It was the summer of 2015 when some very good friends of ours gave my wife a book to read called Taming Your Gremlin by Rick Carson. My wife had been struggling with some depression and anxiety at the time and they had said that this book had helped them with similar issues. As my wife and I continued to work through this path, I picked up the book as well to read and today I would like to share my thoughts about it.
What Does He Mean, Gremlin?
Well the book is designed to help you to get a handle on those pesky little voices in our heads that fill us with doubt and other forms of negativity. You know the whole why are you bothering to read about this book, it’s not going to be able to help you voice that you might be hearing right now.
I would like to share with you a quote from the Introduction as I think it really nails the overview of what the content can do for you:
“This book is not intended to guide you to enlightenment, to eternal bliss, or to riches. It will, however, help you to enjoy yourself more and more each day. It is simple and practical and I hope that reading it brings you much pleasure.”
In essence, the author is stating that he can help you to understand a simple practice that you can incorporate into your life that will help you to defeat the gremlin living inside of you. Please note there that it is a practice and one that you must learn and use to benefit from.
The Meat and Potatoes
The core of the book walks you through some very simple exercises in the beginning such as a good breathing technique and so forth. No miracles here, but none the less if you didn’t already know these tips they are still very beneficial.
From there he gets into various examples of gremlins from his clients over the years. I appreciated this section as it really helped me to understand exactly what we were working towards improving on. This will also help you to get a better idea of just who your own gremlin is.
The next several sections get into another simple, yet very important, exercise called “Simply Noticing.” These chapters are where the real work begins to help you understand what your particular situation is and how to begin to make progress in a positive fashion.
Next, you are taken into a chapter that discusses the choices that we make in life and how they are affected by our gremlins and how we can change that to be under our control. Rick does a good job here of tying everything together as well as keeping it simple and to the point.
Lastly, he delves into various “strategies” that our gremlins will use to fight off this new-found knowledge. They have long enjoyed their prominent role in our lives and will not go down without a fight! This knowledge was very helpful to me as again it really helped me to understand the overall concept.
My Personal Experience
To be completely honest with you I did not enjoy the book as much as I thought I would when I first started reading it. It seemed almost too simple at times and seemed like it was all common sense. Add in that I found the artwork in the book distracting at best and I was meh on the whole thing.
As I got through the middle of the book though, Rick really started to tie everything together very well and progressed the thought processes forward. By the end of the book I was very satisfied with the content and was eager to see how I could apply it in my life.
I still remember the first time I caught my gremlin trying to influence my behavior in a negative way and just by “simply noticing” him, I was able to quickly move past his negative suggestion. I was very happy to see the skill that I had learned from this book kick in and help save the day for me when I needed it the most.
Since that time, I have continued to use the simple practices I learned to help make huge improvements on my life. I am no longer so quick to anger or have that sinking/giving up feelings. Now when they crop up I get to laugh at my gremlin and tell him nice try!
If you struggle at times with negative thoughts and how they affect your life, then this book is certainly for you. Even if you don’t think that you do, I would still be willing to bet that this book would be beneficial for you, I know it was for me!
I would also recommend that you have patience with this book. As I mentioned above, it took a little for everything to really start to come together and the light to come on.
So yes, I would recommend this book to anyone, but especially to those that are struggling to maintain a positive mental attitude. These simple exercises and little changes that are easy to adapt into your life can really help you to leading a much more happier life. With that my friends, how can you go wrong?
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Once you have read the book, please stop on back here and let us know how it helped you in your life. It could be your story that leads to many others finding the help that they need! Remember we are all in this world together.
If you enjoyed this article here are several others I have written that tie in with the subject presented here:
- Life Can Be Amazing… If You Let it Be!
- Creating the Life You Want to Live
- Why Does Life Have to be So Hard?
- Why Should You THINK Before You Speak
- Book Review: The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris
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