Aside – Books and the way they colour your day

March 22, 2010 at 2:39 pm Leave a comment

I’m reading a novel, April Witch, by Swedish author, Majgull Axelsson.  It is a beautifully written, dark and awful story of mothers who hurt their daughters and what happens to those daughters when they grow up.

One of the worst things a mother can do is make her daughter feel unworthy and I found myself responding to the novel by having unworthy feelings.  Let me make it clear, my mother is awesome and has always told me I could do anything I wanted.

The other day I came across an opportunity I usually jump at.  My initial reaction, very deep down, was that it wasn’t for me.  It was for someone better than me.  I stopped myself almost at once.  I was surprised at how visceral that reaction was.  It immediately was clear to me, that it was a response to the novel I’m reading.  It had the same shade in my mind as the book does.

I stopped watching horror, especially, slasher films.  I’d get part way in, realize I didn’t want to watch and stop.  Only to have the film pop into my head over the next few days and that’s when I learned that my imagination is much worse than anything that could have been in the film.  Our imaginations are like that – the worst fear is the unknown.  My response was to just stop watching them.

I’ve read enough NLP and other mind books to know that the more we use neural pathways the stronger they become.  I don’t want to strengthen neural pathways that don’t help me.

Which brings me back to this book.  I’m still reading it.  It is very well written so it is hard to put down.  I am aware of my thoughts and I’m not letting myself feel unworthy.  I’m optimistic enough to hope for, at least a somewhat happy ending.  Or maybe a resolution.  I’m afraid that if I leave now, my imagination will just think of an ending anyway.

Do the novels you read colour your world?

Do you take care with the fiction you read?

Is there value in reading about bad things?

Advertisements

Entry filed under: Aside. Tags: .

Aside – Hearing the Writer’s Voice Turning on the Cash Faucet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


The Three Success Factors

I have worked closely with 100’s of business owners and I have seen too many struggle. I have seen what works and what doesn't.

It takes 3 things to succeed:
1. Hard work - and I know you do that already.
2. Knowledge - domain knowledge: you've got that and continue to learn; and business knowledge: this is where everyone focuses and it's easy to find
3. Mindset - This is the killer app. This is what makes or breaks small business owners.

We work on Mindset here at the Business Owners Success Club: how you think about yourself and your business.

When you focus on a business that gives you what you need to live a Good Life and gives others what they need to solve a problem, everything else falls into place and you have a successful business.

Using that as a framework we work on one aspect of business every month. February is "Your Place in Your Community" month.

In March we will open the doors to our online community. Stay Tuned.

Sign up here to play along.

Categories

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Here’s the short and sweet version

Error: Twitter did not respond. Please wait a few minutes and refresh this page.

Here’s what others liked


%d bloggers like this: