A wonderful time with Bill Martinez today. We discuss the economy of course, but much more….
A wonderful time with Bill Martinez today. We discuss the economy of course, but much more….
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Steve Beaman joined Steve Batton for an important segment discussing the future of America’s economy.
Having lived my 54 years with a full lifetime of endeavors, it is impossible for to have done so without doing some things for which I need redemption, that is to be completely and totally forgiven and move on with the knowledge that I’ve learned and won’t make that mistake again. As a serial entrepreneur this is most often an occurrence in business but as a divorced father of six children, my personal life has also had its ups and downs and a real need to find redemption from challenges that have occurred.
Webster’s Dictionary defines “Redemption” as “the act of making something better or more acceptable”. How often in our lives do we have the strong feeling “Oops, I wish I hadn’t done that” or “I wish I could turn back the clock on that one”. The fact is it’s impossible to live a full life and not have a few hiccups along the way that cry out for redemption. A family failure, business failure, social failure, the list goes on and on. The question so often though is, where do we find redemption? What prevents us from being redeemed?
The Christian faith teaches that redemption from our original sin is found only in the Christ, the Messiah. But what of the misdeeds we do here on earth, while we’re living? Yes, there may be eternal forgiveness but the redemption we need here on earth is often a difficult thing to come by. Why? Because it is our need to forgive ourselves for our misdeeds that helps us put these things behind us and in perspective and we are for some reason loathe oftentimes to forgive ourselves.
The Spiritual Path of one’s life often conflicts with the Emotional Path in that our own insecurities play into things like redemption. In this event, we need to use our Intellectual Path to isolate the issue which is causing us suffering and evaluate it on an intellectual level eliminating as much of the emotional issues as we can. By doing this, you will bring clarity to the real issues that bring you strife and as they can now be fully understood from all angels, you may find that your ability to forgive yourself is multiplied.
Yes, this sounds easy and no, it’s not easy to do in reality. But just because something is hard to do doesn’t make it not the right thing to do. Your life is too precious for you to wallow around in the misery of your own thoughts. There are certainly times when we have a difficult time forgiving ourselves for our transgressions but remember always, you are human and the very nature of humanity means we make mistakes.
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Ah, the choices we face, fast or slow, steady or volatile, hot or cold… well how about the age old question of Quantity or Quality? This overriding theme hits us on almost every facet of our life as we grow from young too old and yes, it is true that as we travel through this journey of life and move from information to knowledge, knowledge to wisdom, many times people also migrate from quantity to quality. Each of the Five Paths has a quantity versus quality side to it and understanding where you sit on that scale can help be part of making you live a more fulfilled life.
On the Physical Path, the “Q Issue” is apparent in everything from what we eat to how we work out to even the medicines we employ to help bring us back when our path is detoured. Kids are notorious for looking excitedly at a buffet and all the food they can pile on their plate whereas adults tend to only pick some of what they want. In training programs, it has recently come into the knowledge-base that a :30-minute exercise can be every bit as beneficial as a one-hour session if things are done properly.
When it comes to the Emotional Path the “Q Issue” is more complicated. Yes, it’s true that we would generally prefer a few good emotionally supportive friends than a whole group of people who aren’t really there for us. And yes, a deep powerful love can be superior to a general feeling of affirmation offered to a group. But with that said, to have both quality of love and support and some measure of the quantity of love and support is the goal most of us strive for.
Intellectually we also face the “Q Issue” as we work to become not an “Inch deep and a mile wide” but rather a “Mile deep and a mile wide”. We can only achieve both breadth and depth in the Intellectual Path if we are adhering to a belief in “life-long learning”.
Spirtual development also can be fully realized if we don’t address the “Q Issue”. Yes, it’s nice to have a broad overriding view of religion but seeking truth requires a Quality approach to learning. We must go deep into the history and the language of the scriptures with an open mind to truly extract from them the intent of an all-powerful, ever-living God. Quantity of study is good, quantity with quality is super-good.
And the financial path can all be about the “Q Issue”. Many businesses have failed because their CEO’s were spread too thin and rather than doing the best quality in all operations, they push for increased quantity and while sales do rise in the near term, in the long term a lack of quality will stifle a business. The same is true in investing, depth is frequently superior to breadth although that flies in the face of the “diversify” crowd. I subscribe to Peter Lynch’s comment (the once head of the giant Fidelity Magellan Fund) when he said a better word than diversification is “diworseification”.
Traveling your journey of life has many facets and often you will have to make your decisions about things based on the “Q Issue”. Knowing what you want as your goal can help mitigate the confusion that this brings about. But knowing your goal, that can be difficult in and of itself. Devote time to thinking about the “Q Issue”. Where are you on it? How can this be applied to your world and to the things you need to get done. How, can understanding yourself lead to a more fulfilled life?
With the summer games in full force, it’s nice to reflect for a moment on what it takes to become an Olympian. What is the formula these athletes use to build up to the excellence needed to compete, not to mention, win in the Olympics? I’ve spoken and written at length on the characteristics of winners but reviewing these high-performance athletes helps us to once again look for that “secret sauce”. Notwithstanding what I call the “Financial Path”, there are four remaining paths that I believe to be the central issues in creating excellence; Emotional; Physical; Intellectual and Spiritual. The athletes who perform at this level are all very advanced in their journey on these four paths.
Emotional strength is every bit as important as the other paths when it comes to high-performance because it is our ability to address adversity that often delineates performance between an excellent athlete and a not-so-excellent athlete. Science has studied the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and they’ve even studied the Emotional Quotient (EQ) but little attention has been paid to a concept that was developed in the 1990’s called the Adversity Quotient (AQ). This hard to define indicator measures a person’s ability to keep battling toward the next goal regardless of obstacles can often accurately measure a person’s persistence and self-confidence. Athletes at a high level, as well as high performing business people, politicians, or any other group of high-performance people, require a high AQ in order to make the decisions they make and find the motivation they need to press forward regardless of obstacles
Physical health is an obvious characteristic as these athletes work diligently for years to optimize their muscles, tendons, bones and total body to perform as needed. A good analogy is auto racing. A car racing in the Indianapolis 500 is optimized to run 500 miles at the top achievable speed and then be to be rebuilt. A dragster, on the other hand, is designed to run for ¼ mile and then be rebuilt. Marathoners clearly have a different development program than shot-putters. The question here for you and me is what is our goal? And yes, you’ve probably figured out that ties to the Emotional Path because many of the physical goals we have are emotionally driven; I want to be better looking! I want to live longer! The linkage is clear
There is often a question of how the Intellectual Path comes into play but, to have the mind of an Olympian, you must have a thorough and conscious knowledge of the processes and procedures necessary to optimize your physical needs. If we examine how athletes exercise, for example, there is a great deal of intellectual knowledge of how the body works, how muscles develop and how the cardiovascular system works. And we continue to learn more from High-Intensity Training, the Tabata Protocol, Yoga and simply a better use of our muscle development. In our lives, we too need to think about the processes and procedures we need to achieve our goals. Often, you must start with a blank sheet of paper as you review your goals and work to define what can make them become realities.
Finally, the mind of an Olympian is typically at peace with their Spiritual Path and often find purpose in it. This path is often the guiding path to a person setting their values and priorities and helping to clarify and provide peace. Performing at a high level and competing at that level opens you up to loss. And for those who are Emotionally charged, Physically tuned and Intellectually committed, the loss can be so painful as to derail a person. In this situation, being at peace along your Spiritual path can provide you significant comfort.
Whether you’re an Olympian or a person simply trying to build a better life, don’t negate the importance of having your life’s paths lined up, centered and moving forward. Yes often there are roadblocks, detours, and bumps, but by continually striving to move forward you will, in the end, realize that you’ve traveled much further than you thought you could.