In 1974 I knew a man who believed that he could train, and retrain, his mind and his habits of thinking, just like you train muscle for lifting a weight, swinging a golf club, or driving a car.
In those days, that was revolutionary.
He was starting an enterprise and he believed that this idea would help him. Indeed, he had already gleaned that this notion was what got him to where he now was; the imminent enterprise was as a direct result of his belief in this viewpoint.
So, he asked himself what he wanted the project to achieve. This question, and where it led him, became a lifelong quest and practice. Different aspects of his effort, unseen at the start, revealed themselves to him because he’d opened his mind to what might help, or hinder, his progress.
He found himself becoming more open-minded than he’d thought he could be. His perceptions widened, his observations sharpened, his focus clarified. He saw that as he kept developing his own personal resources, they translated into his business development, and arrived at results beyond his original hopes.
Then he saw that his life was a reflection of himself, his willingness to explore and act into the unknown and express himself in his efforts.
It’s what happens to most lives as they open up to new ideas, strange perceptions, untried pathways, isn't it?
We learn, we grow, we experience the new and the unfamiliar and adapt accordingly.
And that’s living.