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Personal growth: Jumping off the cliff of self-actualization October 5, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Overcoming Fear.
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In discussing the many challenges in creative writing, Ray Bradbury gave some excellent advice which applies to the large-scale project of living life itself creatively and the more focussed innovative efforts we try to make in our self-development work.

Namely, that in all matters requiring creativity, we need to put aside our fears, jump off the cliff, and then build our wings on the way down.

We can gradually master the skills required in whatever project we are working on and can be assured of varying levels of success in learning those skills.

But in making the big leap into an entire philosophy of self-improvement, while realizing that it might not work takes a lot of courage.

And if we think about it too much, we will probably not be willing to gamble on making the required investment in time, commitment and effort.

But, for sure, if we don’t jump, we  won’t be making our wings, or soaring creatively.

— Dennis Mellersh

 

Personal growth: So many projects so little time October 5, 2017

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Goal Setting and Realization.
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In envisaging our progress in self-actualization, we can spend too much of our life energy in what Eckhart Tolle describes as the “psychological time” of the future or of the past.

Time spent in the imaginary world of the future is particularly problematic for our self-improvement productivity.

Daydreaming about our future projects is not the same as actually making concrete plans now for accomplishing them, nor is it the same as starting a project right now, no matter how small the steps we might take.

Intellectually we know that the only time in which we can actually accomplish anything is now, or the present moment, but it’s tough to put into practice.

To liberally paraphrase Mark Twain, many of us could probably say, “My life has been full of many, many admirable projects and goals, the majority of which, as of right now, have yet to be accomplished.”

Most of us would need ten lifetimes to accomplish everything that we want to, especially if we have numerous eclectic interests.

But if we limit ourselves to “doing” in the now instead of “imagining doing” in the future we, of course, are significantly restricting the amount we can actually accomplish.

There will never be enough “now” time to do everything we want.

Which means that we need to make some hard choices and set priorities.

Now.

—Dennis Mellersh