In New York City as I type, just finished a corporate RFP proposal & strategy meeting with Sony. Great fun, lots of intensity and strategic stimulation. Exceptional ideas and a real challenge! The kind of stuff I love… a real business Rubik’s cube or Star Trek 3D Chess.
As much as it reminded me “who I really am” (in terms of career abilities) it also coincided with some personal events that I was recently faced with, reminding me that we all get to make a choice everyday about what is truly important and how we will decide to respond to life’s challenges.
In the spiritual vernacular, karma, the golden rule or what goes around comes around, is a truism which I have absolutely seen manifest and most definitely believe in…..
As the summer begins its sunset close, the Hamptons post vacancy signs, Back-To-School sales abound and the residents of Laguna eagerly anticipate having Main Beach (3 blocks from my place) back to ourselves; it’s time for me to remind myself the true spirit of following your dreams, living to a personal integrity and making a difference!
Driven by a thousand forms of fear (I am certainly no stranger to those feelings, although many are perceived vs. real), we sabotage our dreams and hopes rather than grow.
Fear of financial insecurity, not being good enough, not being accepted or loved, or failure that leads the ego to react versus respond. Sometimes it’s easier to abandon our dreams and retreat back into the safe zone. Shutting down the creative (and emotional juices) that allow us to transcend the fear. And then, of course, there is the case where the dream shows up and you run.
Typically this requires a healthy friend to shine the light of truth (or rest assured karma will)….. as Keb Mo says “life has a way of gettin your attention….”
In my opinion, growth as a concept, whether organizational or personal, is best described in The Fifth Dimension by Peter Senge.
Like a rubber band that stretches and extends beyond its normal range, the first reaction is to snap back rather violently to a known position ……however, over time and with the right amount of consistent effort….. the tension or adverse reaction to change relaxes the bonds to the known and experiences new found fulfillment at the edge of new growth.
Mea culpa here! because unfortunately, I tend to stress the rubber band for myself and on occasion, others prematurely.
I do appreciate the explanation of anger as fear turned outward, which typically occurs when faced with the inevitable prospect of change. Or the inverse can happen, shutting down the process completely, but I digress.
This is a very exciting time for me. In the last week a number of great business opportunities have presented themselves; including an email from the Dr. Phil show ….something about the most eligible bachelor post 30 show.
It’s time for inspiration!! So, let’s get to it…..
First from Maryanne Williamson (a quote that is sometimes attributed to Nelson Mandela), a mantra.
One I tend to forget, but do so enjoy!
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
Thank you Randy Paucsh and Steve Jobs!
Transcript is found here… http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1422863/posts