Friday, November 2, 2012

If You Had the Power of a Cyclone, What Would Be Possible?

"The cyclone derives its powers from a calm center. So does a person." Norman Vincent Peale

A cyclone creates chaos and so does life. When most people are in chaos, they try to fix what is out of control. It is that learned behavior that drives us to attempt to control our environment. However, control is a myth.

Like the cyclone, the power we possess cannot be found by fixing what is out of order. The power can be found by centering ourselves. We do that by getting
clear about the outcomes we would like to produce in the face of chaos.

For example, in what is called a recession, jobs are lost. Job loss can create a panic. There is nothing you can do about the recession or the lost jobs. If you complain about either, you will be left with the satisfaction of complaining.

If the outcome you are seeking is a new job, then you will be better to manage all resources at your disposal towards planning and finding the job of your choice. And I am clear that when one is in the midst of chaos, they do not want to hear about positive thinking. Therefore, I am not suggesting positive thinking. I assert that if you get crystal clear about what you would like to accomplish within a specific time period, you will b e able to manage the outcomes to which you are committed.

If you make your daily thoughts and conversations with others about what you are committed to accomplishing, you will find opportunities open up that you may have overlooked because you were in a state of complaining or feeling sorry for yourself.

My point to all of this is that if you focus on the chaotic things that life throws around like a cyclone, you and your mind will go in so many directions that you will lose your way. In other words, by trying to control the chaos, you will find yourself being spun out of control. On the other hand, if you calm your mind and focus on what you would like to accomplish, you will experience the calmness found at the center of the cyclone.

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