Always do your best…….knowledge and beliefs are good for us to use as guidelines, as long as we don’t become attached to them. Every now and then, it is important to examine our beliefs, and our knowledge to ensure that they are relevant and still serving us. Because if the only thing that increases is our attachment to what we know; then it narrows our ability to see life as it truly is…..thus limiting our potential. When we become attached to a belief or a rule we become blind to the signs that tell us it is time to change them. With awareness we can see how fragile and transient beliefs, ideas, and rules can be……and how important it is to ensure that we change them as our world changes.
Ultimately we are what we think, and what we think is a reflection of what we hold in our heart. So examine your thoughts carefully, edit when judgement enters the room, delete when beliefs no longer serve you, be willing to let go of your attachment to how things should be done. When you take inventory, think about how often you defend your beliefs, how frequently you reject anything that doesn’t line up with what you already know……and most importantly when was the last time you listened to another point of view……really listened to understand? It is a sign of strength to make changes when necessary, because we cannot become what we need to be, by remaining what we are.
Don Miguel Ruiz Jr. said “If my attachment to what I know blinds me to all the available options, then my knowledge is controlling me; it is controlling my intention, and it is creating my personal dream for me. But with awareness of my attachments comes the opportunity to take back that control and to live as I choose. Looking at the story of your life, do you take action as dictated by your attachment to knowledge, or do you use knowledge to take an action based on the awareness of your present moment. Is knowledge controlling you, or are you controlling knowledge?”
By Lisa Scott Executive Coach