Archive for September, 2008

How Do I Get It In Me?

September 24, 2008

 There is always a natural law or an eternal principle that can be applied to solve the problems we as humans face.  Brian Regan has a routine about pop-tarts having instructions printed on the package – the joke is that it is hard to imagine someone standing with a pop-tart and being totally stumped about “How do I get this goodness in me?!”  Principles are powerful to change people’s lives, but we have that same dilemma – “How do I get this goodness in me?!”  There is a five-part theory of change that outlines our challenge.  In order for principles to truly create change in someone’s life they have to go through a predictable process:

 

1.    Encounter – you have to first encounter or be exposed to the principle

2.    Recognize – something about the encounter has to ring with you to recognize the principle as truth.  This is the “aha” experience that many will have in a great presentation, or the spiritual confirmation of truth.

3.    Embrace – this is the process of getting the principle into your neural pathways, so it becomes part of how you actually think on a habitual basis – sending the belief into the subconscious mind.

4.    Live – it does no good to have a principle in your mind unless you can get it into your shoes, so that it walks around in your life.

5.    Share – once a principle creates meaningful change, freedom, and liberty in your life, you are almost compelled to share it with others – this step often comes and follows very naturally when the others happen.

 

Seriously (or maybe to be less serious for a moment) take 3 ½ minutes to watch the following clip – a laugh right now will shrink whatever problem you were working on before I interrupted you!

  

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Impossible Just Takes Longer

September 17, 2008

Art Berg inspired millions by refusing to place limits on his potential.  After a car crash severed his spinal cord leaving him quadriplegic, doctors told Art that he would never marry, participate in sports, or do some of the other things he loved.  Arts mother told him at his hospital bed, “Art, while the difficult takes time, the impossible just takes a little longer.”  Art went on to become an elite wheelchair athlete, and a powerful speaker and author who inspired millions before his death in 2002.  Those who think that something is impossible should get out of the way of those of us who are doing it!

 

 

Revealing Riches

September 10, 2008

A new client and friend, Chad, said to me this week that his mission in life is to help those who are leading quiet lives of desperation.  Another new friend, Brad Barton, quotes Benjamin Disraeli in his book Beyond Illusions as saying, “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.”  There are people in YOUR world today who don’t understand their own worth and what they have to offer – speak truth to them!

The Middle Part

September 3, 2008

Often when we are right in the middle of a difficult situation, it is tempting to look at our results as a disaster.  “I’ve failed!” we might lament, feeling completely certain that life’s test has defeated us.  A few days ago I was meeting with a client who expressed something like this and his embarrassment at being in the kind of situation that he was.  I responded to him that from my perspective he was describing not a failure, but the MIDDLE part of a very inspiring story.  Think about how some of the stories that inspire you the most have some very difficult stuff in the MIDDLE.  Everything is OK in the end – if it is not OK, it is not the end!  Keep working on your story – you’re not done yet.