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January 27, 2022

Would You Rather . . .?

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:32 am

Woman g691f0d577 1920What used to be a parlor game is now a question you ask to have someone make tough choices by exercising their brain. That question starts with these words: “Would your rather . . . ?”

The practice can be for fun or it can be used as a reflective tool to see how serious you are in solving your problem.

So here’s my question: “Would you rather have a shoulder to cry on OR some actionable advice you can rely on?”

It’s my experience that most folks choose shoulder, and, by doing so, have their problem stick around for countless bouts of tears.

I recently had a friend reach out to me with a dilemma they were dealing with. I wasn’t the only person they sought out. Many before me had offered them a shoulder equipped with a crying towel. It was obvious that strategy wasn’t working.

I should point out that I’m not the person you call to simply vent. I’m more of the person you call for a hands-on strategy to get you out of cement.

Turns out this person wanted another person to regale with their lament rather than a time tested plan to solve their ailment.

She’s not alone. That’s why the Oprah Show was so popular. It was a daily cry fest about the wrongs being done to the throngs. It was incredibly successful in the ratings and a financial windfall for the host and her sponsors, but the shoulder seekers stayed broke.

Here’s some solid advice: telling your tale of woe forever and a day will continue your dismay. There comes a point where it’s in your best interest to say, “Here’s the action I’m going to take today,” and leave your ineffective sob story on the shoulder pads of yesterday.

All the best,

John

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January 25, 2022

Reality Destroys Illusions

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 9:55 am

Plane g9963008c8 1920Everyone has their illusion and it will probably remain for a lifetime unless . . .

Unless it runs into reality. Reality is stronger than a brick wall and it won’t buckle under pressure. It’s a mainstay in our lives and it assumes the role of “Bubble Buster in Chief.”

I’m under the illusion that Tom Brady will play football forever. The minute he retires, reality will destroy my illusion.

What illusion are you holding on to that reality will dismantle in a heartbeat?

One of the defining markers of an illusion is wanting something so desperately that we’re willing to look the other way when evidence to the contrary is on display.

Your illusion will burst. It’s only a question of when.

The less painful way to keep reality from upsetting your apple cart is to dismantle your illusion yourself.

It’s a 2 step process.

1. Recognize your illusion (you already know what it is).

2. Unravel it thread by thread so it’s no longer the whole cloth you’ve wrapped around your head.

Here’s an illusion many people have: waiting for someone to knock on their door with a solution to their situation. Chances are, that illusion has been in place a long time. Perhaps it’s time to recognize it as ridiculous instead of sublime.

Reminds me of a story I’ve told before . . . one of my teachers asked the class what we would do if the plane we were copiloting had it’s engine conk out and we were heading for the ground at 500 miles per hour. Countless answers were given and every one of them was met with this question: “What would you do if that didn’t work?” When we ran out of answers, he asked if we would like the correct answer. We all said an emphatic, “Yes!”

His answer was, “Do anything else.”

To prevent reality from crashing our illusion into the ground, we have to do “anything else” to dismantle it now.

Illusions keep us holding in place waiting for a fairy godmother to show her face and lead us to the land of milk and honey.

Here’s the reality: We have to take some action on our own to let the air out of our illusion that’s overblown, otherwise we’re a helpless passenger on an out of control drone.

All the best,

John

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January 23, 2022

Flashy Inspiration – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 10:53 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 01-24-22.

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January 16, 2022

The Arms Of Conditioning – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 11:17 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 01-17-22.

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January 9, 2022

Autopilot – 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 01-10-22.

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December 31, 2021

New Year’s Revolution – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:29 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 01-03-22.

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December 30, 2021

The Energy Of America

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:04 am

Makeup ge8d0ee2c3 1920I was struck with the thought the other day that America exudes the most energy of any nation on earth. Any nationalism aside, it seems to be an accurate observation. I think most folks around the globe would agree.

So, it got me to wondering. What is that energy? The Grasshopper popped in and offered this: “The energy of America is selling you something.”

It seems we’re always selling something. We’re like the salesperson who can’t turn it off, even when quarantined or on holiday.

That energy or propensity to sell is what drives America.

I’m only guessing here but I’d wager America has the most home-based businesses per capita than anywhere else I can think of.

It’s that passion to sell that makes us excel.

But before this turns into a Tony Robbins seminar, let me say there is a downside to this perpetual sell. Namely, we think if we stop selling, we’ll stop breathing. So, we continue past our “sell by” date, and it causes our energy to dissipate. We needlessly wear ourselves out.

The recommendation is not to stop selling; it’s to know when to turn it off and tune in to what’s right in front of you. Learn to appreciate your needs and stop peddling what others need for just a moment. Take the time to immerse yourself in the sublime and lose track of time and reclaim your energy in the process.

Don’t worry that we’ll lose our place on the world stage when you turn it off. There’ll be more than enough of your neighbors that won’t heed this message. Have no fear, they’ll keep the Sell-A-Thon in high gear.

Gee, I hope I’ve made the sale. But it’s time for me to bail and take a walk down the inner peace trail.

All the best,

John

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December 27, 2021

Un-filling The Gap – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:12 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 12-27-21.

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December 19, 2021

Unsettled Sensations – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 7:29 pm

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 12-20-21.

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December 12, 2021

Pontificating Or Relating? – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 12:04 pm

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 12-13-21.

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