Hammers and Nails: Framing Challenges

By: Kenrick Cleveland..


"When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be." -Patanjali (author and yogi)

I've heard it said that if you go around life as a hammer, all the challenges you come up against become nails. This, to me, is one of those beliefs that limits us and prevents growth on conscious and unconscious levels, preventing ust from becoming all that we can be.

The good news is, if you feel like a hammer, all that needs to happen is for there to be a shift in attitude. The doing is effortless once the shift happens. It's phenomenal.

So, Kenrick, what the heck are you talking about now? I'll tell you. I'm talking about if the way you've viewed challenges in the past is not working for you, then a shift is in order. Would you agree with that assertion? We all know Albert Einstein's definition of insanity which is when we do the same thing over and over and expect different results.

When we're children, we learn quickly that knives are sharp, irons and stoves are hot and we avoid making the same mistakes over and over again. Well, what happens when we're adults? We ignore the deep knowing and continue to hammer away at things in ways that don't work for us.

In all of the relationships we have, we make decisions. And in those decisions, we continually act as a hammer, banging away at the world of nails. Why are we so stuck? Habit. Apathy. Laziness. Good thing for us that now that we kno, we can change it.

My approach in life is that I am a magician and everything in my life is a opportunity to create what I want, what will be best for me, for my family, for my students, what will bring the most good to what I do in life.

I didn't always know I had this ability to create what surrounds me. Because of this, I wasn't always happy in life. There was a lot of trial and error and stumbling because I always believed, as I had been taught, that work is hard, good things come through struggle. Once I gave up on that notion and decided that all good things come easy to me, I realized I was able to receive good things easily. I began to create my universe full of pleasure, joy, and success, none of which are 'hard work'. I realized almost in the blink of an eye, that the one thing I was struggling against was myself and the limitations I imposed upon myself.

Are you so attached to being a hammer? Or do you think there's something else, something expansive and empowered that you can be instead?

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Kenrick Cleveland teaches techniques to earn the business of affluent clients using persuasion. He runs public and private seminars and offers home study courses and coaching programs in persuasion techniques.

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