Many people complain about their work situation, the money they are making and the way their business is going, but often there is a huge sense of limitation coming from within.
I recently had to stop looking at my Facebook feed. The relentless ticker tape of people’s personal news reel had started feeling toxic as many of the posts were either blame or complain. An average day included updates about people’s frustration over missed buses, traffic jams, inattentive waiters, flaccid politicians, under performing employees – blame, blame, complain. Is this really what we want to fill our mind with?
My teacher Eric Kingston continually reminds me about the power of perspective. As an anti-malaria poster tells us that by the time you read this paragraph, “one child in Africa has died
from malaria – hard to imagine isn’t it?”(1). During this paragraph-reading, someone somewhere was also killed, a baby was born, people made love (some of them will hopefully still be going after this article) and somewhere people are suffering and hungry. With 6 billion people on our planet, perspective really is important. As we focus on our petty frustrations over what isn’t working, and blame others, we lose the power to see the bigger picture. In losing the bigger picture, we surrender the power to realise our potential.
Many religions miss the underlying energy of traditional narratives. When we read “do not imitate the practices of Egypt…I am God” (Leviticus 18:3), we might just get stuck at the surface level of remembering not to build pyramids, indulge in sorcery or carve sphinxes on our front lawn. The ancient words can be read on a far deeper level. They are referring to an inner practice. in the original Hebrew, ‘Egypt’ represents ‘limitation’. Try reading the sentence as “do not limit your thinking, do not limit the scope of your powers…you are part of God”. How does that feel? Can you now see a new possibility for stepping into your power?
It is easier to blame than to take responsibility. One management coach says “stop blaming and start aiming” (2). Blaming, however is so much more comfortable! If I sit and point the finger at others, I don’t have to deal with my pain and actually take real action; I just get complain. Complaining is an existential cigarette allowing me to take the pressure off without having to take action.
You are part of an infinite universe. You can tap into a Higher Power that is part of your birthright. You can transform your business, transform your life and step into something greater right now. You are free to create your life from whatever you imagine. JFK told the American people that “For of those to whom much is given, much is required.”. Do you want to step into your greatness, or complain about a missed bus?