“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”— Max Planck, German quantum theorist and Nobel Prize winner

There are two primary mental shifts that occur in the lives of all highly successful people. Many make the first, but very few make the second. Both of these shifts require a great deal of mental stretching from conventional and societal ways of thinking. In many ways, these shifts require you to unlearn the negative and sabotaging programming from your youth, public education and even adulthood.

The first shift is the sublime power of choice and individual responsibility – Once you make this shift, you are empowered to pull yourself from poverty of time, finances and relationships. In other words, the first shift allows you to create a happy and prosperous life, where, for the most part, you control how and in what you invest your time.

Unfortunately, the results of the first shift can be often be in overly satisfying ourselves on one hand and living in fear of losing it all on the other. Thus, few people ascend to the second shift.

The foundation of the second shift is transcending your own independence, wherein your thinking stretches far beyond yourself. The second shift subsequently requires you build a foundation of trust, acceptance and understanding for . . . .this is the tough part – ALL others.

The second shift requires us to put down all preconceived judgments and simply accept both what “is” and what we “do” with what is.

Now these two concepts go far beyond what I can cover in a reasonable article (vs a book) so I invite deeper investigation from all and keep these points in mind:

Wherever you are on your own journey, you can intensify and deepen your understanding of the principles at these various levels.

Never stop being a student. Never stop learning.

Shatter whatever paradigms you have and find a new ones. When you change the way you see things, the things you see change.

Peace and Love, Jim

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