Have we become complacent?
If you think about it, our natural state as living human beings is toward growth. We can't help it. No matter how much we try, we can't avoid growing - at least in our physical bodies. We grow older by the minute, and our bodies change all the time.
Do our minds automatically join our bodies in heading toward change and growth? It seems that there are many people in the world who have become complacent, cynical and resigned with their place in the world.
Now I'm not saying that we shouldn't be grateful for what we have and where we are - that's the only way to move forward. But if we're grateful - truly grateful and truly happy - then we will recognize that our natural state is toward growth and won't resist changes that come our way.
I've been busy this week doing some personal accountability training and also accelerated innovation training - and, at least for me, I realize more and more all the time that I teach what I most need to learn. I was reminded this week that there is no place for blame or for cynicism in my view of the world. If we are to move to action in our lives, it's important that we remain open to new ideas and calculated risks.
If our natural state is growth, getting out of our own way will allow that to happen in our lives without effort. As Oprah says, if you feel like you're swimming upstream, turn around! Get in the flow! Complacency, resignation and cynicism block the flow.
Keep asking yourself, "how is it working?" and you'll find that an objective answer to that question - without judgment - might help you see that there are new choices to make in any given moment, which will lead to that flow!