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A Hammer in Search of A Nail

Jun 6, 2008
"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." -Patanjali (author and yogi)

I've heard it said that if you go around life as a hammer, all the challenges you come up against become nails. This, to me, is one of those beliefs that limits us and prevents growth on conscious and unconscious levels, preventing ust from becoming all that we can be.

The good news is, if you feel like a hammer, all that needs to happen is for there to be a shift in attitude. The doing is effortless once the shift happens. It's phenomenal.

What the heck does that mean, Kenrick? Well, if the way you've been addressing challenges hasn't been working for you, it's time to try a new approach. Can we agree on that? I mean, the definition of insanity, as given to us by none other than Albert Einstein, is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

We know how to do this from birth. . . it's conscious and unconscious. As kids, if we do something and it hurts us, we know not to do it again. If you ever burned your fingers on the stove or touched a hot iron as a child, you were not likely to repeat the activity. We have a deep knowing when something harms or doesn't work and often act counter intuitively to that deep knowing.

In relationships of all kinds, when we make decisions, what is it that keeps us thinking we have to be a hammer banging away the the world which we view as nails. It's habit. Maybe there's a little apathy mixed in there. Laziness, perhaps. All the usual suspects that keep us stuck in our small models of the world. On the up side, now that you're aware of it, you can change it.

My approach in life is that I am a magician and everything in my life is a opportunity to create what I want, what will be best for me, for my family, for my students, what will bring the most good to what I do in life.

I didn't always know I had this ability to create what surrounds me. Because of this, I wasn't always happy in life. There was a lot of trial and error and stumbling because I always believed, as I had been taught, that work is hard, good things come through struggle. Once I gave up on that notion and decided that all good things come easy to me, I realized I was able to receive good things easily. I began to create my universe full of pleasure, joy, and success, none of which are 'hard work'. I realized almost in the blink of an eye, that the one thing I was struggling against was myself and the limitations I imposed upon myself.

Isn't it time you stopped being a hammer and chose something expansive and empowering?
About the Author
Kenrick Cleveland teaches techniques to earn the business of wealthy clients using persuasion. He runs public and private seminars and offers home study courses and coaching programs in persuasion techniques.
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