The Pirates Are Coming
Collectively we seem to have allowed ourselves to be lulled into thinking of the most dangerous pirates as being “out there“. The most troubling pirates, the ones that are most likely to destroy your life, are the lies you tell yourself. The number one lie is that you need to be most worried about the pirates “out there“. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! The process of focusing on the wrong pirates has lead to MASSIVE devastation in peoples lives.
Cary, IL (PRWEB) November 18, 2005
We are focusing on the wrong pirates.
Dr. Mike Davison
There is a lot of talk of pirates these days. The images on television were very real and very frightening. It has emphasized the idea that the enemies that we most need to protect ourselves from are external from us.
Yes, collectively we seem to have allowed ourselves to be lulled into thinking of the most dangerous pirates as being “out there“. The most
Troubling pirates, the ones that are most likely to destroy your life, are the lies you tell yourself. The number one lie is that you need to be most worried about the pirates “out there“. Wrong! Wrong! Wrong! The process of focusing on the wrong pirates has lead to MASSIVE devastation in peoples lives.
On a personal level the pirates are people pleasing, procrastination, a lack of vision for your life, playing it safe, being defensive, making excuses, and blaming others for your problems. RADICAL RESPONSIBILITY is the pathway to destroying your personal pirates. The pirates that will devastate your life are not out there. They are within you.
To boil it down, the pirates that will destroy your life are your thoughts. This may sound shocking. This may sound controversial. It is quite ingrained for most of us to see the pirates as being “out there”. But it is our thinking.
“It is just one cigarette". That pirate will at minimum devastate your health.
“My spouse will never know". That pirate will destroy your marriage.
“I really want this new car”. That pirate can ruin you financially.
“My kid will rebel if I say no". That pirate will cause unintended pain and misery for you and your child for years to come.
The sooner you realize the real pirates that will rob your quality of life, the sooner you can get on the road to RADICAL RESPONSIBLY. Our thoughts are the pathway to access to our hearts, health, marriages, families, and financial life. The pirates are able to get in when we are not paying attention. They slowly sneak into your life. The worst pirates use the element of surprise. They are subtle.
As human beings we will never cease to have personal problems. However, we can RADICALLY reduce them by practicing RADICAL RESPONSIBILITY. That means focusing on the right pirates. Pogo
Got it when he pronounce, “I have met the enemy, and he is I”. Cervantes got it, when in his novel Don Quixote was fighting “windmills” - a metaphor for “imaginary pirates“. Emerson and Thoreau got it when they wrote on developing self reliance. Socrates cautioned us too when he declared that “The unexamined life is not worth living”.
Make a commitment to conquer the real pirates. Make a commitment to RADICAL RESPONSIBLY.
Commit to personal reasonability.
Responsibility FOR yourself.
Responsibility TO others.
Honor your commitments. Not doing so allows the pirates in.
Screwing up is not what is catastrophic, not taking reasonability for it is.
That which you acknowledge closes the pathway for the pirates to further get into your thoughts and mind.
How do you uncover the real pirates? Stop having your dominant focus be on the world out there. Stop. Slow down. Pay attention. Ask yourself the right questions. Ask yourself what you have neglected or avoided in your life. Ask yourself what difficult conversations you have evaded. Ask yourself what dreams you have abandoned. Ask yourself about your health practices, your primary relationships, the decision you are
Making in your life.
Amour up for the real battle. Fight the real pirates. Remember pirates sneak up. We think they blitz attack, but it is only because we don’t see them coming. It is because we are looking in the wrong place - out there. Don’t let the pirates slowly build pathways into your life. Remember the main road is your mind - your thoughts.
Start focusing on the pirates who stand to create the most damage to your life. Become a practitioner of RADICAL RESPONSIBLY. Remember, there is a war out there. But the war that will dismantle your quality of life is waged by the pirates you allow on the pathway to your life through your thoughts.
Dr. Mike Davison
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Dr. Davison is available for interviews or commentary on the events of the day as they relate to personal responsibility. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Davison at mike@PartnersInPurpose. com or 847 490-7689.