Thanksgiving is over. Hope yours was as good as mine.

Lots of friends and family. Loads of laughs. Plenty of food. A pile of delicious leftovers.

But the first thing I did on Thanksgiving day was an annual, important event in my life – my annual Turkey Shoot.

Here are the details:

Every one of us has people in our life who try to bring us down. Maybe they ridicule you. Maybe they’re negative thinkers. Maybe they remind you of your failures over and over. Maybe they tell you over and over to stop dreaming and start being realistic.

They’re turkeys. Being an animal lover, I hate giving such a negative stereotype to an animal that doesn’t deserve it, but society has taken over the word and used it to define people who shouldn’t be in your life. The whiners. The complainers. The people who come up with endless excuses for their pitiful positions in life. The losers.

They have no place in my life – or yours.

Thus, the Turkey Shoot.

I have a database file of all of my friends, business associates, vendors, etc. Every Thanksgiving morning I go through that file, looking for turkeys. Looking for the people who are trying to hold me back. People who are getting in the way of me moving ahead.

I then press the “delete” button on my computer – and they’re out of my life. I make the deletion permanent. All of their contact information is gone with just one button. I don’t keep any backups in case I change my mind.

As I’m going through my database, the turkeys jump out at me. They’re very obvious.

They’re trouble – for you, for me, for our success.

Zap! They’re gone.

I don’t make any announcement. I told tell the turkeys they’re out of my life. They just don’t hear from me again.

It’s like pulling a thorn out of my foot. I instantly feel better.

Last year I zapped one especially aggravating “friend”. The second I pressed that “delete” button, I felt the thorn come out of my foot. My life was noticeably better this past year.

You have to do the same thing. Get rid of the petty, jealous, negative, bitter, angry people in your life. Even though Thanksgiving has just past, you can still have your own Turkey Shoot any time you’d like.

So, get your delete finger ready. Or get your eraser ready. Or whatever you need to permanently get the losers out of your life. Then, next year, let me know how much better this coming year was.

Next time I’ll tell you why the whole concept of business-to-business (b-to-b) is not only false, it’s dangerous. Of course, I’ll tell you how it relates to your publicity campaigns – and how it can be doing damage to them.

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  1. SunDance Says:

    Delete all the turkeys from your life! What a terrific idea! I wish I had thought of it. I’m going to attack my virtual Rolodex right now. Thanks, Paul, for the inspiration!

    — SunDance

  2. Shama Hyder Says:

    Great Idea Paul. Luckily-I have no “turkeys” in my life. = )

  3. chris Says:

    I’m relieved to see that even you have “turkeys” at this stage of your successful life. Boy can their negativity really drag you down.
    Thanks for the positive vibe today

    CJ

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