I’ll be back. Rather than keep it indefinite, let’s just say I’ll be back in November. Every now and then I take some down time. It’s one of my renewal patterns. It’s partly why I like doing projects and why I like the change of seasons. Great down time, helps me with great up time. I remember Deepak Chopra once saying something like the child sleeps so well, because the child plays so hard.
I considered posting during my downtime, but that’s just now how I do my downtime. Instead, I decided I would post on three things …
In the spirit of The Rule of 3, I have 3 things in this post:
1. One Lesson
2. One Story
3. One Ask
I tried to think of the most valuable lesson I’ve ever learned. I want to share that with you now:
… Think the thoughts that serve you.
How do you lead your best life? A thought at a time. This is where it all starts. You’re the thinker of your thoughts. Each thought can help you spiral up, or it can tear you down. Your thoughts control how you feel (just try spending a day thinking about the best in your life, then compare that to spending a day thinking of the worst in your life.) You can be your best coach, or you can be your worst critic. You probably know how to push your own buttons better than anybody you know.
One of my most empowering questions is, “What’s the next best thing for me to do?” Usually, I know the answer, and all I have to do, is just do it. When I don’t know the answer, then the next best thing for me to do is ask. The trick is asking the right people, and asking the right way.
The secret to thinking the thoughts that serve you is changing the questions you ask yourself. Instead of asking, “why me?”, ask questions like, “what’s next?” or “what’s my best response?” or “what’s my next best move?”, or “who can I learn from?” You lead your best life, a thought at a time, shaped by a question at at time. Now that you know the secret, you’ll catch yourself. When you catch yourself thinking like a victim, ask yourself empowering questions. Changing your question, changes your focus. Changing your focus, changes your life.
I originally started Sources of Insight to help anybody be their best in any situation. I wanted to share the best insights and actions from books, people, and quotes to help everyday people become everyday heroes (one of my mantras is, “exponential results for the underdog.”) I focus on giving you the best patterns and practices for mind, body, emotions, career, financial, relationships, and fun. In a nutshell, it’s about sharing the wisdom of the ages, and standing on the shoulders of giants. Imagine if you had the best answer or the best response for any situation? It’s all about skilled living. It’s about a life by design over a life by default.
I’m on my path, but I also know there is so much more to it. How do I know? I experienced it. A few weeks back, I had a dream. I was at a conference and Sources of Insight was projected on an enormous screen, larger than life. Only it didn’t look like Sources of Insight, it looked more like a choose your own adventure map. The closer I got to it, the more I was in it. It was immersive. Next thing you know, I was walking through a hall of heroes. As I passed da Vinci, Socrates, Covey, Bruce Lee and other heroes, I absorbed their super skill. It was like a Vulcan Mind Meld on steroids. It was literally walking in a Wisdom Wonderland.
When I woke up, I remember thinking how harsh it is that we start from scratch. So much of the best know how is spread over time and space. It reminded me that it’s not about access to information or more information. It’s all about useful information. It’s about cutting to the chase to find the keys to improving mind, body, emotions, career, financial, relationships, and fun. What you don’t know can hurt you, and what you do know, can help you.
I have one ask. If you use Sources of Insight, share your story with me … How do you use Sources of Insight? This is your chance to help me influence the future of Sources of Insight.
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