Human beings are teleological beings – we are all goal seeking beings. Those who take their goal seeking seriously – achieve their aspirations and aims. Those who don’t take their goal seeking seriously, find tomorrow showing up pretty much the same as it did yesterday.
Even today, I can find myself pretending to be up to something (imagining I am setting out to achieve an aspiration that interests me), but making little progress. There is a correcting fact that I must accept: I am fooling myself – the reality of the situation is that I am lost, pretending I know where I am going. This fact can penetrate a stubborn mind about as easily as ivy can penetrate a brick wall. I still find myself sometimes living with a stubborn mind!
Are you willing to admit that you have been insincere with yourself about your intent to achieve an outcome that you claim you are passionate about? A chief interest of an unawakened mind is lack of interest in looking at the truth.
And yet… it is the truth that will set you free of any insincerity that knocks you off course.
I made a new friend on Friday; his name is Jay. Jay co-owns his own ReMax real estate office and has aspirations of developing an incredibly successful real estate business. Jay is very passionate about what he intends to do. He is clear and is willing to do what it takes to create himself to be the right person to do it. Willingness is vitally important whenever we decide to start a new business or set an aim that is different from the usual.
I can spot an insincere goal seeker quite quickly because I was one for many years. Jay asked me to help him spot his faults so that he could correct them and waste no time moving toward his goals. Jay is intensely sincere about creating himself in a new fashion; creating a ‘new Jay’ that empowers him to take effective outer action while making efficient inner decisions. You cannot have one without the other.
I inquired, “Do you really want me to help you notice any thought patterns or habits of behavior that are slowing you down?”
Jay responded, “Of course I do, that is why I am sitting here with you.”
Just the way that Jay responded proved to me that he was not inquiring with idle curiosity. Willingness and flexibility are essential if anyone is to elevate his consciousness above his old ways of seeing things.
All growth, including business growth is always an inside job – it always begins on the inside. If Jay intends to create a business that soars, Jay must create an attitude of mind that thrives even in ‘testing times’. Life is always testing us. It’s called the school of hard knocks – learn from it and you win… resist it and you flounder.
It matters not if the external environment is rich with rewards, if your internal environment of thoughts and emotions are impoverished – you will flounder. On the other hand, it matters not if the external environment is going through what seems to be ‘hard times’, if your internal environment is flourishing with rich supportive opinions and inspiring ideas, you will gather the worldly riches that you seek. Life is never here to stop you – it is just here to test you. DO YOU MEAN IT?
ARE YOU REALLY SINCERE ABOUT ACHIEVING YOUR ASPIRATIONS?
Sometimes I will say to folks, “I wish I could tell you a thousand times that you must first study your internal environment (belief system, highly cherished opinions, and your tendencies), before you can approach the world with an efficient and effective action plan. So many people think that they just need to charge forward like a crazed bull to get the job done.
Jay understands that it is highly intelligent of him to study himself in an objective manner so that he may change what needs changing about himself in order to achieve his aspirations without a lot of undue struggling.
- What aspiration and aim have you watched become an idle wish?
- What was your excuse to yourself for letting it go?
- Did you assume the world was too big for you to handle?
- Did you ever assume that it was your internal environment that was stopping you?
- Are you willing to be rigorously honest about subtle ways that you self-sabotage?
- Will you share a little about how you recreated yourself anew in order to achieve something that the old you was incapable of achieving?
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