15 WAYS TO REDISCOVER YOUR INSPIRATION

15 WAYS TO REDISCOVER YOUR INSPIRATION

Inspiration comes and goes . We’re supremely

motivated and inspired at times, and in those

moments we accomplish great things way faster

than we do when we’re not particularly inspired

to hustle, create, and impact the world in a

positive way.

It’s those few who are consistently inspired by a

greater purpose beyond their own gain that shape

the world we live in. So how do we join these few

in forging not only our own successful endeavors,

but seeing such profound success that the world

benefits as well?

15 Ways To Get Re-Inspired

1. Be in nature

Be in nature at least once a month. It’s in nature

that we find inspiration. It’s where we remove

ourselves from the noise of our day to day lives,

find clarity, and focus.

If you’re constantly “in it”, you’ll find your mind

will clutter, and your inspiration will flee.

Venture to the great out doors and let adventure

inspire you.

2. Surround yourself with motivated people

You are the average of the 5 people you hang out

with the most. If you hang our with millionaire’s,

odds are you’re one as well. If you hang out with

motivated people , you’re probably a motivated

person as well.

Be very cognizant of who you hang out with.

Choose your friends wisely. They’re influence on

you is unavoidable.

3. Never think you’re “there”

I’ll always think that I have to improve on my

writing – and that I have a long way to go to

being a good writer. It keeps me inspired to learn

and grow. If I thought I was a good writer I’d

not only be lying to myself, but I’d be allowing

laziness to peer its head into my life.

Laziness is the devil. Don’t think you’re great, be

great.

4. Don’t attempt insignificant feats

Do you get excited by small goals that you know

you can accomplish with ease? Of course not. It’s

the big, audacious, bold goals and dreams that

excite you, so don’t waist your time with the

small stuff. Think bigger and be bigger.

5. Be healthy

Be healthy and active. If you’re healthy you’ll

have more energy, and if you have more energy

you’ll find that you’re far more motivated and

inspired than you are if you’re tired and sluggish.

Take pride in your health and your work. Being

healthy is a tool that you can use to your

advantage, or something that can work against

you. What’s great is it’s completely up to you.

6. Read often

Great men have always been voracious readers.

Napoleon was, as is Gates, and so was Jobs. If

you want to be inspired, pick up a book, it never

fails. If a paperback book slows you down then

you can always listen to self development audio

books.

7. Have tunnel vision

Don’t have a back-up plan, a floor, or a ceiling.

Failure shouldn’t be an option, nor should you put

a limit on your success.

Focus on one goal, and let that one goal be the

only thing that matters.

8. Get excited by adversity

It’s in struggle that we grow. Get excited about

this. Too many allow adversity crush their

enthusiasm and motivation, but it shouldn’t. It’s

a challenge, and challenges are exciting.

Rise to them. Don’t get pushed back by anything.

9. Love problem solving

The road to success is, essentially, one big

problem you have to solve. Let that problem excite

you. Don’t look at your long, arduous road to

success as a negative, instead look at it as a

positive journey.

Your mindset will dictate how inspired you are and

whether or not you remain consistently inspired

and focused.

10. Remove negative people from your life entirely

Negative people are the cancer of society, but

they don’t need to be a negative influence on

your life. Just get rid of them, and get rid of

them now!

If you’re only surrounded by inspired people, you

to will be inspired, motivated, and happy.

11. Write 3 things you’re thankful for everyday

We far too often focus only on what we don’t

have, rather than everything we do have. The

problem with that approach is that happiness will

forever elude our grasp.

If our happiness and motivation is contingent on

a future accomplishment, when we accomplish

what we’ve set out to do, we’ll then make our

happiness contingent on an even greater

accomplishment. Thus, happiness will always be

out of our grasp.

Be happy and thankful first, then let that

enthusiasm and energy inspire you to accomplish

greatness.

12. Practice success

Practice success by identifying the little goals

that you accomplish in your life. Write down your

accomplishments, even if they’re small like going

for a run or writing an article for a publication.

Practice success everyday and you’ll live life as a

successful person.

13. Be a fighter

I love a man who grins when he fights. Winston

Churchill

I love that quote. It reminds me of the song

Fighter, by Bruce Springsteen. Enjoy adversity.

Welcome it. Adversity is what will make you

stronger. It’s only through great adversity that

great men and women reach accomplish what

they’ve set out to accomplish.

If success was easy, everyone would be there.

Get inspired by your struggles just like a fighter

gets motivated to step into the ring and see what

he’s made of.

14. Eat healthy

Eating unhealthy leads to depression and obesity.

It’s nearly impossible to be inspired when your

body is uninspiring or you’re depressed.

As a simple rule for eating healthy, eat only

things that you can pick or kill. Your diet should

be made up of things that come from the earth.

Stay away from anything man-made or packaged.

15. Study greatness

There are patterns to success. The more you

study great people, the more you’ll see these

patterns and incorporate them in your own

life. Don’t, however, merely read about great

people, study their lives. If you can, read about

what others close to them have said, read articles

about how they accomplished greatness.

Greatness inspires. The more you see that

success can, indeed, happen, the more you’ll be

inspired to accomplish your own audacious goals.

You can even read inspirational quotes , that will

be sure to motivate you and shift you into the

right frame of mind to be openly inspired.

TEN REASONS WHY MARK CUBAN IS WORTH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS

10 REASONS WHY MARK CUBAN IS WORTH BILLIONS OF DOLLARS

Mark Cuban has successfully built and sold

multiple businesses over the years. He is worth an

estimated $2.5 billion after selling his business

“Broadcast.com” for $5.9 billion in Yahoo stock

and also is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA

Basketball team, Landmark Theatres and

Magnolia Pictures.

Cuban is a self made billionaire and is a great

example of how you can construct a successful

business from the ground up.

Here are ten of the most important reasons why

Mark Cuban is a super successful entrepreneur.

What Makes Mark Cuban So Successful

1) Cuban Knows How To Sell

Mark Cuban has the saying “ sales cure all”. What

this means is that if a business is struggling the

real cause can invariably be traced back to a lack

of sales. Cuban said he learned this important

lesson when he was working for “Your Business

Software“. Cuban closed a deal for $15,000 that

he had been told by his CEO not to do. His boss was

furious and this deal ended Cubans job at the

company.

Cuban realized that although the CEO of the

company might be in charge he didn’t know how to

sell and that this was his weakness and could

possibly be one of Cubans newly found strengths.

2) He Is Good At Spotting Potential

When Mark was starting out with

“MircroSolutions” he once visited a business

called “PCDirect”. Talking to the young owner of

the business he was impressed by his vision and

talent. He told the young man that he thought

they were both going places. That young man was

Michael Dell, and Michael Dell’s future, well

became quite amazing as he earned billions and

secured a spot between the big boys Apple &

Microsoft in the market.

As a venture capitalist Cuban continues to look

for that potential for greatness and is even

featured on the Startup Investor TV Show on ABC

called Shark Tank , where he invests in new ideas

and ventures that he sees great potential in.

3) He Understands That He MUST Work Harder

Than The Next Guy

The one thing that you can control is your work

ethic and Mark makes sure that he is a beast in

his field. Cuban says that you need to know the

industry that you are in better than anyone else,

to study, live and breathe it.

Earlier in his career when he was first working

for MicroSolutions he was making around $60,000

a year. He was doing well but he wanted more.

Cuban says he dedicated himself to learning

everything he could so that he would be able to

get an edge over his competitors. More recently

Cuban says that he spends as much time as he can

reading everything and anything about the cable

industry. Cuban is always on the hunt to be the

expert in his industry.

He understands that persistence most definitely

pays off.

“Sweat equity is the most valuable

equity there is. Know your business and

industry better than anyone else in the

world. Love what you do or don’t do it.

– Mark Cuban

4) Mark Cuban Focuses On REAL Results

While Cuban strongly believes in the importance of

having a strong work ethic, he also suggests that

we need to focus where we direct our energy.

Working to produce real results is far more

important than working simply for the sake of it.

He is also skeptical about start-ups who waste

their money. He says if he receives too much

“swag” from a company then he is immediately

suspicious about how they are allocating their

resources.

5) He Is Always Looking For Long Term Business

Relationships

Cuban advises businesses not to be too focused on

squeezing the maximum profit out of a single deal

at the expense of the relationship with that

customer. Real value for a company is created by

maximizing the life time value of the customer.

As Cuban points out, business relationships are

built over years, not on a single deal.

6) He Always Learns On The Job

If you are willing to learn your job can pay you

twice.

– Firstly there is the money that you receive for

working your job.

– Secondly there is the knowledge that you gain

from working at your company.

This second form of payment is in Cubans opinion

the most important one. When Cuban first

started out working at “Your Business Software”

he was only making $18,000 a year. But more

importantly he was learning about the PC industry

and how to sell. It was this knowledge that would

allow him to build MicroSolutions into a company

that did $30 million in sales only a few years

later.

He took the risks when necessary and kept his

eyes on the prize ahead of him, he discovered that

he must always strive “to learn, create and

grow.”

“Because if you’re prepared and you

know what it takes, it’s not a risk. You

just have to figure out how to get

there. There is always a way to get

there. – Mark Cuban

7) Cuban Extends Himself To Get A Customer

Mark Cuban’s first customer was the $15,000

deal that lost him his job working at “Your

Business Software“. After losing his job he went

to the customer and asked if he could do the job

for him personally. The client agreed and it

launched MicroSolutions.

For his first clients Cuban would take no money

for providing the service, the client was only

charged for the software. Cuban did this because

he realized that customers only want to work

with you if you already have other customers and

a great reputation.

8) He Doesn’t Believe In Hierarchy

Mark Cuban keeps a careful eye out for people he

perceives as being “Empire Builders”.

These are senior executives who don’t want to

make sales calls and require lots of perks. He

believes in making the organizational structure

as flat as possible. He also says that open offices

work best and that executives should not be able

to lock themselves away.

9) He Builds Companies To Last

Mark believes that many entrepreneurs are too

focused on the idea of an exit strategy. He

believes that the best way to build a company that

will sell for a great price is to build a company

that is designed to last. He also remarks that if

you have your eyes on the exit then the company

is not enough of an obsession for you.

10) He Knows When To Sell

Mark Cuban built his businesses because of his

relentless sales drive and persistence, but he also

become a billionaire because he knew the best time

to sell. This has proven to be the key in many

industries, many times over. Cuban sold

Broadcast.com to Yahoo in 1999 for $5.9 billion in

stock. One year later following the dot com crash

the company’s value was worth a fraction of

that.

He cashed out when the deal was good and didn’t

hang on too long in hopes for a greedy

“more”. Know when to sell, and learn when to

walk away from something you feel does not do a

sale justice either. Mark has mastered this and it

has rewarded him dearly.

Mark Cuban is the definition of a hard working

entrepreneur who isn’t afraid to hustle. Learn

how to adopt some of his winning success traits

and you may have what it takes to build your own

fortune.

SEVEN WAYS TO INSPIRE TRULY GREAT IDEAS

7 WAYS TO INSPIRE TRULY GREAT IDEAS

The power of a truly great idea can’t be

understated. With one great idea, you could build

a multi-million dollar business. You could solve the

world’s problems. One great idea could change

your life.

Having the ability to come up with great ideas is a

highly prized skill. But how exactly do people come

up with them? Some people seem to think it’s all

about inspiration – the kind that just strikes

whenever it wants.

It’s like the story of Isaac Newton. This is

something we’ve all heard before.

Newton was sitting under a tree when an apple

fell and bumped him on the head.

Immediately Newton was struck with a brilliant

idea – the theory of gravity. In an instant, he

changed how people see the world.

The big problem with this story is that it’s not

true. Newton didn’t come up with his idea of

gravity in an instant. It took a long time of

thinking and working out the math.

But this instance is how many people look at

generating ideas. They think it happens at a

single moment when inspiration comes to them.

The problem with this way of seeing ideas is that

it’s passive. Ideas come to you.

That’s not how ideas work. You have to actively

be seeking them out; it takes some work to get

there. If you just wait for them, a truly creative

idea will probably never come to you.

If you want your life to change with a brilliant

new idea, you have to be on the lookout for them.

They don’t just happen out of thin air.

Be active, not passive.

Do things that mentally stimulate your brain so

that ideas can be born.

Things like:

1. Surrounding yourself with brilliant thinkers

Great ideas don’t usually form alone. They often

come from interactions with have with others. A

small idea gets bounced back and forth in

conversation until something extraordinary

comes out of it.

That’s why a lot of great artists and writers

spend time with each other. Someone will bring

something up and a discussion will get started.

By the end of the discussion, you’ll have

something great.

Try to network with smart and innovative people.

When you have someone intelligent to talk with,

your small ideas can become huge.

You don’t even need to know these people in

person. You can also track their activities from a

distance. Follow them online or read their blog.

Something they say could spark a new idea in you.

2. Changing your environment

Never underestimate the power your environment

has over your ability to create ideas.

Think of all the people who have been inspired by

nature. A huge waterfall or beautiful view can

light up your mind.

A great city can have the same effect. People

have been inspired by lively places like New York or

Paris.

Travel more and get out of your normal, everyday

environment. That might be all you need to get

that creativity working inside your head.

3. Do something exciting

When you do something exciting, you feel alive. It

gets your heart pumping and you reach a higher

state of mind.

All that excitement frees up your mind and gets

you thinking. In that state of excitement, you

stop seeing obstacles. Your mind becomes open to

new possibilities. It’s really freeing.

Try something like surfing or mountain climbing.

Get out and do new, exciting things that will

stimulate your brain.

4. Letting your mind wander in silence

When is the last time you sat in silence and just

let your mind think?

There is so much noise in the world that our minds

can become overwhelmed. We’re always checking

Facebook, our email, watching TV or talking with

someone.

Yes, it’s stimulating the brain, but it might be too

much. All that stimulation might be overwhelming

your thoughts and actually preventing new ideas

from forming.

Quieting things down a little can be good for clear

thinking. It’s rejuvenating.

When you let your mind think about things

without any outside stimulation, you might be

surprised what it will come up.

5. Examine other people’s great ideas

History is full of great people who came up with

great ideas. Why not study them?

Take a look at some of the greatest ideas that

have already happened and analyze them for why

they became so great to begin with.

How did they change things?

How did these people approach their problems?

Their insights might help you come up with a few

insights of your own.

6. Exploring your creative side

Creative ideas don’t just come out of nowhere.

They come out of the creative side of your brain.

So if you exercise that portion of your brain

more, you’re more likely to get more out of it.

Get in touch with that area of your mind. Be

creative.

Paint something or write a short story. Do

creative things that you don’t normally do.

Go to a museum and look at great works of art.

Or listen to new types of music you don’t normally

listen to. The more creativity you explore, the

more it stretches your mind.

7. Looking at things from a different angle

When is the last time you saw something from a

different perspective? An angle with a different,

unique viewpoint can change the way you see

things.

Get in the habit of looking at the world this way.

Don’t just see things from one side; see them

from all the sides you can.

Look at the world from a child’s eye. Look at it as

if you’re an alien from another planet.

It’s amazing how little you actually see of the

world if you only take your one single view. When

you start seeing things from multiple angles, you

see the world in entirely new ways.

If you keep waiting for great ideas to arrive,

they may never arrive. Be active in finding them

and you’ll start seeing a lot of great ideas come

to you.

THE IMPORTANCE OF HUMAN TRANSFORMATION

THE IMPORTANCE OF HUMAN TRANSFORMATION AND BREAKING FREE FROM THE MOULD

Everybody is different. We are all born different,

most of us are very different. We all live under

different circumstances, we grow up in different

environments, we react in different ways to our

surroundings, and yet there seems to be some

invisible force that tries to make us all fit into

one mold, to conform, to aim for average,

ordinary, run-of-the-mill.

Some people actually like that. They don’t want

to be different. They don’t want to stand out

from the crowd. They don’t want to be noticed.

They prefer the 9-5 style, working for a boss

rather than being their own boss. The more they

are like the “Joneses“, the more they blend in, the

happier they are. The less different they are, the

more at ease they are, the less nervous they feel.

They enjoy the mold. Life is easy that way. At

least so they think.

Staying stagnant or breaking through?

There are some advantages to this, to fitting

into the mold. You will get less opposition that

way. People in general are more likely to accept

those who are like them. If you are different,

don’t be surprised if some people keep you at

arm’s length, get jealous of you or even try to

hinder your progress. Maybe people you have

known for years and who were your friends will

keep away if you try to break out of the mold you

were in before. So if you like it the way it is, if

you prefer stagnant to change, if your chief aim

is safety and security, stop reading. This will not

be for you. Stay where you are, stay in your mold

and keep to those who are like you. Trust me, you

will be happier that way.

“It ain’t easy to break out of a mold,

but if you do your work, people will

ultimately see what you’re capable of.

Too often, people find it easier to make

assumptions and stick with what they

believe. They put you in a place and it

makes their job easier. The good people

constantly search for something

different”.– Christopher Meloni

Now don’t get me wrong, molds are important.

They are used all the time, every day, and we

could not live without them. Just looking around

the room here, there is the printer, the monitor,

the keys on the keyboard I am typing on, plastic

shelves, the phone, the dustbin and the list goes

on. They were made with the help of molds.

Thousands of these items were made just the

same. Things that are made in molds are

everywhere. Many of these items are useful, they

are good, and they are cheap. Often you buy them

by the dozen. They are mass-produced. But I

don’t think I am mass-produced, and I don’t

believe you are either. We are individuals. Inside

each of us there lies a unique dream, a vision , a

distinctive desire to do something more than the

norm, out of the ordinary. It does not always

have to be big or grand, but it is not something

you can mass produce, that can be made in a mold.

Believe it or not, some people like to be different.

They don’t want to be like everyone else. They

don’t like same old, same old. If that is how you

feel, if you are unhappy with staying in a mold, if

you are not content to keep the status quo, if

you want to venture out and try something new,

find out what is on the other side of the

mountain, look beyond the horizon, by all means,

read on. Then you are in good company. That is

the kind of people who make history . They are the

ones who create opportunities for themselves,

and for the rest of the world. They are the people

who are successful, who make their dreams come

true. Their lives are far from easy, they are full

of challenges to be overcome, difficulties and

problems to find solutions to, and sometimes it

feels like they have to fight hell and high water to

get to where they are going. But their lives are

also exciting and fun. There is never a dull

moment. They feel alive, vibrant, they actually

thrive on adversity.

But you can’t have such a life if you resist

change and just stay in the mold. You are

moldable, yes, but you should not leave all the

molding to others. You need to take an active role

in your own development, in what is molding and

shaping you. That is what freedom is. It is maybe

not the easiest way there is, I know, but if you

are like me and you know you don’t want to fit in

a mold made by others, you will never be really

happy and fulfilled until you break out of the old

mold, break free, and start living your own life.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t wait for

things to change. Don’t wait for the right

circumstance to come around. Don’t wait for

some transformation to happen to you. The

longer you wait, the greater the chances are

that you will become a victim of the mold blob. In

the end you will stagnate and solidify.

Instead, why don’t you create the circumstances

you need. It does not matter if you are looking to

start a home business, open a new company,

change your daily or weekly routine, or simply

change the furniture around. Take charge. You

be the transformation you are looking for, you be

the change you are waiting for. Today is the best

day of your life to forge ahead, to form

something new, break free from of old ruts, and

break out of the mold. Do it today, and don’t

delay.

PAVING THE WAY TO UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

PAVING THE WAY TO UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

I have seen couples who don’t fight with each other, don’t

quarrel over any issues , nor do they contradict each

other. But despite all this, something is missing between

them – love.

Marriages are always successful when both partners make

some compromises. In an Indian context, it is a fact that

most of the marriages were arranged – where both the

spouses are ignorant about each other and they have to

compromise in some way or other to make a relationship

viable. But these compromises shouldn’t be confused with

love.

We were habituated in the philosophy that love develops in

due course of time. Company becomes a habit. Habit leads

to a kind of tolerance and feeling good in its company. It

may so happen that one of the pair may compromise till the

end of his/her life while still together. But staying

together because it is habit is also not love.

Togetherness is not love, compromise is not love, and

habituation is also not love. Love is something extra; a

celestial feeling, a divine notion, an ambrosial experience

and totally unconditional.

It is above trust, above the earthly attraction and above

all logic. The barriers to love are insecurity, ego and a

taken for granted attitude. They block the path which

leads to expressing your feelings.

Examples:

In some relationships, a husband fears that his pretty

young and beautiful wife may elope with some other fellow

and this insecurity provokes him to behave in a abnormal

way and he will guard, spy, and constraint all her financial

activities with a preconceived notion. Slowly his love will be

occupied by a sense of suspicion.

In others, both partners try their best to adapt themselves

to the other or try to appease each other. And after a

certain point of time, both blame each other for not

understanding their sacrifice because in some way love is

suppressed by sacrifice and sacrifice can’t go on for an

unlimited time.

In some cases the persons fear that their love may be

misinterpreted as a weakness and the other may overpower

him/her so they try their best to hide their emotions. By

the time he/she realizes, it is almost over.

There is no meaning to mourn before a picture when you

ignored your spouse when he/she was alive. Some even

realize their value long after losing the beloved ones. These

barriers act as a silent killer of love just like carbon

monoxide replaces oxygen from hemoglobin; even without a

warning, the victim succumbs to death.

So shed your ego, discuss your problems, be frank to each

other. Not quarreling with each other doesn’t mean you

don’t have any issues, rather it is a sort of compromise.

When compromise intrudes into your love world, the

relationship becomes conditional. This upsets the love

equilibrium. So stretch your hands a little wider because

you are one step behind that stage.

Put 100% into that relationship and grab the opportunity.

Begin to enjoy each other’s company without any

expectation and it will definitely be appreciated and

reciprocated by your partner. Love seems to blossom when

it is reciprocated.

— Copyright © 2013 Swarna Prabha Kar (Mrs.)

HOPE IN TIMES OF WAR

HOPE IN TIMES OF WAR: Memoirs of an Iranian Sergeant

–Coping with an Unexpected Loss and Faith Found

By Ramin Jahedi

A difficult experience can change our personalities,

beliefs, values, concepts and perspective. I have learned

that difficult times can bring about positive change in life.

An unforgettable experience that has changed me into a

new person with a new outlook occurred when I lost one of

my soldiers during the war between Iran and Iraq in 1985.

My war experience made me more conscious than ever,

teaching me that fate is real and unpredictable.

I was assigned as a sergeant in the Iran Special Forces in

1985, during the Iran-Iraq war. Living on the army base

located in the war zone was extremely difficult – we had to

overcome an extensive amount of obstacles, including

limited resources, emotional instability, and absence of

friends and family.

According to U.N. officials and historians worldwide,

hostilities began on September 22, 1980, when Iraq invaded

Iran at eight separate points. At the war’s end on August

20, 1988, the long battle had claimed approximately 1.1

million casualties, including 600,000 Iranian deaths and an

estimated 160,000-240,000 Iraqi lives. Its monetary cost

was enormous, estimated between 168 to 203 billion

dollars.

In the winter of 1985, I remember seeing snow

everywhere. I was sitting in my office when one of my

soldiers entered the room. He was 18 years old, 6 feet tall

with black hair, brown eyes, and an innocent face.

“Sergeant, I finished my military service today. I just need

you to sign my paperwork so I can go home tomorrow

morning,” he said.

After I signed his release papers, I asked him where he was

going to stay that evening. I told him that he could stay on

our base because it was nearing five in the afternoon. He

declined, saying that he wanted to stay at his base to

spend one last night with his friends, not knowing if he

would ever see them again.

I was worried because it would take him at least one hour

to return to his base by foot in the snow and he would also

have to cross a river in order to reach his destination.

“Sergeant, trust me, I will be fine,” he said. He left the

room elated in anticipation of his last night with friends.

The next day, some of my soldiers and I made a painful

discovery. We found his frozen body in the river, his

paperwork with my signature floating around his body. We

concluded that he had fallen in to the icy water, his death

an unfortunate accident. At that moment, I realized that

I signed his death permit. Had I not signed his release

paper, this tragic event would never have occurred. That

cold winter morning, I learned that no one can run from

fate.

Although this incident happened almost seventeen years

ago, I still get mad at myself for what happened to him. He

fought for his country in several battles, but instead of

dying for his country, he died in a tragic accident.

This experience helped me to better cope with my problems

in life. I learned not to fear anything despite surrounding

circumstances, as long as I know to do the right thing.

We must enjoy our lives and the reality of the moment

because the future in uncertain. I believe our lives are in a

higher power’s hands – that which gives us life. We must be

thankful for life and treasure every fleeting minute that

we breathe.

— Copyright © 2013 Ramin Jahedi

STEP INTO MY PHASE

STEP INTO MY PHASE

We move through our Spiritual and work lives through

several phases. With perseverance and attention, and to a

great extent reflection and action, life moves with us as

years progress. Along the way, we ponder our purpose, our

impact, our affect on loved ones, our community and the

world. As we expand our thinking to imagine that our life

experience follows a flow and pattern similar to others, we

learn that moving through these phases results in a

dynamic symbiosis between the Spirit within and the

resonance of what we experience.

Phase 1 – What You Do

Effort, labor, stamina, and work epitomize this initial

phase in our lives. During this time period, we gather

information and knowledge through a variety of learning

opportunities. The rigors of daily school tasks, followed by

tests and requirements of academia occupy our youth in

demanding ways. Here, we explore the various methods of

receiving information and assimilating it (learning) and

with any luck, discover which delivery method works best

for us.

Many Phase 1 “entry-level” jobs are labor intensive and

require onerous physicality for little pay. Often, they are

repetitive, menial and tiresome. Remember, this type of

work is fact-gathering, information accumulating and not

meant to be your life’s purpose or the end of the

employment vista. The back-breaking jobs are the “paying

your dues” jobs that serve to bolster us in years to come.

We’re paid for what we do.

In the spiritual Phase 1, we gather information about the

unseen. We learn about various approaches to God, dogma

surrounding worship and assess what feels right in our

hearts. Studying, listening, engaging in ritual, all serve as

channels through which we explore our relationship with

the Infinite.

Phase 2 – What You Know

Learning never ends. Phase 2 is the time to apply all we’ve

accumulated in the world thus far and capitalize on it! It’s

the glorious time for creativity, expansion, insight and the

application of knowledge. When we embrace learning, our

light shines in the darkness for all to see.

In our career path, Phase 2 is the time we see recompense

for all the effort expended earlier in life. Acquired skills

coupled with the ability (and most importantly, the desire)

to continue learning, pay handsomely during this large

portion of life. In this phase, we are paid for what we

know.

Our spiritual Phase 2, is the practice and example-setting

phase of all earlier explored beliefs. We begin to look at life

and our place in the world through the eyes of our beliefs

and often turn to the Infinite for advice or comfort.

During this time of life we develop friendships and set

boundaries and look for deeper meaning. We wrestle with

concepts such as judgment, acceptance and free will. Here

we learn what works for and with us in our chosen spiritual

path, and what does not. We learn to make decisions with

God in mind while solidly living the human experience.

Phase 3 – Who You Know

While Phase 3 isn’t the “end,” we see it as a pinnacle of our

active lives. Think of Phase 3 as the corporate CEO of your

life. He’s probably flipped burgers (Phase 1), worked hard to

achieve success in his profession and establish a kinship

between his work life and spiritual nature (Phase 2).

In this phase our value to others is measured by the ability

to bring together the relationships we established along

the way. While this phase rarely requires or expects manual

labor, it does demand a special insight into the ways of the

world and how to get things done. The best – and

sometimes only – way to ensure forward success is knowing

who holds the knowledge, wherewithal, and desire to

accomplish a task, then assembling a team of those

individuals to perform specific functions to reach a goal

and keep them all in balance and happy. In Phase 3, we are

paid for who we know.

In Spiritual Phase 3 we receive gratification from our

relationship with God. We’ve worked hard to discover God in

our lives and practice our beliefs and now we actualize the

essence of Spirit and enjoy how it relates to every aspect

in life. When we begin to see God everywhere because of

understanding inter-relationships, we bask in a little

magic and contentment.

It’s Just a Phase

No matter where we stand in life, it’s only temporary. We

move forward and backward between various stages of our

life. Life patiently and generously offers up the same

lesson until we learn it and move on. More importantly, we

learn the lesson, learn from the lesson, and learn to avoid

the circumstances in the future.

The Infinite stays with us, ebbing back and forth like the

rolling tides of change, as we swim to the shore then dare

to venture into the ocean of the unknown. Quietly

providing buoyancy, Spirit patiently waits until we learn

enough to move on. And if we don’t, Spirit loves us anyway.

In the world of “be-do-have” all that remains is who you

ARE.

— Copyright© 2013 Marlene Buffa