On this week’s blog, we share part 5 in a series of guest posts from published author Michael Fletcher. Enjoy :-)
How badly do you want it? Would you like to reach your goals? Can you really see it, visualize it, and feel it?
Or, has your world shrunk around you until you feel like you are living in a box? There are many answers and many clues, but they are NOT secrets! Discover these treasures and you will be on your way to success. You see, I restarted my own search here at Mind Movies a while back and you can too! It’s not that hard to relearn and correct bad habits, and shift our way of thinking so we can stay focused. I know some of you may be skeptical. That’s ok. In fact, it is welcome. The only requirement is this: BE HERE NOW.
That is just another way to say FOCUS! Focus is a critical part of our daily lives. How effective are you with your ability to focus? Are you able to stay on-track when you have an idea or a project of some kind? Do you get started with a bang and end with a snore? Hey - we have all done that. But how are we going to fix that roadblock to success? Are you still paying attention?
All of your ideas and dreams, plans and projects come down to your ability to see it through. This does not happen automatically, on its own, or with someone else doing the work for you. It is only up to you after all. We are independent creatures when it comes to this part of our lives. There really is no one else who can make our dreams happen for us.
We are in control of this bus and we are driving it every day.
As I said before, we cannot hide from the world because it will come and find us. So be it! We are ready! All we need is to BE HERE NOW.
Where is HERE? Do we have what it takes to be ‘in the moment’? Are we ready? Are we able to separate ourselves from the internal and external noise in order to focus on this valuable part of our lives? Make no mistake – the noise level is extremely high and we can spend a lot of valuable time lost in that crowded zone of confusion, diversion, and nonsense. Sometimes we are pulled into it without any choice, and sometimes we choose it ourselves. Either way, know where you are. Be there ‘in that moment’ too, if you must. But be aware of these surroundings and what they can do to distract you.
Perhaps you are familiar with the excellent film released in 1991, “City Slickers”, Curly (Jack Palance) may have the answer. He is telling Billy Crystal his thought on the secret of life. It is FOCUS I am sure.
Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is?
[holds up one finger]
Mitch: Your finger?
Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and the rest don't mean shit.
Mitch: But, what is the "one thing?"
Curly: [smiles] That's what *you* have to find out.
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We do not solve puzzles when we are distracted. In fact, we do not perform well at anything when we are distracted. Did you think it could be otherwise? Don’t confuse distraction with multi-tasking. Even in our crazy, multifaceted, Rubik’s World, we solve problems one at a time by focusing properly. There are a few basic requirements: BE HERE NOW and be grateful for all dreams received and coming our way.
Remember to ask for what you want, and don’t be afraid to seek help.
In my last blog, I mentioned the phrase, “Perfect in its imperfection”. When things don’t seem to be going the way we planned, it may be for a reason. We may be getting steered in a different direction for a reason we do not yet comprehend. All we need is the faith, focus and the tools to keep us on track and in the moment. A greater prize may await us in a different place. Sometimes our vision becomes very short-sighted and small in scope.
Life can become a very small world which I consider to be like crawling inside of a box, a cube, a Rubik’s Cube perhaps! You will not be able to solve anything from inside this Rubik’s Cube box. You know when you are in there because you can barely see beyond your door. Challenges become mountains that seem insurmountable. You feel like you are drowning in a sea of trouble and strife and you do not envision an answer. Going anywhere at all seems scary and you want to crawl into bed and sleep the day away. We know that there are Laws of Attraction at work in our lives. But laws of attraction won’t work nearly as well if you are stuck inside a box, living with a million scattered thoughts and worries. You MUST get out of the box in order to see this world as it was intended. Only then do you have the perspective, the calmness, and the focus needed to decipher anything or to acknowledge the assistance from the Universe.
And then the world changes.
The sidewalk begins to rise up to meet your feet. Ideas, opportunities, and answers begin to form in front of you. All you did was to get out of the box and change your view of the world. This change manifests in you in a way that reveals you to yourself and to the universe as a person of worth and appreciation. The change comes over your face, your body, and even deeper into your soul. Others will notice this change too. Maybe not right away but wait for it. Come on out! The weather is fine!
Congratulations! You are stepping out of the box. You are looking at the world through different eyes. You see the same old challenges in a different light. Keep the fire, focus, relax, and solve.
Your assignment now is to look at a Rubik’s Cube and pick one side, pick a color you like. For example, imagine that the color you picked represents Finances to you. You now have nine segments of a side of a cube in the color green. Assign a financial goal to each of the smaller nine green cubes. Think of nine components of your financial success that are important to you to achieve in your perfect world. Write this down in a list of nine items. I’m sure you have many more than nine, but for this exercise let’s focus on only nine goals. Now you are visualizing and holding in your hands, the components of your financial success.
At your own pace, repeat this process for all six sides of a Rubik’s Cube. Select a different area of importance or focus for each of the sides of different colors. I know it gets complicated very quickly. And yet how appropriate is that? Our lives are even more complex than this.
Now you really CAN reach your goals! You have a multi-dimensional vision and plan in your hands! You thought this through! You are out of the box in plain view of the universe. You got the clues, and they are NOT secrets! You have discovered great treasure and you are on your way. The “One Thing” is to BE HERE NOW.
It is your life and your Rubik’s Cube! You see the whole picture and you are in control.
Now before you go, if you look to music for a little inspiration, please go check out my latest youtube video. This is the story of a young man who knows he needs to get moving on his life and his dreams but just can’t seem to get started. Just like all of us - the first step is to get moving, to get started!
More to come!
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Michael Fletcher is a published author and Registered Sleep Technologist. Michael is passionate about writing, learning, and music. You can read more about Michael over on his website here!