An Inside Job ~
When YOU change, the world changes.
As you invest a few more hours, days, and weeks digesting the material in the blog posts ahead, keep a very important idea at the front of your mind:
When you change your view of the world…
The world will change its view of you.
Try this little experiment: Wear a pair of flamboyant sunglasses for ONE ENTIRE DAY. As long as the glasses don’t affect your health and safety, keep them on your face.
No matter who ridicules you, keep the glasses on.
No matter what people say or do, keep the glasses on your face. *
When you keep the glasses on, you will, of course, see the world differently (from the inside of your head). Interestingly enough, as YOU see the world differently, other people will (also) look AT you differently.
Of course, their reasons for looking (or staring) at you will be different than the reasons for your newfound ability to see the world differently… or will they?
Here’s the bottom-line Truth:
You and everyone who sees you that day will see your world differently solely because of the glasses.
Likewise, as you use this blog to change the lenses through which you view the world…
…the world will change how it sees you.
Imagine what can happen... imagine what WILL happen if and when you change your view of the world!
If you truly want to achieve The Ideal, start by changing your own personal view of the world.
Don’t wait for someone to give you the magic cure. Changing your life is an inside job. And once you ACCEPT the responsibility of managing your life the way only you can manage it, you will immediately begin to ADAPT to situations very differently.
As soon as you discover the “magic” of acceptance, you will find an unbelievably short shortcut to the path of happiness. Please don't confuse acceptance with agreement; these are two totally different concepts.
Agreement equals consent and tacit, harmonious integration of opinion, thought, decision, etc. Acceptance, in the context of this blog, means "the opposite of denial." Acceptance is the active act of dealing with "what is," as opposed to pretending or acting like something is or is not happening (denial).
Only when we actively deal with "what is" can we truly change "what is."
When we accept reality, we can then deal with reality.
And when we deal with reality, we are actually dealing with our very own personal view of reality. Some things are true for everyone; we all need air, water, and shelter to live. But many things are true for you... and not necessarily true for everyone else.
How do YOU want to change the world?
Start with an inside job, and you are well on your way!
HERE'S THE IDEA:
Your perspective matters. But expecting others to see the world the way you do is a precarious perch. In fact, trying to change others is a critical ingredient in a recipe for disaster. On the other hand, accepting the magnificence of change as you adapt to a changing world is a much better formula for successfully dealing with an ever-changing world.
HERE'S THE DEAL:
As you turn to the next page of your life, you can make a conscious decision to release expectations of change in other people. You are now aware of the tremendous power to effect immediate change within the most important person in the whole world: You - your one true self.
In reality, the best way to predict the future…
… is to create it!
Next week: Buying and Selling
Last week: Get. Give. Grow.
Accept. Adapt. Achieve. ®
What do YOU want to achieve?
This is Part 5 of a 30-part series on how to achieve The Ideal Life.
Think about the word IDEAL. It is actually a conglomeration of several smaller words, specifically:
~ I ~ ID ~ IDEA ~ DEAL ~ IDEAL ~
In the final analysis, if you can learn to master your Id (as in the ego, id, and superego), you can do some rather amazing things.
© 2011-2016 John H. Clark III
Parts excerpted from…
The Ideal: Your Guide to An Ideal Life
(220 pages, BFG Press, 11/11/11)
* Remember: safety first; this blog is intended for easy reading and enjoyment. Don't keep the sunglasses on if there is a potential risk of harming yourself or others.
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