Friday, February 17, 2012
Closed For Restoration
I thought about how each one of us comes into this world in simple terms a “pristine” environment. As we go through life people around us create pathways in our minds. Some make improvements, and some pollute and/or damage our minds with their interactions. Some in the name of “progress” they may even try to remove altogether the natural beauty that was originally there.
The damage may take the form of verbal abuse or an assault on our self-worth or confidence. Some in the name of “progress” will say they are “protecting us” from disappointment by telling us it’s impossible, or to stop dreaming and get real.
I personally have closed the “impossible path” off by reminding myself “everything was once impossible until someone did it for the first time.”
What are some of the mental pathways that have been developed in your mind that are now ready to be “Closed for Restoration?” Take some time to really ponder that question. To help you get started, think about the following:
Think about some of the generalizations you may have accepted in your life like “all wealthy people are greedy” or that a certain race, religion, or nationality of the human race is bad. Hopefully there aren’t very many of those ideas still floating around.
It is very common to find when we start to dream big again our mind will gravitate back to old paths that essentially take us way off our new course and back to our old ideas and thoughts. That’s the time to close that path, even if that old path (thoughts) feels safe and familiar, because it only leads us back to the same old place. Back to a place we really shouldn’t be once we know our dreams are bigger than that.
My opinion is it’s always better to hang around with positive people. Hang out with people who find joy in everyday life. Find someone who is willing to serve as a mentor. Get a personal coach. Spend more time with people who do NOT take you down paths you have decided need to be closed. If you make those changes, your life will definitely improve. Keep in mind that restoration projects typically are not completed quickly. But we can decide to close the path immediately if we choose. The human mind, like nature, is truly amazing when it comes to restoration. How much will nature do to restore an area that has been closed for restoration? Everything it possibly can. And so can you!
© DTE Consulting 2012. “Helping you Do The Extraordinary!”