This past week I conducted multiple self-improvement talks to adult audiences in both social and business settings. While most in attendance still maintained a level of optimism about creating changes to improve their life, twenty days in the new year, they were already skeptical to control the conditions necessary for the changes. Yes, they are on a seesaw of emotions. How do you see yourself in this discussion on creating an unstoppable you? Are you floating between moments of 'yes, I can' versus 'I can't do it'?
I possess a level of curiosity about living a limitless life that is militant to 'average people.' Since my teen years, I have sought ideas, strategies, styles and role models of how to live life on my own terms. It's a tough road to travel since the dominant cultural theme is to learn to accept ourselves as limited, as a consequence of forces beyond our control. This dominant culture mindset has often been reinforced by Reinhold Niebuhr's famous 'Serenity Prayer':
God, grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
This prayer was on my mind when I had the opportunity to respond to a question posed to me by a workshop participant. The question was how to you stay so confident in your ability to create change in yourself, and others? I quickly explained that years of living has taught me to never spend time on changing others. Instead, I offer support to others once they share their desired destiny and commitment to traveling an unfamiliar journey. I, then share insights into my mindset, which is an amendment to Mr. Niebuhr's 'Serenity Prayer',
Glenn's Power Prayer:
God, thank you for granting me
authority and power to create change,
Courage to change the things
inconsistent with my purpose, self-vision and goals,
And wisdom to know the difference between choices
that will power me up or power me down.
This power prayer should serve as a constant reminder that you are equipped to make the seemingly impossible happen. Yes, within you, lies a switch to turn your power off or on. I urge you to turn it on and leave it on. You will be fascinated by the things you manifest as the result of this powerful approach to living.
My challenge for you this week:
Memorize Glenn's Power Prayer and keep a copy in your purse or wallet.
Make a list of things (or people) you view as powering you down from becoming the best you.
Under each item, write a statement on how you will use your power and authority to create change.
Display copies of this list in prominent places for frequent viewing.
When you learn to reinforce your authority and power to create self-change, you will be able to become unstoppable, maintain an attitude of "Yes, I can!", and turn your power on and keep it on!