Student: What’s the first thing I have to do before I begin winning at the game of life?
Teacher: Understand that a disturbance to your daily plans of winning is as much a part of winning as your planned action.
Student: What’s that mean?
Teacher: It means that if you divide your journey into two parts – one part called: on target, and the other part called: interruptions -you’re setting yourself up for frustration.
Student: What happens when I set myself up for frustration?
Teacher: You begin having anxious cravings to get back on track.
Student: Isn’t that important to do – get back on track?
Teacher: A sailboat tacking from point A to point B is rarely on track … it’s a zig zag journey. This is the way of reality. Anxious cravings to get back on track are wasted energy; you are on track … it’s a zig zag journey.
What did I personally learn from the above conversation between me as the student and me as the teacher? I learned four things:
(1) I banish the notion of flying straight like an arrow toward the target I seek – it just isn’t going to happen like that.
(2) I resolve to see the journey of life in a new and triumphant way:
A. I don’t have it all figured out ahead of time.
B. I don’t waste energy with anxious cravings when I feel I’m off track.
(3) I have a cheerful receptivity toward interference – there is a valuable lesson being offered.
(4) I study the lessons the interference is offering – it’s like the wind that guides the sailboat to its destination.
People unwisely prefer self-help syrup, which explains why they are not succeeding in life. It takes no courage to cling to syrupy self-help clichés; it takes courage to abandon them for the truth.
The truth is:
(1) Positive thinking alone cannot help you succeed – real thinking can and does help you succeed.
(2) When the mind is truly quiet (not filled with “I can do it … I can do it” chatter), the answers that come are truly accurate.
(3) Profitable efforts come from patient attempts – not from dogged persistence.
(4) Whether you’re aware of it or not, you have a permanent invitation from life, an invitation to win – so be aware of it.
(1) Please give me some feedback on how this blogs affects your attitude.
(2) What have you personally learned to do that is truly sensible and practical when it comes to succeeding?
Thank you and blessings, rob
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