Aligning our thinking with our actions

Today’s blog is from the site of Mount Etna. The biggest active Volcano in Europe and from the city of Taormina, which was visited by Goethe.

It was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who said:

“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.”

Mahatma Gandhi went even further saying that:

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

So why it is so hard to act in accordance with our thinking? Why are so many people unhappy?

I believe that we do not take time to think deeply about our life philosophy. What is really important for me and what is not so important, what is true and what is false, what is valuable and what is not valuable?

When we do not take sufficient time to work on our life philosophy we are easy prey for many messages that try to seduce us, try to catch our attention and sell someone else’s values.

I don’t say that we should not learn from other people. We absolutely should. There is an ocean of wisdom in other people’s experiences and knowledge. But we should not let other people’s values enter our subconscious mind without first reflect on it and make our own conscious choices and decisions. You see the influence is soft, delicate. Most of the time it will not change our way of life within one day. But it will make small changes, changes that are undetectable.

Does it work? You bet it does! Have you ever caught yourself having strong opinions about a product or service? Was it really your opinion, or have you been influenced by marketing messages?

If it works for products and services, it also works for political opinions, spiritual voices and life values.

Normally when we are being influenced but deep inside we know it is not good for us, we may feel some discomfort. Not major, small, soft discomfort, often difficult to discover. Now when we multiply it by 1 or a 100 statements that are actually not ours and actually not good for us, it must influence our attitude and the way we look at the people and the world around us.

Les Brown said very powerful words:

“Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality!”

That is why I believe that we should make time to work on our life philosophy, that we should make time to work on our personal development. We should become good students. Gather facts, gather information, do some deep analysis, decide what is good and valuable to us! Then it is easier to think, speak and act in harmony! Then it is easier to act in accordance to our thinking.

I am sure if we will make time to reflect on our philosophy and our personal growth we will come closer to this place called happiness, which is also my wish to you and me for the coming week!

In our best self-interest

Do you remember situations when you asked yourself, which action will work best in my self-interest?

I am sure you do, we all try to navigate life the way that it will benefit our interest, don’t we?

We are not pain seekers. We want to live a good life!

But, you could also imagine a situation when getting a short-term win can bring long-term lost, couldn’t you?

We are living now in a world that is full of the voices playing on our self-interest instinct.

Do it now, do it quickly, it is good for you, you will feel great and you will be happy…

But is this really true?

Let’s look at some examples.

The most clear to me is an example of consumptive loan.

Take the money now, use your credit card and buy whatever you desire! You will feel good, you will be happy, you will have better status…

Another example is entertainment.

Come and enjoy, don’t work too hard, you deserve some fun, you deserve to have a life…

What about food and drinks? Alcohol, sugared drinks, ice-cream all shown as cool, sporty and healthy…

Please, understand me correctly. I am not starting a crusade against loans, against entertainment or against comfort food or drinks. Not at all. One of my teachers during my study used to say that everything in the world can be used as medication or as a deadly poison, it is all a question of timing and quantity…

I just want to trigger our thinking. Could it be that what we think at first to be in our self-interest in the long run could turn against us?

What if I will tell you that sharing is in your best self-interest? Or doing more than you are paid for? Or investing instead of spending? Doesn’t it feel contra intuitive?

If I share I will have less… Why should I work more than I am paid for? I can’t invest, I do not have money to do so…

It sure does…

But please trust me! If you want to live a good life, if you want to be respected, healthy, financially free and fulfilled you will need to rethink short-term gains versus long-term results. You will need to learn to see yourself in the future!

One could say that life is short and unpredictable so why should we care? Well, it might be true for some individuals, but in general it is not true.

Life is short, but it is long enough! Average life expectation is growing rapidly and in many places around the world it will reach an average of 90 years in the near future…

Mahatma Gandhi said “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

The definition of learning is to acquire knowledge through study, experience, or being taught. The good question is: “being taught by whom?” By marketing specialists? By politicians?

Therefore my advice is to become a good student. To collect knowledge, experience and lessons from all sources and to ponder about it, to analyze it and in the end to come to your own conclusions about what is truly in your best self-interest.

Don’t let short-term gains ruin your long-term results.

In our best self-interest I would like to finish with the words of Jim Rohn: “We should learn not to spend major time on minor things as well as we should learn not to spend major money on the minor things”.

Wishing you fantastic week!

The phenomenon of time…

Have you ever thought about time? Not time management but time as a phenomenon, time in the context of a person. In context of you and me.

I believe that we come to this World with two very special, meaningful, precious gifts. One of them is the gift of our potential and the other one is the gift of our time. Both time and potential are connected with each other as how we will spend our time will determinate how much of our potential we will unveil.

Why these two gifts are meaningful and precious? It is simple; because you will never be able to acquire more of them. What you have at the moment you are born is all that you will ever have. You cannot buy borrow or steal more of time or more potential 🙂

Brian Tracy in one of his seminar said something that got my attention. He said that for one specific person time equals life.

Which means that when we decide on how to use our time we actually decide on what our life will look like.

Mahatma Gandhi once said that the future depends on what we do in the present. These are very wise words.

But what we do in the present depends on:

  1. What we have learned in the past
  2. How we are able to see our future.

“Now” is a bridge between the past and the future. It connects our past experience, past knowledge, past emotions with the promise of the future.

So what we do now with our time and our potential not only determines what the future will look like but also what our past will look like.

Wouldn’t it be great when in our time we will use our potential to create a better future and at the same time we will use it to create a great heritage?

Wouldn’t it be great if our heritage will inspire and help others to use their time and potential even better?

What we know about time is that it passes second by second and that the storage of time is limited. What we know about our potential is that usually we use only a small part of it.

As Les Brown puts it beautifully: we have greatness within us!

Which means that we should use our time supply wisely to explore and to develop the greatness which is hidden in our potential.

Together with these two meaningful and precious gifts we have been given a great responsibility. We are responsible for our choices and our decisions. And choices we make, all the time. Do I go to sleep or do I read a book? Do I go for a walk or do I watch TV? Do I do this or do I do that… Each day, each hour, each minute.

The educated questions are:

  1. Do the activities we chose to perform and decisions we make right now help us to reach our potential or not?
  2. Is this OK, knowing that our time supply is smaller with each second that passes by?