How do you grow?
In February 2005 George O’Kelley taught me “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” Mostly I focused this outward viewing others and their actions but recently realized my lack of change.
My comfort zone has been reading the same types of books. Really I had not realized the depth of things until I read The Invitation by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. I have changed and grown mightily through reading yet now realize I have really not achieved escape velocity.
Has my growth been stymied? Have I been comfortable in my learning/growth and perhaps even proud?
Like in an old movie fight scene; my head was rocked. I was accepting the status quo by doing what I had always done. My comfort zone evaporated. Would I patch it up and continue the status quo? Afraid not.
Walking outside my comfort zone bears out the the truth Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. proclaimed; “Man’s mind stretched to a new idea never goes back to its original dimensions.”
I am stretching.
Great time this month with Kevin Kelly dipping in his mind reading New Rules for the New Economy. Much learning to be had as with most reading undertaken with a curious mindset. Some may be put off when something is not hot-off-the-shelf and they miss out. Even though New Rules for the New Economy is not new there are gems to be mined. Are you a life-long learner? Is growth a passion? Does Sri Ramakrishna speak of you when he said, “Do not seek illumination unless you seek it as a man whose hair is on fire seeks a pond.”?
Speaking of our ‘culture technology’ Kevin quotes Laurie Anderson; “Technology is the campfire around which we gather.” It is not the technology that is king, it is that technology enhances our communication. Technology enhances our story telling.
Rule 9 Relationship Tech – “Networks haul relations the way rivers once hauled freight.” How will you amplify your relations?
Welcome to the new economy.
The wealth we have from previous generations recorded in writings can lead to growth, or not. Napoleon Hill, Author of Think and Grow Rich made the importance of taking action clear:
“Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand,
and work with whatever tools you may have at your command,
and better tools will be found as you go along.”
Paralysis by analysis can cause our days to be unpleasant.
What are you going to start doing? What gets your blood flowing? I love what Abraham Maslow, the American Psychologist stated:
“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write,
if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What a man can be, he must be.”
Thanks for rising to your calling to be the change. Enjoy these words of Herodotus, Greek Historian (485 – 425BC):
“It is better by noble boldness to run the risk of being subject to
half the evils we anticipate than to remain in cowardly listlessness
for fear of what might happen.”
Life presents most situations as ‘or’ and we begin to think it is always one choice or another choice. Really life should be viewed as ‘and’ when we are presented with choice. For new growth, take the time in your decisions to view the options through the ‘and’ lens. ‘And’ is not always a viable option but your brain will function in new ways that are powerful.
What can you do today for your happiness and your prosperity?