Thousands of authors, poets, philosophers, life coaches, psychologists, sales trainers and more have been written about and lectured on the power of our “inner dialogue”. I agree with all of these thinkers. We can train our minds just like we train our bodies. We have to consistently remind ourselves that we create and own the outcomes of our lives. In business, “mind set equals market share”. We need to free ourselves from the constraints of negativity and embrace a more positive, creative, and repeatable action plan that guides us toward financial and personal fulfillment.
Heard this all before? Are you bored yet?
Sometimes even great words lose meaning when we hear them too much or fail to incorporate them into our daily habits. They become noise rather than nuggets of wisdom. So, let’s have some fun today. Let me tell you about my morning to add perspective and hopefully, some value for all of my readers.
“Oh no, heeeeere we go!”
I woke up and visited my daily checklist. The first task that I felt compelled to put on paper was taking my car to the shop. The “check engine” light has been on for a long time and I needed to get it looked at, both for vehicle safety and because I can’t be issued a registration sticker without passing emissions testing. I also needed some brake work.
“This might leave a mark!”
So I took the car to the shop and was surprised to find out that my key contact, who promised to give me a great deal, was on vacation and would not be back for a week. I explained my connection and “VIP status” to a barely-English speaking mechanic, and I’m not sure he got my point. Chances are good that the repair estimate will be much higher now. Bummer, but I’ll speak with the owner later.
I left the car and walked a mile back to my house, only to realize that I was locked out. My keys were still on the key ring in the ignition. Fortunately, because it’s a beautiful day here in Boston I left my windows open to get some great fresh air circulating through the house. I also had a ladder under my back porch. Solution: break into the house and revisit the checklist. Lots to accomplish today.
“Urge to kill growing!”
Not so fast. As I ascended the ladder, a neighbor, who lived a block away and didn’t recognize me, threatened to call the police and made a big, loud scene. It took me and several other neighbors (who were drawn over by the commotion) ten minutes to convince her of my identity and homeowner status. Crisis averted.
I got back on the ladder and promptly fell off, landing in a not-so-pleasant way on my head and shoulder. It was a short drop and I’m fine (thanks for wondering). I tried again and was successful. So here I am, writing about my ordeal while I wait for the mechanic to call me back with his diagnosis about the car.
“Goshdarndiddly, it sure is a wonderful day!”
Most people would say that this morning absolutely sucked. I admit, I’m only human and the notion did cross my mind (hence the subtitles). But here’s my spin.
- My car will soon be safe and legal.
- I got some much needed exercise.
- I had an opportunity to try out my high school Spanish
- I was complimented on my pronunciations (if not the vocabulary)
- I made a new friend in the neighborhood.
- People are watching my house.
- I have a very hard head protecting a still functioning brain.
- I need to bring the ladder inside so nobody else breaks in.
- My “ordeal” was really an opportunity to share and teach.
- I was inspired to write this blog post.
- People will smile and laugh when they discuss my adventure.
- I don’t feel at all angry, miserable or unfortunate.
I encourage everyone to think of this post when adversity strikes. You do control how you react to and learn from external circumstances. You really can make lemonade out of lemons. Today, and every day, when you feel that “woe is me” is the only option, try “WOW is me!” instead. See if it makes a difference in your life and work.
Many thanks to Chris Farley (RIP), Homer Simpson, Stewie Griffin and of course, Ned Flanders, for allowing me to borrow some of their work for my subtitles.