Monthly Archives: June 2012

Know How to Cause Things. Take Action.

23 June 2012, by A. Cedilla

Newton’s Third Law states that:

“To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction: or the forces of two bodies on each other are always equal and are directed in opposite directions.”

Forgetting that this is only one of a set of physical laws that laid out the foundations for classical mechanics, we generally get this wrong when it comes to people and situations, twisting it around to suit our purpose. “For every action, there is an opposite reaction,” or something close to it.

We interpret it to mean many things:

  • We take it to mean karma: You try anything and you fail, you get what you deserve.

Underneath this is a mind-set of fear. That if you break the unspoken rules whatever they are, in your family, in your office or in your relationships, by going after what you want, you deserve whatever bad thing happens next.

Here’s the thing: good things happen. Bad things happen. Everyday things happen every day. The deciding factor is your perspective. Are the possible bad things bigger than your capacity to overcome them? Are the good things going to stay forever?

  • We take it to mean avoidance: Nothing’s gonna change. Don’t waste your time.

Underneath is the threat to false safety. This is feeling safe with what you know, which is all that you know. You know how to handle it, you know it turns out, so why rock the boat? But if you only stick to ‘what you know’, you’re missing out on expanding your body of experience. You’re staying small by staying still.

  • We take it to mean hardship: The world is a hard place, and to get anywhere you have to be a hard person.

Underneath is self-doubt. What if you don’t measure up? Why the hell confirm what you’re half-afraid would be true anyway? Better not go poking around, who knows what may come out. By doing so, you don’t get to push yourself into finding out what you can do. And you don’t have to be hard, you just have to keep going. Continue reading Know How to Cause Things. Take Action.

Redefine Risk : Dare To Live Beyond What You Know

17 June 2012, by A. Cedilla

Risk is bad. Risk is scary. Risk should be avoided. It should be managed.

Dealt with.

Like with insurance — or investments. It says you can in the brochures, where on the very bottom, in small print, it states that the company is not liable for any losses incurred on the part of the policy holder.

When you look up the meaning of risk, you get the following:

1) Risk is the potential that a chosen action or activity (including the choice of inaction) will lead to a loss (an undesirable outcome).
2) It is the possibility of loss or injury

Too much of the time we tend to lump all sorts of risk under one category: To Be Avoided, Especially In This Economy.

But in truth, risk is all about taking chances with all that potential. And the key work is taking.

At the heart of it all, when you choose to take a risk you are wrestling with possibility.

  • You roll the dice on the belief that you can count on yourself getting through no matter what the outcome.
  • You’re betting on yourself eventually being bigger than what you’re thinking of taking on.
  • You’re taking the chance to create a better situation for yourself.

All growth comes from learning, and learning comes from exposure. Real learning doesn’t come form just taking in theory, it comes from real exposure–which entails risks: Continue reading Redefine Risk : Dare To Live Beyond What You Know