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Not so long ago an acquaintance of mine was extremely concerned about a nasty rumor that supposedly was all about him. For months he was determined to find out who had started the cheap gossip so he could seek some sort of severe revenge. Months after everyone else had forgotten about the rumor, he kept reminding others about it. Revenge had become his obsession.
Do you think that getting fired from your present job would be a really bad experience? Your answer is likely "Definitely yes!" Surprisingly, being given the axe - regardless of the stature of your job - can be a good thing. Many years ago one friend mine was fired from his position as a project engineer. He was devastated. Yet it turned out to be one of the best things that ever happened to him.
If you want to be one of the conscious minorities, then you must live in the present and master the moment. Unfortunately, most of us don't live in the "now." We live either the "before," or the "then," in place of the "now."
The notion of living in the now isn't an overly profound idea - yet few of us do it. Not only is it insane to live in the past, it is just as insane to live in the future, thinking about how much better life may be if certain great things happen to you. The key to having great things happen to you in the future is to make the most of the present. As an unknown wise person said, "The future belongs to those who live intensely in the present."
"Show me a hero," quipped American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, "and I will write you a tragedy." The ultimate tragedy, however, is the vast majority of modem hero-worshipers in the Western world who revere false heroes. So much so, that hero is one of the most misused words in the English language. As a matter of course hero today is mostly applied to people who do well in sports or in the financial world or in show business and have gotten a lot of publicity. Unfortunately, the modem American hero is somebody whom we adore, respect, worship, or idolize for all the wrong reasons. With this in mind, it's best to be careful with your heroes. Don't put any of them on a pedestal. After all, no one - even a true hero - deserves to be there.
Not so long ago I received a brochure advertising the annual conference for an international human resources foundation. The cover of the brochure announced, "BE A KNOW-IT-ALL! Here's how." The inside of the brochure promised, "Join our Foundation and see how easy it is to know-it-all." As I read this brochure, I wondered if these professionals - I use the term lightly – had contemplated the advantages of "not knowing it all".
Martin Luther called reason "the Devil's harlot." Have you ever noticed how reasonable you are - and how many aspects of your life still don't work all that well? Perhaps the more reasonable you become, the more your life is thrown in disarray. This is the kind of thing that happens when your dreams and your actual life situation are not in harmony. You may have to rise to the occasion by throwing reason out the window and becoming more unreasonable.
While you are questioning your beliefs, why not question your beliefs about the experts of this world? It's easy to be intimidated by people with a lot more experience and credentials to their names than you have to yours. What experts are really good at is making a great case for why something won't work. They will convince many people along the way because they are great at putting up brilliant arguments. The problem is that they don't give consideration to why it may work
Common wisdom has it that there are two certainties in the game of life death and taxes, Here is another one: Keep believing what you have always believed and the degree of your future well-being and success will pretty much match your present state of well-being and success. If your life is not working all that well, start with the premise that your beliefs haven’t served you that entire well. As American humorist Gelett Burgess pointed out, "If in the last few years you haven't discarded a major belief or acquired a new one, check your pulse, You may be dead," The problem with beliefs is they can run - even ruin - your life, In fact, beliefs can become perpetual attachments that hold you in bondage forever.