This post is an important reminder to reconnect with your ambition, and use it for the good of everyone. After all, what good are your talents if you aren’t maximising them?
Youthful ambitions can be forgotten over time. I was recently inspired on meeting with an old friend and hearing how their ambition was still strong, vibrant and alive. Too often we can forget our dreams and get stuck on autopilot, just getting by. Many of us were excited as 10-year-olds, full of plans for what-we-want-to-be-when-we-grow-up, but what happens now your are grown up? Are you living the life today that you dreamed of 25, 10 or even five years ago?
The first stage production I ever saw was Peter Pan, the story of a boy whose dreams were a vibrant reality, and it inspired me watching the actors flying around the stage. In the 1991 film Hook, Robin Williams played a grown-up Peter who had forgotten how to fly and had to relearn his soaring skills (“look Wendy! I can fly!”).
There is a comic Biblical episode about the pagan prophet Bilaam who tries to curse the Hebrews but every time he opens his mouth, a blessing comes out. By this point the Children of Israel have been in the desert for 40 years and they are a long way from their ‘childhood’ – more like the Adults of Israel. Many of those adults had become stagnant, cynical and disillusioned with life.
Bilaam tries to speak a curse but unwittingly says “How goodly are your tents, O Jacob” (Numbers 24:5), which we could translate into English as “How Amazing Is Your Life!” (Californian translation; “Your Are Awesome/Amazeballs”).
How amazing is your life right now? Sometimes it takes an outsider to point it out. We can get easily lost in the hustle of everyday reality, and forget about the blessings that are around us.
Bilaam takes it one stage deeper: “Those who bless you are blessed and those who curse you are accursed” (Numbers 24:9). This is very similar to something that was heard many years earlier from God to Abraham: ‘I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who curse you’ (Genesis 12:3). Bilaam talks about giving blessings, Abraham heard about receiving blessings, but either way it is a reminder to tap into our wider potential.
What does it mean to be a blessing? Personally, this is at the core of my work as an Optimizer. Reminding people that they have inner strengths, skills and talents. Helping people overcome the blocks that stop us from playing using our talents to maximum effect. That is getting effective, getting back in-flow and getting optimized.
What is your deep, inner blessing?
What is your blessing?
Where can you be great?
The majority of people start with big dreams, then grow up, get married, have kids, get stuck in life, wake up at the age of 40 and say ‘what happened?’. Today, kindle the dreams of your youth. Remember the true power that you have inside, and unleash onto the world. How Amazing is Your Life.
HOW TO APPLY THIS IN THE BOARDROOM: Are you suffering from ‘Mission Drift’? Why did you get into this in the first place? What was your original vision? Tap back into it and take positive steps today towards achieving your goal.
HOW TO APPLY THIS ON THE MEDITATION CUSHION: Meditate on ‘What is my dream?’ or ‘What am on this planet to accomplish?’
HOW TO APPLY THIS ON THE YOGA MAT: Notice where you have ‘settled’ for something in your body. Where are you not experiencing or exercising your true power? Today, work harder in your asana practice, go deeper and unleash the lion-power within. Choose a powerful standing pose and enjoy it to the full.
Based on Parsha Balak; a personal interpretation.
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