A Hammer in Search of A Nail

Published: 06th June 2008
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"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.

There is good news if you've been going through life as a hammer, especially if you're not accomplishing what you want to be accomplishing -- all that needs to take place is an internal shift in attitude and this shift need not be difficult.

What am I going on about now? Well, it's simple. Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over in the same way, and expecting different results. I'm talking about a shit in the way you've viewed challenges.

When we're children, we learn quickly that knives are sharp, irons and stoves are hot and we avoid making the same mistakes over and over again. Well, what happens when we're adults? We ignore the deep knowing and continue to hammer away at things in ways that don't work for us.

In all of the relationships we have, we make decisions. And in those decisions, we continually act as a hammer, banging away at the world of nails. Why are we so stuck? Habit. Apathy. Laziness. Good thing for us that now that we kno, we 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 understand that I had the ability to create what surrounds me. 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?

Kenrick Cleveland teaches techniques to sell to affluent clients using persuasion strategies. He runs unique public and private seminars and offers home study courses, audio/visual learning tools, and coaching programs in persuasion techniques. Find more free articles at www.MAXpersuasion.com/blog. Be sure to sign up for his free report entitled "Yes! Persuasion."

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