Those of you that know me pretty well know that this is usually my least favorite time of the year. Christmas in retail can be hellish. Long hours, limited time with family, cranky customers and coworkers all add up to trying times. Or at least they used to. I gotta say that this year is a piece of cake despite all of the other things being the same as ever. In addition, I’m continuing to loose weight and I’m making more money now than I ever have in the past. Not bad eh?:-)
I’m giving credit to several cd programs and a book that has really turned my perspective completely around. I mentioned the Mind OS book before, it’s given me a way to look at the way I’m thinking and redirect it to ways that are better. I’m still reading it (it’s close to 400 pages) but just reading the first 6 chapters has had quite an impact on me. Brian Tracy’s “The Psychology of success” cd program is chock full of good ideas and strategies for doing better in life. It can be a bit cheesy at times, and a little over the top, but it is effective. I’ve gotten more done and made more money already just by using his techniques. The last one is “How to be a no Limit Person” by Wayne Dyer. He was THE guru in the 70’s on self improvement, and this was recorded in the late 70’s. Because of that, it sounds a little cheesy, and the music is ridiculous, but the message is still relevant. I was struck most about his “parking space” talk. Have you ever had to go someplace when you knew it would be crazy busy? You say to yourself, “There won’t be any parking spaces. the parking lot is full…” and then you go there and you’re looking for no parking spaces! You expect it and it shapes your reality. I’ve used his ideas to virtually (not completely mind you) eliminate my road rage with DC traffic and my apprehension of nasty customers. Good stuff, I highly recommend all of these to anyone that has anger problems, motivation problems, or just don’t understand why you do certain things. This things can’t answer every question of course, but they have given me a way to look at the things I’d like to improve and make some headway.
Merry Christmas to everyone!