Many years ago, I had to get out of a slump. A major boyfriend dumped me, and I took it hard. I could not bounce back. While some of my friends lived according to the motto, “The best way to get over one guy is to get under another one,” that wasn’t my scene.
My depression over this breakup carried over into other aspects of my life. I gained a million pounds (okay, forty). My grades suffered so badly I ended up on probation. I didn’t smile much. My friends, God bless them, put up with me. I was not fun at parties.
My Ticket Out of the Slump and Back Into Fun and Happiness
One day on my way to class, I stopped at the bookstore, and found a certain paperback staring at me from a wire rack. I’d never seen it before, nor had I heard of its author, Joseph Murphy. I read the back cover and decided to buy it, even though the claims the copy made seemed rather ridiculous. The author’s philosophy didn’t mesh with any of the messages I’d heard at home or from the media, but desperate times called for desperate measures.
Reading the book, The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, marked a turning point in my life. I quickly lost 30 pounds (and eventually lost the other ten). My grades improved, and I graduated from college. I found a job in advertising, moved in with a friend who doubled as a travel companion, made new and exciting international friends, and quickly forgot about the dude who’d shattered my heart.
(Interesting aside: I ran into him about a year later — shortly before he married the girl he’d dumped me for — and couldn’t for the life of me remember what I’d ever seen in him.)
My Stay Out of Slump Maintenance Plan
Every now and then when things aren’t going according to plan (if there even is a plan), I dip back into The Power of Your Subconscious Mind. It has been in print since 1963 for a reason. It has 1420 reviews with an average of four-and-a-half stars on Amazon for a reason. As far as I’m concerned, everybody should read it. My own copy is pretty beaten up, but I’m nostalgic about the good times we’ve had together. I’m not ready to replace it.
I mentioned it in my ebook, How to Attract and Marry the Man of Your Dreams because — no exaggeration — it changed my life. It changed my view on just about everything. It was the first book (and one of the best) to teach me how our thoughts can change our reality. If you haven’t read it yet and you’re feeling lost and down, give it a try. If you’re not feeling lost and down but want a good guide on how to achieve your dreams, by all means read The Power of Your Subconscious Mind.
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