I’m a dork and I have a horoscope app that I check out once a week or so. I don’t live by it. It’s entertainment. But in the past it has been pretty “right on” about what’s generally going on in my life. Until recently.
For the past month, my horoscope has told me that I’m going through a rough patch – personally and professionally. It says I should hang on and look for different solutions to my problems. And “lay kind of low for a while”. The reality though, is that my life is pretty dang good right now. My horoscope has been dead wrong.
So… I ask myself, “Why is that?” Well, it IS just a horoscope, but I believe it’s because I’ve been through a lot of hard times… and I’ve learned from them. I look ahead more often. If I begin to feel some discomfort in my life, I get to the heart of the problem and address it.
Want to be happy? People say, ”Just be a positive person!” But that’s not it. Sometimes I’m not in the mood to be positive. You can’t have awesome ups without some downs along the way. It’s how you react to certain situations. Can I be pissed off once in a while? Damn right. And that’s ok because I don’t dwell on it. And I for sure don’t ever think that someone owes me something. My life is in my hands. Maybe I have a destiny, maybe I don’t. But if I sit on my butt just waiting for things to happen, that doesn’t seem right either.
I’m thinking that there may have been a few moments 3 or 6 months ago where if I had acted differently (or whined, pissed, and moaned) …I’d be in a place now that would have made my horoscope seem accurate. But, since I’ve learned over the years to take my own personal happiness and success into my own hands, and not blame others for something that goes bonkers in my life… I’m in a good place right now. I took some kind of action that kept me on “the right track”.
That “wisdom” has come from age and therefore I have experienced more. I’ll be the first to admit that I had major problems 10 to 20 years ago. I was immature and hot-headed. But the game changer was when I started paying attention and learning from my successes and failures.
Would you like to prove your horoscope wrong when it says you’ll be experiencing some tough times? Hey, or maybe just improve your life? Or be happy more often?
1) Take action.
2) Don’t blame others when things aren’t going well for you.
3) Hold doors open for others.
4) Stop being so self-absorbed.
5) Unplug and loosen up.
I bet you’ve never read a marketing blog about your horoscope. No, I don’t live my life by the planets and stars. My life is like a movie. I’m the director. Is someone else helping me along the way? Probably. But if it’s all in someone else’s hands… why get out of bed in the morning?
Make your life what you want it to be. I know I’m on the right track. But it took some time, pain, and struggle to get the big kinks out. I’m happier and more successful than I’ve ever been. I hope you are too. If not, start doing something to change that. Take action. Address the problems with a caring heart, yet rational mind. Sometimes it even gets worse once you start digging in. But that’s the nature of it. You have to prove you’re serious. You have to mean it – not just go through the motions. It’s so much more than just “being positive”.
You wanted a marketing message? Nah. Me Neither. I guess I wasn’t in the mood.
Have a great day!
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