· To inspire the reader with a positive message
· To ignite a spark in the reader’s spirit, which in time creates change
· To impel and catapult the reader to another level of thinking above mediocrity and on a level all your own
THE WINDSHIELD, REAR-VIEWS & BLIND SIDES
A Different Perspective of Your Driving Experience (Seen & Unseen)
Driving happens to be one of my favorite things to do! I like the forward progression from one destination to the next. The consistent forward motion and destiny gives me inner-motivation to simply… get there. Along with that motivation, I also like to play music (a passion of mine), or a teaching from my Auto University (mind programming, spiritual food, inspirational lessons). I believe that with a focus on what’s inside my car rather than outside my car, I am able to enjoy the ride better rather than get frustrated at the lady in front of me that knows she NEEDS to be in the OTHER lane because she’s going too slow in the LEFT LANE!!!! Aaahhh!!!
One thing I have come to realize, however, is that our driver’s side is designed to protect you from Blind Spots around you and give you, the Pilot, a great view of what’s in front of you and also what’s behind you. There’s a full windshield ahead of you that is much larger than the 3 smaller rear-view mirrors! However, each view has a purpose and provides a protection all its own. The windshield gives you a full view of what’s ahead so you can move forward with a guard from the wind ahead of you; which allows you to also progress to your destination. At the same time, the 3 mirrors are used to give the driver a rear-view through the rear-windshield and provide information necessary to move forward! Yet in still, there are blind spots or blind sides that still exist, which require an extra turning of our head to see; through the side windows!
With that being said, why are the Windshields larger than the Rear-Views? Why is it necessary to have a need to see behind us when we aren’t going in that direction? At night, why do some rear-view mirrors adjust to protect the driver from a glare? And if all these views are available to us, why are there still areas around the car that are considered Blind Spots or Blind Sides? And my last question is with all these views of the outside of the car, why are there still car accidents?
BOTTOM LINE ————————————————————
Driving our cars is a lot like life in the sense that we have to look in front of us into our future and plan accordingly in order to really live and enjoy our lives. We also have to constantly look behind us in the past and remember where we came from, what experiences we had, what memories helped to shape our thinking about our future and create a belief system for our upcoming experiences! Our rear-views also help us to judge our distances from where we once were and just how much further we are after having received a promotion, a graduation or upgrade in life. We begin to appreciate the growth that comes along with moving forward. That is a gift in and of itself!
Another correlation is that we need to set and consider our goals and visions as the roadmaps to life and our purpose for living. We will not truly be able to move forward in life without clearly defined goals and reasons to move ahead in life. Why would you move forward if you don’t know where you are going? For what reason would you think making a right or left would get you closer to your destiny or destination if you don’t have one defined? Everyone should set small goals to lead to larger Visions, which drive you and those with you… to Dreams! It’s all a matter of knowing where you are going that will set the pace and rate of your forward motion. There is a confidence in knowing…
However, those blind spots or blind sides are still there. These are those areas of our lives that we don’t see in ourselves. It may take more than just self-awareness to recognize these areas of our lives and that is where our circles of influence come into the picture. This is where we need other people that have our back to inform of us of things in our lives which we cannot see. They are those that don’t mind telling us, about us and revealing to us what we don’t see! The following areas are just a few areas that can be considered BLIND SPOTS or BLIND SIDES:
1) FALSE PRIDE – Having the attitude of walking beyond reproach or more highly than one ought to. An unduly high opinion of oneself, conceit.
2) SELFISHNESS – Concerned excessively and exclusively with oneself: seeking or concentrating on one’s own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without the regard for others.
3) ARROGANCE – An exaggerated attitude that one’s own worth is beyond reproach or superior to everyone else, an extreme sense of self-pride.
4) IGNORANCE – To be void of or have a lack of knowledge, education and awareness; usually of something very important.
5) HEARTLESS – Having or showing a lack of sympathy or tender feelings, having or showing the desire to inflict severe pain and suffering on others.
6) CLOSE-MINDED – Totally stubborn in one’s beliefs and unreceptive of new ideas and new perspectives.
7) LOW SELF-ESTEEM – Having a poor self-image or unfavorable impression of oneself, negatively downplaying one’s worth and value.
(Although, these are just a few, seek your own and make a few changes)
Now, consider your Partner in life, your Spouse, Fiance, Business Partner and Friends. Ask yourself, do they help to sharpen you and help to reveal your Blind Spots and Blind Sides? Who are your Co-Pilots in business or are they sleeping on the job and role for your life? Think about who you listen to or give weight to in the decision making process of your business. Find your mentors and those that help you to “Sharpen Your Saw,” and make your better in business. Take this time to consider just how you can also be the best Co-Pilot for someone else as well. After all, how can you expect to be sharpened, if you don’t aim to sharpen someone else? Speak to these Partners in life and don’t be afraid to ask these hard questions of self-evaluations and examination. Don’t hinder their answers, don’t shy away from their responses, but embrace them, cherish them and take heed. Your Destination Awaits…