7 Ways To Avoid A Garbage Truck Life

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First of all, ‘What is a garbage truck life?’ Simply put, ‘A garbage truck life is a life that carries garbage in it.’ Now, what are those garbage? They are anger, frustrations, impatience, disappointments, hurt, resentment, bitterness and a whole long list of others. Sometimes a person with a garbage truck life goes round trying to pour his/her garbage onto someone else. So, be careful! I call such people toxic people.

A garbage truck at Kensington Gardens, London

A garbage truck at Kensington Gardens, London

Life can be quite a madness these days and it is so easy to lose your cool. With the recession not getting any better, it is easier to get angry than smile. Competition everywhere is high. Everyone is holding tight to their jobs. And there are times you probably don’t know who you can trust anymore. But don’t let all these turn your life into a garbage truck life. You can live above the circumstances. But you have to remove all the garbage first. I have here some simple ways to share with you. It has helped me and I hope it helps you or to help someone.

7 Ways To Avoid A Garbage Truck Life

  1. Don’t react but respond.
    You can’t control others but you can control yourself. You can’t control what comes out from other people’s mouths but you can control what comes out from your own mouth. Don’t react because very often it just creates more heat. Learn to exercise self control. Take a deep breath and if possible give a smile and move on.
  2. Build your character
    Check through the areas of your life that’s doing well and find out why it goes well. It is very likely because you have a very good character that spearheads your success in that particular area. Similarly it works vice versa. Keep exhibiting your good characters like punctuality, attentiveness, humility to name a few. But work hard on characters that hinder and damage the things that you do and eventually your life, particularly anger, impatience, arrogance, etc. Things are just going to become easier if you consistently put in effort.
  3. Evaluate your life
    Spend time to evaluate your life. What are your purpose and goals in life? You must know what you want, whether it is your family, children, marriage, careers, business etc. If you don’t know what you want then you have nothing to evaluate. You just let each day passes and let others control your life or dump their garbage into your life. If you are certain what you want in life, you will stay very focused and will not be easily influenced by people around you.
  4. Be a problem solver
    When you face problem, don’t be stressed up or worked out. Think and find a way to solve the problem. Be a problem solver. Break the problem down into smaller problems to solve. If you can solve one small problem, it will give you the confidence to solve the rest of the other problems and eventually the whole problem. Be proactive. Channel your energy into the right channel.
  5. Seek help and support
    Do not isolate yourself. You need to recognise there’s a problem and really want to get rid of that problem (garbage). Do not live in denial. Seek professional help and support if you need to. Garbage will only accumulate if you don’t remove it and clean it up.
  6. Be open to ideas
    Always be willing to listen and be open to ideas and advice. Think through, sieve through, and try it out. Learn from other people’s mistakes. It often works. If you are not teachable and very rigid or stubborn in your own ways, then you are obviously going to be stuck up with your problems and more problems. It will only get worse and not better.
  7. Make good decisions
    Good decision-making is a learned skill. Always observe how other people make decision and learn from them. Listen to advice. Think through very carefully before making a decision. Think of the potential problems, your goals and how you can make a very good, strong decision that you will not regret. You can refine your decision-making along the way. When you make good decisions you are able to be in control of your life and not being controlled by others.

Are you going through some difficult times? Are you confused?  Do you find life is a burden? Do you wonder why? Is any of your friends going through such situations? Do share and comment? You need to invest time and effort into your life to make it meaningful and happy, one day at a time.

Remember that it is said, ‘Life is ten percent what you make it and ninety percent how you take it!’

Thought of the day…..

“The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.”

Vince Lombardi

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