What Does the Election Have To Do With Your GOALS?
Political debates — Negativity — Outside events
“The most effective attitude to adopt is one of supreme acceptance. The world is full of people with different characters and temperaments. We all have a dark side, a tendency to manipulate, and aggressive desires. The most dangerous types are those who repress their desires or deny the existence of them, often acting them out in the most underhanded ways. Some people have dark qualities that are especially pronounced. You cannot change such people at their core, but must merely avoid becoming their victim. You are an observer of the human comedy, and by being as tolerant as possible, you gain a much greater ability to understand people and to influence their behavior when necessary”
Do you allow these outside events and other happenings in the world to take your focus away?
Where is your attention?
What steps have you taken in the past week to get you closer to the goals in your life?
What have you allowed to distract you in the past week taking you further away from said goals? The past month?
“In the future, the great division will be between those who have trained themselves to handle these complexities and those who are overwhelmed by them — those who can acquire skills and discipline their minds and those who are irrevocably distracted by all the media around them and can never focus enough to learn.”
Do you allow yourself to get into “mind jail” where you want to say something to somebody but hold it in and it ends up causing you stress, anxiety, and overthinking?
What’s the simplest solution? Occam’s razor — become more assertive in your own life — what do you allow yourself to think and do?
What do these allowances do to you? Do they take you further away from your goal or do you use your power to say NO?
It’s often the start that halts us from achievement — but for others’ it is the “boring, drudge work” after we have started where the work is not as glamorous as the excitement we gain from initially starting. We must become disciplined and obsessed in the process as this becomes more and more pleasurable because we understand progress = growth = excitement = happiness.
Progress and growth are oftentimes slow and seemingly non-existent, however, when we understand how all the seemingly meaningless things actually possess within in them a connection to the bigger picture, we inevitably become more powerful in each moment.
This power comes from the ability to connect all of the small details and events in our lives to the bigger vision. Then, the moment to moment espoused by Zen masters as the “now” becomes more valuable and worthwhile. We begin to connect each conversation, event, and “problem” as an opportunity to learn and use it to our advantage.
We begin to turn mundane and banal events into learning experiences — the more we practice this, the better we get — practice = myelination = stronger and faster connections in the brain. As this happens we become “creative” but what has really happened is we have put the process ahead of the outcome. We have become disciplined in delayed gratification. We have started on the path of self-mastery.
“Some 2,600 years ago the ancient Greek poet Pindar wrote, ‘Become who you are by learning who you are.’
What he meant is the following: You are born with a particular makeup and tendencies that mark you as a piece of fate. It is who you are to the core. Some people never become who they are; they stop trusting in themselves; they conform to the tastes of others, and they end up wearing a mask that hides their true nature.
If you allow yourself to learn who you really are by paying attention to that voice and force within you, then you can become what you were fated to become — an individual, a Master.”
My call to action for you is this: Avoid the politics — the advertisements — the television — the radio — websites — avoid all of it in the next 3–4 weeks.
Focus on yourself and make progress towards YOUR vision. Small steps add up.
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