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Chapter 15

There's A Clown In All Of Us

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Today's Empowering Quote
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"Make one person happy each day, and in forty years you will have made 14,600 human beings happy for a little time, at least."
-Charley Willey

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Today's Empowering Question
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"Who can I make smile right now?"

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Today's Fast Session
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A couple days ago, I called my wife at work.  One of her co-workers answered the phone. Now, I like to clown around...a lot.

Do you remember those guys who did the Budweiser commercials that asked each other, "Wazzuuup?" Well, remember the other Bud commercial with the "uncool" guys who ask, "What are you doing?" in the nerdiest way possible?

Well, the woman who picked up the phone, I've only met once for about 5 minutes. After she said hello, I didn't identify myself at all.  I just said, "What are you DOING?!" in the uncool way.  She said, "Who is this?"  Again I asked, "What are YOU doing?!"

All I heard was hysterical laughing and another woman in the background saying, "Is that Mike?"

Later, my wife told me that my "victim" was talking about it throughout the day... about how funny it was.

Now, I know it was only silliness, even mindless.  But don't we all need a little of that in our days?  Oh, a lot?  I'm for that.

I remember in my book store, if a customer asked for a specific book, and if I was close enough to it, I would do a little soft shoe (with fake top hat and cane) over to the shelf it was on, grab it and dance back over to the customer, presenting it to them with a bow.

That used to floor people!

I had the biggest business of its kind in the world at the time.  And I think that giving people a little humor and entertainment was part of it.

Hey, like it or not, we are all 'state' inducers.

Whenever we have an interaction with someone, even if it's just a hello, we leave them with a definite feeling.

What do you think people feel about us when we're walking around with a sour puss on?

No one wants to be around that.

Do you?

Do you go out and search for the complainers?  If you do, notice the topic of your typical conversations.  Are they usually centered on what's wrong, who said what rotten thing, what someone had the gall to ask you to do?  In short, whining sessions?

Look, you are what you think.  You get back what you put out.  If you put out cheerfulness, then that's how people will.

Did you ever hear the centuries-old story about the old man who sat next to the road and greeted people who entered and exited just outside his small village?

When travelers came in, often they would ask what kind of people were in the town.  The man responded by asking them what the people were like in the town they just left.  If the traveler said the people were terrific, the man told them that he'd find the people in this town were much the same.

If the traveler said the other town had horrible people in it, the man said that they'd find the people here much the same.

It kind of goes right along with another Your Day To Win that talked about running from your problems.  The thing is, you bring yourself with you wherever you go. And since you are what you think, the only way for you to escape your problems is to change your attitudes.

If you understand that you induce states of mind in the people that you meet all day, it brings it right to the front of your consciousness, doesn't it?  People respond to you whether you like it or not.

To my way of thinking, it's better to bring a smile than a frown or pity or disdain. Better than nothing either.  What the heck!  It doesn't cost anything at all.

Just one person a day that you make smile will do something amazing for them and...

...inside of you.

Try this easy exercise.  I think you'll find it shocking.

Smile for 60 seconds straight.  Just sit there and smile.  Don't do anything else.  Take the next minute.  C'mon, you have another minute!  Just sit and smile for one minute.

I'll wait...

Isn't it amazing?!

Don't you immediately sense an actual physical feeling inside you the very second you start to smile?  You did, huh?  Another thing you'll notice is, you can't do this
exercise without getting all kinds of great pictures in your head, remembering fun times, etc.

The physiology of this is quite extraordinary.  It's wired into us.  When we smile, we are literally programmed to feel good.

If you thought that you had to first feel great to smile, you couldn't be more mistaken.  Smile first and you'll feel great.

It's impossible to feel down when we are smiling.  If you're still doubting it, try it. Just try to get into a rotten mood with a big dumb silly grin on your face.

You literally can't do it.

Now imagine what you'll be doing for other people if you make it your mission to make at least one person smile per day.  The feelings that you're feeling right now as you're sitting there grinning is exactly what you'll be doing for everyone that you make smile...

It's kind of nice to think that you can do that for people any time you want, isn't it?

And another question... what will those people think of you?

If you're up to the assignment, go make 'em smile!

Do it everyday and your life will change.

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Today's Winning Beliefs
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-- I induce positive happy states in the people I meet
-- I've released all frustration and anxiety from my mind
-- I enjoy making people smile and laugh
-- I forget problems when I'm smiling and I smile a lot
-- I have a sunny disposition

 

 

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