ignoranti quem portum petat nullus suus ventus est
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
(the wind is never favourable to those who don’t know where they are going)
The above quote from Lucius Annaeus Seneca c (4 BC – AD 65) says it all and is still very relevant today and is a key factor in promoting your personal, professional, and spiritual development.
To explain, I will use the example of a sailing boat on an ocean. If the vessel lets the wind take it in whatever the direction it blows who knows where it will end up. Whereas if there is a charted course, the sails can be adjusted to take advantage of the wind to move it along its planned route towards the destination. Metaphorically
Like the boat in the
However, that can be easier said than done. Over the years of our life, and especially for the first seven years, our brains are
We begin to believe we are our reactions – well, the second fact you need to understand is YOU ARE NOT your reactions. Your reactions are the effect of being out of control. Circumstances are the cause your reactions are the effect. To be in control of you personal, professional or spiritual growth – YOU must be the cause, and then the conditions around you are the effect. You are in control – the organ grinder not the monkey.
A simple yet affective strategy for personal change
Now you have the realisation that it is not what happens but how you respond the key is to take control of of your life rather than let it control you. I present a simple yet effective strategy to apply in every situation. It is simple but sometimes you may need a helping hand especially for deeply held embedded early programming also know as habits.
The six-step programme to personal freedom
- Stop the habitual or reactive response
- Open yourself up to new possibilities
- Listen to your inner dialogue
- Examine all the options open to you
- Take informed Action
- Stay focused