Do you have a blueprint for success or do you flop about like a flag in a windstorm?
Many of us work with blueprints in our businesses, offices or factories. We know how important a planning structure is for the success of what we are doing. Yet, in our own lives, we seem not to apply this.
A niece of mine who is working in a big corporation works on "blueprints" all the time and trains others to do so. But you know what? She never thought it has applications in her own life.
Yes, many of us take our lives for granted, as a great unstructured sandbox over which we not only have no control, but really don't even have influence!
We assume that good things will just happen without our planning for it. We flop about like a flag in a windstorm and hope that fate, destiny, karma or other anti-blueprint words will through sheer chance land us in gold.
In the old days, blue print was the name for construction drawings used by contractors to build new structures in a step by step fashion. They actually were blue, because of the printing process used.
Today, the concept of a blueprint has grown to cover almost all areas where an orderly process must be followed to avoid chaos. If we have a blueprint, our choices will be guided and directed to where we want to be in the future...or at least close by. How is that for a start?
I was reminded of my own experience. I had no blueprint. I had no clue about this at that time. As a child, however, success had been part of both my own and my family's experience. I was top of my class and my father's business was doing extremely well. So, how did we deal with this success?
My family told us not to show off, to be humble and not let our success make our heads get bigger. Not to be Mr. Big Head! To always remember where we came from because our good fortune might not last.
Yes, be afraid girl. Prosperity is temporary. You are not sure you will be lucky all the time and luck/karma/destiny was the most important part of success.
This ensured that we be always afraid of the future and of the dreadful arbitrariness of destiny. That was the blueprint that got created in me.
We were told that we should hide our current luck. Always put ourselves lower than the others. This, too, became a blueprint, one that could only lead to inevitable failure.
At some point failing would be a relief as it would reduce the daily stress of waiting for the collapse. What a recipe for disaster, a disaster that finally came.
Our business surely went under after my father unexpectedly died. We saw this as the beginning of the end and we behaved in a way that ensured the expected failure.
Our family business blueprint forecast all of these and sensing our loss of spirit former employees with winner blueprints built their own futures on the ashes of ours.
It was almost over when an amazing change took place. My youngest sister who only lived a short time in the era of prosperity had either been programmed differently or had not enough time to learn our blueprint for failure. She was already down there and the only path is UP.
Yes, the growth continues and the struggle, too. It is a constant battle to free one's self from all the baggage of the past and create a blueprint that supports success.
The whole world seems to have a suspicion of success and puts it to luck rather than building a vision, a blueprint. Somehow, many are uncomfortable with the success of others unless it is based on a sin and redemption model or the depths of pain coming before a mass of luck. Why?
A majority seems to think that success is only possible after pain, denial, suffering or some form of cheating. It never occurs that getting to some place is almost impossible if you have no personal road map or no blueprint.
So time to change the blue print. Unearth it so you can let go of it. Don't dwell on it and start using it as a crutch not to do anything. Success is often feared. Not only by you but by many of us. We seem to resist it. Don't know why but we do. We can't seem to celebrate it.
But not to worry. Help abounds for those who seek seriously. There are many self-help books and coaches now who can help you very effectively. Just remember, the key to your new blueprint is YOU.
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