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Every once in a while someone sends me something that is nothing short of AMAZING.
This video is one such example – it needs NO introduction, NO explanation. That is how good it is, no make that excellent, no scratch that – OUTSTANDING!
Antimimeticisomorphism is one of those unique concepts that when you grasp the full value of what it can mean to your business and life(style), you literally won’t want to look back(wards)….
Especially if you suffer from anatidaephobia!
How scary can a fee ducks actually be?!?!?
We have all had to do it – suspending disbelief – when watching movies or reading fiction. Simply stated, suspension of disbelief is possible when there is enough “human interest and a semblance of truth” in a fantastic tale or movie script so that you can suspend judgment concerning the implausibility of the narrative. Otherwise the illusion is shattered and the movie, story or script fall apart.
You might be wondering what this has to do with personal motivation and development.
Sometimes, a strategy, tool, tactic or technique you learn might seem “too good to be true”. Unless you suspend your disbelief, you will prevent yourself from giving it an honest ‘go’ or attempt. That suspension of disbelief is really important in nuanced situations if you are going to marshal all the power of the Law Of Attraction that NECESSITATES belief.
Can you see the circular reasoning at play here?
Herein lies the dilemma of many of the most powerful personal development strategies – they are so quick, easy and simple that UNLESS you suspend your disbelief, you simply won’t believe they will work for you and you will only prove yourself right.
And that would be wrong.
Albert Einstein said it best when he uttered these pivotal words “Insanity is doing the SAME things over and over again, expecting a DIFFERENT result.”
Now before you get your back up and claim you’re happy and content – you’re missing the point.
I am not advocating that you are not happy or content with your life. What I am suggesting is that maybe, just maybe there is MORE for you out there…
More passion and energy for what fuels your dreams and desires.
More excitement, adventure and variety for the things you love doing.
More challenge, growth and contribution to the causes you feel most attached to.
More love, engagement and interaction with those most precious to you.
More vitality, health and fitness to live life full-on.
More of what you already have.
More of what you don’t have, but would like to have.
Not because you’re depressed or demoralised, but because you want to grow and become…
If any of this resonates with you, consider the fact that it’s all within your reach – with a simple, easy and straightforward process called New Year’s Resolutions.
Now before you frown on something as simple as this – I have a special step-by-step process that is unique, fun and special.
Click on the hyperlink to have a look at what it’s all about – BEFORE you write it off.
Too many people write themselves off before the process even starts.
Too many people would “like their lives to be better” but can’t be bothered to make the SMALL investment necessary to get a lifetime of rewards…
If you are one of these people, you have already clicked off this page and have gone on to something else…
So if you are still reading this, there is a chance you might take the first step today.
But y’know what?
The odds are you won’t.
Most people have given up – on themselves.
They have given up on their ultimate dream and destiny.
I know it sounds pessimistic, sad and cynical. It is and it’s a statistical fact.
MOST people do not achieve their dream goals or live their dream life.
Somewhere along the path, they lose their way, they lose their motivation, they lose their belief, they lose their faith.
Rarely do they seek assistance or guidance.
For some it’s an ego thing – they want to do it on their own, even if that means they will fail or come up short.
For others, they simply have no belief it’s possible – for them.
But there is a small minority of people who have not given up. That small minority still has belief that all it takes is ONE decision – ONE step and their destiny can be altered.
That’s all it takes. You know what that is – make that ONE decision that will make 2013 your best year ever and learn to do your New Year’s Resolutions in a new, fun and exciting way.
This is one of those videos you’re going to want to have your friends and family watch… There is no need to preface it other than click on the YouTube image and be amazed!
Today’s blog post is about one of those images / quotes that for me represents a much deeper meaning than the self evident message of overcoming procrastination.
Often, in life as well as your professional career, you get to a fork in the road and the two paths in front of you are perplexing, confusing and maybe even scary.
Regardless of which path you take, your life, your destiny will be altered, changed forever.
“It is in our moments of INdecision
that our destinies are destroyed.”
– Dr Marc Dussault
Take the time to re-read that.
Let it sink in and the next time you are faced with a tough or difficult decision, just fast forward 10, 20 or 30 years and ask yourself… in hindsight (from your future self), “regardless of the potential outcomes, how will I feel about NOT making this decision?”
Regardless of the potential outcomes is a key distinction. Sure we all want to make the right decisions and avoid mistakes, but he/she who decides because he must, is a courageous, brave person.
Often, we hesitate and avoid the most important decisions in our lives. A non-decision is a decision, one that may haunt you for a lifetime.
Perplexed with a tough decision, take Pablo Picasso’s advice to heart: “Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.” That should spur you to a more proactive decision making paradigm!
Often, decisions are avoided because of the confusion between the WHAT and the HOW of the decision. Simply put, WHAT you need to decide should be independent and separate from the HOW following the decision.
Once the WHAT has been decided, the HOW will find a way. Where there’s a will, there’s a way…
But first you must commit 1,000% to the WHAT.
Easier said than done.
First, let me say that I am not a pessimist nor a fatalist. However, I do believe in what I call having 20/20 foresight. When it comes to life, we all know we’re going to die, it’s just a question of how and when. Here’s the thing about not facing your mortality: You might not have as much time as you think OR WORSE, the people you care most about may have less than time than you would like.
After the fact, it’s too late.
After the fact, you can’t do anything about it.
Now, you can. I suggest you listen to the top 5 regrets of the dying to make the most of your life – what’s left of it, which when you think about it – it’s all of it because you CAN’T GO BACK…
I want to thank Mark Mackenzie of The Graffiti Eaters for sending this article to me. He’s an ambitious high achiever who places his family as his top priority, so I know he takes these recommendations to heart as I hope you will too.
1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made.
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.
As you may or may not know, my blog content is more than 50% user generated by readers and subscribers. It means that I get access to literally hundreds of submissions and contributions per year that I would never find on my own. First because I wouldn’t be searching for it and second, I don’t have the breadth and scope to find such a wide range and variety of things that are out there.
Today’s video was sent to me by a client, FinPacific who provides financial treasury management software solutions to medium and large businesses. They have a corporate culture based on authenticity, congruency and honesty that is truly remarkable. It did not surprise me that they would have come across this incredibly inspirational video of a 15 year-old girl. You simply have to start watching and you’ll find yourself mesmerised by her wisdom, maturity and eloquence. She can teach us all a few life lessons!
Additional notes on the video:
http://www.INKtalks.com Like Voltaire, she believes a shipwreck gives us an opportunity to sing in the life boats. Little Aisha Chaudhary, the first INK Youth Fellow, teaches us a big lesson even as she is battling a life-threatening medical condition. All of 15, Aisha has taught herself to paint, take pictures, run with her dog and dance at her cousin’s wedding, not just once but twice. Aisha learned art at the American Embassy School. “You live every moment twice, once in your mind and once when you actually live it,” she said to a standing ovation.
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ABOUT AISHA CHAUDHARY: Fifteen year-old Aisha Chaudhary was born with an immune deficiency disorder and overcame a predicted life expectancy of only one year to have become an accomplished artist today. Despite a serious lung disease called Pulmonary Fibrosis, her persistent optimism, extraordinary maturity in the face of impossible odds, and calm perspective on life’s challenges have been an inspiration to many.
Subtitling credits : Aishwarya S.