Throughout 2010, I made a conscious effort to take responsibility for everything that: happened (past); is happening (present); and will happen (future) in my life. When I got positive results, I was working with God – moving toward the reasons He created me. When I tried to take lone control, well, you can imagine the results. I found that if I did not accept responsibility and blamed others, that I could not move forward. Furthermore, when I work on what I want versus what God wants for me, I have the tendency of really screwing things up.
I also made a valiant attempt to stop judging people (and/or events) based on my own set of rules, opinions, things I find objectionable, and things that make me anxious. My perceptions are linked to my past derived from people and events that influenced me and molded my character. In order to build good relationships, I had to stop seeing myself in others (whether consciously or subconsciously) and see them for who and what they are – without judgment. As I stated before, I listen to my gut instinct but, I now try to take my feelings out of the equation, and make observations on their actions. I used to get a series of CD’s from an old mentor – Richard Flint. One of his best quotes: “Behavior Never Lies!” This is why I take notice to what someone does versus what they say. When I observe, I can distinguish between truth, lies, and errors in judgments.
Who do you know that “walks the walk and talks the talk?” If I knew these people, I would be constantly asking them questions, especially if they were the kind of person that I was striving to be. I do not mean comparing what they have to what I have. I am talking about how they nurture their mind, body, spirit, and relationships.
Tell me about the influential people in your life. I am building a “community of influence” and would like to promote people that have a positive influence in society. Send emails to: Vinny@VincentROrlando.com. I will conduct interviews with you and the person you tell me about and possibly broadcast the talk on a new Internet Radio program I am thinking of starting 1Q2011.