I had no idea I was about to get the biggest, most humbling God Shot of my life. I had been sober about a year when I went back to a company I had previously been “the all American success story” with until hit bottom with booze and drugs. Now I was working for people I had hired, trained and so on. No longer in my elite position in upper management.
This made the 2 hour drive to my sales territory a real horror every day because I was still full of ego. Sort of in the gutter looking down at people which is not such a good attitude. Anyway, I made the daily drive, made no sales, and just was having a really crappy day because things were not the way I wanted.
I knew I needed to hit a meeting or talk to someone so I headed for the nearest meeting hall. When I walked in, I headed into the restroom and on the way out stopped to wash my hands and comb my hair. When I looked in the mirror, I saw a sticker sort of like a California OSHA sign that simply said,
Take a look at your real problem.
Life will change when you’re willing to!
I felt like I had been hit in the head with a 2x4! I have never forgotten this and my life is far from what it was that day. Now anytime sometime is bothering me I go to the bathroom and look in the mirror as 99% of the time, my problems are of my own making or at minimum, and I play a part in them.