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You can’t pick up a newspaper, turn on a television newscast, or scroll through your computer’s home page without unleashing a deluge of negativity. Yes, I’m speaking of the daily dose of bad news that seems to be readily available and pouring from every media faucet on the planet. There is no wonder that most people I know are up to their armpits in worry. Do you blame them? Is there truly a way to be “worry-free?”
I can openly admit that I am a Google junkie. I doubt there are many days that I don’t reference this amazing Internet behemoth at least once. If I’m not searching for item specific information, I’m attempting to validate the spelling of a word or garner a definition or synonym. Obviously, I’m not alone in this exercise. At last count, Google processes several hundred million queries daily through its various services. That’s fine for reference information, but what if you are one of the millions of people searching for direction or meaning in your life? Is your answer only a click away?
It’s happened to me. It’s happened to you. Chances are that it’s happened to most people you know. There were times when you may have been the cause of it happening. Every hour of every day, someone will slap a saddle on a monkey and ride it onto someone else’s back. Figuratively speaking, of course! These “monkeys” will quickly shift positions, as though by magic, from the mind and soul of one human being to another. How does that happen and what can be done about it?
Using the word, “champion,” might bring to mind a sports figure running for the winning touchdown, slugging the extra inning home run or firing in the 30 foot jumper at the buzzer. Some people might picture an individual or team hoisting a trophy, presenting a sign of victory or sharing a significant symbol of the sport to signify triumph on their chosen “field of battle.”
However a person designates their picture of success, the common thread always seems to be the level of play of those participating. In other words, the champion usually stands as the best in their field, or at least on a given day! This comparison may transcend to any other field of study, hobby, body of knowledge or personal or group undertaking that may strike the fancy of people anywhere in the world.
Happy New Year! While having a discussion with friends recently, the subject of personal change surfaced. As we bantered back and forth, it became obvious that fear of the unknown still remains as a roadblock to improvement. Here we are at the beginning of a New Year, a point in time synonymous for altering behavior and we are still rationalizing the need to stay the same. We spend so much time talking about consistency and becoming confident in our own skin, do we spend too much time talking about being different or turning into someone or something else? Let’s peruse the power of change.
As 2011 winds to an end, we can now reflect on the state of our affairs from the past twelve months. Last December or January, we happily set those resolutions to make substantial change in our lives. Remember? As we feared the oncoming bills that matched our significant holiday gift giving or getting on the scale after that “one last indulgence” from Thanksgiving or Christmas, we decided to ban spending or food forever from our vocabulary….and we really meant it this time! As we reflect, how did we do? Let’s take a closer look.
As we enter 2011, many people use the first day of the year as a springboard for change. Resolutions are made to begin or end something in our lives, as though performing this feat at the turn of the New Year will guarantee a successful outcome. One might surmise that getting your “personal house” in order would certainly lead to elusive happiness, right? Is this change really necessary or is the answer we are seeking resting right under our noses?
Beginning with childhood and throughout our lives, we are continually evaluated on our knowledge, skills and abilities. This occurs in school, at work, during a leisure activity or an independent pursuit that we are attempting to master. We can probably remember ourselves or our children involved in a sporting program. If it were baseball, do you recall the practices, drills and repetition? Think about the number of times you took batting practice, all the while being astounded that something the size of a baseball bat could actually miss a baseball all those times. Quick quiz: Which batter holds the major league record for strikeouts? Isn’t it interesting to consider that a first ballot Hall of Famer like Reggie Jackson would have had so many successes (home runs) in conjunction with so many failures (strikeouts)?
As it tends to be with most people, you probably found that your performance improved over time. Those running drills served you well, since most of the throws to first base seemed to land behind you instead of in front of you. Though you may not have realized it at the time, you had gotten faster…stronger…more coordinated!
As an adult, such changes are not so fluid or automatic. Improvement may not come so easily. Let’s examine those changes further.
Earl Nightingale said, “We are all creatures of habit. We can do most things without even thinking about them; our bodies take charge and do them for us.” I agree!
Perhaps my most obvious habit occurs five days a week on my daily drive to work. My course is routine and safe, but as our friend Earl Nightingale pointed out, it’s also mindless. No planning or other form of thought is really necessary. Though I’ve driven the same route to work for the last three years, I have recently come to realize there must be a dozen different ways to reach my destination. While none are likely to be quicker, most are likely to be more scenic. Why not vary my daily routine, arming myself with the only requirement necessary – a few spare minutes? Who knows, maybe I’ll spot a new house under construction, or discover puppies frolicking in a dog park. Maybe I’ll find an autumn grove of trees that varies its colors and shades and hues daily like a chameleon would in a paint factory. Or maybe I’ll see the same old buildings and houses I currently see every day, but this time from an entirely different perspective!
Of course, we never start out believing we will fall into a spiceless routine. John Lennon sang eloquently about it in 1980: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” When we begin a new endeavor, opportunities are endless and everything is fresh…colorful…different! Quickly, time passes and what was once vibrant presently becomes old…mundane…expected. Surely our same old, same old path to work could never extend to other parts of our lives, could it?
It’s practically impossible to listen to a speech, or read a book, magazine or newspaper without hearing a quotation. Quotations or “quotes,” provide insight, humor or inspiration and fill our daily lives. While one friend may pride himself on knowing every movie catch-phrase ever uttered, another may appreciate motivational “pearls of wisdom” from positive thinkers such as Zig Ziglar. One of Zig’s most defining quotes states, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.” This simple, yet powerful sentence speaks volumes about the importance placed on relationships and how these interactions weave throughout everything we do. Click here for some other “pearls of wisdom” for all conceivable occasions.