Success Secrets – How Do You Adapt to Change?

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Change happens whether we want it to or not. Some people welcome change and find ways to turn the unexpected into an opportunity for growth. Others become frightened and simply react. How we handle the inevitable changes in life is key to living a life without fear. The right attitude can mean the difference between allowing unexpected life changes to keep us from achieving our goals or dealing with the changes and growing because of them.

When we are confronted with unforeseen changes in our lives, our first response may be to either run away from it or fight against it. Run or fight is an inborn survival instinct that occurs when we feel threatened. Fueled by adrenaline, the run or fight response is exhausting and leaves us feeling overwhelmed. However, there are steps we can take to gain control of our fear, embrace the challenge and turn adversity into an avenue for success.

Mythology – The Forgotten Language of the Soul

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

Centuries before the advent of radio, television, computers, and other means of modern entertainment, recited stories sufficed for an escape from daily life in order to delve into another world. Mythology served this purpose well and continues on in its role in modern times as entertainment. While there are other forms of telling a story in the current day, mythology can at times appear to be the forgotten language of the soul.

Like some of today’s art and film, mythology can be just as abstract if not more so in that respect. In fact, mythology can be thought of like dreams, as strange or crazy dreams really make no sense to the untrained mind. Dreams are a culmination of thoughts in both the conscious and unconscious minds melding to form the nocturnal imagery that induces feelings of euphoria or releases one’s worst thoughts and fears. To some, this may be thought of as the soul speaking to and heralding one’s awareness of inner thoughts and moral beliefs.

The Force Is Within You

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Resilient models of thinking may not have prevented today’s economic disasters, but I can’t help but wonder if the Big Three automakers would  be solvent today if they had implemented  new models of thinking.

- Do you know how you think?
- Do you know what you do when you have to think something through?

Try this exercise:
Take a few minutes  to write what you are thinking. When you are done, take a look at what you have written. Keep the following questions in mind:

- Is your thinking organized? Methodical?
- Do you use a charting or mapping process to keep track of the flow of your ideas?
- How do you know where one stage or type of thinking ends and another one begins?

Waking up in Time – Self-Interest and Misdirected Needs

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

Happiness belongs to those who are sufficient unto themselves. For all external sources of happiness are, by their very nature, highly uncertain, precarious, ephemeral, and subject to change.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

There is nothing wrong with self-interest as such. We need to take care of our biological selves, make sure we have adequate food, water and shelter, avoid danger, take rest and ensure our other basic needs are met. Without this basic level of self-interest none of us would survive for very long.

Today, however, we in the more developed countries need to spend very little time and energy fulfilling these physical needs. If we are hungry or thirsty we simply go to the refrigerator, or we can get in our car and drive down to the supermarket – in the middle of night in many cities.