332 – November 28
“You, yourself, as much as anyone in the entire Universe, deserve your love and affection.”—Buddha
Vince taught me about prizes you give to yourself. He was an executive search consultant for the recruiting firm where I first learned bookkeeping. A very cheerful, upbeat guy with a great smile, he always set goals for himself. And he told everyone in the office about them!
Every month, Vince would have a sales goal. “I’m going to make $20,000 in placement fees this month!” he would declare. “And when I do, I’m going to buy myself a brand new….” You can fill in the blank, he always had a new prize that he wanted, something extra to strive for beyond just getting enough money to pay the bills. Something sexy as they would say in Hollywood, something with sizzle, with pizzazz.
One month, in particular, I remember that his prize of choice was a Gucci wallet. He declared his goal and showed everyone in the office a picture of this beautiful leather article. He put a picture of it on the wall where he could see it as he made his sales calls.
The first month, he didn’t meet his goal, but that just made him work harder, and he redoubled his efforts the next month. Finally, the day came when Vince let out a whoop and literally danced into the front office. “I did it!” he cried. “I made my goal and now I’m going out to buy my Gucci wallet!”
And he did. He left right then in the middle of the day, went down to the department store and bought that wallet. He was beaming as he brought it back to the office and showed it around to admiring oohs and aahs from all of us. “What a nut,” some people thought. But I just thought he looked happy.
And, I noticed, he sure was making a lot of money. Picked out a prize for yourself lately?
“Life has many treasures for me to enjoy and I deserve them!”
A friend of mine sent me this note one morning – perfect for today!
“I found a pub here in Jacksonville that had a team Trivia night. None of the friends I invited to join me showed up, so I played as a team of one. The category for the first round trivia was pop music, which is not my best subject. (I’m more of a science and history guy.)
“The game organizers had three gift bags (filled with little Christmas chachkas) on the stage that I had assumed were for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Mais non! One of them was an “encouragement prize” for the person in last place, which I WON!
“So even when I don’t win first place, I still win!
” ‘I win often, and I win big!’