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Overcoming Human Nature

Tuesday August 19, 2008 #60

 “Warning!  Your mind plays tricks on you – that’s right – it deceives you. It convinces you to stop trying to create change because it’s comfortable where you are right now – even if you aren’t happy.” 

~Karim Hajee

This quote refers to one of the insidious facts of our human nature:  Our subconscious drives us to keep things the way they are – no matter how good or how bad the reality may be.  This explains people who remain in abusive relationships, employees who stay in jobs that are dead-end or degrading or worse, and more.  In our daily lives, we often stick to activities and methods that once brought us good results but now fail to do so. 

It is said that “change is hard”.  It is.  Psychologically and sometimes physiologically.  Perversely, our lives have become more and more subject to changes.  It is no wonder so many are stressed out, or depressed, or worse.
 
What to do?  It requires training your mind to welcome change with open arms.  The start is simply knowing the mind’s propensity to avoid change and then prepare yourself to accept and even welcome changes as they come.  It is like training any other underused muscle.  It hurts at first, but over time you not only have more strength, the exercise itself feels great!
 
Today’s assignment.  Imagine a big change that may come up in your personal or professional life.  Imagine yourself welcoming the change with excitement and anticipation.  Go there fully in your mind and imagine your life after the change – how you not only survived it but prospered. 
 
Give it a try – you can overcome human nature.

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The ordinary produces extraordinary

Thursday August 14, 2008 #59

 “Ordinary things done consistently produce extraordinary results.” 

~Alex Mandossian 

One of the common misconceptions of those seeking great success, wealth, and other extraordinary results is the idea that these things come from single moments of luck, windfalls, etc.  The fact is that most extraordinary results come from many small, ordinary efforts done consistently over time.

You want wealth?  Contribute religiously to your 401K

You want health?  Stretch and walk and eat good foods every day

You want to have expertise?  Learn & practice something every day in your area of interest.

Stop playing the lottery and start focusing on practicing the sound daily efforts you know you should be doing.  Acting on the occasional wild idea certainly has merit and gives our lives color and excitement.  Do these – but focus mainly on the ordinary daily actions that move you in the direction of your dreams.  These ordinary efforts will deliver what you seek.

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Passion for Lifelong Learning

Tuesday August 12, 2008 #58

 “One of the things that may get in the way of people being lifelong learners is that they’re not in touch with their passion. If you’re passionate about what it is you do, then you’re going to be looking for everything you can to get better at it.” 

~Jack Canfield 

In an earlier JAM, we talked about learning “like you’re going to live forever”.  The key for you to stick with this is to focus on your passions.  We won’t continue learning about things we’re not passionate about because we simply won’t care.  What drives you, energizes you, gets you out of bed in the morning?  Make sure you know what it is and that you are putting yourself in the position to do more of it.  Then and only then will you have the desire and tenacity to be a lifelong learner.

I hope for you that your work is one of your passions.  If it is not, I challenge you to get yourself into a role you will be passionate about.  Otherwise, why bother?  If it is, congratulations and get on with the learning!

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