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Strengthen your spirit and watch how high you soar

Do you know what a jet fighter is?  If you said airplane, you’re only half right.  In the strict nomenclature, a jet fighter is actually a weapons platform. Its job is to deliver ordinance to a target, not to fly the pilot around.

In that sense, the human body - his vessel of protoplasm we drive around - is not really what a human is. It’s actually a delivery platform for the will of our spirit; the true life force that is who we really are.

One of the things I have observed about humans is that we often don’t understand, and therefore tend to under-employ, the power of our spirit. We seem so obsessed with the body that we don’t spend enough time contemplating the presence and power of the spirit.

Someone once told me how little of our brain’s power we actually use.  I don’t remember the percentage, but I do remember it was astonishingly low.  I wonder if there is a connection between under-usage of the brain and limited awareness of the spirit.

Author and philosopher, Colin Wilson, wrote, “We possess such immense resources of power that pessimism is a laughable absurdity.” The power he’s talking about is that of the spirit.

Pessimism can’t be overcome by our bodies. Dealing with frustration and overcoming disappointment are both tasks performed way above the pay-grade of protoplasm. If you are a small business owner you either already understand this, or are acquiring that understanding a little more every day.

I’ve been a small business owner for a long time and have observed others far longer. I can’t imagine how any of us could do what we do without a strong spirit.  The challenge is to become more aware of our spirit and flex it - like a muscle - to our advantage.

How strong is your spirit?

Do you know what a jet fighter is? If you said airplane, you’re only half right. In the strict nomenclature, a jet fighter is actually a weapons platform. It’s job is to deliver ordinance to a target, not to fly the pilot around.

In that sense, the human body - this vessel of protoplasm we drive around - is not really what a human is. It’s actually a delivery platform for the will of our spirit; the true life force that is who we really are.

One of the things I have observed about humans is that we often don’t understand, and therefore tend to under-employ, the power of our spirit. We seem so obsessed with the body that we don’t spend enough time contemplating the presence and power of the spirit.

Someone once told me how little of our brain’s power we actually use. I don’t remember the percentage, but I do remember it was astonishingly low. I wonder if there is a connection between under-usage of the brain and limited awareness of the spirit.

Author and philosopher, Colin Wilson, wrote, “We possess such immense resources of power that pessimism is a laughable absurdity.” The power he’s talking about is that of the spirit.

Pessimism can’t be overcome by our bodies. Dealing with frustration and overcoming disappointment are both tasks performed way above the pay-grade of protoplasm. If you are a small business owner you either already understand this, or are acquiring that understanding a little more everyday.

I’ve been a small business owner for along time and have observed others far longer. I can’t imagine how any of us could do what we do without a strong spirit. The challenge is to become more aware of our spirit and flex it — like a muscle — to our advantage.

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Listen to your spirit

Do you think about the force that drives your protoplasm around; the keeper of your courage; the only thing that’s different about identical twins?

You know – your spirit.

Everyone should be conscious of their spirit, but it’s essential for entrepreneurs.

In Eternal Echoes, the late John O’Donohue spoke to entrepreneurs: “When you open your heart to discovery you will be called to step outside of your comfort barriers; you will be called to risk old views and thoughts. But your spirit loves the danger of growth.”

Let’s consider a few of John’s words.

Discovery: As a small business owner you “open your heart to discovery” every day. You discover that vision, hard work and planning have produced a new customer, a little more profit, or that you just might make it another year.

Sometimes discoveries aren’t pleasant: An employee doesn’t show up, equipment breaks down or you lose a customer.

Challenging discoveries are no respecter of businesses, large or small. But they hit a small business harder because there are fewer spirits, bodies and assets to absorb the shock.

John O. would say your success lies in the ability to “open your heart to discovery.” Do you dread problems, or can you turn a challenge into an opportunity? The answer to that question may depend on how well you discover and use the power of your spirit.

Comfort Barriers: These offer protection, but they also hold you back. The same wall that protects you from the world can also keep you from engaging the world.

You may have fewer surprises and dangers inside your comfort barriers, but opportunity is a camper; it likes to be outside. Listen to your spirit when it tells you to step outside your comfort barriers and camp out with opportunity.

And remember this wisdom from John Shedd, “A ship in the harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships were built for.”

Growth: O’Donohue said our spirit “loves the danger of growth.” Sometimes growth can be dangerous, but more often, not growing is riskier.

You can either be courageous or a weenie. Your spirit sees the power of courage in the marketplace, while the weenie in you sees the chance of failure. Your spirit says, “Let’s make something happen,” while the weenie in you craves comfort. Knowing how to manage these two forces is crucial to success in small business.

Listen to your spirit, trust it and leverage that force.

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Some Thoughts on Platforms

By Jim Blasingame ©2008 All Rights Reserved

Do you know what a jet fighter is? If you said airplane, you’re only half right. In the strict nomenclature, a jet fighter is considered a weapons platform.

In that sense, the human body - this vessel of protoplasm we drive around - is not really what a human is. It’s actually a delivery platform for the will of our spirit; the true life force that is who we really are.

One of the things I have observed about humans is that we often don’t understand, and therefore tend to under-employ, the power of our spirit. We seem so obsessed with the body that we don’t spend enough time contemplating the presence and power of the spirit.

Someone once told me how little of our brain’s power we actually use. I don’t remember the percentage but I do remember it was astonishingly low. I wonder if there is a connection between under-usage of the brain and limited awareness of the spirit.

Author and philosopher Colin Wilson wrote, “We possess such immense resources of power that pessimism is a laughable absurdity.” The power he’s talking about is that of the spirit.

Pessimism can’t be overcome by our bodies. Dealing with frustration and overcoming disappointment are both tasks performed way above the pay-grade of protoplasm. If you are a small business owner you either already understand this, or are acquiring that understanding a little more every day.

I’ve been a small business owner for a long time and have observed others far longer. I can’t imagine how any of us could do what we do without a strong spirit. The challenge is to become more aware of your spirit and flex it - like a muscle - to your advantage.




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