Jim Rohn (1930 – 2009) was a master when it came to motivating people. Sincere, knowledgeable, and personable, he possessed the magic ability to convey teachings that helped thousands–if not millions–of people reach for their goals. And achieve them, too. Using everyday language, he shared nuggets of wisdom that we could apply to our life. One such nugget related to the following:
Early in his career–when he was first learning to apply the techniques to create a better life–he was feeling impatient. He wondered when life was going to get better. He was working hard and applying himself, but nothing seemed to be improving. He wondered if life would improve when the economy changed. He wondered if life would improve when his company changed. He wondered if life would improve if this, that, and the other thing changed. Finally, however, a mentor told him the truth: Life–and the results he experienced–would improve when Jim changed! The mentor obviously understood that life is an expression of who we are inside.
Sad to admit, perhaps, but I can honestly relate to what Jim Rohn shared. I can state that I needed to learn that lesson. I am grateful, however, that I am a better person now than I was ten years ago. Although a well-intentioned man, I can admit to being misguided. The old version of me was often ruled by my emotions. I was driven, too, by forces that felt outside of my control. Now, I am more patient, more tolerant, less judgmental, and kinder, too. How can changing ourself possibly make a difference? Isn’t the world independent of who we are?
No, in fact, there is no separation between the two. The person we are–literally–and the results we experience in this world are one-in-same. Through this system, we may actually come to see ourselves; to realize what needs to be changed or left the same. By becoming a better person, we will attract–according to the Law of Attraction–results and circumstances that mirror this improvement. Kinder thoughts, words, and deeds will attract their gentler counterparts in reality. An attitude of richer Being on the inside will be reflected as greater prosperity in various aspects of life on the outside. More courageous Being will be reflected as new and thrilling experiences. A more loving Being will be reflected through more loving relationships. Anais Nin obviously knew this when she wrote: We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. This age-old truth is also clearly expressed in the familiar Bible verse: As ye sow, so shall ye reap.
Doubt that this can be true? That’s good; for true knowledge isn’t gained by merely copying what others know but through our own deep understanding. If courageous, however, you might realize that you have nothing to lose–and perhaps everything good to gain–by examining your own character. Take a look at your own traits. Is there room for improvement? Could you expand in your understanding of the world? Could you grow stronger, wiser, more tolerant in an aspect of your Being? Would you want to have you as a friend? If not, an experiment toward creating a better you may be time well spent.
Dare to dream (and care for one another).
With heartfelt regards,
Copyright © – 2020 – R. Arthur Russell
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