LOVE ALL OF IT
I sat for a while staring at the
computer screen. I couldn't write. Not even a sentence. It had been a
week since I started to write a new book but I had nothing. Each
December I write a new book and it usually flows well, but not this
time. This time I was filled with fear.
Fear that I would disappoint the people who enjoyed my other books. Fear that I couldn't live up to the success of The Energy Bus. Fear that people would say my best writing was behind me. Fear that I would write a piece of junk.
I knew I had to
conquer this fear and in that moment I was filled with thoughts that
would not only help me overcome my fears but also become a significant
lesson in the book I was writing, The Carpenter.
I realized the
antidote to fear is love. So instead of the fear of failing I decided to
focus on my love of writing, my love for the reader, and my desire to
make a difference. From that moment on the book flowed, I wrote it in 2
1/2 weeks and discovered that if you focus on love, you will cast out
Today I want to
encourage you to do the same and build your life, work, business,
school, project and team with love instead of fear. Remind yourself that
if you aren’t building it with love it won’t become all that it can be.
Only through love will you create something special, magnificent and
compelling. Only through love will you build a masterpiece.
So if you are
trying to build a business focus on the love you have of building it
rather than the fear of losing it. If you work at a school focus on
loving your students instead of fearing all the new testing standards.
If you are a young athlete, dancer, musician or artist, focus on your
love of playing and performing instead of your fear of failing. Worrying
about the outcome and what people think will steal your joy and
sabotage your success but loving and appreciating the moment will
energize you and enhance your performance.
And if you are a
coach or manager building a team, remember that that whatever you try
to build with fear will eventually crumble. But that which is built with
love will endure. If you build your team with love they will become
more and do more than you ever thought possible.
Most of all, as you build with love, know that
you will face many challenges and negative forces that can shift your
focus back to fear if you let it. When this happens decide to LOVE ALL
OF IT. When you love all of it you will fear none of it.
Love the struggle because it makes you appreciate your accomplishments.
Love challenges because they make you stronger.
Love competition because it makes you better
Love negative people because they make you more positive.
Love those who have hurt you because they teach you forgiveness.
Love fear because it makes you courageous.
The secret to life and the greatest success strategy of all is to love all of it and fear none of it.
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