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Monday Motivation: Have a Mind That is Open

Posted by Craig Summers on January 1, 1970
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Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same. – Francesca Reigler

One of my all time favorite books is by Dr. Wayne Dyer, “10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace”. I pulled it out again the other day and began re-reading it to refresh myself on the steps to becoming fulfilled spiritually, mentally and professional. As I began reading, I knew this would be the perfect topic to talk about in Monday’s Mojo!

So here it goes…

Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing

Sounds pretty easy until you look at the conditioning that has to take place in your life to be successful at this step. Think about how much we are influenced by geography, religious beliefs of family, color of your skin, political orientation, your gender, and the vocation of your great-grand parents. As an infant you were brought into this world with an infinite number of potentialities. Many of your choices remain unexplored because of a hopefully well-intentioned conditioning program designed to make you fit your culture. But there is still an unlimited amount of potential if you keep your mind wide open.

Refuse to allow yourself to have low expectations about what you’re capable of creating. As Michelangelo suggested, the greater danger is not that your hopes are too high and you fail to reach them; it’s that they’re too low and you do. Have within you an imaginary candle flame that burns brightly regardless of what goes before you! If you think you can or can’t, you’re right. Your thoughts are your actions, so if you believe you can then you will. There is no secret ingredient.

Have a mind that is open to everything…no exceptions! Listen and be curious to anything that crosses your path and let go of your attachments to what you’ve been trained to believe. Your attachments are the source of all your problems. The need to be right, to possess someone or something, to win at all costs, to be viewed by others as superior – these are all attachments. The open mind resists these attachments and consequently experiences inner peace and success.

Suppose you had a choice between two magic wands. With Wand A, you can have any physical thing you desire by simply waving it. With Wand B, you can have a sense of peace for the rest of your life regardless of what circumstances arise. Which would you pick? A guarantee of stuff, or inner peace for the remainder of your life? If you opt for peace, you already have Wand B. Simply have a mind that is open to everything but attached to nothing. Let it all come and go as it will! Enjoy it all, but never make your happiness or success dependent on an attachment to any thing, any place, and particularly, any person.

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