Once in a while you can find things that cause you to change the way you look at things. With an open mind you can become attracted to new ideas and new ways of thinking about a problem. That would be the humility of learning – willing and able to learn without the need to reject the premise of the argument.
This link to a video clip tells a compelling story, about spirituality, about our best efforts and perhaps even more. Elizabeth Gilbert is a writer and she is telling her story about looking at the world of what is possible. Looking at what is yet to come which can be better than what has happened in the past. Our future presents to us the opportunity to do better.
This video clip link is from TED 2009. I think you’ll find it worthwhile to listen to.
The minute you alter your perception of yourself and your future, both you and your future begin to change. Marilee Zdenek
Replace your coulds, woulds, shoulds with “will”. What would your statements look like if you replaced excuses for change with “I will do _____________”.
Repeat this in your mind or out loud, “My mind is always focused on the positive.” Every time a statement that is not positive enters your consciousness replace it with that phrase. Look for the positive in everything you do and you will find it.
Chose to be happy. Chose to be smart. Chose to be alive. Chose to be active. Chose to be friendly. Chose to be thankful.
Here’s one, “I commit to doing only what I can do.” Apply relentless focus on your day, hours and minutes, make each one count and be intentional on what counts.
Change won’t happen overnight. The words you say to yourself can change, repeat the positive and keep it circulating in your head. It takes work and practice.
The better the attitude, the better the results.
When will you start focusing on the positive?
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We live in unique times. We live in a time where uncertainty brushes everyone of us. We live in a time when many are worrying about tomorrow like we can shift the dunes of time to our favor.
If we are living a life of hope then we know that whatever tomorrow brings something good can come out of it. Prepare to live a life of hope by creating a vision of the future that is strong, vibrant and present. In this vision of the future what part do you play? What do you think the outcome could be if you put your energy and talents together and seek the dream?
“Look. This is your world! You can’t not look. There is no other world. This is your world; it is your feast. You inherited this; you inherited these eyeballs; you inherited the world of color. Look at the greatness of the whole thing. Look! Don’t hesitate – look! Open your eyes, don’t blink, and look, look – look further.” Chogyam Trungpa
How do you see the world? What part do you want to play?
Posted in Change, Inspiration
Tagged color, embrace, future, greatness, inherit, present, seek the dream, uncertainty, unique, vibrant, vision, world
“The life which is unexamined is not worth living” Socrates
“A goal is the ongoing pursuit of a worthy objective until accomplished” Canfield, Hansen, Hewitt
Examine your life. Are you setting goals that are big enough to make a difference in your life?
Do you have an exciting vision for your future? When do you work on the vision? Making the vision come true is one goal you can work on.
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Tagged Canfield, examine, future, goals, Hansen, Hewitt, Life, objective, Socrates, vision
“…INSIST THAT SELF-KNOWLEDGE IS THE NECESSARY PRECURSOR TO EFFECTIVE LEADERSHIP OF ALL FLAVORS. SELF-KNOWLEDGE IS NOT SELF-INDULGENCE. SELF-KNOWLEDGE, ACCUMULATION THEREOF, IS THE MOST POTENT MEDICINE YOU WILL EVER TAKE.” Tom Peters
Self-knowledge may be the most important discovery you can make. Not only is self-knowledge a necessary component of leadership, it is a necessary component of followership and a necessary component of self-leadership.
What are you doing today that enhances your knowledge of your self?
Have you walked on a sandy beach and left your footprints in the sand. Have you noticed that when you stop and look back at those footprints they have been washed away by the incoming tide? The wave gently erases our past as you walk on the beach. Your footprints only last for a short while.
Life is much like your footprints. While those footprints may be visible for a short time eventually they are washed away. It is only where you stand that you let your presence be known. When you step away the footprints will be filled in by the rushing water.
You need to be present today where you are and you need to make a difference today. Life isn’t about what you have done it is about what you are doing.
When you watch the tide come in and wash your footprints away do you lament the fact that your presence has been washed out to the sea? Or do you look forward to the next step you will make. You will make a new impression on the sand and for a moment that will be your signature.
“One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.” – Andre Gide
And one does not discover their self without consenting to look beyond the present.
Posted in Encouragement, Exploration, Inspiration
Tagged discover, footprints, future, Life, new beginning, past, present, self, shore, vision
Let’s start with a couple of questions. What are your answers?
1. If you were to FULLY live your life, what is the first
change you would start to make?
2. What do you want MORE of in your life? (Make a list)
3. What do you want LESS of in your life? (Make a list)
4. What are three things you are doing regularly that don’t
serve or support you?
5. What would you try now if you knew you could not fail?
Have you considered what your life would be like if you were fully engaged in your own story? Engagement means being proactive in charting your future, designing a plan that will push you towards that future and then executing the plan to realize your new future.
It’s not an easy task to create your future. It is easier to take a path that may take you to nowhere, or as it could be called utopia (that being a non-existent place). Marianne Williamson writes “Our greatest power to change our world lies in our power to see beyond the veil. For we will invoke the world we choose to see.” What do you choose to see?
An excerpt from “the illusionless man” by Allen Wheelis
“Once upon a time there was a man who had no illusions about anything. While still in the crib he had learned that his mother was not always kind; at two he had given up fairies; witches and hobgoblins disappeared from his world at three; at four he knew that rabbits at Easter lay no eggs; and at five on a cold night in December, with a bitter little smile, he said good-bye to Santa Claus. At six when he started school illusions flew from his life like feathers in a windstorm: he discovered that his father was not always brave or even honest, and that presidents are little men, that the Queen of England goes to the bathroom like everybody else, and that his first grade teacher, a pretty round faced young woman with dimples, did not know everything, as he had thought, but thought only of men and did not in fact know much of anything. At eight he could read, and the printed word was a sorcerer at exorcising illusions – only he knew there were no sorcerers. The abyss of hell disappeared into the even larger abyss into which a clear vision was sweeping his beliefs. Happiness was of course a myth; love a fleeting attachment, a dream of enduring selflessness glued onto the instinct of a rabbit. At twelve he dispatched into the night sky his last unheard prayer. As a young man he realized that the most generous act is self-serving, the most disinterested inquiry serves interest; that lies are told by printed words, even by words carved in stone; that art begins with a small “a” like everything else, and that he could not escape the ruin of value by orchestrating a cry of despair into a song of lasting beauty; for beauty passes and deathless art is quite mortal. Of all those people who love illusions he lost more than anyone else, taboo and prescription alike; and as everything became permitted nothing was left worthwhile.”
That is a description of a life that is empty, empty of hope, happiness, joy, and a future.
Find happiness in what you do and in who you are. Seek joy in what you do. Chart a path that is filled with joy and follow it.
“When it comes to observing reality, people often do not see what is before their eyes. Instead, people see their concept of what reality should be. They are not seeing what is before their eyes, but rather what they expect to see.” Robert Fritz ‘The Path of Least Resistance”
There are many reasons to have a coach some of them are embodied in the statement by Robert Fritz. Unleashing creative energy to produce new solutions to old problems is difficult. Fritz writes, “Many people’s lives are inextricably tied to their problems. The majority of the actions they take are designed to eliminate the problems so they can be problem-free. But with all this action they still have problems. Some of these people have the same old problems, some develop new problems.” If we exchanged problem solving for creation and developing new possibilities the results will move us toward fulfilling our purpose which in turn will result in greater happiness.
What do you want to create?
Many people don’t know what they want and they search aimlessly trying to find what they don’t know they want. Without an external observer to question the current state there is little chance that the desired future state can be achieved. Perhaps small steps of progress can be made however entropy will always draw one back to the current state.
Creation starts from a blank slate rather than from a cause and effect view of a problem. Art is a good example of starting with a concept and breathing life into that concept that results in something new, something that was not envisioned previously.
What is the creative process?
1. Define the result you want to create.
2. Understand the existing landscape – what is out there?
3. Define and act
4. Understand the process, [concept, synthesis, finalization]
5. Establish a cadence and repeat the process.
What is it that you want to have come into existence?
What new you do you want to see?
What do you love enough that you wish to see it exist?
This is just a bit different. Breathe deeply the words echoed by those whose footprints we may be walking in.
Take a moment to reflect on your successes. What made them so? Look forward to the future, what will make it so?