Most of you are beyond the first level of goals and are able to get yourself out of bed once or twice a day. If not, maybe you should stay away from the mattress store. Now, just because you are actually awake for more than six hours at a time that doesn’t mean you are living on Merry Mountain. You’re holding down a job of some sort and, on most days, you eat. That’s good. But you can be so much more. Your goals might be, “I’d like to be able to walk the dog without feeling compelled to explain the color of his fur”, or “I’d like to go to a movie without needing to sit next to the only other person in the theater”, or “I’d like to be able to go to the bank without wearing my John Dillinger costume”. At this point in your development, the most important thing for you to work on is self-control.
The next time you’re holding the boss’s birthday cake and he says, “Let me have it!” resist, resist, resist. No matter how good you think it would feel or how much the other employees chant “Throw It!” Don’t! That’s self -control.
The next time you feel like dropping your pen so you can get on the floor and look up the mannequin’s dress, think about the guy in the security monitor room. That’s self-control. You don't wan't to be on your hands and knees before you remember that everyone in the store has a camera.
The next time you’re tempted to do inappropriate things with your lawn sprinkler stop and think about yourself. Remember yourself? You’re the trend setter, the guy who wears the clip-on bow tie, the only person you know who collects other people's fingernail clippings. Yes, that’s you, totally dysfunctional.