Someone lost their phone.  Probably something we all experienced.  Here’s how I almost let some negativity slip into my world.  And how I stopped it.

In this episode, I talk about

  • Channel N versus Channel P
  • When I Lost My Laptop
  • Pattern Interrupts


Dr. David J Schwartz – The Magic of Thinking Big


Good Morning, everyone. Welcome to the path to 1 million. This is going to be episode 150. So I wanted to share with you a little story.

I was sitting on if sitting in an airplane and we were, everybody was on board the plane, we’re all sitting there. We had all taken our seats and obviously everybody’s in a hurry to get to, you know, where they want to go. In this case, it would be back to LA. And the pilot comes on over the radio or the the radio. He comes on over the loudspeaker and he says, Aw, ladies and gentlemen, we, we’re getting ready to push back from the gate. But one of our passengers realized that she had misplaced her phone. So she is now doing a sweep of the terminal to see if she can find her phone. We will give her just a few more minutes before we pushed back from the gate and we take off again. And so I’m sitting there in my chair and the guy that seated next to me, he says, you know, if you lose your phone then you shouldn’t be allowed to have one. And I, I kind of laughed cause I can, I can get his frustration, you know, it seems like, you know, phones are surgically attached to people’s hips these days. They can’t go anywhere without, without having their phone with them. So how in the world could you possibly lose your phone? How could you possibly leave your phone behind?


And you know, so I opened my mouth and I said, yeah, I said it’s for some reason I just think that, you know, for most people it’s like if you walk more to the two feet away from your phone, it’s like alarm started going off in your head. Right. And I started feeling like all of these other comments piling up in my head, like ripping jokes at this person expense. And I took a second and I started thinking back into the Wayback machine many moons ago. I had flown from Michigan to LA and I had gotten off the aircraft and I made it through the airport and I went outside the airport and I was getting into my car to take me home and he is, then I got into my car, my brain froze and said, you’re missing something. And it occurred to me I didn’t have my laptop.


And all of a sudden, like my heart just sank. Right. Cause my whole world is on my laptop. Right. At that time, all I had was a laptop. I didn’t have any kind of desktop computer. None of my work was backed up. But I remember distinctly when I got onto the aircraft that I had my laptop in a slick case and I slid it under the seat in front of me. And for some reason when I got off the plane, I did not look down. I didn’t grab it. The case was black, the floor was dark. So probably helped to hide it from me. Who knows? But as the car pulled away from the curb, I just, my heart just sank. And I remember I was like, I told the driver of the car, I said, Hey, we need to circle around. I have to go back in there and I have to try to get my laptop.

And he was like, no problem. Well, if you’ve ever been to lax, and that really nasty horseshoe that took us probably about 15 to 20 minutes to circle back around to the terminal. And I ran inside and I ran up to the Delta counter people and I told them, I said, Hey, I say, here’s my, my my ticket stub. I was on this flight, I was in this seat and I left my laptop in the seat underneath the seat in front of me. Please tell me somebody found out, please tell me that you have it safe and sound, please, please, please. And I’m like, I am sweating bullets. My heart is beating a million miles an hour. And the lady goes yeah, we’ve already turned. We’ve already turned the plane around, meaning, you know, it’s already been cleaned, processed. We’re now in the process of boarding that aircraft to send it back out.

So I’m just, man, I’m just keeping my fingers crossed cause somebody could keep my laptop, you know, and you know, they could do whatever they wanted to do it and I would have no way to find my laptop and all my work would be gone. So the lady gets on the phone and she makes a phone call and she sitting in there and also when she gets off the phone and she says, yes, we did find your laptop. Somebody is actually bringing it down through security. Now it should be here in maybe five, 10 minutes at the most. And I felt sort of relieved because at least he had found my laptop. I had felt more relieved when the laptop finally got into my hands. But you know, again, it’s one of those things where, you know, my laptop was my lifeblood and I took my laptop everywhere I went.

And everywhere I would go, I could say I could work on it, I could do things for my, my clients and just make sure that projects were staying on track versus, you know, now all of a sudden that was gone. And so finally the lady brought my laptop down and of course it was the same laptop that I left behind. She didn’t find another laptop. And I just remember I hugged that thing like, like almost like a newborn child, you know, I just hugged that thing so tight to me and I just looked at it and I was like, thank you so much, I really do appreciate this. And she’s like, Oh no problem. Sorry. Glad to be glad we were able to find it. And I was like, yeah, I’m glad you were able to find it too. And you know, I go outside, get into the car and take off and go home.

So I’m thinking about that as I’m sitting in the seat and this person forgot their phone and I remembered something that I had read. I’ve been reading this book called thinking big and the author in here wrote something that I thought was really interesting. You wrote two things that I thought was interesting that I wanted to share with you this morning. Now keep in mind he wrote this book back in the 1950s. So some of this sounds a little bit antiquated, but just bear with me because this thought is really good. He says, bear in mind that the longer that you stayed tuned to channel P or to channel in, the more interested you become and the harder it is to switch channels. Now channel P is channeled positivity channel in is channel negativity. So the longer you stay tuned to one of those channels where there’s positivity or negativity, the harder it is to change channels.

And so here it is. I have a gentleman that’s sitting next to me and he immediately starts riffing on channel N and I just got, for some reason I just got sucked up in it. Like right away I was like, you know I follow, you know I followed him and I was like, yeah, you know, cause it was like it’s an inconvenience. The entire aircraft has to wait for this person to find their particular phone and then he goes on to write in the book thoughts breed like thoughts. There’s a real danger that if you listen to negative comments about another person, you two will go negative towards that person, which is exactly the situation that I found myself in as I sat in that seat. And so rather than sit there and judge, rather than sit there and cast dispersions, I had to do a pattern interrupt on myself.

And I just looked at the guy, I said, you know what? I hope whoever this is find their phone. Because it was so many people these days, they’re lives are literally on their phone. So I hope that they’re able to find it and get back on the aircraft. And he didn’t say anything else at that point. And I just kind of looked head, looked ahead. I didn’t see anybody get on the aircraft. Eventually they shut the, they shut the main door of the cabin and they announced that we were backing up. So I didn’t see anybody get on the plane. I hope whoever it was found their phone. But it’s just one of those things where you have to guard yourself. You know, as I’m on this quest to get 1% better and to be him being impacting a million people, I have to be always conscious and aware of the fact that negativity can creep in and it creep in any situation.

And I always have to be on guard for it. As much as I would like to say that I’m a perfect human being, I am not. So I have to stay on guard for these things and make sure that when they do creep into my life that I’m able to quickly to identify them and get rid of them and then put myself back on the right track. So anyways, just wanted to share that story with you. I hope you guys are having a great Wednesday morning. Thank you for stopping by. I really do appreciate it. I will be back again tomorrow with another story. I will see you then. I have a great day.