By Casey Grey
It’s important to understand.
Only when we understand a person are we truly able to serve them.
Only when we understand some “thing” are we truly able to use it to it’s fullest capability.
It you want to serve somebody, you need to understand them.
If you want to use some “thing” to its fullest capability, you need to understand it.
But in order to understand, you need to stop judging.
When you judge something or someone, you are no longer seeking to understand. Your mind will be seeking to prove it’s judgement.
That goes for understanding yourself as well. Stop judging yourself and start understanding yourself instead. Then you will create amazing change.
On January 8 of 2019 I committed to a Daily Blog and I kept that commitment. 365 days of a posting a blog every single day!
Not only have I kept it but I will continue to write every day. I will commit to another year and I suspect it will continue on after that.
But that’s not my commitment for 2020...
Today, January 8, 2020, I am committing to something new...
I’m committing to a daily podcast.
I will make sure that everyday you will hear my voice (if you choose to subscribe to Lean In with Casey Grey).
Just like when I committed to writing daily, I am doing this because I want to be better than I was yesterday (or in this case, last year). I want to become a better speaker and storyteller so that I can help people find that inspiration inside of them and release it!
I said it last year and I’ll say it again. New Year's Resolutions are useless unless you are committed.
What are you going to commit to today?
Where are you looking for inspiration?
Do you look for things to listen or watch like podcasts and documentaries?
Perhaps you escape to a cottage in the middle of nowhere?
Or maybe you find it at the gym or in the shower.
Inspiration is not something that is found on the outside. It's within us all.
Notice that all the things listed above are things that allow us to breathe and take time for ourselves.
It's amazing what will come when you take the time to just be and breathe.
Birds who are raised in captivity don't know any better. The cage they are raised in ends up being their home, their safe place. If you left the door open to their cage, they would likely not leave and if they do leave they will likely come back.
Unfortunately most of us are also raised in cages but the cage is not a physical cage. It's built in our minds through the environments, experiences and people we have been exposed to.
We don't ask questions because we're afraid of looking dumb. We don't go after our dreams because we're afraid we might fail. We don't ask that special person out on a date because we're afraid of rejection. We focus on the negative and ignore the positive. We do things that are comfortable and we stay in our cage (and then we complain about it).
Little do we know, the door to the cage is open. There's a whole world out there just waiting for us. All we need to do is take the leap and fly.
Will it be easy? No.
Will it be scary? Yes.
Will we get hurt? Definitely.
But will it be freeing? Hell yes!
You get to choose. Do you want to be safe or do you want to be free?
I know I need to eat healthier.
I know I need to exercise more.
I know I need to spend more time with my spouse and kids.
I know I work too much.
I know I need to sleep more.
I know I need to read more.
I know I need to meditate more.
I know I need to quit my job.
I know I need to start this new business.
I know, I know, I know...
Knowing is not enough. You need to take action.
What are you actually going to DO this year? Make 2020 a year of action.
Brian and I are starting the year off with a bunch of recording today. Watch out 2020! Here we come!
In order to have more you need to be able to receive more.
In order to receive more you need to be able to give more.
In order to give more you need to be able to have more.
It's a continuous spiral and it's up to you to make sure that spiral is going upwards and expanding outwards.
I hope you had an amazing Christmas, received everything you wanted and gave everything you could.
(This guy sure did...)
When you are committed to something, you get it done no matter what. You give it the time it deserves, no matter what.
Commitment is a scary word for most people. Perhaps it signifies lack of freedom.
For me, it's power. It forces me to focus on what I know is most important.
It's freedom for the mind.
"If you keep doing what you have always been doing, you will continue to get what you have always gotten."
A lot of people have been quoted as saying this (or a version of this) such as Henry Ford and Albert Einstein.
I've been thinking about this a lot recently. Although I believe in this wisdom, there is also importance in having patience. Giving things the time they deserve. People pivot too quickly these days.
That being said, we all have habits that are not serving us. Habits that continue to give us the results we have always gotten that we are not satisfied with.
If you continue to have health problems but continue to eat junk food, don't expect something different.
If you continue to have problems with your relationships but don't work on yourself, don't expect your relationships to improve.
If you continue to have money problems but don't track your money, don't expect your finances to get better.
Remember though, improvements are sometimes small and hard to see. Perhaps all of those things above ARE getting better but they just aren't where you want them to be. In that case, you may need to continue what you are already doing.
Be patient and persistent.
Today, I'm trying something new. Energy Healing with Jasmine at Younion. But it's only part of the improvements I have been implementing into my life. I'm looking forward to seeing all the good that comes from this.
This holiday try something new that will serve you and those around you.
Every morning I sit in silence and meditate and every morning it's a different experience.
Every time I sit in on a group meditation at Younion, it's a different experience.
When people find out that I meditate regularly, I often hear them say "I could not do that. I just can't turn my brain off."
But that's not the point.
When I sat in on Jasmine's sessions last night, she said something that describes this perfectly.
"Asking the mind not to think is like asking the heart not to beat."
You never want to stop anything from doing what it's supposed to do. The key is to figure out how to use it to its full potential.
Come join us and unleash your full potential.
Imagine a world that worked for you.
Imagine a place where your wildest dreams came to reality.
Imagine a universe that plotted to do good for you.
You are in that place. You just have to work that imagination muscle.
You get what you think about most.
"Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.