How to Thrive While Others Struggle to Survive
Whether you thrive or struggle to survive in the current market will depend largely on your ability to manage your state of being – how you FEEL every day and throughout the day. To go against the trend and forge ahead while the herd languishes behind takes courage, determination, persistence and skill.
There are three keys to extraordinary success, regardless of circumstances:
First, you need to be very clear about your purpose – know where you want to go and why you want to get there. Second, your process (knowing what to do and how to do it) needs to be spot on. And most important of all you must have emotional mastery to get in the Zone, the state also known as FLOW, where serendipity, synchronicity and extraordinary outcomes become your everyday experience.
If you feel disheartened, demotivated, anxious, frustrated, annoyed or just “blah,” your mind will be filled with negative and limiting thoughts, making it difficult to boldly envision a worthwhile vision and direction for your business, difficult to make positive decisions or to take action.
Feelings drive thoughts; repetitive thoughts drive beliefs and beliefs drive action.
Success in ANY market is infinitely possible and is limited only by your beliefs.
The following analogy explains the power of a limiting belief:
Did you know that an adult elephant weighs somewhere between four and seven tonnes and can carry the weight of around 130 human adults? Yet in Asia elephants are tethered to a tiny picket that it could easily uproot. How is this possible?
It is possible because captive elephants are tied up as babies to a strong stake. They pull and tug, but hard as they try they cannot free themselves. So they give up. As they grow older, with the same measly rope around their leg, they no longer need to be tied to the strong stake; they have surrendered to the erroneous belief that they can never be free.
Like elephants, humans are also conditioned to be so much less than they are capable of being, and many never realise their full potential. It is said that most of our foundational beliefs were formed by the time we were five, when we did not have the capability to exam these beliefs for truth.
The result is that many of us continue to hang onto beliefs that do not serve us anymore, now that we are adults – beliefs such as “I am too stupid, too ugly, too fat, too weak and definitely not good enough.” By believing that we are victims of our circumstances, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy!
A cell biologist and former Stanford University scholar, Bruce Lipton explains in his book “The Honeymoon Effect” that when your brain perceives love [for instance], it secretes neurochemicals such as dopamine, oxytocin and growth hormones into the blood, and therefore you are generally healthier and more alive when you’re in love. In this state you are also more present and capable of success.
On the flip side, when we are miserable or see ourselves as victims of circumstance, we flood our bodies with chemicals that are counterproductive to health, wellbeing and success.
Because we are said to spend around 90 to 95 per cent of our time operating from our pre-conditioned subconscious and experience about 70,000 thoughts every day, trying to change our beliefs by using positive affirmations is an exhausting, ineffective and inefficient exercise.
It is much more effective to go to the root cause of beliefs and thinking and address it there. How you FEEL (root cause) will affect what you believe and what you think (by-products of how you feel).
If you are feeling depressed, you believe the world is a dark and hopeless place. As a result, your thoughts are negative, dark and hopeless. If you are feeling happy, you believe the world is a bright and optimistic place. As a result, your thoughts are positive, bright and optimistic.
One feeling brings with it thousands of associated thoughts. So would it not be more useful, effective and efficient to work at the level of feeling instead of the thoughts?
If you wish to thrive while others struggle to survive, learn to dissolve your negative feelings whenever they arise. When the negative emotions are gone, you will spontaneously experience positive ones. Love is always present at the heart of who we are. We don’t always feel love because the feeling of love is frequently obscured by negative emotions that have not been dealt with (dissolved).
One very effective and efficient method for dissolving negative emotions is the “Welcome, Allow & Feel” method. I covered this methodology in my May 31 post, below, titled “Dissolve the Sunday Night Blues.”
When you feel good, you do good and good things happen.
I trust you are all thriving in the Zone!