Hop off the Complain Train
10 tips for taking the ride of your life
-Mary Beth Sammons
Have you noticed how easy it is for friends to start complaining these days? Your company just laid off your co-workers. Your job balances on a tightrope. You’re paying mega bucks for gas this summer. And your annual family vacation to a glamorous locale has been sacked because of all of the above. And even IF you try to take a positive spin on things, just put yourself in the company of others projects you right onto the energy zapping roller coaster and a whirlwind of whining and complaining. Recently, a friend I train with who is a sales manager for a large cosmetics firm, confided: “My co-workers avoid me, because they say I act too positive. Sure, I know things aren’t going great, but I don’t want to be walking around complaining and whining about it.”
Except, she says, it’s hard to find others who are talking the same talk these days.
That’s why I was thrilled this week when my yoga instructor sent over these rules below for creating more energy in your life. He sent them to all his students reminding us to avoid trips on the complain train and to instead post these 10 rules for taking the ride of your life next to our computer screens. They are from The Energy Bus, by John Gordon. Enjoy!
1. You’re the driver of your bus.
2. Desire, vision and focus move your bus in the right direction.
3. Fuel your ride with positive energy.
4. Invite people on your bus, and share your vision for the road ahead.
5. Don’t waste energy on those who don’t get on your bus.
6. Post a sign that says “No Energy Vampires Allowed” on your bus.
7. Enthusiasm attracts more passengers and energizes them during the ride.
8. Love your passengers.
9. Drive with purpose.
10. Have fun and enjoy the ride.