Your Hound Dog Out of His Misery
"You ain't nothin' but a hound dog, just a'cryin' all the time." Who hasn't heard Elvis belt out that rock and roll classic, but did you ever consider the hidden meaning behind those words? Clearly this was a song about the long-term effects of a negative attitude, and the hidden implication is, "put your hound dog out of his misery!"
The Hound Dog Effect
A negative attitude has a way of giving your face and body a whole new look. I call it "the hound dog effect." Your eyes, mouth and overall posture begin to droop, and before long you start looking like a Bassett Hound. The next time you feel disappointed or discouraged, look in the mirror and you'll probably see a touch of hound dog in your eyes. Fortunately, it's a temporary condition for most people, and will disappear as new opportunities and experiences bring a new perspective.
"I'm Fine, Under the Circumstances"
For others the hound dog effect has become a chronic condition. Ask a chronic hound dog how he or she is doing and even the rote response, "I'm fine," is generally followed by "under the circumstances." Chronic hound dogs have a way of staying under life's circumstances, shrouded by gloom and cut off from any vision of new possibilities. Murphy's Law has become their motto: "Whatever can go wrong will go wrong." In essence, when the hound dog effect is allowed to become a chronic condition, you develop a highly defective personality.
It all begins with chasing rabbits. Hound dogs are attracted to negative thoughts, which like rabbits often run rampant through our minds. Without a hound dog to chase them, these thoughts tend to disappear on their own, but when the hound dog within you rises up, it can't help but chase every negative thought that crosses its path.
Elvis sang, "You ain't never caught a rabbit and you ain't no friend of mine." Hound dogs never actually catch the rabbits they chase. Like the term "chasing rabbits" implies, they simply get sidetracked from achieving their goals and instead, become mired in the depression of negative thinking. No one wants a hound dog for a friend. Negative thinking and depressed attitudes are like infectious diseases, and most people avoid hound dogs like the plague.
How can you combat the hound dog effect in your life? Learn to recognize rabbits when they enter your mind and don't chase them. Rabbits are easily recognized because of the negative places they lead you to when you follow them. In fact, most negative thinking can be avoided by simply ignoring the seven most common rabbits:
The 7 Rabbits of Highly Defective
If you can recognize these seven rabbits and control your urge to chase them, you'll be well on your way to neutralizing the hound dog effect in your life.
Misery Loves Company
The hound dog rises up in all of us from time to time, but when it does, don't encourage it. Hound dogs love the company of other hound dogs, but you're far better off seeking out positive influences when you're feeling down. Remember, negativity is infectious, so if you see a hound dog coming your way, run for cover.
Put Your Hound Dog Out of His Misery!
"They said you were high-classed,
but that was just a lie." If the low-classed hound dog in you is
"just a'cryin' all the time," it's high time you put him out of
his misery. How can you do that? Stop chasing rabbits and start focusing on
new possibilities. If you find yourself "under the circumstances,"
get on top of them where you can get a better perspective. Figure out what
you want out of life, set some positive goals and then rock and roll!
- Roger Reece
Check out Buford's motivational keynote, "Put Yer Hound Dog Owtta His Mizzery!"
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