New Thinking – New Experience

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New Thinking brings New Experience

 

Have you recently changed your thinking about something, and noticed how your world opened up? New Thinking results in New Experience.

Last weekend I was one of the many people promoting a service and health based product at our local Mind Body Spirit Festival, which is held every six months at a multi-storied venue in the city. Stalls or cubicles are set up on the first two floors, with talks and workshops taking place on the third floor.

Regulars to the Festival feel a sense of familiarity with the layout and recognise many of the stall holders as they return each time, often to their same ‘space’. For a newcomer, the experience can be totally overwhelming! Imagine how much new thinking is stimulated, which results in new experience.

First, there is the sense of excitement, the hub-bub of sounds – conversation, music, general activity. The visual stimulation is intense. Posters, wall hangings, tables laden with enticing objects, the vibrant clothing and jewellery people are wearing. Your sense of smell is awakened, by the aroma of foods in the food area, fragrances of massage oils, soaps and other products.

So much to see, so many services and products on offer, so many people searching for who knows what? If you came with a particular purpose in mind, it is easy to fulfill your mission and leave feeling satisfied. But what if you had no idea what you were ultimately looking for? A vague sense of wanting something, hoping you would know what it was once it was in front of you.

I met people for whom all of these situations were true.

On the first day I was stationed at our stall, waiting for people to pass by, hoping to interest them in what we had to offer. Many times, these people had a dazed look about them, not wanting to be ‘accosted again’ by a zealous stall holder determined to bend their ear about the “next best thing”. They looked harried, overstimulated, tired, in need of a reassuring hug and a still quiet place to recover their equilibrium. Perhaps new thinking was too active resulting in too many new experiences.

I did not particularly enjoy the hours ‘attached’ to the stall. I did not feel that I created enough opportunities to serve, to offer anything of value to these people who were obviously searching for ‘something’, yet trying to escape from feeling cornered.

Overnight, I realised that my experience would change when my attitude and actions changed. I welcomed new thinking and new experiences. I decided to ‘be the change’, and spent the morning as a Roving Ambassador of Goodwill. I set out to meet each stall holder, to find out who they were, where they came from, what they were offering, and how I could meet any of their needs with what I was offering.

Guess what? I met so many interesting and lovely people! I handed out small samples as an energy exchange. I practiced the art of receiving too, accepting compliments and any snippets of advice or information. The experience was priceless.

Someone suggested to me that I could host my own stall next time – as a Roving Ambassador of Goodwill. It is a thought! Meanwhile, I shall keep practicing the technique: New Thinking leads to New Experiences.

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Two Most Essential Questions

2015-06-20 15.53.48Aha! Moments don’t always hit you over the head like a sledge hammer. Sometimes a realisation grows with quiet certainty, until it becomes defined as “I get it!” This happened for me during the course of the past week.

Since I can remember I have loved reading and writing stories. In more recent years this love of creative writing led me to learn about Blogging. I invested in and completed countless online courses and webinars which fed my yearning to learn more, to express myself and to share my knowledge and ideas.

Somewhere in all of this, life became busy, priorities shifted, I wrote less and less.

I lost my ‘WHY’.

I have a number of people to thank for nudging me back onto my Passion Path. This week, one of them was Ray Higdon, the presenter of the blogger’s course The 3 Minute Expert.

Ray was talking about the I.L.T. method.

We are our greatest investments. For our own growth and nourishment we need to Invest in ourselves – attending courses, seminars and relevant events. We need to seek out coaching and mentoring. In this way we are Investing and Learning , enhancing our own personal growth and prospering.

Then we need to Teach what we have learned.

When we attend events and take notes, what value do we place in our study notes? Do we throw them in a corner after the course or event, or do we study and learn from them?

The Two Most Essential Questions that arise are:

  • What will I implement?
  • What will I teach?

You see, Ray Higdon believes that the notes that you take and don’t teach are un-cashed checks.

I realise that I have hours and hours of hand written notes, worth literally millions of dollars. At least a few readers may find some of this information inspiring or interesting.

My Aha! Moment? I could possibly help someone else to experience an Aha! Moment of their own just by sharing what I have learned.

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