The World is the Stage, We are the Players
The roles we play during our lives affect who we are and how we act.
The human personality is not a fixed and intrinsic, it is fluid and ever-changing, based on the roles we play.
All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts. — William Shakespeare, As You Like It, II.vii
People the world over all play roles on different stages.
For instance: you may play the role of a musician, while in other roles you may play a parent, a friend, a lover, a student, a teacher and so on.
Each situation determines the role we play.
But, most people have not consciously designed their circumstances, nor have they consciously determined the roles they will play.
Most people fail to realize that they can actually choose their stage, who they will be, and how they will act.
They have not decided to write the story of their own lives, but instead have consigned that to other people or other outside influences
Rather than seeing their identity as theirs, flexible and malleable, most people believe that this is just the way I am, and just the way things are: Chiseled in Stone.
This is not so, and because one has played a role in the past does not mean it is the only role ever to be played.
If your situation requires, wants, wishes, calls for something different, 86 what has been in the past, reverse, break out of the pattern, evolve.
You have the power!
You get to shape the environment and decide what roles to play, you can make the leaps in your personal and professional development.
“1st you have to decide you are going to do something and then you have to make it happen”
The process is not difficult, it goes like this:
1. Determine your goal.
2. Commit to your goal, go to a place that makes you want to live up to the goal.
3. Determine the what roles you will need to play in the situations you create.
4. Act the part, and become the part.
5. Develop relationships with people who have your interest at heart, and can help you achieve your goals.
6. Repeat , at higher marks, with more longer strides.
7. Do it again, again and again.
What then is your goal?
A fundamental issue of most people’s lives, is that they do not really know what they want to do with their lives. Yet, they are active doing something menial to get along, or do nothing at all living the life of the slacker.
Most people wander through life re-actively.
They have not determined what they want, and so, they have not designed their environments. Rather, they adapt to and become the part of whatever environments they slid into.
But, when a person decide what he/she wants, the Universe joins in to Make it Happen.
The Big Q: How?
The Big A: When We decide what We want, We set the stage. Read: Create the plot, the setting, and the characters that will be The Story.
And most importantly when those Key elements are, the you get to decide which characters you will play, and how The Story will unfold.
Notably thought, until you decide what you want, you will not be able to consciously shape your environments.
As human beings, we adapt to and evolve overtime based on our environment. In order to consciously evolve, we must know who we want to become at the next stage.
Do not plan too far into the future, when you plan too far ahead, you cap on potential growth, and begin to see identity as fixed.
When taking big steps and long strides new possibilities open up, and at every new mark perception of the potential and possibilities expand.
There is no cap on the possibilities when you are flexible and fluid. Because as we grow, our perspective and abilities expand, and who we are expands.
OK, now you ask, what conditions will make the achievement of a goal inevitable?
“Social psychologists argue that who we are at any one time depends mostly on the context in which we find ourselves. But who creates the context? The more mindful we are, the more we can create the contexts we are in. When we create the context, we are more likely to be authentic. Mindfulness lets us see things in a new light and believe in the possibility of change.”―Ellen Langer
What I have observed is that most people approach goals and personal improvement the hard way. Instead of changing their environment, they try to overcome their current environment.
This then is the core of willpower: individualistic Western culture obsession.
Willpower is the slowest and most ineffective way to evolve.
Willpower is focused on incremental and linear growth. So, focusing on willpower as a strategy for change will never allow a person to make really important strides in life.
Willpower is an uphill struggle, dealing with the same situations day after day after day.
But, when you commit to an enormous goal that far exceeds your current capability, Willpower will not solve the problems.
That requires a new environment that organically generates your goals , one that forces you to become more than what you are now. Once you design the right conditions, your desired behavior naturally follows.
Willpower is for people who have not made up their minds.
Commitment, on going all in is a point of no return, as there is no opportunity to withdraw.
Again, this process is simple, and not easy. You need passion aka fire, and faith in yourself to go to and get there.
That simply means decide who you want to be, then act as if you are that person. Thus, stretching your views of yourself and your possibilities.
There is no cap on ones potential, it is your life, it is your responsibility, you choose.
Certainty clears the path to drive points home, perception precedes action, the right action follows the right perceptions, make it happen!
Have a terrific holiday weekend.
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