Do you ever find yourself in a funk? I certainly do. Despite all of my enthusiasm, drive, passion and desire to succeed; despite being loved and having people I can love; despite living a wonderful life and being able to help people improve their lives. I too get into a terrible funk sometimes.
I have recently moved into a new apartment and my girlfriend had to go overseas to work for a fortnight. I became irritable, anxious and didn’t know what to do with myself. My son came over for the night and his two cousins joined him. That evening was wonderful. Hearing the sound of my son playing in his bedroom was something I have sorely missed. Then they left and my sorrow worsened.
Then one night I was reading a blog post from Steve Pavlina called Overcoming Negative Emotions and Boosting Motivation. It was encouraging to read that Pavlina also gets into a funk sometimes, and he recommended listening to an audiotape as one his most successful ways of regaining motivation. He suggested ‘Lead The Field’ by Earl Nightingale so that’s how this review materialised.
It’s the first audiobook that I have reviewed during my 52-week project and I am kicking myself for not reading more of them. I am seriously contemplating reading 104-books next year because adding audio to physical reading really does give you that advantage. I travel for a few hours a week to see my son, and it is wonderful to pass the time of the journey getting educated, and inspired, by some of the worlds most successful pioneers.
It was Nightingale who woke me up as well. He said something along the lines of, ‘we will become what we think about the most.’ I don’t want to become a lonely, self-centred hermit because my life is a lonely one. I need to act now. I need to get off my arse and create a community.
I also picked up on Nightingale’s instructions to have high expectations. I thought this was a very important point and one that everyone should take note of. Everyone deserves to have high expectations, and the fact that a lot of people live in a world of the mundane, and monotonous, is because they don’t.
He says that anger doesn’t hurt anyone but you, and that our attitude towards others just comes back to us. To counter these negative responses he suggests treating everyone you meet as the most important person in the world. Whilst I was listening to this part of the audio programme an old drunk joined me on my bus ride. It was 15:00 in the afternoon and this guy was drunk as a skunk. He kept falling asleep on my shoulder and I was getting angry. At one point I gave him a sharp reminder – with my elbow – to fall away from me. Then I heard Nightingale’s words and I started to laugh at the absurdity of it all. The man didn’t bother me from there on in and I never nudged him with my elbow again. He moved seats about ten-minutes later after nearly falling into the aisle on several occasions.
Listening to an audio programme does have its complexities though. You miss a lot of what is being said because of normal everyday distractions, but your sub-conscious will be noting down every word. I strongly suggest that each audio programme is played repeatedly so you can pick up more and more of the programme. I put mine on anytime I have free time and I am really learning a lot from the process.
The programme itself is classic self-help material from the ilk of Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. Of the two, I think the Hill classic has more depth, but the Nightingale programme is certainly worth a listen while washing the dishes, ironing or just walking down the street.