Posts Tagged 'certainty'

Know “Because” When You Say So

I enjoy being interviewed.

As with most people, it’s a thrill to see my name in print or face on television and bask in the glow of pseudo-fame. For me, however, the pleasure is amplified by my enjoyment of sharing information.

I get to give someone a piece of my mind, just like with this blog.

It’s an opportunity for me to educate, to put my knowledge–and the views derived from it–on display for others to benefit, if they so choose. (Again, as with MeBuilding.)

And, thanks to a kind journalist friend, I’ve had at least one chance a year to talk about what I’ve learned since 2008.

Yesterday, she sent me an email to see if I could help her out:

I’m writing a story for the Eagle on meditation as a means to physical and mental well-being, as part of a lifestyle. Wondering if you have any thoughts on that?

I, of course, agreed to speak with her–but look what I offered afterward:

I would like to create a “fact sheet” of sorts for you so you’ve got evidence instead of me just talking off the top of my head.

When sharing your beliefs, it’s critical to understand your “why”.

To utter something and be unable to back it up is to tell a half-truth (or manage a political campaign). When you regurgitate a soundbite with little knowledge of its meaning, you mislead others and, more importantly, yourself.

Doing anything well–or, being somebody of value–requires more than just believing something; achievement demands a reason, it begs for your “because…”

Without your personal proof, an idea is wobbly at best.

The foundation is rotten wood laid on quicksand. Your mind can only rise so high on such shaky ground before toppling over on fallacy.

Thus, self-examination is critical.

Like an engineer checking an architect’s plan, picking apart your beliefs to find the weaknesses improves the overall strength.

Regardless of whether your truth matches another’s, you’re prepared to resist any storm thrown your way.

When you comprehend the roots of your idea, someone will care to let it blossom.

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5 Steps to No Doubt

Doubt is a frightening companion.

Like an attention-starved child, it makes as much noise as you allow it to.

You do your best to ignore it.

Questions needle your delicate confidence.

“How can I do this?”

“Is there any way for me to succeed?”

“Am I in over my head?”

The venom increases, poisoning your mind.

“How did I think I could do this?”

“Is it me that’s incapable?”

“Am I too stupid?”

Suddenly, you’re paralyzed with fear.

You’re unable to display your talent, robbed of the opportunity to show off your hard-earned knowledge because reluctance opened the door for terror.

In the rush to find reasons you’re incapable, you’ve forget what you can do.

With proper management, though, uncertainty is a whisper against the wind.

Until you’re able to brush it aside, here are five steps to overcome that vile voice slithering into your ear:

1. Just say “No”

Though it’s natural to waver a few moments from time to time, halt the flow and avoid being overwhelmed. Catch your brain in the act of sliding on the downward spiral to prevent four or five raindrops from becoming a flood.

2. Play the part
Simply put, preparation is a key part of confidence. Taking the time to “practice” for your starring role–whether going over your lines or nailing down your movements–lays the foundation for exceptional acting instead of stage fright.

3. Execute strategy
Regardless of the challenge, you must carry out a plan of attack. Resolve to impose your tactics on a situation to the fullest extent–and find satisfaction in that, first and foremost.

Results are secondary to performance quality, especially early on.

4. Be patient
You’ve probably spent most of your life afraid the results you desire will be snatched up well before you’re able to attain them.

Bullshit.

They’re your results. No one else can make them happen. Either you will or they won’t occur.

5. Tweak
The mark of a great craftsman is the ability to hide mistakes in the finished product. Use your misjudgments and errors to improve your plan for each task further down the road.

Your steadfast persistence and smooth adaptability demand disbelief guess where you’ll be next. Eventually, you’ll be so far ahead, hesitation will be washed into the background.

And you’ll have silenced the stealthy tongue holding you back.

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The First Step Between “There” and “Here”

Twitter is a fascinating piece of the social media puzzle.

Filled with everything from high philosophy to inane drivel, it is an interesting window into the moment-to-moment attention of its millions of users. It allows the masses to engage celebrities, permits companies to track customer complaints and helps individuals to build fledgling businesses of various kinds all within 140 made-for-ADHD characters.

It’s almost like a search engine with a pulse.

For example, I often find quotations to add to my considerable collection flowing through my tweet stream. I began saving various thoughts from all sorts of luminaries almost a decade ago and have gathered 25+ pages worth over the years for use as inspiration across the spectrum of life’s experiences.

Yesterday, I had a “Duh!” moment when I saw this:

I wondered how such a simple, elegant truth escaped me for so long.

History–whether personal or global–is replete with examples of bedrock faith preceding visual confirmation.

Regardless of your outcome, there is always a mental component at play in the production of it.

This is the essence of self-fulfilling prophecy.

Deep-seeded ideas blossom into the fruits of your labor, whether sweet or sour. Despite what you profess with your tongue, the activity of your imagination–positive or negative–drives you on.

As Steve Jobs said, “The vision pulls you.”

Look at Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

Can you feel the conviction in his voice?

Something so strong is more than heard, it is experienced. Your soul stirs under the force of his passion, your heart swells with the recognition of a glorious future–and breathes life into it.

“If you want to be convincing, you must be convinced,” goes the old saying.

You have to know there’s a better place you’ll reach through the constancy of your effort, a mountain you’ll climb by single-minded perseverance for the greater good.

In the tough times, it may be all that keeps you going.

Such certainty mutates your DNA.

The mission becomes central to your being.

You transform into a fountain of passion and purpose.

The depth of your confidence–and your inspired action–blows open the door between “possibility and probability,” shrinks the distance between “likely” and “accomplished” and turns “fantasy” into “reality.”

And you’ve taken the first step towards “there” from “here.”

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