How to Use Your VCR for More Than Just Playing Movies

by Jason Gracia

I know what you’re thinking, ‘How is a VCR the secret to happiness?’ You will soon realize that the machine sitting by your television can do much more for you than simply play movies.

Each of the buttons on your VCR represents an important lesson. Paying more attention to it will result in a happier and more successful life.

The first lesson is to play. Let go of your worries, stresses, and problems for now and take time to just have fun.

Don’t limit yourself to sports or games when you think of play. Broaden your view of the word to include whatever leisure time activities you enjoy. Reading a book, spending time with your kids, or going for a run are all great examples of how you can play.

There are times when you become overwhelmed with life. Too many things to do, and not enough time to do them. When you face these situations, stop.

Give your mind and your body a rest. If you learn to take a breather every now and then, you will return to your tasks with renewed energy and motivation.

For a quick motivation boost, rewind. Think about where you once were, and where you are now. Think about the progress you have made, and how far you have come.

When you take time to look back, it can help to motivate you to keep moving forward. Press rewind, realize how much you’ve accomplished, and get motivated.

Another great technique to get motivated is to see into the future. Take a goal you have and picture yourself achieving it. The thing to remember with this lesson is to make it as real as possible.

Add as much detail as you can to your vision of the future. The more specific you make your picture, the easier it will be to get there.

Once you see yourself succeeding, reaching your goals, and feeling great once you are there, you will find that you have all the motivation you need to proceed.

When you find yourself in a great moment, pause. This lesson is all about being thankful for what you have, and not taking the good things in your life for granted.

Too often we only appreciate things when they are no longer with us. To avoid this unnecessary and unfortunate habit, use the pause button whenever you find yourself in a good situation.

Take a step back and let the moment really sink in. You will begin to appreciate the things you have, not only the things that you have lost.

The most important lesson deals with how the VCR works. It only functions when you put something into it. The same is true in life. You will only receive when you decide to give. You will only reach your goals when you give the required effort and determination.

Life gives output when you give it input. Hard work, focus, persistence, dedication, belief. These are all examples of input. The output?

Happiness, success, and getting what you want in life.

Hopefully you’ll never look at your VCR the same way again. Now as for the hundreds of remotes you own, that’s a different story.