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May 9, 2011

Wanting

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:04 am

Wanting is a sad place to live.

The state of want has a high poverty rate.

There seems to be a difference between wants and desires, at least for me.

My experience is that desires have a better chance of happening. The results of wanting were best summed up by The Grasshopper over the weekend. He said, “Blue: Wanting that which doesn’t want you.”

So I guess wanting is a blue state.

The mindset of wanting is that what you want is always a carrot on a stick away. Wanting and having are at two opposite ends of a continuum; desire seems to close that gap.

Wanting is a stagnant state of mind and desire produces action. Wanting produces more wanting.

I really think there is more to this than parsing words.

Wanting seems to suggest that you’ll never move closer to what you want. Desire has an engine in it.

So how do we turn a want into a desire?

I don’t think you can. I believe you have to abandon one to get to the other.

When you let go of wanting thoughts, you make room for desire to enter.

Desire contains possibility and that alone puts it head and shoulders above wanting.

There is no guarantee that you’ll get what you desire but the odds become more favorable when you quit betting on wanting.

Just try out the two phrases below and see which one feels better.

I want (fill in the blank).

I desire (fill in the blank).

To sum up, I can’t claim what I say to be true
But desires move you towards what’s in view
While wanting contains the glue of “no can do.”

 

All the best,

John

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May 6, 2011

The Circle of Creativity

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:00 am

What do you aspire to be, do or have?

Where did that aspiration come from?

It came from inspiration. You were inspired to aspire.

Once you had the aspiration, you needed inspiration to fulfill it – thus the circle of creativity.

We mistakenly believe we thought of the aspiration. It’s really the other way around – the thought thought us.

Our aspiration came from a creative place we call inspiration. We didn’t think it up; it came bubbling up and then we had a thought about it.

Once we get the thought about it, we have to come up with a plan to get it. The plan to be successful has to be inspired. That means we have to go back to our creative source.

If we could think our way to aspiration, everyone would have already aspired.

It’s hard to believe that our thinking is not responsible for our creative thoughts, but if you examine it, thinking travels in another circle – a loop to “Knowhere.”

When we think we know, we delay our ability to inspire our aspiration. We think we are going to think our way to a solution. It’s always a detour.

After all the thinking is done, did you ever notice where the decision comes from? It comes from a place other than your thinking.

Think of it this way: A drop of aspiration comes from a giant reservoir known as inspiration. We seal this drop in the confined space of thinking where it swims in circles. It can’t go anywhere.

In order to escape our think tank, we have to stop swimming. That means we need to float for awhile and get calm.

It’s the calming of our thoughts that allows an escape hatch to open up for our aspiration to return to bathe in the vast waters of inspiration, and then return to us with creative options.

The circle of creativity does not contain thinking.

If you are wracking your brain for a way to aspire, take a deep breath, exhale slowly and let your thinking calm down. Inspiration always enters a quiet space.

To allow our aspiration the inspiration it needs, the first step of a successful action plan is to put your thinking in the circular file.

 

All the best,

John

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May 5, 2011

Relate vs. Debate

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:20 am

I can’t remember a time when a debate deepened a relationship.

The ones I remember had an opportunity for one person to speak and then the other person would get their chance.

If you were an observer of that debate, you may have learned something; as a participant, you were too busy making your point and missed an opportunity to relate to another.

Many people are involved in “relationships” of exchanging sentences. There is no real relating happening – just point – counterpoint.

Have you ever been in a “conversation” with someone who tunes out when the topic material isn’t one they’re interested in? They have no intention of relating to you unless what you’re saying is in tune with what they want to hear.

The telltale sign is that you are in mid sentence about a topic that interests you and they interrupt you and go on to a completely unrelated topic. What they communicate by such behavior is no interest in you or your topic material. They think they are having a conversation.

I wrote a blog post a couple of years ago called “Conversation.” In it The Grasshopper said, “A conversation is more fruitful when it’s more about discovery and less about what you know.”

That’s another way of saying that in order to relate you have to be willing to learn something about another.

In order to learn something, you must pay attention to them, not just wait for them to pause so you can expound on your secrets of the universe.

The mistake we often make is assuming that we know all about another and stop listening to them. You can discover something new and interesting about someone you’ve known your whole life when you take the time to relate, rather than make points as in a debate.

Become an observer of your interactions and begin to notice if you are debating or relating. One will leave you with the feeling of two ships passing in the night; the other will dock you together in the same port.

 

All the best,

John

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May 4, 2011

Creativity Confined

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 7:07 am

“You cannot not create,” so said The Grasshopper this morning.

Each one of us creates every day. We are creators who can’t help but create.

Many of our creations are slight variations on a theme of what we’ve already created. That’s the result of our creativity flowing into previously formed patterns.

Think for a moment of your patented move. (You know you have one). You re-create it for personal and public consumption on a regular basis, even when it’s no longer working for you. That’s when your creativity gets stuck in gear.

It’s not that you’re not creative; it’s more a case of your creativity being confined.

For our atheist readers, think of creativity as the God you don’t believe in. It’s the part of you that gives you ideas and actions that simply can’t flow from a noisy, confined and patterned conscious mind.

Every time you create something new, you are expressing your divinity. Every time you re-create something, you are relying on your patterns.

Re-creation makes up the bulk of our life. That’s quite useful. That means we don’t have to figure out a door knob every time we approach a door. We’ve automated that skill.

It’s when the automation isn’t working that we need to get curious about creativity.

Here’s a prescription for limiting our creativity: Think that our personal database is the only one available to us. That’s like believing that Google is the only search engine.

Did you ever find something online that Google couldn’t produce? That’s not a knock on Google; it does the bulk of our searching. It becomes problematic when we continually use it to search for the thing it can’t find.

That’s when it’s time to get curious about creativity.

Getting access to the creative database begins by knowing it’s always available. And it becomes more available when we quiet the debate that it’s unavailable to us.

Please don’t mistake this for positive thinking. You can affirm “I’m creative” until the cows come home and still have an empty barn. This is more of a positive action. When we take action and find a way to quiet our “know-it-all” mind, we are granted access to the creative database.

Caution: There is a difference between numbing and quieting our mind. Numbing won’t allow us to perceive our surroundings, while quieting gives us a panoramic view.

Bottom line: A quiet mind is the prescription for creativity confined.

 

All the best,

John

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May 3, 2011

Right Now

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:20 am

A few years ago my sister bought me something at my request. She bought me a Navy SEALs t-shirt.

My sister is the proud mother of four children, two of whom are Navy SEALs and she had access to the shop on base to buy me the shirt. The motto on the shirt reads: “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday.”

This phrase serves as a reminder to me that what you did yesterday may very well be exceptional, but life is all about this moment.

Yesterday may be rewarding to reminisce about and tomorrow may be worth dreaming about, but the only moment action takes place is in the moment you’re in.

Navy SEALS on a mission can’t get caught up in moments that don’t exist now and neither can we. It will rob us of our life.

Our lives are made up of the moments we are in. If we spend too much time in a moment that either no longer exists or doesn’t exist yet, we are missing our life.

Today, get curious about how many of your moments are about harkening back to, or waiting for another moment to arrive.

If you do this personal time management study, you’re likely to discover that you are living much of your life in your head rather than in the moment that’s here.

It’s a focusing exercise that we can all benefit from. The result of doing this assessment takes us to the same place each time – this moment.

Getting out of our head and inhabiting our body also brings us back to the only time there is – Right Now!

Our bodies live in this moment, even though our heads may be in the clouds. Bringing your attention back to your body will bring you back to this moment.

You can discover the secret of a Navy SEAL on a mission; just immerse yourself in the moment and feel the aliveness of being focused on the only time that matters – Right Now!

 

All the best,

John

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