"If you're not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you're not constantly demanding more from yourself--expanding and learning as you go---you're choosing a numb existence. You're denying yourself an extraordinary trip."
Dean Karnazes ran 50 marathons in fifty straight days, and lived to write about it. I am not a marathon runner, but I had to read this book. The minute I heard about it I had to read it. I've spent the past three days reading it. And although it's not as good a book on running as Toby Estler's witty, spiritual RUNNING HOME, it's still fascinating.
It reminded me of the quote I read in Robert Godwin's One Cosmos wherein he said that someone once said that enlightenment is as simple as a completely relaxed and open body. How can the body that is not exercised ever be completely relaxed and open?
"In war, as in peace, a man needs all the brains he can get. Nobody ever had too many brains. Brains come from oxygen. Oxygen comes from the lungs where the air goes when we breathe. The oxygen in the air gets into the blood and travels to the brain. Any fool can double the size of his lungs."
Sometimes I will go into a client's office and she'll say, "Forgive me. I'm so disorganized. Look. Look at the things lying around here. I apologize. No wonder I don't get anything done."
And I'll say, "Well, do you have the file I sent you on the training program we're going to do?"
"Oh, it's right here" and she'll pick it right off the top of the desk.
"So you're disorganized?"
"Oh yeah, isn't it obvious? I've always been very disorganized. It's a real problem. I need to take some kind of class".
I say, "Well, it took you less than a second to access that document, so this seeming chaos here (if you know anything about chaos theory, chaos is the highest form of order it's just that we can't see the order in it immediately) this seeming chaos in your office is actually not, and your subconscious mind has ordered this place to be the way you want it to be for quick access to what you need."
Now there might be another person down the hall, and if I go into her office and I say, "Where's the file I sent you, let's pull that out and talk about it." She might be very neat-----a "neatnik"----- and she might go to a file drawer and make her mind run through the alphabetized list of where it would be in that file, and finally after maybe three or four minutes come up with the file and say, "Oh, finally, here it is. Yeah, I thought I had it here, but I remember now I'm filing those over here to keep them orderly so I know where to go to get it. Here it is."
Well, great, that took four minutes of wasted time because you are organized. The woman down the hall here got it in half a second-----in a heartbeat. So who is really more organized?
The next time you wake up and express yourself through your personality (I'm disorganized!), understand that you are walking through Jell-O. You have this big Pillsbury dough boy of an additional layer of gooey stuff you've built up called your personality that's not necessary, and if you were to have a really great day and become truly successful , out of what you did today, it would be by throwing the Pillsbury doughboy aside and taking action. ACTION!
With absolute freedom of action. Lightness and spirit, joy, creativity, top of the ladder---and that comes from no personal story at all. Am I organized, am I fearful, am I lazy? What would it matter, given what I am up to? Given the joy I'm feeling in serving you right now. Given the commitment I have to be there in time. What would a personality matter right now? This is pure action coming from me.
Charlie Chaplin once entered a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest in Monte Carlo and the judges awarded him third place. So the truth is you can start your life all over again today from nothing and surprise yourself, because all these beliefs and all these old worn out repetitive thoughts about who you are and what you're not good at, keep surfacing and that becomes personality.
People just believe they have a personality, and that's never even questioned, but the problem is by believing that myth I'm now limited to what that personality could do about anything. I don't want to be limited by that. I don't want to be limited by anything. I'd like to be free.
Once personality is dropped, people experience the courage to see that there's really nothing wrong with them whatsoever. That they've got everything they need, and the only question is what action is next; because in action, higher intuition occurs and great ideas for even greater action occur. You can just test this out for yourself. Let's say you say that your personality is such that you lead a kind-of lazy, sedentary lifestyle. "I'm always just answering e-mails and watching TV---that's just what I am like. It's who I am and it's what I am like."
Now you're stuck. But instead of looking at it that way, why not just take action? When you're in action, new intuition flows right into you and you can see new areas to go. Check this out. If you're stuck---you don't know what to do next---all that's required to access a higher level of intuition about what to do next that would be creative ... that would really get your life moving ... is to move! To get into motion!
Our bodies were designed to move. They were designed to dance and walk and play. Just watch kids on a playground if you forget what the body was designed to do---just look out the window and watch them for a while. They won't be sedentary.
So, get up and take a walk. Walk around the block. Walk around the office halls. Go up and down the stairs. You'll be amazed how your total perspective of thinking is shifting and opening, and shifting and opening, while you're in motion. Oxygen flowing into the brain. All the limbs moving. The old stuck personality's no longer there because now you're like an animal in the best sense of the word. You're like a magical animal, and you access that part of you that in animals is called intuition. Just KNOWING what to do. Not deciding what to do.
People really stuck are usually trying to DECIDE something. "I'm trying to decide whether to leave my husband." "I'm trying to decide whether to take this job". "I'm trying to decide whether to do this report this afternoon or go to this meeting", and you can see physically they're just really stuck, and they're contracted, and they're twisted, they are almost fetal in the stuckness of trying to decide something.
The beauty of being on the wing.....and in flight, and in motion, is that no decision needs to be made. The decision makes itself in motion. You watch this on the football field, and you see people calling a time out and the coach's face is all twisted and his head is jerking around like an insect's and he's listening on the headphones. Why does he look like he's in so much pain? Well, he's trying to make a decision. He's trying to decide what play to run. But now on the field the play is being run, but the defense has messed up the play, so the quarterback spins and goes the other way, and running out in the other direction, the receivers now who have already run their routes now come back to the quarterback to try to help him out. The quarterback now is just on the run, on the move and BOOM!!!!! he hits somebody with a pass. He didn't decide who to throw it to. An opening appeared, a pass happened and it was great ...when people do great things like that they describe it as happening almost by itself---or, "it came through me-I didn't decide to do it, it moved through me."
That's why personality is a huge obstacle to success. The next time I catch myself thinking "Well, that's just not me---I'm not like that---my personality would dictate that I not finish that today, that I put it off, because I'm a procrastinator" I'll know I've lost it.
People have all those stories they carry around like a heavy sack of potatoes on their back all day ... and what if that story weren't there? Action!
COACHES PROSPERITY SCHOOL DOWN TO TWO!!!!!
The coaches' prosperity school I'm conducting in October (it runs through April 2009) now only has two seats left. It started a few weeks ago with nine seats. Some have applied who
did not qualify. That always happens. It's an attitudinal thing. Coaches should not apply if they cannot be open to transformation. Because the school is unorthodox. Because I have found that the normal practice-building orthodoxy leads to low income.
Here are the new principles coaches learn:
1. Stop marketing.
2. Stop selling.
3. Stop networking.
4. Stop winning friends.
5. Stop influencing people.
6. Start changing lives.
The coaches in the current school, following this formula, are creating more billings and wealth than they ever did under the old orthodoxy. But you have to be willing to be somewhat extraordinary to be in this school. If that's you, email me now to apply for one of the two remaining seats. I'm at 100Ways@Compuserve.com.