GREAT THINGS GO TO THOSE WHO DARE GREATLY.
By Eric C. Wentworth
“Re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul.” Walt Whitman
Often people refuse to consider any input that contradicts their firmly held (and safe) beliefs. Psychologists call this “confirmation bias.” It’s the tendency to notice data that confirms your existing attitudes and beliefs and ignore or discredit information that challenges them. It is the primary reason why we make poor choices in life.
It’s also a cowardly way to life your life.
Cowardice comes from fear.
Fear makes people do things that are out of character, things that result in bad choices.
And the success you achieve in life is all about the choices you make.
“Open your mind and clear it of all thoughts that would deceive.” A Course in Miracles, Dr. Helen Schucman
John Krumboltz Ph.D., a Stanford professor, has demonstrated that beliefs and cognitions play an important role in success. In his book Luck is No Accident: Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Career and Life, he argues that being open and flexible to new ideas and changing circumstances provides the most opportunity to succeed.
“Breaking out your of your comfort zone is the pathway to growth.” Life Begins at the end of you Comfort Zone, Neale Donald Walsch
Anthony Robbins says that “if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.” An examination of the top 100 entrepreneurs of the past decade confirms this principle. In every case these successful entrepreneurs did things differently, disrupting their industries, forging new paths.
Airbnb changed the way people find lodging when they travel.
Uber founders changed the hired transportation industry forever.
Jack Dorsey started Twitter and changed how we communicate with each other.
Steve Jobs made the world a smaller, more personal…and fun…place to be.
One person with courage, creativity, and resolve can change the world.
“You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” Brian Tracy
By seeking out comfort and safety, being afraid to relinquish what is familiar and comfortable, you will cause the very thing you hope to avoid…a diminished life.
A life unfulfilled.
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” Aristotle
How can you truly begin to think for yourself?
Find a time and place where you can truly engage in through self-examination, where you won’t be disturbed or distracted.
Write down all your firmly held beliefs. Then right down the opposite belief for each one.
Why do you believe what you do and not the opposite?
If you’re like most people the answers will either be “because that’s what I’ve always believed” or “I don’t know, I just do.”
Is it because your parents, your teachers, your friends, your religion believes one way and not the other? Now, ask yourself if you believe what you do or are simply regurgitating what others want you to believe.
Are you Baptist because your parents are Baptist?
Are you a Democrat because your family or friends are Democrats?
Do you want to be a lawyer because your Mom is a lawyer?
Do you feel as if you should be married because your friends are all married?
Are you living where you want to live or where you accidentally find yourself?
Why do you prefer one thing over another? Have you ever really thought about it?
“This above all; to thine own self be true.” William Shakespeare
Because most people live their lives unconsciously.
Most people take the easy path through life.
They haven’t the mindfulness or capacity for self-analysis or courage to live their life on their own terms.
They’ve never listened to their heart or faced their fears.
But for those few people who think for themselves there can be great rewards (and, granted, great risk).
But great success goes to those who dare greatly.
Do your beliefs, habits, and attitudes serve you well in the pursuit of your dreams? Or are they holding you back?
Think about it.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson