I talked about my vivid dream before and last night was no exception.
This time though, I didn’t need to look up Google for dream interpretation.
My last night dream had many people in it.
My parents, my siblings, my best friend from Uni and someone I exclusively trusted to look after my young siblings while I was away.
I had to rescue them from my mum (ha – I don’t know what to make of that one!).
I could write a whole novel about it.
What the dream led me to though is a well-renowned clinical psychologist I came across.
During the interview, he said it’s harder to work through issues with smart people.
Because when he explains the impending issues that need addressing, the smart people would often respond with:
No way, that can’t be right.
Smart people believe they’re so smart that they know the answers to the issues and deny what the psychologist suggests to be appropriate to address.
The psychologist then takes smart people to their dreams.
Because apparently, our dreams can’t lie.
My last night dream is a testimony to his statement. It was telling me something I’ve known all along but refuse to listen.
But I’m not here to talk about me and my dreams.
I want to talk about your life. The one that makes you wonder why you don’t get what you always want.
Let’s see if I can convince you and make you feel motivated a teeny-weeny bit.
Here are two things I’d like you to consider today.
How You Do Something
How you do something is often how you do everything.
You might think your one isolated action is just that. Isolated. It doesn’t represent who you are.
Let’s think about that for a moment.
Is it unreasonable to assume a person with a messy desk is bad at organising her life?
Can one uncharitable comment on social media be completely out of character?
If we hate our job, is it perfectly justifiable to approach our duty halfheartedly because if it’s some other job we actually like, we’d be working hard?
It’s easy to justify our not-well-thought-out action because we believe it’s just one thing.
But it’s not about one thing. It’s never been about one thing. And never will.
Even if you hate your job, what if you work really hard? Be the best at the job you have right now?
Your manager struggles with his workload. Can you offer a helping hand?
Your colleagues complain about her job. What if you take over some responsibilities?
The more you’re open to helping others, the more opportunities open up.
You may be expected to do one or two things with your role, but by helping others, you learn to do several things.
You become a go-to person among your colleagues and your boss. Your reputation widely spreads as a versatile and reliable person.
You become indispensable within the organisation.
With more responsibilities, your morale and sense of fulfilment are elevated. Your ability expands.
You become eager to contribute and establish a positive environment in the workplace, uplifting people around you and improving others’ lives by cultivating a collectively better working environment.
Your one action never ends there and then. You have a great chance to influence someone positively every day.
It all starts wherever you are right now with how you do something.
When You Do Everything
When you do everything you say you’re going to do every day, you’ll get everything you say you’re going to get.
You’ll get everything you say you’re going to get!
But what’s more appealing?
You already know what needs to be done to get everything you say you’re going to get.
You aren’t stupid, either.
You’re fully aware of the trade-off. You just have to do everything you say you’re going to do every day.
Easy peasy, right?
So, you lay out your grand plan with an elaborate daily schedule.
Off you go.
You become excited about things you’ll get.
All the while, you never forget your trade-off. So, you diligently tick off your to-do list each day.
It then slowly morphs into a weekly thing while the deal with “everything you say you’re going to get…” hasn’t changed one bit.
Here’s the thing.
The deal is in the continuity of both ends of the bargain.
When things don’t work out, you feel resentful about everything around you, forgetting that you’ve stopped your end of the bargain.
The truth is, you don’t get to demand a deal to be honoured while trailing off on yours.
Can you think about the way you do one thing today?
Even as little as making your bed in the morning.
Because that one thing represents how you do everything.
You don’t feel like washing your dishes after dinner. What else do you let stack up because you don’t feel like doing?
Maybe you didn’t set out to have a day like that when you woke up in the morning.
You were aware of both ends of the deal.
During the day, you began trailing off one side of the deal.
What you say you’re going to get is worthwhile to pursue.
You know this.
You also know you’re going to get it.
Otherwise, you wouldn’t have conceived the idea in the first place.
Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.
– Napoleon Hill
Do one thing as you would do everything.
Make your one day a collection of many one things so you’ll get everything you say you will.
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