Winner or Loser – You Get to Choose!
By Dan Miller
I had a lot of fun with creative experiments while getting my graduate degrees in Psychology. Students are known for devising interesting experiments to test various human theories. Here’s one: A number of years ago, some students decided to use one of their friends as a guinea pig, to see if false suggestions could cause reactions in the body.
On the chosen day, the guinea pig left the dorm, suspecting nothing unusual. However, a friend greeted him with, “Good Morning, Chuck! How are you doing today? You look a little pale.” Seconds later another friend rounded the corner with “Chuck, are you feeling okay? You look a little sick!” A third friend greeted Chuck and said, “You really shouldn’t be out of bed! You look horrible!” Before the young man could get to his first class, he turned around, went back to the dormitory and fell into bed. He was in fact, sick.
Has anyone been feeding you false information lately? Maybe the newspapers are in on a big joke – telling you no one is hiring. Your “friends” have been misinformed – you really are competent and capable. Your boss is a bozo, not you. Maybe your spouse or your parents haven’t been very encouraging. Perhaps people have been telling you to get a “real job” rather than pursuing your creative dreams.
What would happen if rather than listening to the feedback, you decided to “see” and create your own future? You just decided to take responsibility and make your own decisions? Isn’t there just as much likelihood that you could create a good, clean, positive future? Are there really limitations in front of you – or are those obstacles just incorrect messages you’ve been getting?
“As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Proverbs 23:7
About the Author: Dan Miller considers himself a “social entrepreneur.” As such he looks for innovative ways to reshape negative systems. Our concept of “work” is a striking example of a negative system. Our culture allows us to view work as a necessary evil or even a curse from God. Clichés like “Thank God it’s Friday” and our eagerness for retirement convey our distaste for our daily work. In his best-selling book, 48 Days to the Work You Love, Dan shows how work can be a meaningful, fulfilling part of an authentic life.
As co-host of 48 Days to the Work You Love online radio show, Dan shares his process for developing a focused, balanced and truly successful life. Dan’s principles have been clarified in his books, 48 Days To The Work You Love, The Rudder of the Day, 48 Days To Creative Income and the upcoming No More Mondays. For free articles: www.48Days.com