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April 25, 2021

Pushing Or Pulling? – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 5:28 pm

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 04-26-21.

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April 22, 2021

Improper Labeling

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 4:29 am

Sticker 147304 1280Recently, The Grasshopper stuck this on me: “Labels describe your actions or habits, not your real identity.”

We gather so many labels during the course of life and if we examine them closely, we notice they describe a role we’ve adopted, not our raw ingredients.

If you pick up a jar of something new at the food store, the first thing you see is the label. Some people take the time read the ingredients before putting it in their cart, most don’t.

We let labels define us and, frankly, they do a poor job.

I recently had a friend refer to themselves as a loser. I was quick to point out that losing at something is an action; “loser” is a label.

Labels define and confine. I once heard that when you label something, you limit it to the confines of your description. I’m reminded of the words of the ancient Chinese sage Lao Tzu: “The name that can be named is not the enduring and unchanging name.”

Your labels will change over time but your core identity never changes. We are what’s left when all the labels have been peeled away. That unchangable esssence is our unlimited, creative force, something that can’t be reduced to a label.

But, if you’re stuck on labeling yourself, stick with this one: I am a force of creation! Then, you’ll only be limited by your imagination.

All the best,

John

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April 18, 2021

You Can’t BS Your Body – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 7:52 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 04-19-21.

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April 12, 2021

People Don’t Change

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 5:32 am

Board 1273117 1920Personal change is a big business. It’s been part of my profession for over 40 years. But in that time, I’ve discovered something: People don’t change; they evolve.

This perspective came to me a number of years ago when I was chatting with a friend. He emphatically said, “People don’t change.” I took longer than usual to respond to his assertion and then I said, “I don’t think people change either, but they can evolve.”

But some people will never evolve. From birth to death, they’ll argue to stay the same until they run out of breath. You’ll instantly recognize these folks by this expression: “That’s just the way I am.” That’s your cue to save your breath.

You may have heard of a personality typing system known as the Enneagram. It lists 9 personality types and it’s a great tool for getting to know who you’re interacting with. I use it to get clues for which angle of approach to use when I attempt to enter a person’s model of the world so I can see things as they do.

Within each of the 9 enneagram personality types, there are 9 levels of development. They list them as “Healthy Levels,” “Average Levels,” and “Unhealthy Levels.” It’s a fascinating body of work that you can check out for yourself by going to their website: enneagraminstitute.com That’s e-n-n-e-a-g-r-a-m institute dot com.

I only mention the enneagram levels to point out that there are levels of evolvement within a personality type, adding validity to my notion that people don’t change, but they can evolve.

I guess my real message here is that it’s a fool’s errand to go looking for wholesale change with yourself or with another. That’s what I like to refer to as “eating a whole cow at once.” (For my vegan friends, substitute a bulk package of tofu for cow).

Use the 1 to 10 scale when attempting to evolve to another level. If you assess yourself at a 5 on a scale of 10, don’t make it your mission to “get to a 10 or bust.” Instead, noodle out a plan to get to a 6. That way, you’ll have a better chance of succeeding. Once you arrive at 6, put 7 in your sights and move up the ladder in increments. It’s a lot less stressful and you’ll be a lot more successful.

Final thought: When you have a personal dilemma to solve, don’t try and change everything, look for a way to evolve.

All the best,

John

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April 11, 2021

Staying In Touch – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 6:19 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 04-12-21.

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April 7, 2021

Making Sense Of The Senseless

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 2:50 am

Question mark 3255140 1920Sorry to report, there’s no making sense of the senseless. No matter how grandiose the excuse for senseless behavior, it’ll never be enough to curry favor with anyone with an ounce of sense.

Did you ever notice the news reports when a horrific crime’s been committed? After they give the victims’ names and the actions that caused their harm or death, you hear this line: “Police are looking for a motive.”

That means they’re looking for a reason and reasons are more plentiful than dandelions in spring, and just as useless. Let’s just call these reasons what they are: Senseless.

If police arrest a guy for robbing a liquor store, it’s usually not a senseless crime. He wanted money. That was his motive. But when we witness a crime whose impetus puts us in a quandary, we lose our mind searching for a motive. We just have to make sense of what happened. Even if we arrive at a reason most can agree on, what have we learned? A vague piece of information that doesn’t prevent senseless crimes from happening again.

Finding the motive doesn’t bring back the dead, it only gets us into the morass of a madman’s head.

I’m less interested in his motive and more interested in the means that can be dealt with. Did he use a gun, a knife, a baseball bat or a car to inflict harm? That gives us a piece of information we can work with, not endless pieces of an erratic mind.

Do you think it’s of any comfort to the victims families that the perpetrator was diagnosed as being fed from the wrong breast by his mother and that’s the “reason” he went off the rails? Does that motive help police or psychologists prevent similar, senseless crimes in the future? The answer is an emphatic “No!”

Spending so much time searching for why a senseless act was committed will take us to our wits end, but won’t prevent it from happening again.

I guess my real message here is not about crime, punishment or derangement. It’s more about focusing on how vs. why. One gives us factual data, the other is just pie in the sky.

Trying to make sense of the senseless will drive you crazy and the only motive you’ll come up with will be extremely hazy. “How” will move you forward, but not “why.” It’ll only take you backwards and give you endless reasons to cry.

All the best,

John

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April 4, 2021

Imagination Is 20-20 – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 9:33 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 04-05-21.

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March 28, 2021

What Makes You Smile? – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:53 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 03-29-21.

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March 22, 2021

Running Interference

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 2:42 am

Reality 1098745 1920I was watching a biopic of comedian Robin Williams and I heard him say, “If you don’t interfere with yourself, you’re quite interesting.”

He was referring to the acting profession and how valuable it is to be authentically you, rather than putting on airs and spitting out lines that you just chewed.

His quote speaks volumes about how we interfere with our innate greatness, no matter what our station in life. We run interference for and justify our false self – the part of us that we made up and got comfortable with. That’s the facade we want the whole world to see.

There’s who we are and who we think we are. Who we think we are is the made up version. This is the part of us that tells us we have to be a certain way in order to win the day. Sadly, that advice keeps us in our own way. It interferes with our creative self, blocking it from coming through.

How great can you be? Get out of your own way and let yourself and the whole world see just how interesting you can be.

All the best,

John

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March 21, 2021

Getting Played By The Game – Recorded Version

Filed under: John Morgan's Blog — John Morgan @ 8:55 am

Here is the recorded version of the Grasshopper Note for the week of 03-22-21.

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