OVERCOMING SELFISH TENDENCIES

Smothermon (1982) talked about untransformed relationships and how personal jealousy can cause commitments to fail. Transforming humanity by becoming the space for transformation means we take out jealousy from our system. Jealousy exists in a world that works for you or me. It does not belong to the space wherein the world works for you and me.

Most of the time, we are jealous because we feel “incomplete.” We tend to bind others with us in a relationship in order to feel complete. This intention is not selfless. Instead of your expressing your willingness to be served, this state of mind pushes others to serve us. In this scenario, one person’s gain comes at the expense of another person’s loss. This problem is born out of jealousy, insecurity, and possessiveness (Smothermon, 1982).

Jealousy kills the opportunities for commitments to become real and meaningful. Let me share here three ways on how we can eliminate jealousy in our lives. First, we have to be the masters of our emotions. Remember that we must not be guided by our emotions instead we must be guiding our emotions. We have to act and decide out of a sound mind and not with unstable, ever-changing emotions. When you are jealous, you are saying that you are powerless and limited. Jealousy is a content-generated mindset.

 

Second, you can understand that it is not always about you. Remember that the people in your life also have a purpose. The world does not revolve around you. Do not dwell too much on yourself, your desires, your feelings, or your thoughts.

Think about it. Planets do not collide with each other because they know that all of them revolve around one sun. Each of them respect and do not cross each other’s orbit. Like the planets, we ought to respect other people and their individualism, as well as their purposes.

Lastly, we must constantly remind ourselves of who we are. We are bought with a price (1 Corinthians 7:23), co-heir of Christ (Romans 8:17), a child of the King of Kings (John 1:12). With these shared identities that we have in Christ, who are we to feel insecure?

 

 

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How can you be generous today and overcome your selfish tendencies?

The Power to Shape Humanity

You must not let yourself be limited by the accomplishments or failures you had before. Let them inspire renewed commitment in the possibilities for the future of humanity. Be the space by which humanity can be changed.

 

The possibility of transformation lives in a moment of individual choice. Once we break free from the limitations of the conversations of the “It can’t be done” and replace them with conversations for “What if,” “Could we,” or the “Why not?” There is power in the kind of conversations we will allow on our space.

 

Do not simply live for the validation from others that your life matters. Instead look for how you can personally become a driving force for generating an opening, a new possibility for humanity, and a shared responsibility for the future of our planet.

 

What is the most powerful leverage you have for transforming the face of humanity? The power of transforming and shaping what we are is your best chance at making a difference in this world. Your commitment is sufficient to the task at hand. Lifespring (n.d.) leaves a resounding message to us in this endeavor: “The gift that you are to us and to one another makes up a rich, joyous, diverse, and transformed world.”

 

 

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Starting Anew

Do not stay stuck in the comfort zone of the familiar and the ordinary. The sure way to live a dissatisfying life is to stay within your comfort zone because you are scared to take risks. You and I live in a day and age wherein “tried and tested” assumptions are bound to be challenged by new discoveries, mindsets, and paradigms. There is a demand that we transform our surroundings and ourselves that is consistent with what is possible for humanity. If you are brave enough, you can give birth in your mind limitless possibilities.

 

You live in a generation wherein you must embrace your own creativity. You must take responsibility for many views and to share your own insights. You can go against fixed and immutable systems. You can create breakthroughs for your life and for humanity.

While it is true that at any given moment things “are” the way they are, we have only began to learn that no one moment dictates or ordains the next. Our future is not confined by the present nor the past. At every moment, each of us has a choice to transform what is possible in the next moment of our lives. The discipline of transformation is about learning to shape our world in a way that supports and complements our commitments and vision. This work is grounded on the premise that action is not random, but rather is determined by what we see as possible and what we intend to achieve. If “reality” is molded by action that springs from our view of the world, it follows that shifting that view is a powerful leverage point in altering action and, with it, the face of the world. You might say that the point of transformation is not to change the image we project, but rather to alter the lens through which the image is seen. In fact, the transformation that alters society, organizations, and relationships begins with a transformation of ourselves. (Lifespring, n.d., Possibilities: The Future of Humanity)

So you see, it is not as much as being able to influence a great movement in society today. It starts for an intimate and personal shift. It begins from drawing upon your own unique and irreplaceable power in the world to make a difference. What we intend to achieve here is a shift in the character, composition, and structure of who we are, as individuals.

There are aspects to our individuality that we cannot change. However, we can choose the context by which these unchangeable facts are held. We have the power to free ourselves from fixed, rigid, and inherited realities. We can take on for ourselves one that promulgates a vision of the future, instead of being confined and struggling with the limits of the past.

 

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Flexibility is important in a relationship

The more you stick to the rules in life, the less life works. The inflexibility of a person stuck with the rules is a classic in an organization that is going under as in a relationship which is not working (Smothermon, 1982).

As a leader or a member of an organization, flexibility must be inculcated in us. When an organization is struggling, we should not only know how to determine what to do or to get ideas in a different perspective but also be able to execute them. We should also know how to be flexible enough in meeting the end goal. We should be able to work well with others, being into a transforming leader that can nurture the relationship being formed whilst getting to the end goal.

If we act on our commitments and our vision, we will have the capacity of producing flexibility and satisfaction in spite of the circumstances – and perhaps one day a world that works for everyone (Selman, 2007). In this life that we live, it can be said that every vision that we have is rooted in making this world a better place. We people usually desire good things. However, it takes time to get to the end goal, there are a lot of twists and turns that may happen along the way. But, developing a character of being flexible will help us get to the end goal a better and learned person.

Andre Gide once said, you cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. Relationships tend to get messy and complicated. There are even times when we tend to replace the relationship with another one. Oddly enough, the way out is not to find a new relationship, but to have the courage to move up the integrity scale instead of down (Smothermon, 1982).

One of the things that a leader should have is courage. It is a non-negotiable in leading people. Many times, as people head their way to transformation, they experience struggles that are meant for their growth. Acknowledging their finite nature is important. By having the courage to identify and face the causes of struggle in your life, you grant yourself the power to transcend (Wilde, 1987).

Transformation is transcending from your former self. It is going beyond you. It is going beyond what you have in mind. To do this you must transcend your beliefs about the way you think things are accomplished and see how things really work.

Courage is choosing to go on when everything seems to be difficult. Choose to go on. This is not to prove yourself to others, but this is to choose to unleash your full potential.

 

 

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Leadership happens in the context of relationships

Forging relationships has always been important. It is also a vital part of the self. When two are forged into one, they become stronger and they become a better version of their individual selves. As Smothermon had put it, a relationship is transformed when you create a context for transformation of the relationship. This requires that you “see” that the relationship is transformed; especially must you see this when there is nothing of which you approve going on in the relationship (Smothermon, 1982).

 

Leadership does not happen inside an individual, but in the context of relationships and in the coordination of actions and practices in a community (Selman, 2007, p.17). Leadership happens in relationships. A leader cannot lead when he has no one to lead.

Relationships are important in leadership. If a leader cannot relate to his followers, or if there are no connections to put them together as one, it will be a hard time for the both of them to work towards a common goal. People may have different ideas, but when they have a working relationship, they get to put aside their egos and push on toward working together.

Commitment is related to the nature of language and to the fact that everything that we will say will open and close possibilities simultaneously; we need someone else apart from ourselves to relate to our natural “blindness,” to those things that we don’t know that we don’t know (Selman, 2007). As an individual, we may be blinded by our own thinking. What we think may not necessarily be truth to other people.

In relationships, we can be assured that we are not only seeing one side of the box. Because we have people to support us, we can see things in a new light. We human beings naturally tend to adapt to a fixed reality and become victims of our own life stories, and explanations about the world and how it works (Selman, 2007). We should not let this happen in our relationships and organizations. This kind of fixed mind-set puts us in a very vulnerable position of losing.

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What kind of relationships are you forming? List them and determine which of those contributes to the realization of your vision and fulfillment of your destiny and purpose.

Discovering the Higher Self

When you disappear the past, then you are no longer resisting it. A lot of times, we have For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (Isaiah 55:9). Life’s real meaning and purpose is revealed to me as God’s Truth pours into my mind and heart (Addington, 1973, p.68). Our transformation is for a purpose. We do not simply transform into someone without God’s consent. Although we all have the liberty to do so, being in Christ is something that does not simply transform us inside but it is something that resonates on the outside as well.

As it is written in the bible, not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and Grace. We were called to transform for a specific purpose. And, if there is a specific purpose God is calling us to go, it is to be in the center of His will. Being so, it makes us experience life in a new way. It makes others see the transformation that is taking place in us. For to be transformed in Him, we begin to see ourselves in harmony with others. We begin to realize our greater purpose as we fellowship with others. We see His Love transform and see it transform others as well in His likeness.

The Higher self of each (the individual and the organizations) is the source of the vision, resonating to the higher impulses to which each is attuned. It has been said, “Without vision, the people perish.” The inner source of inspiration, energies and qualities is vital (Levels of self, NA). Each person is like a ball of energy. As every one plays a vital role in an organization, they somehow determine how the whole organization will go. If one loses his energy or gets out of the organization, it will affect the entirety of the group.

 

The individual self plays a vital role in setting up the group self. It determines the flow of action in the group. This is mainly because, people are made as relational beings. As we gather together as a group, we learn how to cope up with each other’s differences and the like. We learn that others can contribute as we can contribute.

 

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The Cure for the “Me” Generation

Do unto others what you have them do unto you – the Golden Rule says. As we spend time with people in our group, community or society, we would not always have the same insights and perspective on things. As Werner Erhard had put it, if you put a bunch of human beings together, it becomes a massive amount of chaos and complexity (Erhard, 2006).

We should understand this premise for us not to fall into the trap of hating each other. It is wise to see others as you see yourself, as you love others as you love yourself (1 John 3:23). This is God’s commandment to us after all. It never fails to see others in the eyes of God. Cultivating understanding, kindness, compassion – love in us is a long-forgotten thing in this century. To be exact, it was said that this generation we are living in is the “Me” generation. There is nothing wrong with caring for the individual self. But, care for it should result to caring for others as well.

But by the Grace of God I am what I am, and His Grace to me was not without effect (Ephesians 15:10). We are people who experience a lot of things. Most of the things that happen to us are out of our control. But, to look at it, our response also play a vital role in our lives. Acceptance is the key. There are some things or conditions in life that we cannot change. But, we can change our outlook by looking at things in a different light. As we begin to accept ourselves as we are – we begin to see the things life is openly teaching us.

Accept yourself in this moment and recommit, if you choose, to change and learning. You can forgive yourself fully. Let blame and remorse go. They are not useful (Budd & Rothestein, 2000, p. 120). Learn from your past mistakes and let yourself be transformed more into the destiny you were made for. As we begin to accept ourselves, it will be easier to accept others as well – and to understand them.

What are you making happen consciously – in yourself, in your relationships, and in your organization? Consider this your call to consciousness. Consider this a wake-up call, a call to consciousness in all you do. This consciousness will be the basis for a new understanding of how you create the world around you. And it will serve as a basis for transforming to something much more powerful and meaningful (Hacker & Roberts, 2004).

 

 

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The Power of Self-Awareness

Identity is an individual’s conscious description of who he is (Chapter 15: Self-

concept NA). How one describes oneself is his identity. When we ask people about

who they are, we get an insight of their identity. However, an individual’s identity is

developed over time, constantly evolving, and influenced by self-awareness

(Chapter 15: Self-concept NA).

In being aware or conscious of how one feels, think, behaves and believes at

any said time, self-awareness is being developed. In a group, how a person

responds within it becomes his identity. As a leader or a part of a group, one needs

to reflect on the feelings, thoughts and responses he is creating in it.

For what he does becomes who he is in the group. Self-awareness plays a

vital role in one’s identity. Self-awareness involves how consciously knowing how

the self thinks, feels, believes, and behaves at any specific time. According to

Burkhardt and Nathaniel, we can enhance self-awareness by developing the ability

to step back and look at any situation while being aware of ourselves and how we

are reacting to the situation. A client has to be able to identify one’s personal and

emotional feelings of a situation without judging oneself (Chapter 15: Self-concept

NA).

God made each person fearfully and wonderfully (Psalm 139:14). Each

person has a unique identity that sets him apart from others. Knowing this, people

are meant to complement each other towards a common good. Each one is a

master of his own identity. What one says about himself matters.

 

The Buddha in Dhammapada has a worthy quote, “the thought manifests as the word; the word manifests as the deed; the deed develops into habit; And habit hardens into character; So watch the thought and its ways to care; and let it spring from love born out of concern for all beings. As the shadows follow the body, as we think, so we become.”

 

 

What one says tells a lot about his identity. One should be careful of what he declares upon himself and to others. In the book, you are what you say. Fernando Flores, a Chilean of great intellect once tried to speak out negative things about his life to his audience. After that, the audience fell into a depressed mood. Fernando then said, “Do you see that your speaking has changed your body, your mood, your physiology, and your possibilities for action? Language has generated a moment of life for you. The action of languaging changed you like a drug” (Budd & Rothestein, 2000, p. 125).

So, what we say about ourselves matters. It shapes our identity and character. It determines who we are in the group. A leader ought to be very careful on how he verbalizes things. He should take note of this since what he says matters most to the group he leads. It shapes how the group will work out. It either leads the group to work or fail.

 

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The Birth of Transformation: Begin With Yourself

Every person is unique and different. Each person has his own talents, abilities and qualities that set him apart from the others. As we all have power instilled inside us. It includes the power to change.

 

In Ron Smothermon’s book, Transformation #1, he defined “Transformation” as a change in value rather than a change in form. According to him, “Transvaluation” is a better word for it and it is not accepted in our language” (Smothermon, 1982, p.5). “Everyone is subject to transformation. After all, as the saying goes, the only constant thing in this world is change. It is a non-negotiable in life. Everyone experiences and goes through such. We, as finite beings are to accept this fact. The very fact that we are finite is something that makes us subject to finding our own purpose in life. In fact, everyone is committed to having the experience of expanded value in his life” (Smothermon, 1982, p.5).

 

As a person, we get to have dreams and aspirations. In line with this truth, there is an innate thing in us to transform — to be better than before, to reach the unreachable and to experience the new.

 

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Your Relationship with the Past, Present, and Future

When you disappear the past, then you are no longer resisting it. A lot of times, we have horrible experiences that we wish to forget. We do so by rejecting it, by trying to forget it, or by hoping it never happens to us. However, whatever we resist, persists.

 

When we are trying to fix the past or change it, then we find ourselves living our “present” according to the past, rather than the future. This is something we must deal with individually for you to make sure you create a future that is full of possibility for humanity.

You can create a future that gives you a current era that is full of life. Even if disappearing the past does not change your current circumstances, you will be able to see it from a new light. When you move in this spirit, then you become a cause of breakthrough and possibility, not only for yourself but also for your relationships, your family, your groups, your organizations, your society, and humanity. Werner Erhard tells

us, “It is the future into which you are living that gives you being and action in the

present, even with your current circumstances.”

 

 

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What is the future you want to live into?