The Law of Motion, 3 Steps To A More Gratifying Life…John Page Burton

Most of us are familiar with the “laws of attraction” which have received widespread acclaim through books such as “The Secret”. The laws of attraction teach us that what we think about and focus our energy on may very well come to pass. This process is often referred to as manifestation. I am routinely amazed by the power of manifestation/visualization and the many opportunities and experiences it has brought into in my life. I also know that just visualizing on something and “hoping” that it will come to pass is not enough. We must be willing to apply the “law of motion”. The “law of motion” say’s that if we truly desire to achieve something of value then we must be willing to take massive action. In other words we must get moving!!! Newton’s first law of motion states that “an object at rest stays at rest and an object in motion stays in motion”. It is human tendency to resist change. This keeps many of us from going after what it is we desire. This lack of movement is called inertia. Inertia is the killer of dreams!

Overcoming inertia, 3 steps to a more gratifying life.

1. Start something. Thinking about something is not motion, taking the first step toward our objective is the only way we can get the “action process” started. When we find ourselves resisting something it is a clear sign that we need to address it. What is something that you have desired to do but continue to resist? How might your life be different if you applied the “law of motion” to this desire? Today is an excellent day to get started.

2. Keep moving. We will all face challenges and it is imperative that we move through them. Each time we face and conquer a new challenge we build another muscle of confidence. It is important that we learn to embrace our challenges and turn them into a game. What we fear will continue to grow as long as we feed it. What is a challenge that you continue to avoid? How might your life be different if you faced and moved through your fear? Who can you enlist to help you and hold you accountable as you face and break through this challenge?

3. Don’t quit. When the going gets tough (and it will) the easiest thing to do is quit. The Ego relishes our decision to quit and it will gladly supply us with a litany of justifications, excuses and blame that temporarily (and falsely) supports our fear of failure. When we come to this cross road it is imperative that we walk in faith and remember the spiritual reminder…”if God brings us to it, he will bring us through it”. This awareness gives us permission to face our fear and keep MOVING forward. The CHOICE to quit is entirely up to us.

Life is motion. To move is to be alive! When we are moving, we are growing. Stagnation leads to despair, frustration, anxiety and anger. We were not created to sit, we were created to fly. Today is a great day to spread our wings and move toward an exciting future.

As always, I look forward to your thoughts.

Celebrating Life’s Greatest Teachers…John Page Burton

When many of us hear the word teacher we conjure up an image of a scholarly looking individual writing furiously at a chalkboard while a room full of students scribble equally fast. When I hear the word teacher, I instinctively begin to take a trip down memory lane where I am reunited with people, experiences and events that have collectively helped shape the person I have become. Life is an amazing educational environment that routinely provides us with the perfect teachers and the exact lessons we need to graduate and move on to the next level.

Let’s take a closer look at life’s natural learning environment…

Trial. We learn by overcoming adversity. Each time we face and break through a life challenge we develop a NEW muscle of confidence. It is important that we view our trials and challenges for what they are… some of life’s greatest teachers.

Error. Error can be a positive thing. Error fosters learning and growth. Error requires us to become better problem solvers and provides us with a better sense of what works and what doesn’t. Error is humbling and often inspires us to become more effective communicators, parents, employees and managers. Error teaches us to live and learn. When we learn to embrace error, we find that it can be one of our most inspiring teachers.

Associations. Some of our greatest life lessons arrive through unfavorable experiences. Employers, business partners, friends and relatives are some of the close associations we have an opportunity to learn from. A business partner who pilfers company funds, an employer who expects us to put in extra time without extra pay, or a friend/relative who borrows money from us and then seemingly enters the witness protection program, all serve as teachers who present us with important life lessons. The 5 people we spend the most time with tend to have the biggest influence on our values and beliefs. We must choose wisely!

Children. Parenting requires that we learn and practice patience, tolerance, understanding, unconditional love and compassion. Children are great teachers. They routinely “test” our will, resolve and logic. Parenting is an amazing classroom and the skills we are required to develop translate nicely into our personal and professional interactions.

History. Revisiting our past only has one purpose and that is to serve as a guide for making current and future decisions. Dwelling on the past is an unhealthy use of our emotional resources. Drawing from the past and using it as a reference point can save us a great deal of time, aggravation and money. The past is one of our greatest teachers provided we apply the lessons we have learned.

Ego. When it comes to teachers, the ego is our Professor Emeritus! The Ego’s primary job is to wreak emotional chaos. All of us have had the experience of knowing that something didn’t feel right and yet we proceeded anyway. Later, we “kicked ourselves” for not listening to our inner voice. The Ego thrives when we learn the hard way and prefers that we never pass the lesson. The Ego is a very dysfunctional teacher.

Relationship partners. Our relationship partners provide us with an extraordinary learning environment. We learn compromise, communication, selfless giving, surrender, negotiation skills, money management, sacrifice, unconditional love, anger management and moderation. Our relationship partners tend to trigger all of our unhealed parts and yet they can also stimulate our most vulnerable emotions. Our relationship partners are lifelong teachers.

Society. When I hear the word “society” I visualize a community made up of a diverse group of individuals. Paying attention to societal behavior helps us establish our own identity, morals, beliefs and values. For example, we determine what is acceptable or unacceptable behavior and we learn to either question authority or simply conform to what we are told is true. Society¬† offers us a variety of unique ideas and concepts but it is left entirely up to us to apply the information. At times society can be a confusing teacher!

Rather than fight life, I have found that is is much more enjoyable to embrace my natural learning environment, gather the lessons, apply what is relevant and keep moving forward.

As always, I look forward to your thoughts and feedback.