Tuesday, February 19, 2013
I have a scenario that plays in my head.
I am witnessing my birth. The doctors and nurses are shouting instructions; my mother is sweating and pushing. As I pass from darkness into light I start to see shapes and images. The doctor turns my head and suctions my nose and mouth. As he wipes my eyes and it is then I notice writing in huge letters on the delivery room ceiling. My first conscious and cognizant thought in life is:
“You deserve to be successful.”
What if we could capture that thought; and no matter what else we are ever told to the contrary, it stayed in our minds forever. Imagine it was not our first thought, but our last and that we lived our entire lives convinced we deserved success. Imagine how we would live if we knew no matter what twists and turns our lives took we deserved success. Failures would become learning experiences, bad decisions would be foundations to build on and to top it all off, we’d be grateful for what we now call negative experiences. It wouldn’t be reserved for the lovely, the educated and the lucky. It would OUR BIRTHRIGHT.”
The minds job is to create, that is its sole function. Our minds process what our five senses experience, mix it all together and come up with an outcome we can live with based on past outcomes. There’s a story about twin brothers who woke up one Christmas morning and rushed down the stairs and into the family room only to find a large pile of horse manure adjacent to the family tree. The first brother slumped into a chair and cried. “This is all I get for Christmas, horse manure.” He began to weep and moan. The second brother studied the pile of manure for a moment. Thoughtfully, he walked around a few times looking at it from top to bottom. He started digging, flinging the manure everywhere. Startled, his parents asked what he was doing. He stopped, looked over his shoulder and cried out. “There has to be a pony under here somewhere.”
Two people enter the same room and observe the same situation, yet each chooses a separate outcome. The minds job is to create and each young man based his outcome on past experience and belief. One believed he deserved to succeed and one believed he didn't.
Which one are you?
The above is and excerpt from These Three Things by John T Jurkiewicz, 2013. All Rights Reserved Republication by written permission only.