July 4, 2008

True Freedom

Some weeks it may seem as though nothing really gets done. We work hard, yet nothing appears to change. Perhaps a deal is moving slower than you want it to, or a project has not yet delivered the results you’re seeking.

The wheels of life turn at their own speed. We don’t have much control over how quickly things happen. That’s why haste never achieves results. Knowing that is the key to true freedom.

When we drive and push to make something happen before its time, we never obtain optimal results. Pears and apples ripen best off the tree — you harvest them and wait for them to develop their best flavor.

It’s the steady, focused action with the end in mind that achieves the worthy goal.

Yet that’s often not the message we hear day in and day out. “Get it done” and “make it happen” are commands driven by fear. Fear is just the thing for avoiding rattlesnakes and oncoming cars. But it’s the worst mentality for getting what you want from life.

If your week has been one of pushing and being pushed, it’s time to step out of the “traffic” and watch it from the roadside for a day or two.

You may be surprised to see it all moving down a road that leads to nowhere.

Exercise

Sit in a quiet place for 30 minutes this weekend and write answers to the following questions:

  • What do I want my life to be like?
  • What do I want in the next 30 days? The next week?
  • What would I do if I knew I could not fail?

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