I never thought I would be saying this!
Much has happened since we last spoke: My Scottish friends have come to America for the twelfth year in a row, and have returned to their wet yet beautiful weather. My wife has had another birthday, and I have ridden a zip line high over the beach in the Caribbean.
And yet, just the other day, I said to myself, “Mike, you are beginning to bore me.”
This, my friends (according to me), is paramount to “the kiss of death.” BORING is a four-letter word. To “BORE” somebody else is worse than a four-letter word.
I woke this morning at 4:45 tossing and turning while thinking about this topic, and I just had to SHARE my feelings with somebody. Who better than you?
We, YOU, I, cannot become boring. We, YOU, I, cannot allow ourselves to bore ourselves. The cliches are too abundant to start waxing poetic at 5:30 a.m., so I will spare you the grief. Okay, just one. “Life is too short.”
Since I write, speak, train, and coach, it is in these areas that I am beginning to feel that I have heard it all over the past 25 years. This feeling is dangerous in and of itself. How did this happen? What can I do about it?
I have decided to respond in the ONLY way I know; to be more of myself and to refrain from blindly practicing politically correctness because that is the “easy” way to get through each day. (A picture of a blind-folded sheep comes to mind.)
How about you? Are you beginning to “bore” yourself to tears as a result by playing by somebody else’s unfounded rules? No, I am not suggesting you become a jerk simply for the sake of making waves. I am suggesting you step out of your comfort zone to see exactly what lies beyond the imaginary boundaries you have so conveniently placed on yourself.
Go ahead. Ruffle a few feathers. Turn a few heads. Raise a few eye-brows. Put a little “juice” back in your life, both personal and professional if that is what needs doing.
I stopped above after 377 words since I have become more cognizant of my reader’s attention span. Time being what it is, and most people’s lack of attention coupled with their ever-growing feeling that “they already know everything they need to know to fail miserably,” has brought me to the realization that 400 words is all I need moving forward to whack you in the head… at least, until further notice.
My promise to you from this day forward: I will strive to become less boring.
In return, I would like you to promise me that you will slowly and gently move in the direction of making yourself laugh more while having more fun sliding away from the chains that are bonding you to the status quo.
Do we have a deal?
Mike Marchev is the author of the sales book titled Become The Exception and is a popular speaker at industry events. You can receive a complimentary copy of his Special Report titled “Your 12-Word Marketing Plan.” Email Mike and put the number “12” in the subject box. Also, ask about his 3rd Annual Training Cruise coming in November. Mike@MikeMarchev.com.