Vitamins For The Mind: My Vitamin Story
My “Vitamins for the Mind” idea actually came to me after a visit to a local liquor store where they had a small jar on the counter with small pieces of paper folded up. The label on the outside said “Happy Pills”. Of course I took one, after all I was in a liquor store and was already happy! I unfolded the paper and received a very positive, upbeat friendly message that made my day.
On the way home (before I drank the wine!), I started thinking of all the inspirational and transformational material I have read and workshops and seminars I have attended. I always kept notes about the quotes and messages that got my attention and really meant something. I had saved pages and pages of short little quotes and positive sayings about improving your life. I called them Vitamins. When I needed a little boost I took some vitamins by reading some of my positive notes that I have been saving for years. My vitamins were like the happy pills at the store!
I began to be consumed with having my own container with vitamins that I could share with others; I would call it “Vitamins For The Mind”. I announced to my industrial cleaning and painting crews that within a couple weeks we were going to introduce a new benefit. We would start providing vitamins and it would be mandatory to take one a day. They all looked at me like I was cracked! My management staff confidentially asked me if I was sure giving out vitamins was a good idea, “What if someone choked? What if they became ill? What if someone had a allergic reaction?!”
I assured them that the vitamins I would be providing would make every single person felt better – guaranteed! My 21 year-old daughter, Cayla, helped put all the quotes in a word doc and spent hours cutting and folding them and made a nice logo for the vitamin jar. When I did bring the vitamins to work everyone was relieved they weren’t in pill form! We have our jar of vitamins on the front counter where every person that walks thru the door grabs one and is quite often read aloud and shared. I have witnessed the reading of these vitamins for the mind that have taken a person who was a “sour grape” and turned them around! I have seen attitudes improve instantly. I have witnessed problems being solved quicker. And there has definitely been more camaraderie between everyone. It is so powerful that what has worked for me is now working for everyone. Live life wide open. Life Is Good!
Mark Miller, CEO Americlean