This Holiday Season Make a Promise to Harness the Ebenezer Effect and Change Your Life

Ebenezer Scrooge should be hailed as one of the great role models for personal change.
By: The Podium Pro
BRUSSELS - Dec. 23, 2018 - PRLog -- Ebenezer Scrooge gets a bad rap. The name "Scrooge" is often used pejoratively. But that's not fair. Instead, Scrooge should be hailed as one of the great role models for personal change. And it's time we all learn the positive life lessons that Scrooge can teach us.

In A Christmas Carol, Scrooge comes face-to-face with the effects of his lifetime of negative habits and attitudes when a series of spirits escort him to scenes from his past, present and potential future.

After Scrooge encounters disturbing events from the Past and the Present, the ghost of Christmas-Yet-To-Come transports him to a time just after his own funeral.  Soon he comes face-to-face with his own tombstone. Dickens writes: "The Spirit was immovable as ever. Scrooge crept towards it, trembling as he went; and following the finger, read upon the stone of the neglected grave his own name, Ebenezer Scrooge."

Scrooge asks the Spirit to assure him that he "yet may change these shadows you have shown me, by an altered life!" He exclaims to the Spirit: "I am not the man I was. I will not be that wretched creature any longer."

Scrooge awakens the next morning, Christmas Day, a changed man. Delighted to still be alive with a chance for redemption, Scrooge exclaims: "I am as light as a feather. I am as happy as an angel. I am as merry as a schoolboy!"

That's the power of what I call the "Ebenezer Effect." Personal transformation can happen quickly, even overnight, if you believe it can and if you have the right motivation.

Also, we all have the ability to project ourselves into the future and imagine the sum total of our life's achievements. The good news is you don't have to wait for a ghostly escort service. The Ebenezer Effect is available to all of us, at any time. You can take this journey anytime you want through the power of your own imagination.

Make a Promise: Write Your Own Eulogy

In my book HabitForce!, I urge readers to write their own eulogy. Making a promise will help you do this. Your eulogy will help you jumpstart and sustain positive change in your life by establishing a clear blueprint for what you want to accomplish, what kind of person you aspire to be, and how you want to be remembered. It will clarify both your purpose and your legacy.

They say nothing focuses the mind like the guillotine. Scrooge's mind got focused when he saw his name on the tombstone. Like the guillotine, this eulogy exercise focuses the mind. Your written eulogy, buttressed by a heartfelt promise, amounts to a uniquely powerful "mission statement" for your life, designed intentionally to get and keep your attention over time.

Write your own eulogy and harness the "Ebenezer Effect." It's a great way to clarify what's most important to you and to set your life's course in the direction you want it to take.

Matthew Cossolotto, aka The Podium Pro

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