Have you ever had your thoughts controlled by someone else? Well today I’m going to take over a small part of your brain. For some of you it’ going to be only for a few hours but for the rest of you it’s going to be for a long time. I’m giving you fair warning, so you can stop reading now or continue at your own risk.
Okay, are you ready? From this moment on every time you see a Silver car you are going to smile.
That’s it, I’m done. I have now planted a seed in your brain that quite possibly will live in your brain forever. Years from now you when you see a silver car you will find yourself smiling and not quite remember why.
Now you might be curious as to why I did this to you. And the answer is that I want you be aware of all the information you expose yourself to and how many people with bad intentions are also planting seeds and ideas in your brain. Also how vulnerable your brain is to being influenced.
Today as you’re out and about smiling at silver cars think about the other sources of information you expose yourself to how your thoughts are being influenced.
“More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it.” Proverbs 4:23
What would you do if you could spend your time today doing anything you wanted to? If you had no demands on your time from work or family obligations what would you do today? Indulge me for a minute and think about it.
Those of you that did spend a minute thinking about it will experience a slight yet beneficial boost in your mood and energy levels. And those of you that didn’t play along should really ask yourselves, why not? After all, I only asked you to commit a minute of your time to think about something that would make you happy and is important to you.
If you cannot commit to 60 seconds to think about what you would like to do with your time then it really is time to re-evaluate your life. Because, any real inspiration you feel in your life is going to be based on you thinking about how you want to spend your time.
I know that deep down you want your time and ultimately your life to matter, because all humans do. So please do take that minute I asked for earlier to think about what you would do with your time because at the root of those thoughts you will find what matters to you.
“Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident. It’s not a matter of circumstance but of choice. Choose to live a life that matters.” Michael Josephson
When was the last time you told someone that you’re proud of them? When was the last time someone told you that they are proud of you?
Well, today I’m telling you that I’m proud of you.
I’m proud of you for showing up and doing your best.
I’m proud of you for taking care of yourself.
I’m proud of you for being such a great friend.
I’m proud of you for working so hard.
I’m proud of you for the way you handle the bad times and for the way you create the good one.
Close your eyes and imagine for a moment that a person you love is whispering in your ear how proud they are of you. How does it feel to hear those words being said to you? If it feels good then take the opportunity to pass those feelings along by telling someone else how proud you are of them.
“I’m proud of you.” – Me to you
Do you know that the humans that settled in South America walked there from Asia? They walked across the original Siberian land bridge that connected the continents and made their way south. And you share the same DNA as those first humans.
You also share the same DNA as the humans that set sail from distant shores and made their way sailing around the world, often spending months in the search of new land.
You share the same DNA as the people that came together to put a man on the moon.
People just like you have beaten all kind of odds and have overcome tremendous obstacles to reach destinations they never knew were possible.
Your DNA contain seeds of greatness and can take you places you that you can’t even imagine are possible, if? If you let it. If you let your DNA live up to its potential it will perform miracles. So, unshackle your DNA and let it live, let it explore, let it drive you forward.
“Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.” – Frank Borman
Do you ever just want to be done with something, but you haven’t even started it yet? Do you imagine the end of a project, a goal reached, something important finally completed but you haven’t taken the first step to doing so? We all want feel that sense of accomplishment, but we can’t until we start.
The reason the end comes after the beginning is because that is the natural order of things. You have to go from 1 to 2, and 2 is twice as much as 1 so the effort required to getting there is also twice as much. But sometimes when you take the first step the sheer momentum can sometimes carry you forward to the next step.
Sometimes your small steps will seem trivial and small, almost as if they are half steps, but the compound effect of your small steps will accumulate over time. Take a half step today towards one of your goals or projects that you’ve been thinking about doing. You might feel a little unnatural or even scared at first but the minute you take your first step you will no longer be the person you were yesterday.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” Lao Tzu
How do you measure progress? This was a question someone recently asked me and my response was that progress can only be measured if you know where you are right now. The problem with this is that most people don’t take the time to evaluate their current state. And there are reasons they don’t. Some don’t want to know, others think it takes too much time, while some assume that because they’re moving they are progressing.
By definition progress is the movement towards a destination. So, if you don’t know where you are and where you’re going then progress is almost impossible to measure. Now there are times when it’s okay to just wander or go on a classic ‘walk about’ without a destination in mind because much can be learned from those experiences too, but if you’re looking for progress then you’re going to need to be more specific.
Measuring progress is not hard as long as you know what you are moving towards. However, slow progress can be challenging because you need a certain degree of mental fortitude to continue on. And usually the bigger the goal or destination the slower the progress feels. Take a step today of measuring progress in one area of your life by evaluating where you are, where you’d like to be and how you’ll get there.
“Make measurable progress in reasonable time.” – Jim Rohn
Do you ever spend any time remembering who you were as a child? Somewhere deep inside you are the traces of the kid that believed anything was possible. There are traits that you have suppressed because you were told you had become an adult. You had to fit the mold that others designed for you.
Some of the traits that you have suppressed are your natural given abilities and you never allowed them to ever come to fruition. Because for whatever reason, whether external or internal you decided that those traits would not be accepted or would not be beneficial in adulthood. The unfortunate thing is that at your core those traits, like weeds will always be trying to surface and you will spend your entire life fighting them. So why not embrace them?
What were those things that you enjoyed doing so much as a child that the world could have stopped and you wouldn’t have noticed? The desire to do those activities are still somewhere inside you. Make a list today of all the things you used to enjoy doing, you’ll see that it probably isn’t a very long list. Choose one of the activities and find a way to incorporate it back into your life. I guarantee that when you do you’ll find yourself grinning from ear to ear just like you used to as a kid.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Do you actively build relationships with people or do you wait for them to happen by chance? Over the years the word networking has taken on a negative connotation, but that’s because most approach it in a transactional, ‘what’s in it for me?’ mentality. In reality, networking is about building relationships.
Relationships with people are really everything we have and connecting with people is what we are naturally driven to do. However, in today’s digital age so many have a better relationship with their screens than they do with the people around them. They’ve come to believe that the virtual interactions are a replacement for real ones.
Actively seeking opportunities to interact in person with people can enhance your personal and professional life. It will add depth to who you are as a person because it will force you to grow as you continuously step out of what you know and are used to.
As with any new behavior, actively seeking out new people to talk to takes some practice and will seem uncomfortable at first. But as you get better at it you’ll realize that majority of people you meet either have or had the same apprehension about new meeting people as you. Take an active step this week of meeting one new person, and when you do just relax and be yourself.
“Treasure your relationships, not your possessions.” – Anthony J. D’Angelo
When was the last time you researched something you were interested in? Or tried to find out just how something worked, even if it wasn’t directly related to your job?
Many have had the habit of being curious trained out of them. The repeated schooling of don’t ask too many questions and don’t be wrong has removed so much of the natural curiosity that humans have. The fear of being wrong has also contributed the decline in curiosity.
Maintaining a healthy amount of curiosity is a great first step to having an open mind and a growth mindset. Reading and learning about things that are unrelated to your everyday life is also a great way to stoke your curiosity. Being curious also has the benefit of moving your mind from a passive state to an active one. One in which you are asking questions.
Take some time out today to be intentionally curious. Try a new food, talk to a stranger or read about something that ordinarily you would have no interest in and ask questions, lots of questions. See what new possibilities you can discover behind your curiosity.
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
Everything you see around you is a form of energy, including you. And you are nothing but an energy conversion machine. Your total existence is based on your ability to convert the suns energy. And 99% of the time you have little or no control how the energy is converted. Your body is a fantastic machine and it performs all the energy conversion automatically.
The 1% of energy you do have some input towards is your thoughts, and even then, not all the time. Most of your thoughts are created by your sub-conscious so again you really have control of less than 1%.
So, how are you directing the little energy you do have control over? That little bit of energy that you have control over can move the other 99% of you to do miraculous things. So take full advantage of your current form of energy and use it well while you still have control over it.
“The energy of the mind is the essence of life.” Aristotle