Life Stimulates New Ideas
THE PURPOSE OF OUR LIVES IS TO BE HAPPY. —DALAI LAMA
Every Experience Counts
Every experience in your life to this point has helped you ask for more. Each one individually and collectively has helped you test waters, determine what you liked and didn't like as well as helped you refine the details with more precision. All of your past encounters, engagements and entanglements (and the future ones yet to come) all help you ride the currents of your precious life experience, and inspire more and more things to be, do and have.
Stages in Creation
The process of creation is simple. However, it has stages that are seldom distinguished or recognized as the best parts of getting what is wanted. It goes something like this:
- You live life and bounce around and have all kinds of experiences
- You observe, perceive and evaluate while you're participating in these experiences
- Your participation inspires within you the desire to experience better, bigger, hotter, faster, healthier, longer, freer, etc. and all that you as a unique desirer can desire for improvement and more variety and the associated emotion that accompanies your new desire is your first manifestation of the creation (this is what grows you and, as a result, expands the Universe)
- Those desires then go into your "desire bank" in the form of invisible, but detectable energy
- That desire bank then holds your ideal desire until you are ready to experience it (and Compass is helping you become ready to receive what you desire)
The moment when you have an inspiration to envision or imagine something better is actually the creation. We totally miss this distinct stage. We miss the energy and emotion of that very first creation: the excitement, the anticipation, the eagerness to experience our new and expanded desire. We blow right by it because we're too busy noticing that it's not here yet.
But what if we started noticing? What if we deliberately pointed our attention to our new creation and relished the excitement of anticipation? What if we fully appreciated the life experience that stimulated that new desire? What if we made peace with all of it? What would be available to us?
Savoring the Expectancy of Your Desire
Any mother would agree that once they learn about their pregnancy it becomes about preparation and expectancy. They know this because they have evidence that they will be having a new life to enjoy and love. Aside from the physical challenges associated with pregnancy, mothers (and fathers and grandparents etc.) each eagerly anticipate and patiently await the birth of that wonderful new baby, knowing that it will happen. No wonder it's referred to as "expecting."
The question is, what are you expecting in regards to your ideal work? Have you begun the shift toward trusting that what you've put in your "ideal work bank" is on its way to you? Are you waiting for evidence before you feel the emotions associated with expectancy? Are you eager, excited, hopeful and joyful about what is on its way to you? Have you realized that you don't have to do anything? That feeling the energy and momentum of anticipation is all that you need feel? That this stage of creation is the first—and most joyful—part of your journey toward getting what you want? Are you savoring the expectancy of your ideal work experience? Are you actively appreciating all of the life experiences that have inspired new desires for your perfect ideal desire as it relates to how you express yourself through your work?
Being able to properly savor and get excited about what's coming is more accessible when you do the work to appreciate why you're making the choices that you are making today. Looking at your life experiences as the impetus to helping you define what you want today is a way of shifting your energy and attitude about where you are to a more positive place of expectancy.
Life Experiences Play
In this Play, you'll be making peace with past experiences and acknowledging them for the gift of giving you greater clarity and generating new details for the ideal work that you're moving closer to achieving. You'll look back at the events and experiences that you've had that triggered desires (whether something you didn't want in your ideal work or something you really, really want) that are helping you create your ideal desire today. You'll first do a quick brain dump list to capture the characteristics, and then you'll look at each and mine where that desire came from (as there is always an impetus) and write a brief story about what happened.
The next step will be to storyboard snapshots (one or several, your choice) of that experience (stick figures encouraged). The final step is to review each and then write what you appreciate about having that experience or making that observation as it helped you arrive at your new desire and what you're creating today.
- LIST the details that you are gathering about what you want in your ideal work experience.
- Consider each and write a brief STORY about what life experience you lived or observed in the past that generated the specifics of your desire.
- STORYBOARD one or several scenes pulled from that past experience as snapshots reflecting the event that stimulated your new desire.
- Review each experience and write a brief APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY of all that the experience gave you and how it inspired your new desire.
- LIST: I want to work for an organization that offers the ability for me to work from home more.
- STORY: I work best in solitude and privacy and prefer a quiet environment to do the work I do best. I had a job where coworkers were constantly talking and being disruptive and it kept me from focusing on the work that I had to get done.
- STORYBOARD: First block: Me sitting in a maze of cubes, hands on my forehead trying to concentrate at the computer with coworkers throwing stuff, talking and laughing. Second block: Me talking to my manager about the disruptive environment. Third block: Coworkers giving me the cold shoulder and whispering about me because I went to the manager to complain about their disruptive activity. Fourth block: Me considering looking for another job.
- APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY: That job can be stressful for some people, as we had to deal with frustrated people in our company to help them with their computers and software. The people I worked with were nice and do good work, and they were all pretty compatible with one another because we all sort of shared the same work frustrations and understood the reality of doing that type of support work. I know that they were just venting and trying to add levity when they had to do the tough job we all had to do. I still was able to get my work done in spite of the distractions. That was a really good job and I did enjoy working there. My manager appreciated me enough to try to help the situation I was struggling with and did create a better work environment for all of us. I learned a lot about coming out of my shell as a result of being in that open-cube environment, and had even made some friends of my coworkers. I like that that opportunity helped me carve out more details about how I like to work that are leading me toward a more ideal work experience.