I have learned many wonderful truths in my lifetime. The principles that I know, give me great guidance, direction and peace in my own personal life. But, perhaps there is no principle more important than this one. If you want to be able to release all of the ability that you have in your power and possession, you must learn to live a stable, non-reactionary, committed life. Perhaps an illustration will help.
If you wanted to build a fence around a piece of property, there are certain things that you would need to do in order to insure success. You would begin by digging a hole deep enough for your fence posts to stand in securely. You would then fill the holes with concrete and set the posts in the middle, being careful not to disturb them while the concrete was drying. This would insure that the concrete could harden around the posts and make them secure.
Once the concrete has hardened and is set, it is important to test the posts to make sure they are secure enough by strongly shaking them. If they are set correctly, they will not budge. If however, you were able to shake them loose, you would have to start the process over again and I can tell you from personal experience, that is no fun!
Now, if you were the fencepost you might be confused. First you were to remain very still, and then you were roughly shaken. You might wonder what was going on! Why was it so important for you to stand still and now why is it so important for you to be severely shaken? The answer lies in the fact that all of that is a necessary process in setting up a fence post and it is a necessary process in life as well. Let me give you several other examples to show you what I am talking about.
If you are having trouble going to sleep at night, just make a commitment to read one chapter of a good book before you go to bed. You certainly have the ability to do that. However, your decision sets the process in motion. Now you will discover how stable you are in your commitment as the shaking begins! You will be amazed at the number of interruptions that come up to keep you from your commitment. And you will be so sleepy you will hardly be able to keep your eyes open!
Are you single? Make a commitment not to date anyone for six months. Commit to using that time to work on any personal issues you may have. Work on yourself in the area of personal development in order to grow to become someone who is healthy and ready for a relationship. Once you have made a firm commitment to not date anyone for six months, hang on! You will not believe what will happen! In just a matter of days, the seemingly perfect man or perfect woman, will come into your life. Your commitment will be severely shaken and tested.
You may think that I have completely lost my mind, but I am telling you that this principle of developing stability in your own life will be the issue that is attacked and challenged more than any other one you will face.
One more example: Decide to go on a fast from eating all food for three days. (I promise that you will not die!) A 3-day fast is not only healthy for you medically, but it also gives your body a chance to rest, recover and heal itself. Fasting is a proven method for healing your body. (Of course, I realize that some people are not able to fast for medical reasons. But, for the most part, a 3-day fast is a great experience for anyone.)
After you have made that decision and commitment, you will suddenly be aware that every other commercial on television is a food commercial. Someone will call and want to treat you to dinner. Your family will throw a surprise party for you that includes all your favorite foods.
Do you get the idea? Do you see what I am saying? Things like this will happen to see how strong your commitment is and to test your resolve and stability.
I have lived long enough to observe that most people cannot make a decision and stick to it. They are like tumbleweeds waiting for the wind to blow to determine which direction they want to go. Making a decision and putting your heart, mind, soul and ability into it, will change the direction of your whole life. But, it will only be released by your stability and sticking to what you commit to for a period of time.
Well, there you have it! One of the most important truths I have learned in my whole life. If you practice this, you will soon be amazed not only at the interruptions that come into your life, but also by the power that is released through your stability.
I wish I could be with you while you are observing and learning how this principle works! You will be a much better person for practicing it in your own life! I promise!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm
Reprinted with permission from the “Tip of the Week”. To subscribe for the free “Tip of the Week” please go to http://www.personalityinsights.com and receive Dr. Rohm’s weekly Tip every Monday morning.