Inner Peace, Fearless Future – Willpower Harris
You know there wasn’t much hope for the future turning out for one person. A lady was attending a state fair. She stopped by the booth of a psychic. Looking into her crystal ball a frown spread across the fortune teller’s face as she predicted, “The next fifteen years of your life will be filled with disappointment, unhappiness, and poverty.”
“Then what?” asked the anxious woman.
“You’ll grow accustomed to it.”
You don’t need a psychic to help you have inner peace about your future or to overcome your emotions of the past. The goal is to build on a positive past as we anticipate a positive future. You have mastered being alive when no moment can interfere with your ability to look back on the past with as much pleasure as you look forward to the future.
What are your memories of the past? If regrets, guilt and other disabling memories linger, be encouraged that each day is a new day, removed from the past. Although we cannot erase the past, we need not be bound by it.
If on the other hand, your recollections are fruitful, pleasant and endearing, build on them. The past can be an inspiration for the future. Be thankful for the opportunity to create more memories that will become a part of your memorable past.
Hope for the moment. There are times when it will be hard to believe in the future when we are temporarily just not brave enough. When this happens, concentrate on the present. Cultivate le petit Bonheur (the little happiness) until courage returns.
Look forward to the beauty of the next moment, the next hour, the promise of a good meal, sleep, a book, a movie, the likelihood that tonight the stars will twinkle and tomorrow the sun will shine. Sink roots into the present until the strength grows to think about tomorrow.
If you ever notice that you have been sad for a long time, it may be because you haven’t made someone happy in a while. Zig Ziglar said, “You can have anything in life you want… if you help enough other people get what they want.”
My greatest fear is that I have 200 years of work in me… but I am in a body with the shelf life of 60. For this reason, I have to remember the cute story of the little clock.
It’s a rare occasion that a clock freaks out. But one little clock worked herself into a frenzy. She calculated her total responsibilities. The clock realized she would have to tick nearly 63 million times during the next 12 months. The more she thought about it, the more worried she became. Finally, the little clock became so anxious her little ticker went on the blink.
Realizing she needed help, the clock sought the counsel of a psychiatrist. “I just don’t have what it takes to tick that often,” she confessed. The counselor responded, “How many ticks must you tick at a time?” The clock answered, “just one”. “How about using your energies to tick just one tick at a time,” suggested the counselor, “and I think you will be just fine.”
So, the little clock wound herself up, concerned herself with one tick at a time and ticked happily ever after.
Take life one tick at a time. Although your problems, upcoming challenges or fears for the future, seem insurmountable, you’ll find renewed strength by taking life one step at a time.
For inner peace, let’s start by counting the number of lights and stop measuring the amount darkness. Be the bright light you want to see in the world.
Will Harris is the international best-selling author of Willpower Now and Power Prospecting. As Managing Director of Willpower Consultation, his firm specializes in strategic sales training and management consultation. Will Harris’ professional background includes working for Zig Ziglar and Motorola as the Director of Global Sales Training. His personal background includes creating the Willpower Humanitarian Foundation; leading humanitarian efforts for women empowerment, child education, and peace efforts. In October 2016, he delivered a speech to 600K people entitled “We need peace.” He has been married for 19 years, has one son and lives outside of Washington, D.C. Will Harris has consulted with Verizon since 2014. He trains an average of 250 Verizon direct, channel, and inside sales people a year in the USA and UK.