Listening to motivational CDs by people such as Zig Ziglar, Dr. Tony Evans, Bishop TD Jakes, Steven Covey, Les Brown, Patricia Russel and many more are the types of positive cds you could be listening to while traveling in your truck.
Lets get some motivation and make some changes to improve the quality of our lives
After you read my message check out my interview with a guy out in
El Paso Tx. Estaban. He finally got motivation to change bad habits, coming clean off of drugs, but after they ruined 20 years of his life! You'll find out how he did it and what might work for you but first
read and comment!Yeah truckers and truckettes (did i just create a new term?) its time to go ahead and make some serious decisions to take better care of ourselves. All of us have bad habits that need to be addressed. Most of us won't be held accountable to changing them by no one but ourselves due to the nature of our lifestyle (at least not at first)
No one will see you grabbing all those donuts or 2 six packs of soda every day. No one will see how many cigarettes you blaze during rush hour traffic. No one will feel your blood pressure rise as you turn red when that four wheeler cuts you off.
Your body knows about everyone of those little activities and its getting less and less able to cope with the problems associated with them. We all deal with too many stressful situations that we can't control every day
like having to wait needlessly at a receivers dock while warehouse personal do stuff they could be doing after your gone.
Or being given the wrong directions after you purposely and intentionally emphasize the direction you will be traveling from so that it is unmistakeably understood without the direction giver having to know north, south, east or west and they still get it wrong. We end up down a neighborhood dead end street in time for a garage sale.
Or being told we have to be there at 6am when we really don't have to be there until 8am. On and on it goes but that's all life as a trucker so these things you WILL encounter as long as you are in the trucking industry and that is why you need to prepare your mind to be able to deal with it.
and on and on
therefor, we should do all we can to eliminate those stress causing bad habits and health hazards that we voluntarily engage in everyday. Yes I did say voluntarily.
That's exactly what it is.
Our bad habits are merely a result of our willful decisions and poor choices. Now these are usually (but not always) a result of some things in our environment that stuck during our journey through life. The popular term used by those seeking what they feel is a legitimate excuse is 'a product of our environment'.
This term no doubt has truth to it but also true is the fact that things don't have to end there. We still are in the position to change how the negative influences from our environment or past affects our current thought process.
We choose to go along with the naturally occurring reflective thought pattern because its easier than challenging it with more positive fruitful thoughts. Especially under less than ideal conditions.
We too often easily settle for quick fixes rather than solid solutions. Easy outs rather than resolution.
Well its only a matter of time before things start to fall apart when we refuse to take control of things. Soon the more serious effects of our bad habits will be undeniable. Affecting not just the individual whose selfishly says "its my life" or the common "I got to die of something".
Now the family suffers also. Failed lungs, cancer, diabetes, heart attack, strokes, drug addiction, sex addition, you get the idea on and on. So much of it is mostly preventable by changing our bad habits ahead of time. Its called being proactive. We should be proactive about our health and our attitudes so that we live a happier more productive life.
So that our families get to enjoy our presence and not have to take care of us because we have become weak and diseased from poor decisions and bad habits. I have found ways to use trucking as a tool to help make the changes necessary to be more positive and proactive and you can too.
One of the easiest and most effective ways to help you shift the way that you think is to frequently listen to motivational speaking while you are riding down the rode. Your cd player can be used a educational tool. A Motivational tool. A life saver even! A constant beacon of positive thought so that your mind operates from that solid foundation to keep you high on life.
I highly recommend Stephen Covey, Zig Ziglar, Bishop TD Jakes,and I hear some good things about Tavis Smiley's latest book. Sounds like that is a winner too.
This keeps what seems sometimes like common sense (but not common practice) at the forefront of your mind so that you actually use the better thought patterns and positive thinking techniques which enable you to accomplish all types of other things by default including changing your bad habits.
Create your own personal mission statement too. This will help you stay on track with your own goals and what is important to you in life.
Where do you see yourself being in 5 or 10 or 20 years. What do you want to have accomplished and what type of person do you want to be in 20 years. What impact would you like to have had on other people along the way.
Summarize in a few sentences what steps would need to be taken by you day by day to make that big picture reality. Go over those 3 or 4 sentences until you have nice little statement that you read to yourself every morning when you wake up.
Now that's a motivation kick!
If you follow those 2 things, you will began to have a paradigm shift. You will look at life a little different, situations different and you will start seeing all kinds of opportunities. Social, business, networking many of them small but most of them meaningful. You will be a motivated trucker thinking proactively without trying (which will piss some people off) and you will be better positioned to address and break your bad habits.
Oh, trust me, you still won't be perfect. Lol. Not even close.
But I tell you what, you will be able to walk around smiling no matter what is going on in your life because you know its gonna be alright. (You will also by then realize that it can always be worst than what you are experiencing. and then I guarantee you, you will walk around with a smile just like the crazy trucker.
Ok I have been rambling on enough, aaaah anybody else got something to add. I'll catch yous guys later I got to go see if my truck is out of the shop!
Use trucking to change you in a good way. Don't let it change you in a bad way. If you use it on purpose, it won't have a chance to let you drift off course.
Positive, negative, good, bad, doesn't matter as long as it is constructive.
What's good about it,what's missing on it, what did you like or didn't like?
Did it give you good enough insight about life as a trucker to help you make an informed decision?
Did you realize that there is a lot more to being a trucker than you knew or had considered?
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