouragement organized loosely around the metaphor of seeing the pony, feeding the pony, training the pony, and riding the pony. Each chapter starts with a quote and ends with three ¿Pony Principle Assignments.¿ For example, Chapter 21 is entitled ¿How Big is Your But?¿ and begins with this quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson: ¿What you do speaks so loudly I can¿t hear what you say.¿ The author briefly addresses the self-sabotage of making excuses and concludes with these assignments: Practice catching yourself when you start to say, ¿Yeah, but¿ and phrase it a different way; pay attention to how often others say, ¿Yeah, but¿ and see what statements are followed by it; and replace ¿Yeah, but¿ with ¿What if.¿ The book offers optimism as the primary fuel for success. This is the type of book that can be a quick read cover to cover, but is best digested slowly, one chapter at a time. Elkins¿ experience as a martial arts educator translates well into examples of patience, perseverance and integrity. He combines basic concepts of self-development with a straightforward writing style to encourage people to embrace change and live their lives more fully. There is nothing new or earth-shattering in the text, but Elkins¿ sound approach and motivational style are likely to resonate with many readers who are ready to stop kidding themselves and might respond to a gentle figurative kick in the posterior from a successful martial artist.
D_Nare More than 1 year ago
The Pony Principles by Keith Elkins is one of a kind motivational experience. At first look, this book may appear as a children's fantasy, but actually, author has used Pony as a metaphor to showcase readers the principles by which they can achieve what they have fantasized throughout their life. The four basic principles mentioned in this book are: #1 Developing vision to see and focus on your hidden talent and beliefs. (See the Pony) #2 Processing your life experience to nourish your mind body and spirit. (Feed the Pony) #3 Working hard and getting yourself trained. (Train the Pony) #4 Having passion and total commitment to achieve success. (Ride the Pony) Elkins elaborates these four important principles of success in 38 chapters giving out the most appropriate to-do and do-not advices in the simplest way possible. Importance of optimism, new definitions of ego, priority over time and other such valuable lessons would surely help the reader get success in their work & personal lives and achieve better. At the end of every chapter there are Pony Principle Assignments to help you further putting these principles into practice. The book is thoroughly flooded with inspirational quotes and statements to develop the confidence of the reader and make them ride the Pony of their dreams.