Monthly Archives: June 2010

Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway.”

 Dr. Robert Anthony

 

What kind of energy are you walking around with?   Is it energy that is positive, motivating, inspiring, creative and passion filled?   If your energy is positive then you are living with what is known as anabolic energy, the kind of energy that gives you the desire to put in 100% to the work you are doing.   The other kind of energy is catabolic.   It is destructive and can rob you of the desire to do what your heart is telling you to do.

So, what is anabolic and catabolic energy and why does it matter.   First of all it matters because when our lives are filled with catabolic energy, negative energy, we falter, we sputter, we at times fall victim to our thoughts and mutter words that are destructive to self and others.     When someone is complacent, apathetic, whining, worrying, anxiety filled, and living as a victim that is an energy robbing state.   You probably know  people who just drain the energy right out of you.   What would you feel like if you could identify and live in a more positively energetic day?  What would it mean to you to have a lot less catabolic energy in your life?  

Think about it – it would mean greater success, significance, confidence, passion, commitment, creativity, joy, peace, and happiness in your life and who wouldn’t want more of that?     

Next time – anabolic energy, and how that can impact you.

Wall of Change

“You may be whatever you resolve to be”  General Stonewall Jackson

 

Change is difficult, challenging, demanding, and even chaotic.  Change is something most people resist and try to avoid, yet change is the impetus for growth and personal development.   Change is the role of a leader and everyone is a leader in some way.   Change is the mechanism by which people, organizations, states, countries and the world grows.   Growth is a necessary component for healthy living.

A leader has to be the first one to change, to absorb change, to reconcile change and then implement change.   For the followers change is often seen as a waste of time, a mechanism that breaks habits, causes stress and slows things down.    In what areas do you resist change?

In today’s world personal development is no longer an option it is a requirement.   Personal development requires change, the change from old to new habits and ideas.   Personal development and growth is a requirement for every career and every relationship.   In what areas are you developing your skills and talents?

If the ways you do things today aren’t working for you, change.  Find new ways, learn new things and begin to see life in a new light.   What areas in your life require more attention from you?

Take time to smell the flowers

Have you taken time to smell the flowers?   Have you taken the time to just stop and look at the beauty that surrounds you?

Often the pace of the world grabs us by our hands and takes us for a walk on a path we’d rather not be on and when that happens we don’t take time to see the world.    The time for peace, quiet and serenity disappears into the noise and chaos of the day.    See the day!

low energy?

Earl Nightingale said, “The key that unlocks energy is desire. It’s also the key to a long and interesting life. If we expect to create any drive, any real force within ourselves, we have to get excited.”   Where is your energy level?  

Are you fully engaged in life?   What does that mean “engaged” in life?   What do you do that is fully motivating, powerful, and orientated towards your passions?

Many people go through live living in anger or complacency.    You probably know some people who are perpetually angry, unsatisfied and fed up with their circumstances.  They are the people who moan and complain with vigor at the situation they find themselves in.   Do you know someone like that?

There are others who continually whine about how life is out to get them and that everyone they know is out to get them.   These people are resigned to a life of complacency and being a victim of the circumstances that they find themselves in.   Do you know someone like that?

People who are complaining and whining about life are living in what is called a “catabolic” energy state.   This is negative energy and this kind of energy robs people of the joy, and potential that life offers.   Catabolic energy takes from life more than it gives to it.  

What would it look for you if you had less catabolic energy in your life?

courage wanted

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.” Ambrose Redmoon

The list of those experiencing job layoffs is still growing.   Daily people are informed that they will no longer be needed.   Those people walk out in shock wondering why they were picked.   Those that were left behind wonder why they weren’t picked.    It is not easy to be either the survivor or the one that has to work the streets to find new employment.    Some people have the courage to reinvent themselves and set out to create a new life.   Either path it isn’t easy as it takes a great deal of courage to ford the streams of change. 

People review their life and wonder why; others will review their life and give it a try.   The courage to step out and try something new and risky is not for everyone.   The risk of failure, of losing it all to a dream, strongly dances in the mind.   Yet in spite of the risk those with an abiding passion will push forward through the worry and see it as opportunity, an opportunity that if not taken, will leave them with the question, “Why not?”.

Courage, courage to step forward and embrace the challenge with great strength and determination is reserved for those who are willing to take a risk and step far beyond their comfort zone.  For those that can and do there is the opportunity for great personal reward.  Courage do you have it?

cross the bridge

“Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.”
Audre Lorde

What fears to you need to approach with courage today?   What changes do you want to make in your life that will set you free from your fears and worries?

Respond to fear with courage.   Respond to fear with tenacity.   Respond to fear with your own passions.   Begin to live your life, not the life that has been bounded by fear, and live it fully.

From the inside out …

As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Life in the fast lane, life in the slow lane and life in the ditch, where is yours?

Some people are thrilled the way their life is going and some aren’t.   Some people are struggling each day to fit any piece of the puzzle of life together and others look like they have the puzzle completed.

The real puzzle isn’t what is seen on the outside, it is what is happening on the inside.   This is where life takes place, in the heart and in the soul.   Some people appear to have everything anyone could imagine and it could be that those are the very people who are struggling the most.    The calm exterior, the smiling face, the strong laugh, the unending positive story could be real or it could be a façade to a life that is empty and without meaning.

Living on the inside to make life on the outside great is a difficult task to achieve.   Living fully from the inside out means that you believe in who you are and where you are going.    Start making choices that boost the self-esteem and as a result leave you in a position where you have choices rather than having choices being made for you by others.

What does your life look like from the inside out?