“Mind is the Master power that moulds and makes
And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
The Tool of thought, and, shaping what he wills,
Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:-
He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass:
Environment is but his looking-glass.”
James Allen, As a Man Thinketh
To me, the ‘most of anything’ connotes being pushed or pushing beyond our limits – emotionally, physically or spiritually.
It might sound clichéd, but it means stepping out of our comfort zone.
Perhaps a simple way to look at our lives is to picture a veil that we pull down to obscure our real self.
For some the veil is (unhelpfully) drawn by history or circumstance, but too many of us self-impose the process, for fear of losing everything; and in doing so we shut out the light.
My mission isn’t so much to exhort one personal development methodology over another, but to empower you to find your inner genius. And before you guffaw – “Who does he think he’s kidding?” – I sincerely believe that my own self-realisation won’t be brought about if I don’t pursue this path.
I could put it much more simply: My mission is to serve you, as I have done, in one form or another, for the last 30 years.
I accept that to many it will seem odd to talk in such transformative language; but I am on a quest, a very deliberate one, to try and help every person that I can.
Whilst initially I nailed my colours to the social media mast (and I am still proudly flying them), it is not the sine qua non of self-actualisation. Neither is the wrapper one of productivity – squeezing the most out of every single day. That said I still believe that in order to become what you truly are, you can’t achieve much whilst swimming in an ocean of grunge. In other words, you not only have to adjust the way you think but address your physical space and well-being.
As I indicated in last week’s post, I propose to adopt a much more focused blogging regime, and each post will form part of the ‘empowerment’ story. In time, I hope that you have the basis for a programme that means much more than one random post after another.
Believe it or not, I have mapped out the entire year’s posts which, taken together, depending on the word count of each post, will amount to a decent sized book.
Perhaps I can be so bold as to invite you to use Evernote or create an account and save my posts under a folder appropriately named. Better still, I would love you to expand on your own story, and what has made the biggest difference in your life in awakening you.
I suppose the point of this first proper post is to make it clear that whilst I am still working with clients on social media adoption, more of my time will now be spent on the empowerment material which will manifest, so far as money is concerned, in eBooks, courses, coaching and events.
I won’t be sticking to the traditional format of blogging. I have some ideas to ramp up my use of Audioboo, Soundcloud, YouTube and Vimeo. In other words to adopt a mixed media approach. I also want to interview or meet with interesting people who have a story to share. And not just the heroic but from ordinary people who have overcome life’s travails and still come out the other end smiling.
I also intend to produce more free material – downloads mainly in Pdf or Google docs – that you can use again and again. Something perhaps like Seth Godin’s Ship It.
I hope I can be forgiven if I leave anyone behind, but I just don’t feel that my life’s work will be fulfilled in chasing my tail to keep abreast of all the social media noise. All it does is pander to my Resistance (see Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art), and will mean, in a few year’s time, that I will have very little to show for the huge investment of time.
Thank you again for all your support and I can’t wait to get started on my new path.