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January 18, 2021

Effective Teachers Are Reachers, Not Preachers – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 7:20 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 01-18-21.

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January 15, 2021

Myths

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:28 am

C167865 mSeeing as it’s “Flashback Friday,” here’s something I wrote 8 years ago. Its message is timeless.

I was knocked over by a pound of feathers last night when I got the idea that beliefs are myths, with one notable exception.

I looked up the definition of myth and found this: A widely held but false belief.

How many beliefs do we own that we have no evidence for? They’re myths – ones that we believe in.

This doesn’t mean that beliefs aren’t useful; just mythical.

I did note one exception. What’s the one thing you can believe in that’s not a myth? The answer is reality – what’s actually happening, not what you believe is happening.

“Reality is not a Myth” is a bumper sticker that sticks forever, not just until a new belief comes along.

For example, how many of us believe in the notion of positive thinking? That’s one of the biggest myths ever perpetrated on mankind. Thinking positive does nothing to change reality. It may make you feel better about a reality that you’re dealing with, but it’s a myth to believe it changes anything.

People will emphatically cite examples of when they thought positive and something “good” happened. They conveniently ignore all the times they thought positive and something not so good happened. To credit positive results to positive thinking ignores the “odds of reality.”

I prefer positive thoughts to negative thoughts because they make me feel better, but believing they change anything other than our demeanor is a myth.

I could go on and on and slay more mythical, sacred cows, but it’s not my intention to set up endless debates with firm believers. My intent is to have us examine our myths.

Most of them are harmless, but there are some that impede our progress. They’re worth looking into. A simple test to find a limiting myth is to find a belief that you have that isn’t working for you. You won’t have to look far. And you don’t have to stand up on a soapbox and announce that it isn’t working to the world, just admit it to yourself.

In that moment of admission you will discover reality – the biggest myth buster of them all. Reality takes off the blinders and lets you see the whole landscape. It’s from this vantage point you can make a choice as to which way to go rather than be limited by the maze of myth.

Final thought: The following is not a myth: Reality is something you can believe in!

All the best,

John

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January 13, 2021

Visiting Thoughts

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 7:37 am

Sign 487992 1920The Grasshopper visited with this thought yesterday: “Thoughts are visitors, not tenants.”

If an uninvited thought pops up in your mind, you grant it squatter’s rights if you treat it as anything other than a visitor. When these type of thoughts become tenants, they become harder to evict.

Years ago, I recognized that these thoughts are begging for attention. So, I decided to notice them and give them their say – once. After the thought was expressed in my head, I would say, “thanks for visiting.” It did two things:

1. Acknowledged its existence.

2. Politely showed it the door.

I didn’t engage with the thought with counter thoughts; I just acknowledged its presence. If you engage in an internal argument with a thought, it just hangs around longer and starts measuring for drapes.

Sidebar: Have you ever won an argument with your mind?

The number of negative feelings caused by nagging thoughts are too many to mention, so I’ll just pick one as an illustration: Guilt.

What causes guilt other than an unwanted, lingering, thought?

If you want to prevent a self-destructive emotion like guilt from taking up residence in your mind, show it the welcome mat and then thank it for stopping by.

You may have to thank it multiple times for it to take the hint and head for the door, but the thought will leave quicker if you choose not to bicker.

All the best,

John

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January 12, 2021

There Is No “I” In “We”

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:16 pm

Board 1820678 1920One of our collective shortcomings is this: We are so invested in our “I-ness” that we are blinded to the ever-present fact that we are all connected. There is an animating life force that infuses us all. It’s the same in all of us. When that force departs and goes wherever it goes, “I” no longer exists.

Yes, we all have an individual identity and our differences define us as unique personalities. That fact does not divorce us from the collective “We.” We are inseparably one. Think of our “we-ness” as being the sun and our individuality as being its rays.

Losing sight of “We” often causes us to demean, discount, or do harm to others. When we buy into the separateness of “I,” it’s like putting a bomb on an airplane we’re a passenger on. We also destroy ourselves in the process.

The narcissism of “I” gets us to turn a blind eye to “We,” and drives a wedge between you and me.

Every religion I’m aware of preaches some version of “Love thy neighbor as thyself.” It would behoove us all to revisit our holy books and bone up on that teaching. Otherwise, you and me may never return to “We.”

All the best,

John

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January 10, 2021

Forever Ends Today – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 12:41 pm

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 01-11-21.

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January 8, 2021

How To Find Peace of Mind

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 7:48 am

Clouds 1714088 1920I’m sure you remember learning how to diagram a sentence in elementary school. Remember “Subject,” “Verb,” “Object”?

We learned they are separate entities. Now, that may be true in the world of diagraming sentences but it’s not the case with peace of mind.

To attain peace of mind, the subject and object are required to be one and the same.

Here’s a little experiment you can do that leads to the quieting of your mind. Pick out any living thing in your environment. It could be a person, an animal, a tree, flower, or a plant. You, in this scenario, are the subject and the other living thing in your environment is the object. And like they say in golf, the objective is to “be the ball.” This exercise is designed to blend yourself into the object. That means to imagine you are no longer separate entities, but you are now one.

Doing this simple mental exercise gives you first hand experience with the serenity known as peace of mind. You discover the magic feeling of everything being one. No room for separateness; no room for dichotomies or differences – just the united bliss of all things being connected.

This is something you can do anytime to clear your head when you find yourself bound up with your thoughts. It takes less than a minute to do and the peace it delivers calms you.

To create peace of mind, take the pieces – subject and object – and unite them so you can’t tell one from the other. Hey, you may never like diagramming sentences but you will become a peace of mind lover.

All the best,

John

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January 6, 2021

Turn Of A Phrase

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 10:20 am

010410 1321 turnofaphra1As we turn the page on a new year, I find it appropriate to turn back to an old expression whose wisdom is timeless: “Turn of a phrase.”

This idea came to mind when I caught myself “can’t-ing” the other day. It never dawned on me how often “can’t” turns up in conversation – especially mine.

NOTE: Lest you think this is leading to a positive thinking speech, let me assure you I wouldn’t waste your time or mine with such pep rally pap.

This is an exercise in noticing and substituting.

No, you won’t be asked to substitute “can” for “can’t;” you’ll be asked to practice turning a phrase.

Here’s the exercise in a nutshell: Notice yourself saying “can’t” when you’re saying it and then rephrase the same statement to yourself or another with the following phrase:

“I haven’t figured out how to do that yet.”

It’s a powerful way to reframe your thinking towards possibility vs. keeping it in the confines of “can’t.”

“I can’t get this software to work,” “I can’t stop smoking,” “I can’t get up and speak in front of a group” are just a sampling of the “can’ts” that we corner ourselves with.

The phrase “Yes you can” most often engages our polarity and has us become oppositional to whatever has been suggested. That’s why it’s such an ineffective strategy.

“I haven’t figured out how to _______ yet” is a statement of fact that doesn’t close the door on creativity, whereas “can’t” slams it in your face.

“Can’t” becomes a justification for failure and most often keeps us from making any future efforts.

When you turn “can’t” into “I haven’t figured out how to ______ yet,” you turn the tables on “can’t,” and the odds for finding a solution increase.

Turning a phrase is not a magic bullet but it does two things:

1. Gives you a leg up on the resignation and frustration you experience with “can’t.”

2. Gives your mind the option of finding options.
Opening your eyes to what’s possible begins with noticing how often you say “can’t.” The next step is to morph “can’t” into “I haven’t figured out how to ______ yet.”

When you notice and substitute, you turn “can’t” on its ear, making 2021 a much more productive year.

All the best,

John

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January 3, 2021

The Lyrics Of Life – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 9:02 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 01-04-21.

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December 31, 2020

What Can I Do Right Now?

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:33 am

Boy 1916204 1920“All you’ve got is right now” is what popped into my mind before I even popped out of bed this morning.

I was in my head wondering about future things – both forboding and fanciful when The Grasshopper, as is his custom, brought me back to the present with his reality statement.

It boiled down to this: You no longer have a hold on the past and the future is out of reach, so what you’re left with is right now.

The question to ask yourself when you find that you’re lost in your time traveling mind is: What can I do right now?

Aside from getting you out of your head, there are other practical things asking this question can do. For example, let’s pretend you’re preparing for something in the near future. You make a list of all the things you need to do for this event/project to have a successful outcome. But, all of a sudden, you get overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of all the things on the list. That’s when “What can I do right now?” saves the day.

You can isolate one of the smaller tasks on your list and do it. It doesn’t seem like much but it is taking action and it is something you can do right now. Asking the question puts you in the present moment and it presents you with actionable options. If you’re focused on the massive mountain to climb, this question will bring your attention back to the foothills – easy trails you can navigate right now.

A long time ago The Grasshopper treated me to this: “Doing diffuses fear.” Taking action, no matter how small, brings you out of a fearful stall. “What can I do right now?” is a catalyst that focuses you on what can be accomplished that’s on your list.

If you find yourself in “Inertia-ville,” ask yourself, “What can I do now?” It’ll keep you from standing still.

All the best,

John

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December 29, 2020

Wants and Needs

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 3:48 pm

Boy 1296625 1280The Grasshopper chimed in during a phone conversation I was having yesterday and he said, “You can get more of what you want if you give them more of what they need.”

Whatever the “wants” and “needs” are, this formula seems to work time and time again.

Our politicians could benefit greatly if they followed this formula more often, and so can you.

You know what you want, so now it’s time to find out what they need and provide it as best you can.

Focus on the needs of others and provide the product, service, or TLC that they need, and watch your wants get satisfied.

The old adage “give a little, get a little” comes to mind. We seem to forget that message when we start pursuing what we want without regard to others. Getting what we want usually involves other people, and knowing and fulfilling what they need needs to come first in order for us to be able to slake our wanting thirst.

Reminds me of a story from the late Dr.Dave Dobson. He taught us that if you’re curious about someone’s age, don’t outright ask them. Offer up your age first and then it’s easier for them to follow suit. Say something like this: “On my next birthday, I’m going to be 55. I’m wondering how many candles will be on your next birthday cake.”

Here’s one of life’s little shortcuts: If you can remember that needs come before wants, what you want will happen much quicker.

All the best,

John

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