Jim Norman, the former CEO of The Zig Ziglar Corporation, compiled a quick-reference list of definitions which I found fascinating, profound and useful for those who are serious about change and improvement.
Alcohol - A means of sustaining the agony of combining fantasy and reality and promoting that as life.
Boredom - Self-pity in disguise.
Change/growth - The process by which my inside begins to match my outside.
Compulsion - An overwhelming desire to destroy myself in the name of pleasure.
Confusion - More than two alcoholics in the same place at the same time without a chair person.
Denial - The ability to suppress the truth long enough to get what I want.
Envy - Emotion produced by a belief that another's good fortune somehow detracts from my own superiority.
Fear - The need to run from the things I screwed up yesterday that I know will ruin my life tomorrow which I refuse to deal with today.
Honesty - A thing I have no problem with until I get honest about it.
Humility - Being honestly and sincerely willing to learn a few simple things from other people, having no desire to strangle them in the process.
Inventory - The process by which an alcoholic figures out what really happened between blackouts.
Love - When listening to you is more fun than thinking about me.
Low self-esteem - A modern psychological term that used to be called "shame."
Persecuted - The way I feel when I get what I deserve.
Positive-thinking seminars - A forum that encourages me to create an even longer list of things I'm too lazy to do.
Powerless - A human being without faith in God.
Problems - God's method of revealing Himself to anyone who is interested.
Rationalization - The process of convincing myself I need everything I want.
Self-pity - The door of depression, the fuel of fear, the anvil of anger and the root of resentment.
Willingness - When I expose myself to the truth and refrain from shuffling the facts.
I hope these definitions will inform and entertain you, as well as provide you with some hope and help for your journey TO THE TOP!