75 Questions: Day 61

When the questions began, 75  days ago, which then was that exact number of days before the opening of a new year 2017, according to the Gregorian calendar. Now there are 14 days until New Year (Monday – Sunday). As is customary, the remaining blog postings will ask you just one question. That question may inspire you, it may perplex you, it may anger you, it may be the catalyst for indelible change, or it may even tickle you. Each question could open a truth pathway to stronger mindfulness.

The intent of all 75 questions is to probe, to prompt a reaction, to get you to stretch, to press beyond tradition or boundaries, to think broader, to break free, to face the fear, or liberate you by confirming what you already know for sure. You are only asked to respond each day with a thoughtful answer to the question.

Each question, ultimately, is to give you the intimate space to recover how to love yourself which by compassion omnipresence expands and then allows you to love and share empathy for others.

These 75 question can precipitate change. The question is to be a inquiry into pathways of inner change that leaves you feeling more safe, in control, powerful, intrigued, and authentic. Dream, feel the exhilaration of possibility. Construct a dream board.

When these amazing emotions are opened up within you (they already exist), you change and your world changes and the whole world changes with you.

Question 61: How often do you dream?

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Clear Vision: Clarity in 3 Steps

Red smudges shaped as heart            Corbis photographer:© Thanh-Khoa Tran/Corbis

“Your visions will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” —C.G. Jung

Look inside, awaken to clarity.  Looking around, hither and yon, seeking external confirmation does not lead to inner discovery. You must look deep into your heart to clearly see what is purposed for you.  Clear vision often happens when you soul search but you must need to do more. Dig deep and penetrate as you concentrate. Penetrating your inner desires, manifests clarity of passion, purpose, and power.

Passion, purpose and power is not a dream state, but a clear knowing that is integral to you. It matters not the source to which we turn outside of ourselves to fix ourselves, it cannot be done. Try as hard as you can to point to “if only” or “someone” to complete you, it is a futile projection. Only you can awaken to life and clear vision.

The premise of the book, Climb Every Obstacle: Eliminate Your Limits! is that you are the CEO of your life, only you. Once you recognize that you are your life’s chief operator and begin to trust your influence and ability, the things you intend to achieve is then actualized through the benefit of clear vision.

Clarity is achievable. Use these three steps to clear your vision:

  1.  Pause for a minimum of five minutes a day for the next twelve days (the time it generally takes to inculcate a new habit) and listen to your heart. Really probe, examine what is your true heart’s desire. Embrace whatever surfaces; let the longing of your heart express itself.
  2. Plan for what you hear from your heart.  Oftentimes, a true longing from the heart is so buried within, encased in fear, that not only do you not know what your heart whispers, but you systematically suppress what is inside with busy-ness. This time, hear your heart and plan to carry out what’s inside. Your plan may involve a one day activity i.e., go to a play or you may hear from your heart that you want to be a thespian.
  3. Accept the prompting from your heart with sincere gratitude. Be mindful, with graciousness, that this is clearly what you are meant to do and then attentively do it.

You are awakened. You can see clearly, all obstacles have vanished and out of your way. Gone are the dreams that linger on the outside, you clearly see, know and must act with clarity.

GO!

Go! On your mark, get set, ready, GO! This is the time, today, to go for what you want.  It doesn’t matter how farfetched your dream, how remote your goal, or how immeasurable your vision. What matters is that you have a dream, a goal or a vision.

It is time to go for it; get into the race for the finish line-the attainment of victory. Today is your day to take one elongated step and then another and then another until you are draped with or crowned a success.  No more wallowing, no more wondering, and no more wavering, go.

Tomorrow is twenty-four hours away, that won’t get you to finish today. Today is your GO day.  Garner your energy, renew your purpose, feel deeply your passion and GO!  Inculcate success; take on the confidence of an Olympic athlete for a moment.  They practice and train to respond to the word GO.

Be an athlete. Be you and never succumb to wariness. There are times in life that you feel tired and frustrated: tired of trying to make it in spite of all that you do, tired of waiting for your business to grow, tired of dealing with sickness, tired of a difficult boss.  You may feel tired of it all; that’s the time to GO!

Pump up your endorphins. Go on, hold on a little bit longer, and see the victorious end in colorful splendor.  You can’t allow yourself to become weary. You can’t be tempted to quit pursuing your goals and dreams -not now. Exactly what you want is right ahead.

Belief creates its verification.” ~William James

The dreariest moment is right before a victory. The darkest time of the night is right before dawn. The weariness of defeat is right before your success.  Claude Bristol in The Magic of Believing says the problem with most people is that they give up and get weary too soon.  They lose their passion, they discard their dreams, and they tell themselves they are a failure inches before what they wish is claimed.

The magic of believing is that you set your passion thermostat, you decide the pace, and you, and only you, own the mental fortitude to win.  Bristol says, “it needs to be in the spirit-that the work has already been done…actually see yourself successful.”

You are magic-believe it.

Now, GO!