Why be the path maker
Dear Why Team member,
Just last week we talked about paying attention to the road we’re paving and how everyone is paving a road for themselves and for others with their actions.
Have you had a chance to analyze in what direction your road leads?
Why do so many of us look for a path, rather than make one?
Could what we seek reside within us?
I'm reminded of the story of the man who searched the world over for diamonds that were in his own backyard.
James Clear pointed it out clearly in his worldwide read book Atomic Habits that “we don’t chose our earliest habits we imitate them, we follow the prescription of our family and friends. “ So when do we make our own habits? Have you realized YOU are the most powerful resource to make and follow the good, righteous path?
Consider...…the power that resides within you to make a new path.
By definition, leaders go first. Awake each morning with a creative mindset, not a mindset of being lost and overwhelmed in a big world, but rather a mindset of knowing you have gifts beyond comprehension to create from the inside out. Choosing one's own attitude, alone, can lift your spirits and the spirits of others; through collaboration create new ways of thinking.
Consider your own outlook on life; the windshield is so much larger than the rear view mirror, why do so many choose the smaller view?
Invest less time fearfully analyzing the past in an effort to predict and protect yourself from the unknown future. Get excited about life and all that it has in store for you! Live, have fun, and learn! Count it all as Joy - for within the coal is found the diamond. Wake up each new day and see it as a rebirth, because that is what it is, a reawakening of your consciousness. Each new day has endless possibilities often best progressed with a spirit of love and a creative mindset.
When we Why Team members say "Make it a great day!", rather than "Have a great day", we are reminding ourselves and others that we can create what we want, that life does not happen to us, but rather we happen to life.
Thomas Edison said, "If we all did the things we are capable of doing we would literally astound ourselves".
So the question for you is simply, "Are you going to make it a great day?". Because This IS your Best Day Ever, right? If not, why? Is self-pity really comforting in the long run?
No matter how difficult your circumstance, you have the power to choose how you think about it, truly. Remember Dr. Levin Elmo’s powerful question: “so what, now what?”. We either create our limits or we create our limitless possibilities. Consider no longer using the word failure, but rather see it all as gifts of insight, feedback to expand the window through which you view the world. Is there not experimentation in creation? Associate yourself with the good ahead and the person you and the ones who love you want you to be. Wilber & Orville Wright would have never taken flight if the countless feedback of what didn't fly was seen as failure rather than feedback. Thomas Edison, in his own words, said he discovered 1,000 ways not to build a light bulb. Are you determined to shine brighter and fly higher? Man first achieved controlled flight on December 17th, 1903 and just 66 years later walked on the moon.
Are you shooting for the moon?
If not, why not?
Consider embracing more fully each New Day, creating, experimenting, trying new approaches, knowing that you can shift and change as circumstances necessitate. You can make today great - so get after it. Make the days great and you'll make the weeks, months, and the year great; your best ever!
Keep your Why before you, it will guide you and more effectively answer your "what's" and "how's."
Don't choose a Why to prove that you're enough, choose a Why from the knowing that you are enough, more than enough, for a time such as this - to serve and be served as you become all-the-more through concerted effort. Be on purpose to make a difference in the lives of others. Gifts received are enlarged when given to others. And know that your gifts flower best when you put yourself to the test. Create a better world for others and watch your world improve. Collaborate with like-minded people, reaping greater possibilities together. When your alarm awakes, embrace your day like it is your last and Live your Best Day Ever paving a wonderful road for you and others who may have not found the internal capacity to pave the way.
Make it great!
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