Motivational Monday #86 Friendly Harmony
Let all my external possessions be in friendly harmony with what is within.
For the ambitious among us I suspect there is a mental race that begins shortly after rising each morning. It’s a going-through of all the things that need to be done in the day coupled with a hope and desire that some, if not all, of those activities will result in some progress towards our financial goals.
And whilst its good to consider what you are planning to do in a day, that continual chasing after financial rewards can be mentally exhausting.
We mentally run ourselves ragged thinking ‘must make money, must make money’ when in fact that’s focusing on the outcome rather than the actions we should be taking to get to it.
Perhaps Plato has a better starting point for us: “Let all my external possessions be in friendly harmony with what is within”
It seems to me that one of the consequences of that line is that if we want to be rich on the outside then we need to be rich on the inside.
It’s also directing us to look at something much closer to hand.
Consider that financial riches come about as the consequence of our actions, the actions of others and probably a fair measure of fate and luck combined. Consequently our financial goals are actually quite removed from our direct influence.
On the other hand our internal richness comes about as a consequence of our attitude and the thoughts that we are thinking. Two things that are very much within our immediate reach.
So mentally running through a check list that relates to our internal richness might be a more positive way to start the day. By remembering the qualities and values that are important to us rather than wondering how we will achieve some far off goal, I think we will be mentally fresher and more positive.
By focusing on that which we can immediately influence we will feel a sense of empowerment and calmness. And by remembering those qualities and values we can take control of and make the choice to act in harmony with them.
When we feel in control we feel powerful and secure and to me that sounds like a great feeling to have first thing in the morning!
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Until next time, be successful!
Stephen HartDevelopment Specialist, Edenchanges.com PS I’d like to give a shout out to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park who ran a Greek themed day on Saturday 30 August 2014 and where I came across the above quote. When the weather’s good it’s a great place for a day out. I highly recommend it.