What you focus on expands.
That is if you are thinking positive thoughts you will grow towards those positive thoughts and if you are thinking about things that go wrong you will necessarily bring yourself towards things that are negative as a consequence.
What do you think about most? Do you think that you can? Do you think you have amazing abilities, courageous character, magnificent manner, superior strengths, or honorable humility?
What is the predominant creative force in your life? Do you use your creative force?
When we choose to be creative we choose something far grander than we imagine. Robert Fritz writes, “Moreover, the entire quality of your life changes dramatically, from tragedy, drudgery, pain, tolerance, struggle, sameness, and boredom so often characteristic of life in the reactive responsive orientation to the excitement and adventure characteristic of life in the orientation of the creative.” (The Path of Least Resistance)
Fritz again writes, “When you examine reality with a preconceived idea of what you will find, you particularly notice those facts that reinforce your concept.” This goes back to the idea what you focus on expands. The confirmation bias that you hold causes you to look for things that affirm your ideas or bias. Suddenly everything you see acts in synchronization with your ideas and beliefs – the world is in alignment with your beliefs right or wrong. If you are thinking creatively – expanding your capacity to better yourself or the world, what you are focusing on will expand for the better.
What do your focus on? Creative forces or something else?
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How often are you encouraged?
In your work or even in your relationship with others when was the last time you heard a word of encouragement?
In your work or even in your relationship with others when was the last time you heard word of a critical nature?
What happens more often, words that are critical or words that are encouraging?
Encouragement is a moment of inspiration given to another that is both genuine and authentic.
What does encouragement say to you?
You are important
You have talent, capabilities and strengths
You have gifts
You have value, in self and in ideas
Encouragement is a source of hope.
For every criticism you receive you should get five words of encouragement.
So, what does encouragement do? Do you feel more secure when you are encouraged? Do you feel more confident when you are encouraged? Do you feel like you can take a risk when you are encouraged?
Today do something new – something that makes you feel alive – something that strengthens the core of who you are – something that will generate internal energy – what can you do, when will you start?
“Our chief want is someone who will inspire us to be what we know we could be.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
“So why do I talk about the benefits of failure? Simply because failure meant a stripping away of the inessential. I stopped pretending to myself that I was anything other than what I was, and began to direct all my energy into finishing the only work that mattered to me. Had I really succeeded at anything else, I might never have found the determination to succeed in the one arena I believed I truly belonged. I was set free, because my greatest fear had already been realised, and I was still alive, and I still had a daughter whom I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.” J.K. Rowling June 2008 Harvard Commencement Speech
“I like to think about the hero’s journey in other terms. I like to think about a little boy who is being encouraged to leave a safe, known and desirable place to journey to a place that he has only been told about. I like to think of those blue-collar laborer who, after an agonizing deliberation, decides to risk the job rather than follow an unethical behavior. I like to think about the hero’s journey in terms of you and me and our continual search for meaning and definition in life. “ R. E. Quinn “Deep Change”
Inspiration, risk and failure and come together when we decide we need to change. Fear inhibits us from being all that we can be. Inspiration informs of us of what we could be. Risk is the step we must take to become all that we can be.
How often do we operate in pretense? We have to know who we are and what we can do and that can be frightening if we hold doubt in our hands and let it overtake what we know and want to be true. It is so easy to talk ourselves out of change. It is so easy to quit the race.
When we set the goals, create the plan and begin to execute the plan we should have someone who is willing to hold us to those goals.
Read these words by Kierkegaard, “If I were to wish for anything, I should not wish for wealth and power, but for the passionate sense of the potential, for the eye which, ever young and ardent, sees the possible. Pleasure disappoints, possibility never.”
Seek the passion of the plan. Seek the passion of the goals. Seek the passion of realizing a dream. Begin now!
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