Archive for March, 2008
Are you like me? Your day is filled with so many distractions that some important things just don’t get done.
By the end of the day when I get home I have a 3-year-old that needs snacks, a bath, and a bedtime story, a house that needs cleaned, and the list go on. I suspect it’s not so different from your list.
I have been neglecting precious and critical prayer/mediation time with myself. This has got to stop.
So, this weekend I designated a secret place in my house. This is a place that is off limits to the rest of the family. The ambiance is comfortable for me. I have low light using candles, a small heater, a desk, a blanket, and my inspirational book collection.
I close the door and enter another place. Now I can escape to my dreams, goals, and creative planning without distraction.
I can’t over emphasize how critical positive imaging is to our success. We’ve got to visualize the desired outcome and hold the image firmly in our minds everyday for our subconscious to pick up the signal and help us bring it into reality.
Already, if feel it working.
If you are in the market for a secret place, here’s some criteria to consider:
1. Look for a space that can be comfortable to you(you’ve got to be able to relax)
2. Can you post a “Keep Out” sign on the door?(I lock mine so I can leave my books and papers lying around)
3. A smaller space might be best (mine is a closet in the spare bedroom)
4. Is it convenient to access?( if it were in your home, even 5-10 minutes before bedtime would be great)
This little adjustment creating consistent prayer/mediation can change our lives forever!!
Let’s do it and keep doing it?
“Freedom is an effervescent idea that can’t be bottled up forever.”
This is a quote by Scott Simon, NPR news, while reporting on the unrest over the Chinese rule of Tibet.
I was just thinking:
To ever beat the odds, achieve the impossible, and overcome the insurmountable, one must start with a burning desire (the idea).
Now fix in your mind the image of you and your life once you have achieved your desire. Constantly think positive, affirming thoughts of that end (the effervescense).
Next, keep a lid on it!! Tell of your dreams only to the few that will encourage you and help you build excitement for the future achievement (bottled up). The naysayers and small-minded can cause your precious energy to dissipate and be lost FOREVER!
Finally, start “P.U.S.H.”ing.
(This is the pressure-building phase.)
Next thing you know that effervescent idea will explode into reality and set you free.
Special thanks to Rhonda Ford for her contributions to this posting.
“Once I knew only darkness and stillness…my life was without past or future…but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness and my heart leaped to the rapture of living.”
This is a quote by Helen Keller referring to her teacher, Anne Sullivan. Helen Keller had handicaps that threatened the prospect of a successful life. She was deaf and blind.
Maybe you and I aren’t deaf or blind, but we all have weaknesses and obstacles in the path between us and our best selves.
What’s keeping you from getting that better job? What’s keeping me from realizing the dreams I have for my company? What’s keeping us all from having more to share with the world?
No one achieves great success without the help of others.
Would we have ever known Helen Keller without Anne Sullivan?
With that thought, I challenge you with 3 tasks:
1. Search yourself. Identify the weaknesses that hold you back. Be honest.
2. Seek out people who have the strengths you need and get them on your team.
3. Volunteer yourself to help someone else bridge the gap in their road to greatness.
Here’s hoping we find the Anne Sullivans we need to help us see a better way and hear gentle reminders that we can make history if we are willing to go the extra mile.
As I was about to say on Monday…
Maybe you’ve heard Oprah is endorsing Eckhardt Tolle’s new book “A New Earth”. I haven’t read this one yet but it reminded me of one of his books I have read, ” Practicing the Power of Now”.
It’s about being present in the moment. Close your eyes and feel the presence of your own body, your arms, legs, breathing, etc. What do you hear, feel, smell? Once you’ve done this you have practiced the power of now.
It’s really a very interesting exercise in which you emotionally remove yourself from the experience. Tolle calls it being the “observer”.
Here’s the real treasure in this. Once you’ve realized the ability to emotionally remove yourself from any experience you gain control over the value of that experience. You can then decide whether it is important, garbage, or reject it altogether for irrelevance to you.
When you become the observer, there is no past, no future, only now and you have the power to assign the value placed on the now.
So as you go through the course of your day, and life happens, ask yourself:
Does this really matter to me?
What kind of impact do I want this to have on me?
Where will one reaction vs. another lead me?
Then assign value ranging from no value to critically valuable and react accordingly. No value get none of your energy and time and critically valuable gets much more.
I’m finding right now that this is harder to put into words than I realized but once you have experienced it for yourself you will feel the empowerment of it.
Use the past for the lessons it teaches, use the future for the hope that it promises, engage in the present. It’s where life happens.