I remember like it was yesterday, but it was really 20 years ago. I had been working as a truck driver for almost two years at that point. It was just over two months from when I came back to the company that gave me my first job driving a truck.
I still owed close to $3,000 on my schooling and was working hard to pay it off. In the previous year, I had worked to purchase another car; I had moved to a new home and was making other purchases to improve my lifestyle.
It was a morning in May in 1992 and, as an over-the-road truck driver; I was excited to be spending a week at home, working locally. I was excited to get up and ride my motorcycle to the place where I would move trailers from the loading dock to a staging area so the other drivers could just hook up, take the paperwork, and drive them to a factory waiting to put them into production.
I started that morning at about 7 am. During our first break all the factory workers got coffee and took 10 minutes off from duties. I went to sit in one of the offices to have my coffee as well.
That is the last memory I have of that day 20 years ago because I had my first grand mal seizure. I woke up about 18 hours later in a hospital bed not knowing where I was or how I got there. I had hit the wall that so many hit in life — the one that breaks some, and makes others.
In the self-help cycle, this is the part that turns so many programs and coaching systems into what has been referred to as “Shelf-Help.” It’s because of the person who was all excited about the major changes they viewed happening in a life that previously was not working for them.
You see this is not just in self-help programs; this is in life. So many will set goals and have great expectations; but, just like I have mentioned before, whenever you set a goal, you will often find an obstacle in the path of you reaching that goal.
This is the true test in life and unfortunately, so many people in life who face a test like this will give up. Reality will hit when you start anything. For example, those who had planned to run in this year’s New York City Marathon hit a wall when super storm Sandy hit New York City. Many who spent much of this past year preparing for this run went home and said life is just unfair. Some jumped right in and found other marathons to sign up for to make sure all the training, all the major life changes they’d gone through, didn’t go to waste.
If you have reached that point where your life has hit an obstacle, remember the number of courses you counted on your shelf yesterday? I want you to now write on that list the reason you gave up on them. What was the reality that hit that kept them from working for you?
Our week is only halfway through today; we are in the heart of where you may be. Tomorrow, come see what actions you should take and how to avoid the actions that won’t help you. See where you get most of the information about what programs not to use and why. And make sure you are here on Friday to see the outcome and how you can turn your life around and make a success out of every program on your shelf.
I’m Tim Gillette, the Rocker Life Coach. It’s time to live your dream life, to love what you are doing and those you share life with. Are you ready to do what it takes to become the RockStar in your world?