Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Read this, loved it, had to share it ...

Living with Certainty
Many things in life can bring feelings of uncertainty - especially the things we want to accomplish. There is risk in any endeavor.

How can we live with certainty in a world where we so often hear that nothing is certain? Are there ways to begin new tasks with a greater certainty that we can overcome challenges?
Yes, and here are some helpful tips...
First, believe that you will succeed, and clearly imagine what you will accomplish. Feel and express heart-felt gratitude for your future success. Focus your mind intently on your desired outcome.

Second, keep moving forward. There is greater risk in not taking action, for then failure is the only certain outcome. In the end, only the actions taken will lead to the life you desire. Rest if you must, and then continue moving forward.

Third, control fear by focusing your actions on your desired outcome. Action alone will not bring success if it is misdirected or ill timed. Make sure each action, no matter how small, is directed and purposeful.

Fourth, trust in your God-given abilities and past learning experiences to guide you in the right direction. If one path turns out to be "certainly wrong", take other paths until you find one that is "certainly right." Then, you will turn challenges into stepping-stones. God gives us dreams to fulfill that make us stronger - not only after we have achieved those dreams, but also during our achievement of those dreams.

Fifth, give your dreams the appropriate time to manifest. You might want to start a new career, live in a different place, get a college education, enhance your wellness, create a new piece of art, or spend more time with your family. You might have a goal that could positively affect thousands of people, or it might be a small yet significant change in your life. Some dreams need weeks, and some dreams need years; each has an appropriate gestation time. Patient action and focus will allow magnificent blossoms of achievement to appear.

The poet Rumi once wrote, "A new moon teaches gradualness and deliberation and how one gives birth to one slowly. Patience with small details makes perfect a large work, like the universe. What nine months of attention does for an embryo, forty early mornings will do for your gradually growing wholeness."

Certainty is not something external to us; we won't find certainty by searching for some thing that is certain in this world, for all things in this world are as impermanent as our recent February snow. As John Locke suggested in today's quote, certainty depends on our inner awareness; it is a state of mind we choose to adopt. Certainty is an internal flame, which we quench with doubt or fuel with faith.
No matter what you want to do, you can transcend your fears and move confidently in the direction of your most cherished dreams. If you believe, control fear with focused action, trust in your God-given abilities, and give your dreams the time they require, you can look forward to a bright and thrilling future - living with certainty.


1 comment:

  1. WOW, friend...."Certainty is an internal flame, which we quench with doubt or fuel with faith." What a great post you shared with all of us. Who of us hasn't doused our own flame with our own self-created doubting? Lessons evertwhere...everywhere.