Better Mindsets Are a Geopolitical Necessity

Better mindsets, long a cornerstone of personal development, have become even more important in a collective sense.

We live in a world today where many Individuals have forgotten that personal momentary whims are not more important than hard-earned values and freedoms we achieved through the struggles of a hundred human generations.

Major nations, seemingly having forgotten the horrors of global war, cavalierly throw out threats and actual,y threaten each other, without concern for the consequences to the planet or our species.

Just as many of us seek to improve and advance our lives through more empowering, authentic, and transformative mindsets, the global geo-political environment requires nations and corporations and other institutions to do the same.

We live in a world that generates too many economic and political losers, eliciting anger and fear. We’ve lost any real sense, within nations and among nations, that we’re in this together and that the advancement and thriving of every human being must be our highest aspiration.

We live in a world where global powers play games of one-upmanship, as though we still live in a world where our conflicts will be resolved on horseback and with swords.

There’s little to no organized effort to solve the ills faced by most human beings in this planet unless it serves the interest of profit or power.

I know a message like this seems at odds with the positive vision I normally advocate on this blog.

Empowering our minds does not happen in a vacuum. As our civilization advances, we must have the vision to believe that “the good life” of choices and self-determination are the birthright of every human being simply because they’re human.

I think one of the big reasons for this state of affairs is people vote out of fear over aspiration. They allow their thinking to be molded by people with and overt goal of creating division in an attempt to make the status quo – their status quo – seem like the best we can possibly do.

As with all major changes, these must begin within us. If we don’t engage in aspirational, empowered, visionary thinking, we cannot be a vehicle for influencing the world in those positive ways. In fact, we’re very likely to get sucked into the negative swirl of thinking that re-manifests the world I’m talking every single day.

Our minds are information vacuums. If we don’t fill them with thoughts of our choice, someone else will.

Wherever you are on your journey today, know that you are awesome!

Ray

Bold Thoughts, Bold Action

Positive, empowered thinking is only the start. Until that thinking is converted to bold action, we change little about our lives or the world. Once that thinking becomes bold action, we are capable of changing just about anything about the world or our lives.

Consider how many people had the chance to conceive gravity before Newton, but took no action. How many could have held the Wright Brothers’ place in history, had they only put their ideas for human flight into action? Who else had words as beautiful and powerful as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but never acted on them and so never changed the course of history?

I’d posit that there were many others who could have replaced these names in history had they simply acted on their thoughts or ideas.

What amazing thinking have you manifested, but not acted upon? How might it change your life and the world, if only you acted? Something to ponder today. Something to act upon today.

Wherever you are on your journey, you are awesome!

Ray

Starts with Me Affirmation

This affirmation reminds us that we can’t wait for the world to change in the ways we want or count on others to do it.

We must be the agents of the change we seek. Where else can it begin? Who else can spark it?

When you really think about it, there’s a damn good chance the reason you have a passion for the change you seek is you came here to be a part of it.

Let it begin today and let it begin with you.

Just in case no one else reminds you today, you are awesome!

Ray

Old Dog, New Tricks

You’ve heard the old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” What if you’re the old dog? As slip into the back end of my 50s, I’ll admit it. Despite my reasonably cheery outlook on life and youthful impulses, I sometimes feel like that old dog.

We live in a world moving faster, so far as we know, than any other period of human history. Whereas 20 years used to constitute old, today 20 hours often does. Technology is changing by the moment. We drink information through a firehose without the ability to critically analyze it. In short, there’s always a new trick for us old dogs.

How do we cope?

We must commit ourselves to becoming one with the change. We must commit ourselves to learning new lessons, drawing new conclusions, and releasing cherished paradigms that simply don’t work anymore. All things we old dogs are loathe to do.

I’m not suggesting you relinquish timeless principles. In fact, we need to add a few more of those back into the mix. There’s been some throwing the baby out with the bathwater there.

I am suggesting that you need to adjust to doing old things in new ways. You need to be willing test new ideas, seek new approaches, and always be growing and getting better.

It would nice, for us old dogs, to think that the world is going to slow down and go back to how it used to be when we were young, comfortable, and uniquely confident. The truth is, barring an asteroid, this is the new reality, old dog. If you want to stay in the game, you’ve got to be willing to learn new tricks.

Just in case no one else has reminded you today, you ARE amazing!

Ray

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Division is a Decision

Division is a decision not an inevitability. It occurs when people are conditioned day after day to focus on what separates us rather than what unshakably unites us.

If you focused only on what you disagreed on with your significant other, you’d have no relationship.

If you focused only on what you disagreed on with your boss, you’d have no job.

Is it any wonder that when we focus only on what we disagree on, we cannot have a country that works?

You may be tempted to point the finger at “them.” After all, that’s what our media and our so-called leaders do. They tell you to point and to blame and to focus on the separation.

We can do better than that and WE MUST.

We came here to aspire to something higher than the next argument or even the next election. We have forgotten who we truly are and as long as we remain in that state of forgetting, we’re easily manipulated. The moment we remember nothing will be able to stop the transformation.

Until that day comes for the world, we will have to discover that remembering one person at a time. When enough of us have changed what’s inside, the outside will follow.

Be who you came here to be. See your greatness and help those around you to see theirs too.

Ray