I’m deeply concerned about the state of our planet and what we are creating as a legacy for our children and their children.
The hate I see around the world only convinces me that we need fresh new thinking if we are to redeem our poor stewardship and build bigger tables where we can collaborate for good across the divides.
Fresh new thinking is sometimes hard to come by if we only rely on the data banks of old thinking to try to solve today’s problems. As the sentiment goes ‘You can’t fix today’s problems with yesterday’s thinking’.
That’s one reason why I’m bringing together inspiring people to explore a new direction of thinking that will facilitate a new paradigm of problem solving. A paradigm that thinks Inside-Out not Outside-In. That looks for significance and meaning from within not from what we can accumulate or get simply to numb the pain or fear of not knowing who we truly are – created by God for a purpose.
And the great news is that you can access fresh new thing to support you as you grow your business and follow your purpose.
Here’s 3 tips to help you discover more, think less and lean into your big why:
1. Most people underestimate their potential.
The biggest thing I see from supporting my clients is that they massively underestimate who they are and the resources they possess. Developing your personal grounding through a deeper understanding is key to recognising who you are and the potential you’ve been given.
The ancient story of the talents tells of 3 servants who were entrusted with a share of the kings wealth whilst he journeyed his kingdom. The first two took action and made a return for which they were rewarded. The third hid his portion out of fear and didn’t take action. When the king returned he was punished for living in fear and not making the most of what he had been given.
To discover who you are, learn the art of reflective learning. Take small steps and record how you feel and think. Ask yourself questions that create the opportunity for insight into what’s going on.
2. Consider the principle of thought and how this is connected to your feelings.
Thought begets feeling. Your feelings are the creation of your thought and nothing else. Thinking that your feelings are coming from the situation, problem or person you are experiencing is a misunderstanding of how your neurology works.
Consider two people stepping into a lift. One feels safe in the knowledge that the lift will transport them to the next floor. One feels anxious about what might go wrong. If feelings came from our situations, they’d both feel anxious or both feel secure.
Your feelings can stop you from taking action towards your purpose, or propel you forward. But, relying on your feelings is unpredictable and a bit like relying on the weather to guide you when to take action.
Learn to rest in your feeling and not wrestle with yourself, by knowing that when your mind clears you’ll see something new.
3. The more you wake up to who you are the more leverage you have.
The other day I put a movie on that I knew my wife and her mother would enjoy. I watched as they got caught up in the romance, the story and the music.
When the film ended they woke up from the story they had been enjoying and were awake to reality. It’s the same with knowing who we are.
When we realise that we’ve been telling ourselves a really engaging movie about why taking action and accessing fresh new thinking is a challenge, we begin to see the next steps to take.
Learn to understand the power of connection with yourself and the people you are serving. Look for the misunderstanding and the traits of living in a movie. Use a journal to track your progress and record your noticing of when you have been tricked by your thinking.
If you’d like to journey with me as we explore fresh new thinking to save our planet, let me know in the comments, or if you’d like to understand more about who you are and your purpose, email me at [email protected]