“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” – Henry David Thoreau
Let me ask again. Are you living a life of quiet desperation? If you are I want to try and help you change that. I want you to SING!
I ask the question based on my own past experience and the experiences many of my affiliates relate to me.
So, what is a life of quiet desperation?
It’s when life is ‘OK’ but not good enough that you want to shout about it from the top of a hill.
It’s when you answer “Oh, my jobs ok but…………”
It’s when you buy the Christmas presents for the kids but inwardly you shudder at how much you’ll have to pay on the credit card at the end of January.
It’s when when you nearly take the holiday of your dreams but don’t and you justify the decision on the basis that “I’ve got other priorities”
It’s when you turn the thermostat down to 22C (72F) during winter and try to convince the shivering family that it’s high as anyone needs. Yes, I used to do that
It’s when you’re not unhappy every day, but something just seems to be missing.
It’s when the little voice in the back of your mind says to you “You can’t do that”
It’s when you concentrate on the negative. And when what you say to yourself in the quiet moments is negative, when your selftalk sabotages you. It took me until I was abut 45 to overcome many of mine. For example ‘Allan you’ve always been a bit chubby …..’
Do you see what I mean? When life’s not quite desperate enough for you to commit to change.
When you haven’t quite accepted that success in any part of your life depends on the quality you bring to others.
When life ‘goes on’ as it always has. (Oh, how BORING)
Ok, enough, let’s move on and discuss how you can go from ‘a life of quiet desperation’ to a life you, and all those around you can exalt in.
First you need to realize that change requires hard work. It requires a DAILY commitment to ongoing change. A commitment to what my superb mentor, the late Jim Rohn, called ‘Personal Development’.
And I can hear you thinking ‘Yada, yada Allan. I’ve heard all this mumba jumbo before’ And my response to you is “Don’t let that IGNORANT voice in your mind trip you up once again!” This in not just me spouting theory, this is me relating my lifes’ experience as I went from a ‘quiet desperation’ to abundance in all areas of my life.
And I give credit for it to four people:
1) The renowned business philosopher and teacher, the late Jim Rohm.
2) Tony Henderson, a multi-millionaire mentor that most of you will never have heard of.
3) Shad Helmstetter who taught me how to replace the negative self talk that was ruining my life.
4) Myself, for having the commitment over time to changing myself, little by little.
I hope I’ve convinced you. Maybe just enough to take the first, hesitant, little steps towards your Personal Development.
Here’s your next steps to get started: (Please take action!)
1) Grab a copy of Shad’s ‘What To Say When You Talk To Yourself‘. It WORKS!
3) Celebrate! each small step you take. You are on the road to success!
AllanJames -the StartBusinessMentor
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