In Part 1, I shared with you the principle of Cause and Effect and how it exists in every aspect of our daily living. When our “norm” gets disrupted, we can feel disoriented and fearful. We talked about ways to bring yourself back into a sense of normalcy, of balance and calm. And in the 2nd installment, we looked at approaches when change is not under your control, yet it still affects you. What can you learn from those opportunities?
If nothing ever changed . . . well, there would be no need to exercise new thought, no need to grow. But because the world is ever evolving, and our life is constantly changing, sometimes, disruption is needed to get us out of our stagnant pools of complacency.
In this last installment on Cause and Effect, I am going to turn the tables a bit.
When might you NOT want to go back to your quiet, comfortable “normal”? What if you wittingly introduced change into your situation for the purpose of bringing about a different, and hopefully positive, effect?
I propose to you that if your pool is stagnant, if you are complacent . . . or if something is blocking your way forward . . . then it may be time to churn it up a bit and bring some chaos into your life – on purpose!
You already learned about EGO and how it loves stasis – homeostasis – for things to be the same. Always. Its job is to always bring you “home” to the normal status.
But what if your “normal status” is no longer serving you well?
In a world that is constantly changing, our pathways and our visions for our future must likewise morph.
If we want to move forward – say, get a better job, explore a new career field, or get married – then we MUST introduce some new thoughts, beliefs and actions into our “norm” to get us there! Simply put, it means getting out of our comfort zone and voyaging into the unknown.
I wonder how you might apply the principle of Cause and Effect to making conscious decisions as you move forward into your life?
Ted (not his real name) always had a lot of energy and creativity. His employers over the years loved his work ethic and his personality. Over time, however, Ted became frustrated; he felt he was getting stagnant and that his life was passing him by. He came to the realization that his dream was to own his own business. But it meant leaving a secure wage with benefits and longevity . . . it meant putting a LOT of his family resources at risk to take the leap of faith.
EGO wanted him to stay where he was. Don’t rock the boat, it told him. Play it safe.
One day, the company was sold and Ted found himself out of work. The more he looked for a new job, the more his heart told him this was the opportunity he’d been waiting for.
He decided to jump out of the frying pan, and into the fire, as they say. He started his own business! And he’s never been happier. So . . . did he do it haphazardly? Certainly not. He was very methodical and structured in his approach. Did he have all the answers? Certainly not. But he knew in his gut, he could do this.
Even though a situation occurred outside his control that threw him into this mode, Ted decided to throw some “gasoline on the fire, so to speak. Making this decision put even more pressure on him. There was a seemingly, never-ending list of things he had to do and so much he had to learn. He invited Chaos into his life and has never looked back.
Understand, there are times you want to come back to a sense of balance . . . and then there are times when you want to purposely adjust the state of the system, to shake things up, to bring about a NEW NORM. Disruption brings chaos – and then you find calm again.
The reality is, EVERYTHING around us is changing! We can be an active part in that or not; but either way, we will be affected by the changes.
I encourage you to continue to examine, observe and make slight modifications so that you can do more than just survive – so that you can thrive!
I’m not talking about being just like everyone else. It never turns out well when we try to “keep up with the Joneses.” I’m talking about growing and evolving as a person so that you can remain a vital, active part of the world in which you live.
Anytime you try something new, you understand it’s going to be uncomfortable. Ego is going to want to hold you back – to put you back in the comfort zone. And you also understand that Chaos might just be your next best friend. You KNOW it, you FEEL it. You have to do this THING. And the TIME is NOW.Let’s dance with Chaos! Let’s go out and create something grand today!
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