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Made From Concentrate – Part 2

Error in perception. If you can change your perception, you can change your emotion, and this can lead to new ideas.

Edward de Bono

Psychologist

Ever seen the duck/rabbit optical illusion?  One moment you see a a rabbit. Next you see a duck. Maybe you see both, and the picture and the image changes with each blinking of the eye. 

Does that make you schizophrenic? Hardly. It makes you human. 

Most of what we see in life changes. It is based on external stimulus and the thoughts and emotions we are experiencing in that moment. We make judgments and decisions based on these spontaneous perceptions. There are times when these judgments and decisions are our instincts, and can lead us in the right direction. 

Other times, they are incorrect assessments that feed into our doubts, fears and our perceived inability to “climb the next mountain”. 

It is this vacillation that stymies progress. It wears us down. Zaps our energy and focus. Here is my three step cure. 

#1 – Never make a permanent decision based on a temporary circumstance. What you see today and the things that are governing some of your decisions, could look totally different tomorrow. The question to ask yourself is, Would I be making this decision if things were different tomorrow?   If the answer is no…then wait. What a difference a day can make! 

#2 – Settle it once and for all! See the duck…or see the rabbit. Make up your mind to make a stand. To Pursue Your Greatness, you must develop a fixity of thought and regardless of temporary setbacks or things not looking like you want them to, you must remain focused. 

For being as he is a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), he is unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything he thinks, feels, decides.”  James 1:8 (Amplified) 

#3 – Concentrate. Concentrate on the possible things in your life. The purposeful things. Get your mind off of the things that make your goals look impossible. It will affect your effort and thus, your outcomes. Do not diffuse your precious energy! 

I know you can do it. The most successful people have tenacity, grit, persistence and are… 

Made from Concentrate! Pursue Your Greatness!

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