Last week I had the honor and privilege of doing a podcast with Dr. Paul Jenkins, Mountain West Chapter National Speaker’s Association President . I am now part of what he calls his “human collection” of other guests. You can find him on Live On Purpose Radio: http://liveonpurposeradio.com/. Our recording will be posted in a couple of weeks.
I also read his book Pathological Positivity three times! I highly recommend it!
Life is a total challenge in battling the positive and negative influences in life. We talked about what he teaches as well of some of my experiences with those concepts. I am reminded of a speech I gave recently. Here’s the digest version:
“What is it you want, Mary? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. ”
Have you ever seen “It’s a Wonderful Life”?
Lasso the moon is a metaphor for dream big. George Bailey, the main character was a positive dreamer.
I like to dream big. Do you? Don’t we all aspire to do meaningful things? To leave our mark in the world? Is it building skyscrapers like George Bailey, writing a book, building a business and career?
Have you ever had anyone ask you “what makes you think you can do that?” Have you noticed that in life we struggle with the negative and the positive? The “cans” and the “cannots”. When you are a dreamer you have to protect it from negative influences that will sap it, steal it and kill it.
Sometimes those influences come from other people. Sometimes they come from the whispering angel on our right shoulder with messages of “you can, you are a child of God”! And sometimes it’s the shouting little devil on the other shoulder with, well let’s just say, the opposite message.
Voices are choices. Which ones are really looking out for you? The one that says live your life to the fullest or the one that says “hide, stop, be afraid, you can’t”?
Don’t hide. Don’t stop. Dreaming without action is just day dreaming and negative voices can stop action if we let them. Dreaming with action is power, its force, its imagination, its determination, its will power. And it is momentum, the best tactic for fending off those negative influences. So get out your lasso and capture the moon.
Remember voices are choices!
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