Getting ones direction in life and business can be as simple as 1, 2 3 or as difficult as 1 to 1M. It's up to each one of us to decide our own direction. Do we want to keep it simple or do we want to make it difficult? Who knows! On any given day the wind could blow either way, couldn't it? Or maybe the wind makes no difference at all and it's about something else. Ok so that's sounding esoteric and it is meant to sound like that - just saying! It's what pondering is all about, or is it?
Today while out hiking in the North Phoenix Mountain Preserve I observed a bunch of stacked rocks along the trails. I knew what that was all about because it's a game I used to teach groups of kids on nature hikes. Somebody took their time today to teach the kids how to 'mark' their direction to get safely back to their starting point. And the kids probably had fun stacking up those rocks! I saw all kinds of configurations - pretty fun stuff to observe & it brought back lots of good memories - lots! And one of these days I'll tell you about the big mud fight for kids - talk about fun with kids that was FUN!
Pondering about Stacked Rocks
It got me to pondering like Michael Jacobs sometimes does on Sunday! This is exactly what we do in the real estate industry for newer agents or those agents (or any business) that lose their direction along their path. Give them good directions and suggest they keep it simple or not. It's their choice.
I've long thought that there are 2 kinds of people - 1 Folks who know they can make stuff happen and Just Do It (JDI) and 2 Folks that fret about making stuff happen and put out gazillion excuses why they can't. Plus I will add the 2nd group makes up all kinds of stories in their minds and they try to convince other folks it's all true as well. And it's easy to tell what direction most folks decide to take. It's also easy to spot what group we're hanging in if we're being honest with ourself! Yes it is - just listen the story you're telling yourself!
For most of us humans there are times when we go in both directions at once and get lost. Group 1 Folks get out of the hole they dug ASAP and don't go all nuts about being stuck and they feel great. Group 2 Folks dig a deeper hole, tell themselves more made up stories and continue to feel bad. For Group 2 folks it's really a matter of learning to begin thinking differently as well as creating new actions that will compel them out of the hole they dug. It's not easy to make those shifts (and yes I know I said it's easy as 1,2,3 but it will become easy with practice) ok so where was I in my pondering process.....it's not easy at first to change thought patterns one has had for years and it's not easy to stop telling stories that make things impossible and make you feel bad. Is it? Or isn't it?
So next time you 'get stuck or lose your direction, think of the kids out stacking up rocks and having lots of fun along the path. And remember you can keep re-stacking your rocks as often as needed and have fun doing it! The trick is to enjoy your journey along your path. Just Do It!
Here we go ...pondering about rocks on this beautiful Sunday. Thanks Michael Jacobs ! Way more words than needed for pondering...but that's what happens when one ponders!
Until next time let's take a hike and stack up those rocks!
Pondering Rock Sunday...
Anna "Banana" Kruchten
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