In my last two posts, I stated that we human beings almost always look for the solution to the problems and challenges we face in a place where the answer cannot be found, which is why so many find themselves faced with what appear to be unsolvable problems. I also stated that this results from a misunderstanding of the fundamental law of cause and effect. I concluded that if you want to be able to consistently resolve the challenges you face, you must learn to look at life and business from the proper perspective, which can be represented as: be –> do –> have. In other words, who you are being when you do whatever you do is what determines what you have.
So, if all you are ever seeing are the results of your past thoughts, the only way you can change what you will see in the future is to change your thoughts today. That’s the true meaning of cause and effect.
There are many areas where we struggle with this idea and resist making the necessary corrections. For example, let’s say you have a business and it’s not producing the results you want. Or let’s say you work in a business and you’re not making the amount of money you would like to make. Or finally, let’s say you’re in sales and not making the amount of sales you want to make to produce the income you want to produce. These are all very common circumstances.
If you’re in one of these situations or have ever been, what are the typical responses? Get a better marketing plan, come up with a better sales approach, hire more sales people, ask your boss for a raise, or just work harder or longer. Almost invariably, in circumstances like these, the solution is almost always to do something better or different. But again, this is about trying to find the solution in the world of effect and not in the world of cause.
In the world of cause, these circumstances are almost always the result of disempowering beliefs that you have about business and/or money. And in those arenas, there are so many invalid and disempowering beliefs that people have, it’s almost amazing that we produce any results at all.
Here are a few of the most common beliefs that people have that limit their ability to produce results: money is limited or scarce; it doesn’t grow on trees (this is one my father used to say to me all the time); you have to work hard; no pain no gain; it takes money to make money; you’re too old, young, or a woman; the pie is only so big; there’s a lot of competition; I’m at the effect of the economy; and too many cheap imports to contend with.
Here’s what’s true about all those statements: they are not “the truth.” They could be true, but they could just as easily not be true. The problem is that if you believe them to be true, you will create circumstances to prove yourself right. And then you become even more convinced that they are indeed true.
So, we spend our time trying to figure out what to do but that never provides a satisfactory solution. And this is exactly what your ego wants you to do, focus your energy in the world of the effects so you never confront what the real source of your problems are, your past thoughts, meaning, beliefs you decided on in the past that now need to be confronted and healed.
If you don’t like the movie you’re seeing, it’s not going to help to cut up the screen. You’ve got to go to work on the projector. In this case, you’re the projector and that’s where you need to be willing to do the work.