The Positive Self Power Summary

Chapter One:  Introducing the Negative and Positive Self

The cornerstone of my work is how you use your brain. You direct your thoughts to your self-image and get responses from that perspective. You have the ability to change your self-image to create one that serves you and represents the Wisdom of the Body. When you do that, it is as though you use your mind, instead of your mind using you.

In this chapter, you will go through a technique that will change your self-image. You will learn habits that make that a natural part of your life. You will also learn an accurate surrender that empowers you to effectively deal with your weaknesses.

Chapter Two:  Using the Positive Self to Develop Life Skills

This chapter uses the Positive Self to develop important life skills that serve you in accomplishing your goals. These techniques are:

The Confidence Technique

The Expectations Technique

The Priorities Technique

The Releasing Unexpressed Emotions Technique

The Forgiveness Technique

The Inner Garden Technique

The Reconditioning Your Past Technique

The Meaning of Words Technique

The Sacrifice Technique

Chapter Three:  Practical Applications for the Positive Self

In this chapter, you will look at important aspects of your life and see how the perspective from your Positive Self enables you to make positive changes. The Positive Self can help you change all aspects, but we are going to look at these:

Issue #1: The Individual’s Role in Health Care

Issue #2: Education and Bullying

Issue #3: Work Issues

Issue #4: Relationships

Issue #5: Aging

How to deal with all of these issues

Key words:

Self-image, positive self-image, Marc Lerner, The Positive Self, confidence, expectations, priorities, individual’s role in health care, journal writing, self-help

Key takeaways:

  • This book is designed to help you change your perspective in every aspect of your life, so inner wisdom guides your life.
  • It explains things through experiential exercises. This allows you to trigger the experience you need when appropriate, which is more than just understanding.
  • It will help you in your relationships with other people. More importantly, it helps you with how you relate to yourself.

What you get:

  • The feeling that you are confident and self-assured; that you are putting the best part of you into whatever you do.
  • You will learn nine techniques that develop your positive self and make you a more well-rounded human being.
  • You will be able to address main topics in your life and have the feeling that you are doing your best.

Quotes and excerpts:

Quote 1:

Every time we think, it is as though we just spoke, but on a very subtle level. It is as though thinking is like talking to your self-image and your response to those thoughts comes from who you are talking to.

Quote 2:

The “self-image” is the key to human personality and human behavior. Change the self-image and you change the personality and the behavior.

Maxwell Maltz, author Psycho-Cybernetics

Quote 3:

If we are serious about solving our national problems, we need to start with the individual. If enough individuals change, society changes.  Imagine if each person participated in society from their Positive Self.


Excerpt 1:

Let me give you a definition of Positive Self and Negative Self. A Positive Self-image is the easiest way to connect to your inner wisdom. It is the part of you that exists in the moment and can meet your challenges with powerful inner resources. A Negative Self-image is the self-image that comes from your past conditioning and only represents the conditioned part of you. It is the part of you that created habits and responds in the moment with those habits, whether appropriate or not.

Excerpt 2:

Once this habit (journal writing) is established, your deepest wisdom can take care of negativity using your Positive Self, whenever this negativity bubbles up. In building this habit, you are creating insurance that if anything goes wrong, your Positive Self can deal with it.

Excerpt 3:

The Confidence technique allows you to find this kindness. You identify with your Positive Self, while still listening to your Negative Self. You will learn that the love and kindness in your own heart is stronger than the negative thoughts in your mind. I have seen that simple realization instantly transform a person’s perspective.

Excerpt 4:

In this chapter, we will discuss how the individual plays an important role in meeting challenges in the areas of health/national health plans, relationships, education, employment, future planning/retirement and preparing for death. First, we need to look at how an individual deals with stress, because whatever challenge you face, reducing stress makes your efforts more effective.

National and global issues:

This book looks at the different classes of people in our country and shows you that at the core of everyone is wisdom. When different groups of people relate to each other with this perspective, our country becomes more unified. For instance, a multi-millionaire and a mentally ill homeless person, though they would express their wisdom differently, can have that quality of wisdom to help them. When education is taught, the Positive Self empowers students to do their best. This affects our nation’s future, for these will be the people that run our government in the future.

Globally, with the different world cultures, one is not better than the other. This may not sound significant, but conscious communication between individuals and nations is an essential part of living in a peaceful world.

Thought Provoking Questions:

  • If thinking is what directs your life, how do you assure your thoughts are quality?
  • Do you want your life to be solely determined by your past conditioning or determined by inner wisdom?
  • Does your past conditioning limit you?
  • In your relationships, do the expressions of the heart come from past conditioning or inner wisdom?
  • What part of you is the expression of inner wisdom and can you access it at any time?
  • Do you know how to consciously condition your subconscious mind?
  • What part of you expresses love the best and do you have control of that Part?
  • Are you in touch with inner resource in a struggle?

Author’s Bio

Marc Lerner has been a life skills coach for 25 years and has been working to empower patient participation, to improve the quality of life and to improve attitudes when  facing challenges.  Marc has had multiple sclerosis since 1981, which is an incurable disease. He had to tap inner resources to cope with his illness because he could not rely completely on help from medical professionals. Now, Marc teaches life skills, including ways to develop a positive self-image, confidence and self-trust. In 1982, Marc founded Life Skills Institute and served as its president to 2013. Through the Institute, he worked for 25 years at the VA with veterans with PTSD, cancer and AIDS patients and the mentally ill homeless. In 2002, Marc was named Outstanding American with Disabilities Business Person in Los Angeles.

He is the author of A Healthy Way to Be Sick, The Positive SelfThe End, A Creative Way to Approach Death, all available on Amazon Kindle.  In this book and in his work, he helps people to interpret their struggle in a conscious way. Currently, his focus in on approaching death. He is writing a book of poems, A Poetic View of Hospice. His writing and tele-seminars teach these skills adapted for any struggle.  Marc was the host of a radio show on WorldTalkRadio, called A Healthy Way to be Sick.

Amazon link to order:; go to Marc Lerner to find his three books listed.

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