Thursday, March 29, 2007

Rearview Mirror Thinking

If you know how to drive a car, you have the skills to turn around your day. And hey, once you have turned around your day, you are on the way to turning around your life and steering yourself toward more success.

Stress is feeling out of control. Think of barreling down the highway with no hands on the steering wheel. Feeling panicked? You bet. Grab the wheel and you calm down, right? You are the one in the driver’s seat. Funky to Fabulous gives you quick ways to grab the steering wheel of your life and create more of what you want—pronto.

Watch your hands on the steering wheel next time you are doing your daily drive and notice how you make the teeniest of changes to keep moving straight. Small adjustments are what keep you going in the direction you want to go. Choosing to pick up the phone to call a girlfriend instead of picking up the closest donut may not seem like a big deal. Try it. Do it often. Eat fewer donuts. Your zippers start zipping more easily. If you don’t think that success can be easy, fast, and fun, guess again.

Start with deciding where the heck you want to go. You add to the crazy-making quotient if you are vague about what you want. If I offered you a ride and you got in the car and asked me,“Where are you going?” and I said, “Well, I don’t really know,” you would probably leap right out again. You need to know if I am cruising over to the mall or heading to Canada.

A surefire way to turbocharge your successful outcomes is to keep your focus on where you are going, not where you have been. Think of driving to the grocery store looking in your rear-view mirror. Did you get very far? Me neither. The same is true in your life. Rearview mirror thinking messes with your head and your body. And I have the science to back me up on that one, baby. If you spend your day contemplating all the crud that didn’t work in the past, you will end up in a ditch.

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