As I was at the gym over the weekend, I was listening to my usual podcasts while I was there. From Zig Ziglar’s podcast there was something that struck me as connecting with me right now. There are most day and most time throughout each day that I do have hope in the future and John Maxwell is right on – that does make me feel there is power that I have in the present.
There are also those few times where I don’t feel very hopeful about the future and I do feel less powerful, less confident, more negative, more down, etc., towards the present moment. But I also have remembered that I cannot stay in that feeling for very long. I’ve made a conscious choice in the past that when these sad, negative, down feelings take over, I first tell myself that they will not last and then second, I try and put myself right into the middle of those feelings. I want to wrap my arms around them, and almost taste what those negative feelings are all about. Knowing that the quicker I can connect with them, the quicker I can learn and make adjustments from them along with quickly moving on towards feeling better and moving forward.
Looking back throughout my life there have been plenty of moments that I stayed stuck in them and thereby giving up control to those negative, sad, depressing feelings. I have learned (through reading a few books, listening to some podcasts, etc., that I need to get connected with those sad, hopeless feelings and thoughts to be able to dissect them, learn from them and become better and move on. When those feeling hit me, I’m not feeling too hopeful about the future and that robs me of my today. I am working hard at not letting that happen.
John Maxwell also mentions about the size of our hope will determine how far we go in life. From these episodes that I have been through, I totally agree with that idea. As Kevin Miller puts it – “You need more hope. You need to increase it and enhance it and establish it.” We all need more hope for sure. We do need to increase it and establish more of it in our lives and in the lives of those that are around us. That is a very powerful and life-changing thought. The more we can have hope for others, the more they can have it for themselves. There are so many people around us that are looking for an example of finding hope in themselves. Sometimes it’s up to us to have faith in a person, believe in them, stick with them and thereby transferring our hope in them into themselves where they can latch onto to it and start believing in themselves and thereby changing their futures and those people around them.
I find it so awesome and inspiring the ideas and thoughts that can come to me with a cup of coffee, some fresh air coming in the house next to where I’m sitting, time relaxing and focusing in on a thought (or in this case a quote), and then all the ideas that come rushing into my head during this time of solitude. Just another thought – maybe you can try it out for yourself? As always, let me know how it goes.