Ideas are elusive, slippery things. Best to keep a pad of paper and a pencil at your bedside, so you can stab them during the night before they get away
– Earl Nightingale
The other day I was looking for just the right type of shoes. The other ones I really like were having a major blowout and of course I just wanted to find a new pair exactly the same. So I looked, and looked, and looked. I tried online, looked at the other stores and even drove for an hour to the best shop I could think of – just to find the shoes. I stood waiting in the shop for 20 mins while the disorganised staff looked and looked and searched and scratched their heads.
No luck. I went home. My new shoes were being elusive. I was finding it hard to meet with them.
I shared my frustration with a friend. I couldn’t find the shoes, and the shoe staff couldn’t either. They made the chance of finding them less likely. They made the shoes elusive.
Flying the next day, my friend suggested why not try out the airport. Could the airport have my shoes?
There it was, the same shop I visited in the city. Smaller, contained, organised, different and not so elusive. The staff were attentive. The shoes were there on the shelf. I left 5 minutes later knowing they fitted well.
What if the shoes weren’t in the shop? I might have given up forever. The shoes would have remained elusive.
Sometimes it’s hard to find things you really want or need. It takes an element of determination, discussion, research and persistence to get hold of that elusive thing. If it doesn’t come to you first time, try again.
Be persistent. Ask more questions about elusive things and you might just find what you are looking for.
Mindset – the ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation, especially when these are seen as being difficult to alter. Collins English Dictionary
Well you can’t have it all but…
We all have the chance to learn new things, to stretch ourselves and to experiment with making change in our lives. Why do we do it? We have a natural drive (all of us do) to do a little better every day.
It’s not hard to sit and consider what could have been. In fact why not just create a library of could haves.
It’s a little harder to take the bulls by the horns and make one small change each day. After 30 days you made 30 small changes. I reckon that equals one big change (you might thinks it’s ten).
Take your mindset and question everything. What might it look like on the other side of the fence.
- 30 could haves might be 30 did haves
- 30 non-starts could be 30 wins
- 30 small changes could equal the best thing you ever made
I don’t feel like getting out of bed today might turn into a morning run, or reading a favourite book, or writing a letter (yes a letter) home…
or maybe spending morning time with your child before going to work.
Make you mindset a positive one. Change a little bit every day and remember to look over the fence to see whats on the other side.
When I think about creating abundance, it’s not about creating a life of luxury for everybody on this planet; it’s about creating a life of possibility. It is about taking that which was scarce and making it abundant.
– Peter Diamandis
When was the last time you dreamed of a goal that was just so big it was something you could not comprehend? How do we manage to stretch our beliefs and challenge ourselves to massive goals?
I recently heard that we find it difficult to set realistic short term goals and we tend to overestimate our ability. So we might fail and drop, stand up, dust ourselves off and move on, try again and push ahead.
However, when it comes to our 3-5 year window, we actually sell ourselves short with our goals. We can actually achieve a massive amount in this short time, the time it takes to study at University, or build a base of experience. In that time we could work 10,000 hours. We could become a master at something.
Every man prefers belief to the exercise of judgment.
There is no doubt that at times we all carry some form of negative belief, something that likely prevents us from expressing our freedom and our true self – one that can prevent us fulfilling a dream.
Take the negative and reframe it as an empowering form. I can’t manage to run 3 times a week because I’m just too busy.
When I reorganise my schedule I can, before work, spend 30 minutes and run 3 times a week in the morning.
Reinforce your empowering belief each day, by writing it down and reading it each morning (and evening).
Our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world…as in being able to remake ourselves.
When the resistance falls away and your alignment comes to the present there is one one thing you can feel. Empowered!
After years of searching time will tell if I have found my alignment, but what is certain is that the resistance is falling away. Confidence returns.
Be yourself; Everyone Else is Already Taken
For years I would look around look at what other people would do and simply copy them. I lacked courage and conviction to simply be myself and lived every day with a strong negative inner voice. I walked with a little buzz of anxiety, wherever I went.
Concerned about the ‘What will everyone else think?’ question, I would often hide, or not do things because I was afraid of being singled out. For not being normal. For being different.
Well, I do just happen to be different. I can be myself. I can explore with confidence. I can say No. I can choose to take off and travel. I can share my time, or just find a quiet patch on the beach to watch and think and just be me.
Without Resistance there is Acceptance
I was going through my standard morning meditation ritual this
morning and heard some worthy and relaxing words.
Are you feeling resistance?
Today, There is no resistance. Only Acceptance.
Today is a good day.