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Can You Buy More Time?

Money can buy you a lot of things and experiences including education, opportunities, freedom, comfort, the necessities of life, luxuries, etc.

Some say money can’t buy you happiness and love. I say it can, to a point. Try being poor and see how you like it.

If you are a nasty person who is very unattractive on the inside, money can buy you the appearance of love, and someone to spend your time with who is a real beauty.

Studies show that beyond a minimum amount of money to meet your minimum needs for food, clothing, shelter, entertainment, education and some leisure time, money’s utility to make us happy diminishes. What money can buy you is control over your time. From that point on you are free to choose how you spend your time. If you are like most people in Richland, living in the Rat Race you suffer from Time Poverty.

The real luxury in life is the time do what you want with the people you love.

Struggle vs FLOW

Discover five simple steps to create your own luck!

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be luckier than others? Maybe you feel lucky. Congratulations! Or on the other hand, perhaps you feel that lady luck never comes knocking on your door.

I have often wondered what luck is and if there were a way to change my luck. I have spent a lot of time and energy in pursuit of answers to that question.

I grew up in a good, hard working family that never seemed to have much luck. Life was challenging and a constant battle for survival. Money was hard to come by and outside forces were always wreaking havoc on our dairy farm, our animals, and our finances. There were diseases, bugs, floods, and droughts. It felt like a never-ending onslaught of bad luck. No wonder people who are connected to the land can develop a sense of superstition, that some outside force is against us.All outside forces are having a very real effect on our quality of life.

Due to thrift, our own garden, a few fruit trees, the cows and chickens we had enough food. At least that is the way I remember it. Birthdays and Christmas were not a time for luxuries or gifts — but practical things like clothes and working boots. Or perhaps a new school uniform. Oh, and by the way, the school didn’t have a uniform — it was just cheaper to wear the same clothes every day.

Money was always hard to come by, and I learned that to get ahead in life I would have to work hard, sacrifice, live with pain and suffering and exert massive effort.

But who says this is true?

There is a huge difference between applying effort to a goal or purpose and struggling to make ends meet. So why are we told so often that it is noble to sacrifice and struggle only to make it barely?

The underlying belief is that life, resources, and even love are scarce and in short supply. That we have to compete with other people for them, to win at all costs and that we have to earn love, respect, and acceptance.

What if this is a lie?

What if life, resources, and love are abundant? Free and all around us? What if we don’t have to struggle at all, but to accept that there is a lack of knowledge about how to live a life of effortless FLOW. Think about the possibilities. All of the desirable things in life flowing in your direction.

Knowledge seems to be the missing element.

We do have to make choices, sometimes tough ones. At the same time is there an alternative to sacrificing, endless hard work and barely getting by?

Could it, in fact, be easy? Could we create our own luck? I say YES!

The absence of luck could be referred to as struggle. A struggle is an effort infused with negative emotion, desperation, and attachment. If we replace the negative association and attachment with positive expectation, certainty, and detachment from outcomes we may experience more ease, peace, and FLOW. We will still apply hard work and effort. However, the outcome will be flowing and not struggle.

Most people don’t realize that our life is a reflection of our innermost feelings, beliefs, and attitudes. That means when we change on the inside, our outside results change. This is how what we think and feel in the present moment determines the outcomes in our future.

Think about it this way: Accepting responsibility for your life means taking ownership that you create your destiny. If you experience struggle, it is created by you and how you feel about your circumstances. Switch your feelings, and you will change from struggle, to flow. Such a simple concept and yet very profound.

In other words, it is your feelings that make the difference! Your feelings are the key drivers of your actions and your actions are what creates your outcomes in life.

Because we are trained, programmed and conditioned to struggle we often accept this as normal and don’t realize that an alternative way of life is possible. A reality of abundance and effortless flow is not even considered because our conditioning doesn’t even allow us to recognize it.

There is a way out of constant struggle where we create our own luck. Here are the steps:

The first step:

Consider that struggle isn’t fait accompli and to identify all the areas where you are struggling. This takes courage and the willingness to accept the responsibility that you are causing the struggle and you have the power to choose something different to move into more flow. Once you accept that, you know with absolute certainty that over time, all struggle can be eliminated from your life.

The second step:

Write a list of all the areas of life where you are struggling. Don’t be shy or modest. List them all, and even the ones hiding in the secret corners of your life.

The third step:

Prioritize your list to arrive at an order of importance to focus on one area at a time. The best approach is to resolve one area before beginning on the next one. If you try to do too much at once, it is easy to become overwhelmed, feel like it is impossible, then give up. Sadly, most people give up before they even really begin. Don’t be one of those people and complete what you start!

The fourth step:

Consider what your underlying emotions are and what your thoughts, innermost feelings, beliefs, and attitudes are towards this one area of struggle. Make a conscious decision to let go of the struggle and to embrace more effortless flow in this area. Take note of any “inner voice” that replies with fear and doubts if this is even possible. You can do it!

Meditate on it and affirm your choice to become lucky in this area and to let go of any payoffs for the past struggle.

You will find that your feelings shift from agitation, negativity, and attachment to peace and serenity. Calm and confident expectation attracts a new, fresh energy that attracts more similar energy into your life.

Once you have transformed this first area from, struggle to flow, move onto the next item on your priority list and repeat the same process. Take ownership of your feelings and transform them.

The fifth step:

Make a list of the most influential people in your life and consider how their lives are struggling or flowing. Share this concept with them and work together to implement these five steps. The more people you encourage, support and share with, the more flow you will experience.

Starting today, make a commitment to let go and transform one aspect of struggle per day and be sure to record your progress from scarcity to abundance.

Good luck! Bon chance! Let us know how you get on.

XOXO
Andrew John Harrison

Reaction FREE: The 12 Rules of Reaction

Reaction FREE

A Reaction is a term used to describe an adverse situation where we lose our composure, equanimity or calmness in response to a situation or event that involves unwanted feelings hijacking us. These emotions can include intense feelings of pain, sadness, fear, anger or indignation that manifests as a fixation on being “right”, can be either conscious or unconscious and are accompanied by a physiological response that can be felt most intensely in our chest or stomach.

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Seven Primary Motivations

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MOTIVATION > There are seven primary motivations that correspond to seven paradigms. As your paradigm changes, so does your motivation, which in turn alters your focus. If a person is living day to day (survival) then their motivation will be survival based and their goals will be focused on getting out of survival.

The key to shifting from one paradigm to another is to set goals based on a higher paradigm…

In order to do that:

  1. Identify the paradigm you are currently operating within
  2. Recognize alternative paradigms (there are seven in total)
  3. Immerse yourself in the new, chosen paradigm and set goals based on the predominate motivations of that paradigm
  4. Have fun! Don’t take it all too seriously…

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Playing to WIN or Playing Not to LOSE

In the game of life and business, you could easily assume that most people play the game to win. Why play at all if it isn’t to win? After all, that is the purpose of the game, isn’t it?

Unfortunately, the majority of people don’t play to win — they play not to lose. You may have heard people say, “I hate to lose.”

When playing to win, you understand and accept that losing is sometimes part of the game. However, you do whatever it takes (legally, ethically and morally) to win.

When playing not to lose, you feel that you must not lose — no matter what.  You play conservatively and avoid risk because your desire not to lose is greater than your desire to win.

And here is the rub… other players will exploit your unwillingness to lose — which will have you losing!

Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness

This movie is a few years old now (2006), however, it is as awesome as ever!

Based on the true story of Chris Gardener (played by Will Smith) who goes through a series of soul-sickening failures and defeats, missed opportunities and screw ups.  He manages to not let anything stop him… to not complain and let any considerations get in his way… in the end, he succeeds. Wow, very inspiring.

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Movie: Notes on a Scandal

This British movie is about deception, betrayal and delusion. Superb acting, however, if you watch this movie from an educational point-of-view you will learn a lot about how some people can be deluded and the lengths they can go to for their sinister purposes (in this case, possession).

The victim in this movie is seduced and manipulated through her weakness and the cost is oh-so-high!

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Movie: Doubt

Based on the Pulitzer Prize Winning Play, this 2008 movie is amazingly well-acted with quite the twist. Addressing the question of how far you should go to confront villains and perpetrators in order to protect the innocent, this movie is riveting and profoundly disturbing at the same time.

The confrontation is between the fierce and feisty head teacher (Meryl Streep) and the feminine and progressive head priest, Father Brendan Flynn (Phillip Seymor Hoffman), who is, in fact, a child-exploiting pedophile.

Full of hidden messages and dire warnings… worth more than one viewing…

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Movie: Othello

Venice, 1570.  This movie is about jealousy, betrayal and the scheming manipulations of Iago… who is supposed to be a close friend and trusted advisor to Othello.

This 1995 film is an intense adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy about the Moorish general who “loved not wisely, but too well” – and so is duped by his evil aide into thinking that his wife has been unfaithful. As war between Venetians and the Turks rages, Othello weds the beautiful Desdemona and promotes Cassio over his longtime assistant, Iago. Othello prepares to celebrate his marriage, but Iago – insanely jealous over Othello’s snub – has dastardly plans in store.

Iago begins to poison Othello’s mind against Desdemona, claiming that she’s having an affair with Cassio; he even manages to produce “proof” of the infidelity. It doesn’t take long for the jealous general to start believing Iago’s allegations, and he winds up on the path of destruction and gives into his “dark side” which is perhaps the most chilling aspect of the movie.

Very educational and will have you thinking twice about some people’s intentions and actions…

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