Ever since I was a kid, my parents always told me I’d never amount to anything. They always compared me to my older sister Dana, who painted the prettiest pictures in kindergarten, got perfect grades in high school, graduated with the highest honors from Harvard—all that jazz. I thought these comparisons would end after we both finished our studies (I graduated with average scores from a lesser-known university), but then came the career phase.
Dana got a high-flying job as a PR representative of some huge corporate firm, whereas I was working as an assistant to a demanding and unappreciative boss. It made me feel very small and useless, especially when my parents constantly praised her for all her achievements, telling me, “When are you ever going to pull your socks up?”
I tried not to let it affect me, but I have to admit, it weighed on my mind heavily. Year after year I kept it bottled up inside, without release. I was miserable, and it showed on the outside. My colleague Layne noticed that I was becoming more and more reserved each day, and I’d gotten so thin to the point where I barely had enough energy to lift a stack of documents.
Then one day at work, I found a flash drive containing something called The Instant Switch on my desk with a note from Layne. So that night I went home and read the entire thing in one sitting. By the time I was done, my face was streaming with tears and I felt a sense of peace that I never thought I would experience in my life.
It was so powerful that I teared up just by reading it that first night. The very next day, I went into work and gave Layne such a tight hug that she almost fell over in surprise. We talked about the book at lunch, and she told me it had been her lifesaver a while back when she got retrenched from her previous job. In it there were several simple exercises that she learnt to do by heart eventually, such as a short meditation for rejecting any limiting beliefs. Her retrenchment had made her feel worthless, and unable to keep her eyes open to opportunities. Things had turned around when she found The Instant Switch and managed to pull herself back up before she spiraled further into despair.
Over the next few weeks, I practiced the intriguing methods inside the book. It was filled with such wisdom, words that no one had ever said to me in my life, and it made me feel like I wasn’t alone after all. I especially liked the “tapping” technique, which was astonishingly simple, yet effective! I could feel a change in me instantly as I practiced it.
There was also an additional book that came along with The Instant Switch called Success Accelerator that taught me how to take success into my own hands. It opened my mind to how I could control my own career path and reject all the expectations that others had of me. The ideas in it were not complex, yet they had never occurred to me before, and my outlook on life has been totally transformed.
Instead of moping around at work and feeling stuck in an endless rut, I now walk into the office with my head held high, greeting my boss with enthusiasm that I haven’t felt in years. I no longer see him as overbearing and ungrateful; instead I treated him like a boss, so to speak—performing my tasks cheerfully and helping him in any way I could. And he recognized the change! I got a raise just last month because he saw how hard I was working. Before The Instant Switch came into my life, I’d been dragging my feet at work and doing the bare minimum for everything. Now my work day always starts off happy, and ends the same way, too!
The biggest hurdle I’d had to overcome was my relationship with my family. The Instant Switch helped me to move past my hurt and shame, and I began to treat my parents and sister well, despite nothing changing on their end. The only change was that I no longer let their words and actions hurt me, using the wisdom The Instant Switch had taught me. To say that it has changed my life would be a major understatement, as now I finally feel excited about my future for the first time!