We want what we don’t have.
If we have it, we don’t want it.
Granted, there are a few individuals, who purport that they have risen to a higher level of existence, by not wanting anything. They claim to be perfectly happy with nothing.
Making the best of whatever the situation — in which we find ourselves — is different than doing nothing. Those who do nothing are stuck in a rut, regardless of the rationalization for their inactivity. And, you do know the definition of a rut: A grave with the ends kicked out.
To lead ourselves and others to higher levels of awareness and success, we must grow.
We grow and become of greater value in service only as much as we choose.
Each and every day, each and every decision, our choices are determined by the answers to these two questions:
- Can I do IT?
- Is IT worth it?
In other words:
- Am I Able?
- Am I Willing?
Am I Able ~
All we do begins with a thought. Change nothing and nothing changes. The easiest thing in the world is to find reasons why something can’t be done, which results in no leadership and no growth. Simply, by believing IT can be done, our minds begin finding ways to achieve.
Am I Willing ~
Where there’s a will, there is a way. Our willingness is governed by two raw emotions — Pain and Pleasure. Given enough pain, our will becomes stronger. Offered enough pleasure, our will finds a way. The beauty of will is that IT resides within our sphere of influence.
A mind changed against its will,
Will be of the same opinion still.
How do we persuade our minds to choose the greater motivator of pleasure?
One way is to tempt it with Riches. The better way is to feed it with Purpose.
Oh, I know, that money trick is a quick-and-dirty way to get our attention. To hold it, though, requires the intrinsic higher rewards, which originate from doing the right thing.
Sometimes, we know what that Right Thing is. Other times, we struggle to DO IT — right. That’s when we remember the Three-E Formula — Enlightenment, Empowerment, and Encouragement.
Enlightenment is the catalyst for believing we can do IT.
Empowerment is the motivation for choosing to do IT.
And, from time to time, our confidence is bolstered by the Encouragement — of family and friends — for us to be Able and Willing.