Friday, October 26, 2007

Thinking & Acting

If I have the belief that I can do it, I will surely acquire the capacity to do it, even if I may not have it at the beginning.
- Mahatma Gandhi

We have all had that enlightening moment where we came up with the solution as to how we were going to change our lives for the better. These plans were going to make us richer, more popular, healthier, better looking, and a person others look at and envy. Unfortunately for us these plans lost steam not long after the idea was originated and we had to revert back to our unfulfilled lives.

There are two reasons why we never allow ourselves to reap the rewards of our forward thinking; 1) we think we need capacity and power in numbers to start, and 2) we limit our thinking to try and control our environment.

There are many misnomers with starting a project that will in the end enhance our lives. Because of the high stakes involved, mostly our lives and our pride, these misnomers frequently prevent many great ideas from getting off the ground. The main misnomer is that we need outside help to make our idea a reality, that there is success in numbers. Sheer capacity does not equal success, it does not increase motivation, and it does not lighten the load you must carry. Sheer capacity will never equal personal sweat equity. Sweat equity is what we bring to the table individually; it is our commitment to our idea. This means that you can have as many people on board as you want, but success will not happen until you are completely committed to the end result as an individual first. The amount of sweat equity you put into your idea will create the leadership you need to then bring the right people on board with you at the right time that will help you get the results you originally sought.

To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.
- Harry Truman

When we look to make change we frequently try and control every aspect of our surrounding environment when what we need to look to do is understand what we can control and then exert that control. By trying to control all of our surroundings we limit our thinking because we in essence are micromanaging every little aspect of our being. When we get caught up trying to control what we have no control over we never allow ourselves to see beyond our immediate needs, we never see the big picture. When we have the big picture in mind we free up our ability to make the important/relevant decisions and free up the brain space that leads to creativity thinking. Our creativity is our greatest tool to success and when we limit our ability to think we limit our ability to succeed.
Nothing limits achievement like small thinking. Nothing equals possibilities like unleashed thinking.
- William Arthur Ward

If we are to see an idea from inception to fruition we need to walk into our idea with the knowledge that we will need to act alone before we bring others in, for the original decision is ours, and we must always think beyond what is immediately possible. When we convince ourselves that our possibilities are endless then we enable ourselves to see our worth as greater than we originally imagined.

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