Thursday, November 21, 2013
As a member of the Human Race, undeniably a social species, it's hard to live from the inside out. The daily noise of living seeps in and negative messaging, masquerading as positive reinforcement, often infects my mind:
· It's all or nothing
· Give it all you've got
· 100% isn't good enough
It is not a mystery that trying to live up to these ideals finds me not sleeping well, eating right, feeling at peace - in essence, not living well at all. Fortunately, I have volition. I have the option of creating my own noise, my own preferred messaging, based on that which I grew up with:
· Slow and steady wins the race
· Practice makes perfect
· Some is better than none
This might horrify a corporate CEO, but I am learning that I have the luxury of being the CEO of my own very unique life. When I run my Balance Sheet, I see that my deficits are the degree to which I allow the tainted beliefs of others to influence my decisions, while my profits are based on how well I live my own life - and how I manage to enrich the lives of others in the process.
Because I have made mistakes along the journey toward my goals, I realize that the hardest, yet most valuable, lesson has been that strict compliance to any ideal is most certainly the road to failure. So, I prefer not to adhere to such strict change, rather, I value the path that loose change is providing. As I expand my horizons, I am rediscovering the point of re-evaluation and compromise. Today, I see just how valuable it is to count on life's balance sheet the daily tally of my loose change.