The mind

Our minds are immensely more powerful than we can possibly realise until we choose or are forced to test it.

If you need some convincing then take a look at the film Charged about the true life story of Eduardo Garcia, who survived an electric shock of 2,400 volts and cancer. Obviously to survive a shock of that magnitude is amazing, however, what is more amazing is the recovery from the injuries and from then discovering cancer on top.

He shows that the power of the mind is what enabled this truly amazing recovery.

Our minds are capable of more than we can imagine if we are prepared to allow it and embrace it, there can be no underestimating a positive mindset and what that is capable of achieving.

This story was one of extreme but it could easily be applied to far less extreme situations in our day to day life. The story also enables us all to realise just how incredibly fortunate we all are and how grateful we could choose to be for everything we have.

Many say we can not create these life and death situations artificially so that we can live life differently. This is true, however, we can practice and enable ourselves over time to change our thinking through the power of positive thought. We can learn to be truly grateful for what we have and to live a life that focuses on what really matters, as unlike our TV or fridge we are not delivered into this world with a warranty, we do not know what is around the corner for any of us.

Two kinds of credibility

There are two kinds of credibility.

If we say out loud to the world that we are going to do something and then we don’t, then that’s kind of OK once or twice, but do it regularly and we start to become less credible as time goes on. To the point that we are no longer trusted to deliver.

There is a second kind of credibility that is much more damaging and that is the credibility that we have inside our heads. So whether we announce it to the world or we say it inside our own heads, the damage is just as bad if we continue not to do the things, we tell ourselves or others, that we are going to do.

Repairing our credibility with others has to come from repairing our own inner self-belief and that is a hard task.

Showing up is not always easy, there are many factors involved and the lesson perhaps is to volunteer for less and make sure that the one thing we do say we’re going to do, we do. Furthermore, perhaps best to say nothing at all and just get it done. After all, we can then say we have done it instead of I am going to do it.

The underlying problem is our society measures our worth or value by what we achieve/do and therefore there is far too much pressure to be constantly doing things in order to fit in and to be a worthy person. Hence we often over promise or over volunteer.

Credibility starts within us.