Change is Easy

That statement sounds good and I was once a big promoter of it. I finally realized that change is a process and for some it takes more time than others. I used to use that statement because I was one of those people that had to deal with a lot of lows (defined by limited mines) in my life (which I created of course and didn’t take accountability over it) and when I reach more successful periods I would just tell my clients, friends and anyone who would listen to “Just Change” or ”Just do it”.

It is easy when we feel like our life is going well to be able to tell people to “just let go”, “just start”, “stop procrastinating”, etc. The challenge around that is there is a process and based on where someone is in this process they will either move forward or backward. Sometimes people need to take two steps back because they walked by a different path and now need to take that one.

I have found myself in some pretty challenging situations and yet I never panic. See, my beliefs are greater than this world and the limitations we put on ourselves. While I wrestle with the ideas of wealth, money, fame, power, compassion, influence and all those egotistical ideas, I find for me it comes down to detachment. I know people will tell me you can’t help others being broke (how humanistic of them). You can’t change the world without money. You can’t become successful unless you become rich…on and on it goes.

As I sit here writing this my ego is telling me that I need to get moving. That I need to do more so I can make more so I can help more. It seems we’ve interpreted all the great literature (or scripture) in the world to mean: you have to be successful at material gain in order to do good in this world. You see, money is a material thing. I know…some of you are going to start that egotistical talk about what I am saying because your ego can’t seem to let go of the idea that it is in control and you need this stuff.

I guess if you want to play on the human level only, then go for it. However, that is so limiting yet that, it seems, is where to start. That is why I say Change is a Process. You will always be tapped on the shoulder and asked to become more of who you truly are. I am not saying you shouldn’t enjoy the fruits of this world. What I am saying is, there is nothing in this material world that will ever fulfill you in ways that are so profound you could only then start to realize who you truly are and the change work that happens in the world because of it.

Until then, carry on and realize where you are as well as where other people are. Change, although is easy per se, is a process and it only looks easy because we only seem to look at those who are at that point to change. I seem to forget the challenges that go on inside me before, during and after the change process and that is when I start saying change is easy.

Again, don’t mistake this blog post as an admission that you shouldn’t go for materialistic dreams. I have many. It all starts with who you have to become and that is the process of changing who you are which will then change what you do and how you will do it.

“I touched the edge of existance to only realize it was the end of one story and the beginning of another!” ~Paul McGarry

The Power of Journaling

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The Power of Journaling is a key tool in self development. Next video we will talk about overcoming the obstacles of journaling. Check it out and tell me what you think! Please leave some comments below!

Do you Trust your Faith?

I heard a story the other day that got me thinking about Faith (or belief) and Trust. The story goes like this: 

“Over a huge waterfall there stretched a tightrope. Eager spectators clustered around two small wooden platforms, one on each side of the falls. From a platform on one end of the tightrope, and acrobat called to the audience, ‘Do you believe that I can cross the falls by walking on a tightrope?’ Some were skeptical; others thought it could be done. A few spectators cried out, ‘Yes, go ahead. Let’s see if you can.’ Armed with nothing but his pole for balance, the acrobat stepped out on the high wire, the great chasm of thundering spray loomed below.

“Carefully he made his way across and stepped from the wire onto the opposite platform. The crowd whistled and cheered. Then he asked them, ‘Do you believe I can push a wheelbarrow across the tightrope to the other side?’ This time, many were optimistic. They’d seen him cross once and believed he could do it again. Most of them called out, ‘Yes, yes, you can do it!’ The acrobat took his wheelbarrow, positioned it with great care, and stepped out onto the tightrope once again. Slowly he made his way out over the falls, placing just enough weight forward onto the wheelbarrow to maintain perfect balance. Crossing above the roaring waters, he made his way to the platform where he had first begun. This time the crowd shouted and whistled like true believers. All traces of skepticism were gone.

“The acrobat rested for a few minutes, mopping his brow with a handkerchief and refreshed himself with a drink of water. Then he addressed the crowd: ‘Now do you believe that I can push this wheelbarrow across the waterfall?’ Having just seen him do this, they cheered with gusto. ‘Do you believe that I can take a passenger across the falls in this wheelbarrow?’ he asked. Once more the people cheered wildly. This was getting to be quite a show. ‘Very well, then,’ he said. ‘Who would like to get in?’”

Now, I know this story has its religious overtones and that is ok. However, this story can be applied to any part of your life. So many people talk about how they believe in one thing or another but never really ask themselves if they trust their own belief.

As I work with people (or coach them) regardless of whether they are starting a small business, going for a new job, working towards the promotion or trying to build better relationships they all have a belief that they can achieve the very thing we are discussing. But as I dig deeper I find that most of them do not trust their own belief. They make statements similar to this: I believe I am the best qualified for that position but I think Mr. X will get it because he is friends with the boss; or, I believe I can start my own business but I am not sure if it will work out; or, I know (believe) that I can lose the wieght but I don’t like diets or going to the gym is hard for me.

I can go on with different versions of these statements and I am sure you can come up with your own. So, here is the question for you. Do you Trust your own Faith (or Belief)? It is a simple process of finding out whether you trust your own faith (belief). Look at what you believe in and ask if you would put yourself in that position and not just be an outside believer.

It comes down to whether or not you believe in a power greater than you that will take care of all your needs. This doesn’t mean you act stupid or go play in traffic while stating that you are protected from above. If you believed you were one with the infinite, you would never be in traffic in the first place!

Until next time….these are thoughts to think about as you go forth and live the life of your dreams. Trust your Faith!!!

If I slow down I go faster??? Right!

When you slow down to reflect on what it is you have to do and what it is that is really important, more things seem to get done. However, when you are constantly thinking that you have so much to do you end up working from a point of confusion and not much QUALITY work gets done. You may finish a lot of things but are they important and did you do your absolute best?

Slowing down helps you to put into perspective what is truly important and how to go about doing your absolute best in every situation. Being rushed by your own mind is a recipe for disaster down the road. You will never know that you are off course unless you slow down to read the signs!!!

It takes discipline to slow your mind down so you can think and be centered. Try meditating for 20 minutes a day and see the transformation expressed in your attitude and ultimately your life.

Peace