I’ve Been Reading – ‘You Can Become the Person You Want to Be’ by Robert H Schuller
As a writer, I am an avid reader. I believe I share this trait with many of my fellow writers and authors from around the world. And as a person whose mantra is “Sharing inspiration through the world of words”, this is another way I get to continue in my journey of connecting the world of words with you.
I was introduced to Robert H.Schueller in a local book store Haslam’s. Robert H. Schuller is a author of 37 books,six of which were on the NY Times and Publishers Weekly best sellers lists. Some of the include Tough Times Never Last but Tough People Do (1983), Thomas Nelson (ISBN 978-0-8407-5287-1), The Be-Happy Attitudes, and Living Positively One Day at a Time.
One of the books I found and read is “You can Become the Person You Want to Be”
Here’s a few points in the book that stuck out to me:
Consider your possibilities – It states, “Do not consider the resources you have on hand. Consider the resources that are available in the world! Because you do not have the time, talent, money, brains, skill, energy or organization is NO excuse for not trying if your cause is right!
Teresa’s Tidbit: I hear two things here in this statement. 1) Many times we allow ourselves to become short sighted as to what our resources are…however, if we consider the resources available in the WORLD, not just in our own network, boy, doesn’t that open the door to more possibilities. YES! 2) Just because you (or I) may not possess all the things (time, energy, money, skill, etc) in order to get something done, it doesn’t mean we can’t TRY to get there. It just means we may need to re-think the how we may get it done.
Creativity is related to deep relaxation – Schuller states, “The very word “work” generates pressure-producing tension. Work means responsibility. This implies accountability, which in turn produces sub-conscious creative blocking tension. The word “game” suggests freedom from responsibility which implies exciting race running, and risk taking (within boundaries that are quite safe). “…Consider a mind-set that results from the “game attitude”.
Teresa’s Tidbit: First, I have to say I love the first line, “creativity is related to deep relaxation”. I know for me when I’m writing, I am in the element and it just makes my heart sing. Even as I’m typing this blog post, I’ve got Pandora on my computer, jamming to tunes from the 1990’s, 2000’s and feeling so blissful! I do agree about what Schuller implies by not allowing the want to get our purpose out to the world become a tension creating task but rather coming from a place of freedom and joyfulness. However, I do feel that with our purpose comes some bit of responsibility but it’ wrapped in the intention of love and kindness.
Turn Fear from a Negative into a Positive ForceHe states, “Make your fears work for you—not against you.”
Here’s a few affirmations or statements about fear you can use:
“Fear not that you might fail…fear rather that you will never succeed”
“Fear not that you might be hurt…fear rather that you will never grow”.
“Fear not that you might love or lose…fear rather that you might never love at all.”
Teresa’s Tidbit Fear has been one of my greatest teachers over the past few years. And each time I meet my fear instead of running away from it, I not only learn something new about myself, I grow deeper in my own knowing of who I am. One of my recent expressions of this was when I attended a burlesque (yes, I wrote BURLESQUE) dance class. I hadn’t taken any type of dance or workout class in many years. As I sat in my car before the class my ego was screaming at me, “are you really going to try and do this?” “you are going to make a fool of yourself in front of these other ladies who are probably skinnier and in better shape than you!”. I acknowledged my fear and my ego and went into the class. You know what, I had a great time! I didn’t allow my fear to be a part of something I wanted to do stop me from doing it. And from this class, I was able to meet some lovely ladies and burned some calories while learning some pretty awesome dance moves! WHOOHOO!
I appreciate the works of Robert H. Schuller for his positive outlook in a world that can shift our mindset to become fear based and creating negative beliefs that keep us from showcasing our universal purpose in the world.
How are you choosing to become the person you want to be? I’d love to hear from you.