In the late 1970s I rode the cable car/skyway at the Sydney Royal Easter Show with my family.
This ride was like no other that I experienced as, shortly after we left one side, the door flung open and remained open until we reached the other side! For those who rode it, you will remember it was a long trip especially with the constant pauses to let everyone off.
So leading into 2019 and reflecting on what was modeled in that cable car, here are three thoughts that I know will add value to your 2019
1. High emotion = low intelligence.
It doesn’t mean you’re a dope. It means that the more we get worked up the more likely we sabotage our intellectual faculties. Problem solving and decision making flourishes with cool heads. This is my fond recollection of my father that day and other scenarios like when I was riding a horse that lost it bridle at full gallop. This leads me to the next one…
2. Who you ride with matters.
The power of association determines what condition you end up at the other side.
My father was sitting opposite me and my Mum was to my right. The door was on mine and my father’s side. He simply put his foot up on my seat and his leg formed a bar across the doorway. He told me to stay seated and enjoy the view. Inner circle audits are crucial and year end reviews are another perfect time for this.
Who is riding in the car with you?
3. Celebrate all wins.
Some take great pleasure that you looked likely to fall.
Some only want to know you when it seems you are “on top”.
Others laugh AND cry with you.
Growth consciousness focuses on the journey rather than just the immediate goal.
“The greatest leaders are those who never consider themselves the finished article”
– my mentor Christian Simpson
Do you want
or change ?
Growth is in the stretch.
The transformational journey is lifelong.
📷 Ye Fung Tchen
Let’s consider Law #1 of my mentor John C. Maxwell’s “15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” – The Law of Intentionality
“Growth doesn’t just happen”
📷: Aaron Burden
I agree with John that working hard doesn’t guarantee success and hope is not a strategy.
So what may be holding us back from how intentional we need to be?
Our beliefs drive our behaviour.
We may have some mistaken or hidden beliefs that are holding us back.
Participants of my mastermind group studying these 15 Laws of John’s become aware of these growth gap traps that can keep us from growing and reaching our potential.
Contact me to learn more about my 15 Laws of Growth Mastermind groups.
Mindset def. the established set of attitudes held by someone.
Previously, I suggested that “thinking is creative whether I think about what I’m thinking or not.” (Leadershift: Thoughts About Thoughts)
Am I intentional about my thinking?
There will never be the perfect weather to start thinking about thinking.
Today is the day.
In this 1 min 18 second clip below, my mentor and friend John C. Maxwell shares a thought about the word “Intentional”
What do I set my mind on?
Is my thinking in harmony with the person that I want to become?
Is my thinking in harmony with the things that I want to do?
Is my thinking in harmony with the things that I want to have?
Do I know what I desire? Can I clearly articulate it to another?
Do I schedule time to contemplate?
Do I echo my haters, bullies and critics? “I am…” statements are potent.
Where your focus goes, your energy flows – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Photo by Hunter Bryant on Unsplash
One of the most important conversations that I will have today will be between my own ears.
The belief stronghold of “impossibility” is worth exploring.
Impossible def. hasn’t occurred, existed, or been done YET. The unfamiliar.
“Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
― Muhammad Ali
I don’t know about you but I never imagined a day where the following were reality:
Australians perform first “dead heart” transplants
Uber Elevate could offer flying ride service in the next 3 years!!
On the outside, it seems that we are living as The Jetsons and advances are snowballing faster than ever before.
If impossibility is potential, what am I willing to investigate in the “rules” that I have created inside my own head?
What seems impossible is unfamiliar.