9 Things You Simply Must Do
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By Dr. Henry Cloud
Dig It Up Pull the Tooth Play the Movie Do Something Act Like an Ant Hate Well Don’t Play Fair Be Humble Upset the Right People
They Move Forward They did not stay stuck, repeating the same mistakes over and over again They reached their goals and found what they were looking for in life.
Story of the architects – pg 20-24
A déjà vu person spends time listening to what lies deep inside, looking for it, digging it up, and putting it into practice. He/She finds what lays deep in his/her heart, below the surface, and invests it in their life.
A déjà vu person: Becomes aware of his/her dreams, desires, talents and other treasures of their soul. Listens to them and values them as life itself. Takes steps to develop them, beginning in very small ways. Seeks coaching and help to make them grow.
Buried Treasure Causes Traumatic Events Lack of resources Lack of opportunities Family cultures/lifestyles
There is no shortage of things in life that can cause you to bury your heart and soul.
A relationship A career Being part of a neighborhood or community A fulfilling hobby or skill Service and volunteer for a good cause Church and spiritual pursuits Creative pursuits
It is our job to dig up whatever potential we have in whatever situation we are in, and to invest it and see it grow.
Not all things buried are treasures: Resentment Anger Conflict Your job is to dig it all up and then do one of two things with it: Sow it (Plant it, water it, fertilize it) Throw it away
Successful people don’t hold on to bad stuff for long. They do not allow negative things to take up space – draining them of energy & resources. If tooth is infected – pull it – immediately!
Things that are not bad – but not profitable or beneficial
PULL THE TOOTH
Relationships Activities Costs Time
Fear of someone’s anger or hurt Fear of judgment or disapproval Fear of loosing the relationship – or love Fear of confronting Guilty feelings when confronting or dealing with consequences Lack of knowledge or skills with conflict Self-blame Inability to let go
Level 1: Spring Cleaning
Level 2: Facing Things: Fix it or let it go
Pulling the tooth – getting rid of a painful problem – has added benefit of making room for a positive alternative.
Pay Now, Play Later
Play Now, Pay Later
Story – “The Watch”(pg 69-70)
Déjà vu people rarely take any action without considering its future implication. They know how each scene contributes to the film’s good end.
Does a particular scene alter the plot? Does it take you to a scene you don’t want to live out? Does it cause the movie to have a different ending?
Lawyer story – pg 73 Is your Movie a rerun? Weightloss Unhealthy relationship
Insanity – Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. The program works if you work the program.
Playing the movie = motivation preparation vision for the future
Relationships Parenting Morality Health
There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew. - Marshall McLuhan
You may always expect that someone else is going to make the first move to create the solution. And if they do not, you stay stuck in the problem, resentful and wishing life were treating you better. Déjà vu people ask themselves the question: What can I do to make this situation better?
Locus of Control
To own my life means that it is mine and no other person’s. I can blame no one for what I do with it. I can blame them for what they do to me, but I cannot blame them for what I do with what they do to me. The Gift of Freedoms Relationships Finances Morality Spirituality Feelings Choices Attitudes
Emotional Reactions Career Stress Addictions Guilt
When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself. Isak Dinesen
The ant is small The activity of any individual ant seems to have little impact. They achieve their goals by taking tiny steps over time. They don’t get overwhelmed by the big picture.
Excuses: 1) I have never succeeded before, in spite of many attempts 2) The distance from here to there is too great 3) The goal is just too big 4) There are too messed up to have any hope 5) I don’t have the skills 6) I don’t have the resources (money, etc.) 7) I don’t have the time to accomplish it
What do you think that means?
What we love says what we will invest in, go for, move toward, give time and resources to, and orient ourselves toward with the best parts of who we are. Character is in part formed by what we hate, because we move to be different from whatever that is.
Our Hatred Protects the Good First, hate helps us to move against certain traits and issues Second, hate causes us to protect what we value. Third, hate moves us to destroy/get rid of the bad things that threaten the good.
Hate in a way that solves problems – not creates them. Successful people move against the problem and show love and respect to the person at the same time. Immune System
Autoimmune = the immune system starts attacking the body itself instead of the disease Successful people tend to hate in a certain way that does what a good immune system is suppose to do; it preserves life. Non-successful people often fail because their hatred is not serving them or the things that they care about. Instead, it is doing the opposite – attacking and destroying the very things they care about.
I learned that if I refused to allow the really difficult people above me to get to me, and instead found out how to resolve the problems they faced, I always became valuable to them.
You Get What You Accept T. Pence
Playing fair will destroy every relationship you have in your life.
What Does That Mean?
Playing fair means giving back what you are given: treatment - a hit, a remark, a jab…. Successful people give back better than they are given. Ask yourself what is most helpful Get past your own need Grace = unmerited/undeserved favor
Pride is concerned with who is right. Humility is concerned with what is right. Ezra Taft Benson
Soap Story – pg 189-191 Webster definition of humble: 1: not proud or haughty; not arrogant or assertive; 2: reflecting, expressing or offered in a spirit of deference or submission (a humble apology); 3 a: ranking low in a hierarchy or scale; insignificant, unpretentious, b: not costly or luxurious. Humility is not having a need to be more than you are.
How does humility contribute to success?
Humility identifies with others Humility allows us to accept our own failures and mistakes as part of the processes itself. Successful people show kindness, understanding, and help to others who fail. Successful people admit quickly when they are wrong. Successful people receive correction and confrontation from others well
Giving It Up and Gaining It All Apologize Seek to listen and understand others Get rid of defensiveness Serve the people “under” you Root out attitude of entitlement Embrace your weaknesses & imperfections Use failure as a teacher and friend Be humble
I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is try to please everybody. Herbert Bayard Swope
Déjà vu people do not make decisions based on the fear of other people. What you should do, and what someone’s response is going to be, are two very different issues.
Situations that may be tough: Firing a person Confronting a person Saying no to a request that involves time, energy, money or other resources Saying no because it violates one of your values Telling someone he/she has overstayed their welcome. Telling someone the truth that may be hard to take. Breaking up with someone you are dating
The Difference between hurt and harm (p 222) Guilt
There is a direct correlation with people who are out of control in their lives and their hatred of the word no. (p 226)
Loss of approval or love
Do not got it alone. Receive wisdom Receive feedback and correction Find models Review your patterns Deal with Impediments Add structure Practice, practice, practice and fail Change your beliefs Quarantine your weaknesses Put your visions and goals on paper