This week we look at Principles #9 and #10 from Jack Canfield’s “The Success Principles” entitled “Success Leaves Clues” and “Release the Brakes” respectively. For today’s MotD I set my intention to focus on #9 and look at why I feel the need to have to figure things out for myself. In response to that he states “One of the great things about living in today’s world of abundance and opportunity is that almost everything you want to do has already been done by someone else…someone has already done it and left clues in the form of books, manuals, audio and video programs, university classes, online courses, seminars, and workshops.”
Ever since I was young (decades ago), I always felt the need to do things by myself without asking for help. Thinking about it now my sense was that I was afraid of 1) getting in trouble for asking 2) being made to feel stupid for asking or 3) that I would be told I was doing it wrong. Now I’m beginning to see the foolishness of most it and while any of those three options could come up, I know that I would be able to handle it, not take it personally, and factor it in if it applies.
For instance I’ve been trying to figure out how to set up a display of the 365 MotDs of 2022 for a showing in October. I googled and talked with a couple of other people about it but nothing was clicking. I struggled to meet my criteria of an efficient, affordable, and effective way to do it. Then last week, the “voice” in my head said to reach out to an artist friend who is also a curator and familiar with the display space. She welcomed the chance to talk about it and gave me some excellent advice that met my criteria. What a blessing…both her and the “voice” that suggested I talk to her. Knowing who to ask for guidance makes a big difference. Now I can release the brakes and move onto the next phase of this project.
So how about you? Do you feel like you have to do things alone or on your own? Are you willing to seek out those who have done what you’re trying to do? Are you open to learning a new angle or perspective?
“Success leaves clues,— Brad Thor
and if you sow the same seeds,
you’ll reap the same rewards.”
The Mandala Lady
I invite you to color along with me this year as part of what I’m calling “The Year of Self-Exploration and Expansion” with all of my “Mandalas of the ___” (day, week, month, year). If you’re interested in more of a self-exploration approach to coloring, check out my “Coloring Mandalas as Meditation”. You can download this mandala at MandalaoftheWeek.com.