Steps to conquer holiday hurdles
Q&A with Mark Beecham, author of the self-help book “No X-Cuses!” Beecham spoke with The Towerlight about how survive crazy relatives during the holiday season.
The Towerlight: Can you describe what your book’s about?
Mark Beecham: It’s a 42-day motivational devotional book that encourages the physical, the spiritual and the mental-emotional aspects of our lives. Every day it addresses those three sections of our lives, I term them the triangle of wholeness.
TL: What was your inspiration in writing the book?
MB: Actually, I’ve been doing motivational speaking for about 20 years. And some of that comes out of my background as a pastor, I was a pastor for about 13 years and I just noticed the disconnect between the power that is available within us and the power that we use.
TL: Have you heard any personal success stories from readers?
MB: Sure. I have a friend of mine who has used some of the techniques in this book and she’s lost, as of now … about 27 pounds and counting. I have several friends who have accomplished their goals that they had been working on.
TL: What’s the most rewarding part of your job?
MB: To just to see the effects in peoples’ lives. You know, nowadays we hear that 87 percent of everything that we see or hear is negative and to just be able to speak something and to see a light bulb going to somebody’s eyes, it’s just incredible.
TL: This holiday season, are you going to be taking your own advice?
MB: Sure! One of the things that for sure that I’m doing in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas, I tend to let my diet slide and my exercise routine slide and this year one of the major points for myself is to follow my routine and to make sure that I stay on task with my daily exercising, watching my diet, just very stringently, and also to really make sure that this is my best Christmas I’ve ever had.
TL: Why do you think that college students should read your book?
MB: Well just the fact of the economy today and how hard it is to find a job coming out of the university. Most of it is mentality. And we really do get what we think about and we get what we expect to get. So if we change our mentality, we change our life.
TL: What’s your advice to college students on battling final exams and holiday stress?
MB: First and foremost is to always take care of yourself. The most important thing to a college student is in the middle of that stress, you have to take time out to take care of yourself because if you’re not strong yourself and if you don’t take care of yourself and if you don’t feed yourself emotionally and take care of yourself spiritually and physically, the you’re not going to be able to make a difference in the world around you.
TL: Is there anything else that you would like to say to Towson students?
MB: Just keep your head up and always remember that you have greatness in you and that you can and you will make a difference in somebody’s life.
You can learn more about Mark Beecham and his book, “No X-Cuses!” at www.noxcuse.org