Godzilla, monsters, and courage

Yes, I went to see Godzilla. Yes, I liked it. A lot. I’ll admit I was hoping for him to get more screen time, since I grew up watching old Godzilla films on Saturday mornings like so many other people of my generation. Also, not unlike most of us, I have a fascination with monsters, but perhaps not for the same reason.

There’s something in most of us that enjoys the thrill of a good scare, and people have different theories as to why this is, but in my own case i’d have to blame it on my older brother. You see, at an early age, my brother had me convinced that monsters were real, with particular emphasis on the one in the closet and the one under the bed. Not content with tormenting me in the usual manner of big brothers, he went so far as to sneak into the closet, climb under the bed, and do various other things to persuade me that monsters were real indeed.

Unfortunately for him, I didn’t cower in terror for long. At the ripe age of five, it occurred to me to throw objects at the closet as hard as I could, and even to swing a broomstick under the bed for good measure. Eventually the ‘monsters’ made no further appearances, and to this day I wonder whether my brother had managed to catch an unintentional beating at my hands.

Looking back, the truth is that whether we’re dealing with a monster in the closet, or the various fears we encounter in life, courage is a decision. Sure, I was scared out of my wits when a pale hand would reach up and grab me as I was falling asleep, and the shadowy figure in the closet visited me in my dreams more than once, but I’d watched too many old monster movies to believe a monster couldn’t be hurt.

Will you face your fears today? I hope you do. You may find out that your monsters aren’t quite as tough as you thought they were.

 

-Sam

Learn to trust the truth!


 

Something I often tell my clients is ‘Learn to trust the truth.’ Some of them are taken aback by this, because they usually think I’m calling them a liar. The unfortunate truth is that most of us, even if we’re not outright liars, we do tend to allow deception, especially self-deception to take root in our lives in a variety of ways. What makes it worse is that most of us are not as mysterious as we think we are, so we may as well just trust the truth.

Give yourself permission to achieve


Imagine for a moment that you’ve achieved your wildest dreams of success. You’ve the big house, the cars, the airplane, the family, friends, business, etc. You’re influential in every way you’ve ever dreamed of being.

At that point in your life, how wise would you be? How confident, capable, and discerning would you be? How would you choose your friends? What would you allow to waste your time? How COOL would you be?

Now, I want you to consider that this person you just imagined already exists inside your mind. You just haven’t given yourself permission to behave like him (or her).

I challenge you today to begin to behave like the most awesome version of you that you can conceive, and drop us a line with the results. Let the best you come out and play!

-Sam

 

 

Focus is just a decision…

You can have the greatest ideas and plans in the world, but you’ll never realize them without focus. Fortunately, focus really isn’t that hard to develop. Indeed, it’s easier than developing motivation or perseverance. Why? You don’t have to learn anything new. When you need to focus on something, you often already have the knowledge, skill, and passion required. So there’s nothing new to be learned or mastered. In fact, we could just define focus as the decision to direct our attention and effort. Today my challenge to you is to decide to direct your attention and effort to your dreams.

Remember, you’ll build your dream or someone else’s. Choose wisely.