In The Plain Dealer, Sunday, June 11, 2017, the drummer, Rich Redmond was quoted.
“I realized early on the best teacher you can have is yourself. If you can commit to continuing education and continuing growth over your life, you’re never going to miss a meal.” We should all learn this wise advice early on.
The truth of the matter is this. If you’re not growing, you’re dying. If you’re not moving forward, you’re losing ground. There is no status quo. That’s the status quo the masses love. It’s not an illusion. It’s delusion. We are a mass of energy. Everything is a mass of energy and it’s all moving. If you’re not moving with it, you’ll be left behind. Many people are. They go to their graves with unfulfilled dreams and too many regrets.
I’m reminded of a comment made by a dear friend of mine when I spoke with him about professional development. You know, the self- help, personal growth kind of thing. He said, “Oh, I did that once.” Once??? He was 65. Once in 65 years? Wow. We might be able to grasp the continuing education part as long as we’re not asked to change or grow. That personal growth stuff really scares a lot of people. I should know. I talk to people all the time about personal growth. I tell them about the Thinking into Results program; how it can change their lives if they’re willing to change their thinking. It’s just too scary for a lot of people.
They give all kind of excuses. To them, these excuses are legit reasons. Really they’re excuses for not stepping out of the proverbial comfort zone. People have TV screens that are bigger than their personal vision. (And by the way, they spend more on their big screen TV than they invest in their own personal growth.) It’s not time. It’s not the money. It’s fear. I’d love for these people to see the light and join me on a journey of self-discovery. I’m not saying they’re a lost cause because no one is. They need a whole lot of convincing, though. Maybe a life threatening event will shock them into change, if they’re lucky.
For now, I’m after people who are at least willing to dip their toes in the water. Come on in! The water’s fine. In fact it’s great! What do you have to lose? Just some old thinking that isn’t serving you anymore. What you gain will be a whole new way of looking at your life. You’ll be kicking yourself you didn’t take the plunge sooner.
I’d like to hear from you. What have you done that you wish you had done a lot sooner but didn’t because of the fear of change?
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