Identify Your Gift

Are you an artist? Are you the talent that can produce something no one else produces as a skill, a product, a service or some impact? Are you incredibly good at management; you really know how to manage or lead people? Are you an extraordinary entrepreneur that can take that gigantic gut-load of risk, create the vision, attract the talent that you need, the managers and leaders?
You may have all three abilities, but which one really fulfills you the most, is going to be the critical question. We tend to want to do them all, especially in a room like this, because you're all overachievers; right? Me, too. You say, "Well, I can do all these." Yes, you can, but what will it do to your quality of life? See, again, the secret is going to be this. What is an extraordinary life, on your terms, today?
Things; getting things is not going to make you happy. That's good news in a tough economy. It's a good reminder. It doesn't matter what you get. It doesn't matter whether it be money or opportunity. All those things might excite you for the moment. Even a relationship, as magnificent as it may be, might exciting for a while, but if you don't keep growing, that relationship isn't going to stay exciting.
The secret to real happiness is progress. Progress equals happiness, and if we can make progress on a regular basis, we feel alive.
That's why, at the beginning of the year, we get this thing like, "Okay. I could have this fresh start. I could really do what my soul desires. I could expand. I could grow. I could improve. I could change. Or maybe, better than change, I could progress."
See, think about that. Progress has an aliveness to it; doesn't it? You don't have to work at changing. People say all the time, now, "Well, I'm working on changing." Don't worry about it. You don't have to work on changing.
Change is automatic. Your body is going to change, whether you want it or not, as the years go by. No matter how hard you work, there are going to be some changes going on there. The economy is going to change, no matter what you want it to do. The weather is going to change. Relationships are going to change. Everything in life is always changing. We don't have to work on change. Change is automatic, but progress is not. If you want to make real progress, then you really have to look at your life in a different way. You have to say, "I have to take control of this process and not just hope it's going to work out," like people do who make a resolution.
Treat people, at the end of the relationship, like it's the beginning, and there won't be an end. That's not just your intimate relationship.
Aayen-e-Nau Se Darna, Tarz-e-Kuhan Pe Urna
Manzil Yehi Kathan Hai Qoumon Ki Zindagi Mein
To be afraid of the new ways, to insist on the old ones
This is the only difficult stage in the life of nations

When someone is mean, don’t listen. When someone is rude, walk away. When someone tries to put you down, stay firm. Don’t let someone else’s bad behavior destroy your inner peace.

Post a comment