So eventually we must take a leap. We must literally move our feet in a direction in which we do not know the outcome. We must be willing to live in that state of ambiguity without guarantees.
That is the necessary risk-jump and every business or humanitarian effort has had to take. It started with one person willing to risk their own comforts in their own futures for the sake of a dream birthed in faith.
Don't give up because it is hard. Don't give up when it seems like you made the wrong choice. Don't give up when you feel discouraged, unsupported, neglected by those who have committed to serve.
Right around the corner is a break. Not all breaks are good ones but they all lead to increased clarity. That ultimately is what we're after. But we will not get there without a serious amount of determination.
*So we keep climbing. And we realize that the struggle for life is life itself. There is no better way to live, no greater use of our short time on earth, than to struggle on behalf of others with our gifts. There is nothing else to do.
There's an absolutely huge responsibility to know and foster the right sort of ideas, primarily because ideas become reality. We become what we think. Or we create what we sync up.
It's the secret behind Murphy's Law. Once someone imagines that life is picking on them they literally start to create realities that line up with those ideas. And things literally do start to happen to them.
It's almost as if their thoughts go out and seek the kind of things that will vindicate or prove their suspicions. Their thoughts will quite literally send vibrations into the universe seeking affinities. It becomes sort of a closed circuit of self-fulfilling prophecy.
What most do not realize in that state is that if they are able to change the way they think, realities will line up differently for them. Our most valuable asset in the true sense of our freedom is found in our thoughts. We really are in charge of what we think about.
Discover, I did. Self-control is just what it sounds like: Control of the self. No one else will do it for us, Not even God. There are two things we must always protect and control: our thoughts (mind) and our heart (emotions).
All behaviors start in our minds. We let in thoughts through memory triggers and our brain’s powerful auto-flow. These thoughts create or utilize pictures and windows from our history to either inspire us or shut us down.
Like the brilliant animated movie Inside Out captures, our emotions can control which memories are triggered and can lock in windows in our mind that can ultimately shut us down. At least it feels that way. It feels like we don’t have control.
We do. We ultimately have the final say as to what pictures are allowed to be utilized and created. We can choose what we think about. Any unwanted windows can simply be closed. Another one will need to be put in its place.
Whether we live, or whether we die.... One is not necessarily better than the other. There are those who fulfill their calling by negation, By what they give up. Then there are those who do so by what they embrace.
The entrepreneur of course is one who embraces a vision, who with great passion decidedly moves toward that vision, and making it happen. In such a strong pursuit it is very easy for their identity to be wrapped entirely around the venture.
The problem is, the matter how passionately we are committed to our work, it cannot define us. It would be simpler, to some degree, if it could. But our work alone is not enough to grasp the mystery of human "being."
So there it is, the hard cold truth may not actually be the hard cold truth. Not that we get to dictate truth, but we certainly have the freedom with which to apprehend it. Into do so in our own unique way.
Life is the mystery of learning everything we do not know. With that knowledge we have the choice to trust in the universe or the one who holds the universe or to believe there is nothing at all out there.
That choice will always be ours. And the end One believe cannot be pitted against another. We simply must choose for ourselves. And face the consequences. That is a great existential responsibility.
There is a self-inflicted kind of sadness that comes through wanting something we are not supposed to have. It's ultimately a desire for some kind of control, some way to keep things from going a certain way, from losing what we love.
Obviously love is a good thing. Loving and being passionate for things can be a good thing. But when we begin to fear losing those things (including power) we have started down a dark descent. We have made that thing (or keeping it) a god.
When we become the dictators of what must stay and what must go, we have entered a sure sort of sadness that almost inevitably leads to despair. When we hold things loosely, when we entrust them to the universe we get them back.