Sunday, March 1, 2009

"Be the change you want to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi

I believe these are among the most powerful words ever spoken.

Before we proceed with our session this week, I would like you to view this clip that wasn’t in the movie ‘The Secret.’ It was edited out – for whatever reason – and I guess left on the editing room floor. It’s now a secret I guess, because they did not include it in The Secret.
For those of you who have never seen The Secret, I recommend it – it is inspiring, uplifting and has been one of the most talked about and viewed movies around the globe the last couple of years that never hit a theatre or television screen. 

We’ve talked about this before. Whatever you focus on expands into your reality. Whatever your thoughts, you attract more of the same thoughts, and situations, people, behaviours and events that support your thinking. Like energy attracts like energy.
There is no question about this anymore. It is a proven scientific fact. It is being tested over and over and over and over and over by our leading edge quantum physicists in Universities all over the world. Now is the time to harness the power you have in you.
Now is not the time to sit idly by and add to the energy that the people of this world are generating right now.
History shows that change – truly significant change – comes from individuals with a vision, with the right tools and the commitment to make things happen and create something new that changes the course. Be the catalyst to the change you want to see in your life, in your home and in your business world. Let’s begin to make the change now.
There is a woman whose name is Deborah Powell. She is the Principal of a school in our area - my daughter went there. She has a vision about creating the right environment for kids, an environment where kids want to learn. Her vision is all about creating a culture of cooperation, sharing, respect and harmony.
This is in an environment – our school system today – where bullying has become rampant. Where bullying that disguises itself in many forms, such as teasing, name-calling, sarcasm, making people feel like they don’t belong in the group, not letting people play with them, laughing at their clothes, or their hair, or their speech, or their work, racism, sexism, machoism, ageism, genderism – the list goes on, - but all this behaviour tears people down, hurts them, makes them feel less than they are and creates feelings that push people away instead of pulling them together as a team. All of this generates a feeling of negativity.
Deborah has created a school where kids respect one another, help one another, feel good about themselves and you can tell as soon as you walk in the doors there is happiness and joy in the halls of this school. People feel good about coming here every day.
She changes behaviour by telling people over and over about her vision. She tells them every moment she can, every day and even in formal assemblies every week. She tells them what is acceptable behaviour and what is not and she rewards good behaviour and penalizes bad behaviour. She has made it clear that there is zero tolerance for bullying. And when there is any bullying behaviour, she stops it dead in its track. Deals with it swiftly, even calls in the parent when necessary and tells the student and the parents that the behaviour will not be tolerated and if it continues they will be suspended from school and lose privileges, including bussing which has an impact on the parents too. The changes have been remarkable, and our daughter excelled in this environment.
Deborah is the catalyst. She is the change she wants to see. And her world and everyone in her world is benefitting form it.
So this week, look at yourself. Be bold. Take the step. Change how you see your world. Look at how you can help people around you. If you are a leader, of a group, a team, a department, a division, a company, take the steps to change what you see. Create an environment that pulls people together. Where a sense of purpose, cooperation, sharing, respect and harmony begins to change the old energy of crisis, conflict, competition and scarcity – energy that needs to change in our world.
And finally think about this. There are three groups of people in this world. The first group makes things happen. The second group sits there and says ‘it can’t happen and the third wakes up one day and says ‘what happened?’ Let's get ourselves into this first group.
Have a great week.

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