Nov 272007

Sometimes I wish that life was a little more like the movies. Know that part after a setback when the protagonist gets despondent and starts to question his/her whole endeavor? And the music gets a little down and stuff, but then another character, maybe their best friend, says some things to them and they get instantly energized and run off to do something, or try something again and it works this time! And the movie ends with everyone happy, or everyone dies, but its a sort of bitter-sweet death.

The thing is, movies are often based on real events, but we just don’t have that sort of consciousness about those events when we’re IN them. When I’m feeling doubtful or despodent, I don’t really think of myself through a camera watching me, with sad, slow music on. But it does make me think, that life is a lot like a movie, just a whole lot less predictable and with a lot less music (and a smaller budget, too, sometimes). If I’m feeling down, I don’t know whether someone really is going to come around to cheer me up and push me to break my own limits. In that way, we are all almost writing our own movies, and we can rewrite what it is within the context of what we want to come next.

So, write your movies!

Nov 172007

There’s three things that many self-help programs try to offer to draw people in, and for good reason, they are hot buttons for many people. Programs say that improving or doing something is simple, easy or fast.  I’ve just not found that to be the case in most situations.

Yes, there are times when when some sort of improvement is simple, easy AND fast and you should remain open to that possibility. However, in most cases, at least one of those three things had to go! Things are sometimes simple and fast, but not at all easy. Other times, they’re none of the three, but the rewards are so good that I’ve pushed towards them.

Making these sort of promises, though, is one of the things I really dislike about the self-help salespeople. The biggest way to disenfranchise customers? Over-promise or under-deliver. Sometimes your promises are so amazingly unbelievable that no one takes them seriously and you just look like a liar. Good things to stay away from.  Under-promise and over-deliver is probably a better motto in most cases.