We think too small – like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view. – Mao Tse-Tung
Stimulate your mind.
Associate with people who have new ideas – new approaches.
GROW – in your life, in your business and where you work.
Within every client business I find one or a group of resisters, sometimes negative thinkers.
Resisters I welcome because I know that they’re just afraid. Who likes change? We are more comfortable with mediocrity than with making a change that will help us to achieve our God given potential. But over time, their skepticism transforms as they see that what I want for them is to be their best selves. They see the stark difference between living authentically (walking to the beat of their own drum) and living fearfully – engaged in behaviors that ensure that they fit in with every one else and go along with the status quo. They eventually choose authenticity because that’s where they get the most rewards.
Negative thinkers are a different lot. They’ve made a sport out of negative thinking.
They rope you into a game where you think you are trying to convince them as to why what you’re sharing is going to help them in the long run. For every possibility you put forward, they counter with some other negative aspect of the situation that you didn’t think about. An exercise in futility.
It makes me sad. But as I learned from Dale Carnegie very early in the game of life “A man convinced again his will is of the same opinion still.” I know that no argument of mine will change their view. It has to come from within. But what a limited view they have of their world. They choose to reside at the bottom of the well and only see a portion of the sky when they can climb out of their pit of negativity and experience a totally different view!
2 responses to “Can You See the Whole Sky?”
So how do you climb out of the pit of negativity?? It’s easier to complain sometimes…but negativity really has a stronghold on success.
First off you have to become aware of just HOW negative your thinking is. We don’t always realize how negative we’re becoming or we’ve become. It’s a minute by minute choice. There is no one way to climb out of a pit of negativity. Certain things you might try: have a ritual for getting off on the right foot daily. e.g – not checking emails first thing in the morning – reading something inspirational, writing down all that you are grateful for. During the day have a short affirmation that you can use readily to replace a negative thought that is positive and gives you hope. And finally make going to bed a sacred time, where you spend about fifteen minutes again jotting down what you were grateful for during the course of that day and reading something inspiring. Over time your thoughts get better and lift you out of the pit. It’s a never-ending process though so you must remain watchful…