It’s easier to stay the same than change, it’s even easier to simply complain while staying the same. This is the way, day after day, week after week, and year after year people stay stuck. They stay stuck in the same patterns of thinking and believing. They stay stuck in the same habits of doing. They stay stuck in the same way of being who and where they are.
If we want to “be” different, we have to “do” different. Most people won’t or don’t do anything different yet they expect a new result, a new outcome in life and business.
If you’re reading this post, you know the Mayan’s had it wrong–the world didn’t end and we’re still here finding our way to lasting success, significance, and happiness.
Simply because the world didn’t “end” doesn’t mean we can’t change ourselves and our world. I’d even argue we have an obligation to do so. It’s a new dawn, a new day, and a new age.
(Maybe I’ll create my own calendar to countdown the end of the world as I know it)
I was re-reading a book last evening by the late Anthony de Mello where a parable was shared in the Forward. It reminded me how much we shape our own reality in all areas of life by the labels and limitations we place upon ourselves. Here’s the story…
All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken. He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled. And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.
Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky. It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.
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“It’s only when we have the courage to face things exactly as they are without any self-deception or illusion, that a light will develop out of events by which the path to success may be recognized.” I Ching
Naked, undiluted reality can be a harsh or even bitter foe in confronting the conditions and challenges of our everyday life. On a global level, wars, natural disasters, disease, famine, political turmoil and terrorism can “take a toll on our soul” as we search for meaning by asking “why” things have to be this way.
On a personal level, the economy, our financial circumstance, illness, moments of family trials and turmoil and even routine disappointments can cause us to seek an escape to a better “reality” through fantasy, distraction, or simple denial.
I’ve shucked and ducked “reality” more times than I care to share or admit, even to myself. It’s a human reaction but it doesn’t have to be our only mechanism for maintaining our mental sanity and emotional stability.
“Reality” can also be a joyous recognition and embodiment of the beauty that surrounds our everyday existence–love, kindness, caring, sharing, and the opportunity for growth and achievement. The chance to make the world and the reality in which we live a better place. The opportunity to pursue our passions and our personal bliss.
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Ordinary thinking is fine–as long as ordinary results are all you want or need. We all have choices in life.
Albert Einstein said, “The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.”
Who am I to argue with one of the greatest minds of all time? Extraordinary times do require extraordinary minds.
No doubt we are living in remarkable, astonishing, almost unbelievable times. These days are filled with significant problems and challenges on a scope and scale of mind-numbing immensity and intensity, yet so is incredible opportunity.
Every night we go to bed and put the day to rest. Each morning we wake up with another opportunity, another test, and somewhere deep inside the question–is today that day… THE day when everything changes?
If fact, love her or not, Oprah Winfrey is one wise soul. She said, “Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for the moment that is to come.”
Are you prepared for the moment to come? Those moments that move you forward in your life and business.
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Let’s face it—no matter how clear, committed, and excited we are to creating success in life and business, things change. In spite of our intended outcomes we’re faced with ordeals and obstacles we never anticipated.
Circumstances, challenges, and changes we didn’t expect are often our greatest enemies to lasting success and achievement. We get diverted from our once-carefully plotted course toward our business and life goals.
Often when distractions appear disciple disappears and we begin to drift, almost unperceptively at first. Then, what began as an exception in action soon becomes “the rule” of habit.
We all know THE problem—I’ve experienced it and so have you. Someday, somehow, someway, we ended up somewhere else than where we intended to be—financially, organizationally, and personally. Read the full blog…
We generally are where we are and who we are in life as the result of circumstance. It’s usually not the circumstance themselves that are the cause of our condition—it’s the choices we’ve made and the actions we’ve taken or not taken within the context of those circumstances that have created the “reality in which we live.”
I’m not casting blame, nor am I ignoring the fact there are incredible challenges, disadvantages, hardships, and even cruelty in the world. Some of the conditions and situations people of the world have had to endure exceed my capacity to imagine or perhaps even cope. But for most of us, living in relative safety, freedom, and within the confines of civilized societies, there’s more than simply “hope”, there’s the opportunity to create the life we can imagine.
You have a voice—a voice inside of you.
Sometimes it’s a shout; sometimes it’s a whisper but it’s there.
Call it intuition; call it a gut feeling. You can call it your conscience or you can call it a nagging chatter.
It doesn’t matter but it’s a voice that you hear. Sometimes you listen and sometimes you ignore it; but it’s always there.
It’s the voice of reason—your reason, your purpose, your passion.
It’s a calling. It’s the reason “you are YOU” and the reason why you’re here—in this moment. It’s the reason of, and for your life.
The world is unfolding in silence just waiting for you to speak.
Tags: Spike Humer, Change, Goals, Decisions, Motivation, Success, Achievement, Mentors, Learning, Self-growth, Leadership
I’m not a “guru”—never hoped to be, never wanted to be—never will be.
In its “formal” sense, the term “guru” has been defined as:
- a preceptor giving personal religious instruction
- an intellectual or spiritual guide or leader
- a person who counsels or advises; a mentor
- a leader in a particular field
The “formal” or historical sense of a “guru” as a preceptor, guide, advisor, mentor, or leader I can live with; it’s the current implications and use and overuse of the term I choose to live without. Read the full blog…