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In a recent conversation I was forced to accept the fact that I don't have all the answers. I'm a very logical person by nature. I like to gather information and find evidence that supports my position so that by the time I make a decison there is little one can say to argue against me. As I've matured I've learned that there is always something I don't know and that there is always another perspective or point of view on a matter. I can accept that for most things but when it comes to issues concerning my personal life I always believed I should know everything. Accepting that I don't have all the answers about myself has proven to be a lifted burden. It's helped me see how much more I have to grow and made me excited about the journey.
A few days ago I revisited the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill and found that my "new" insight is a principle in the book. Hill calls it the "Mastermind Principle" and he uses Thomas A. Edison as an example of how it works. Briefly put, Edison was a man of very little formal education, however, he was smart enough to realize that he could use the knowledge other people possessed to achieve his goals. Edison sought the expertise of people who were skilled in all the areas in which he was ignorant and, together, they created inventions that brought Edison great wealth. Edison recognized early on that he did not have all the answers and that he did not need them to be successful.
It may be difficult to see how this principle applies to personal development but it is necessary for anyone who truly wants to be their best self. In order to grow we must be humble enough to receive constructive criticism, mentoring, correction and guidance. We tend to be more accepting of such things professionally but they are also necessary personally.
Here's a challenge for you: ask someone who knows you well, and who you respect, to share one thing you could do to improve your relationship with others. Be open-minded, listen to the response, ask for examples, and don't be offended. You may be surprised by what you learn about yourself.
For this month's reading I'm returning to a book I heard of some years ago after watching a movie about it at a women's group. When I purchased the book I found it was an easy-to-read guide on how to apply one of the most basic yet challenging principles known to man: The Law of Attraction.
The Law of Attraction is based on the Biblical principle "Ask, Believe, Receive" (Matthew 21:22, Mark 11:24) and the book The Secret shares testimonies from people who have mastered the Law of Attraction and their suggestions for how to use it. Be not confused, the book is by no means religious. It is simply about a divine principle that can be used by anyone, regardless of their religious beliefs. The book breaks down how to apply the Law of Attraction in money, relationships, health, the world, and in your overall life. One guy even says that he uses it to get good parking spaces when he shops. Ultimately I see The Secret as a useful guide to positive thinking. I'm reading it again as I embark on new challenges in my life and career so I can be reminded of the importance of keeping my mind in the right state and not allowing doubt to enter in. If you haven't read it before I highly recommend it, especially if you are still struggling with maintaining positive thoughts.
Check it out and let me know what you think.
For many years I've wanted to write a book but I never knew what I wanted to say. I didn't think I had a story to tell that people would actually want to read. Over the past decade I've have grown into an adult and the past six years have given me a story to share.
I've never wanted to do what others are doing but when you are surrounded by purpose-driven people you're bound to share some of the same ideas. Every direction I look lies authors and writers who have inspired me to put my thoughts and experiences on paper. So, I am proud to announce that I am officially authoring my first book available later this year! Read more for an exclusive look at the book cover and an excerpt from the book #newbeginnings #lifeinwait
During a seminar I attended some months ago speaker Dr. Willie Jolley shared with us a free copy of his eBook Leaps of Faith Nine Short Lessons of How to Obtain Success Through Faith In Your Life. After the seminar I downloaded the eBook and placed it on my list of books to read without actually looking at it. A few days ago I glanced at it and realized it was only 14 pages long so I decided to insert this quick read into my day. The book is a refreshing reminder of the importance of setting goals and having faith that you can accomplish those goals. It is also a perfect read for this time of year as it starts off with discussion of why New Year’s resolutions usually don’t last and what to do instead. If you need a quick read that will help you stay motivated I invite you to read Leaps of Faith. You can find it and download it for FREE by clicking on the button below. Enjoy!