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The number of people who blame their childhood on their problems is huge. They say, “If I had a better start in life I wouldn’t have all these problems”. Well, every day you get a fresh start but it isn’t that easy. Our childhood trauma lingers in the form of memories that trigger the original feelings that we experienced. 
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Habits And Mindset

Posted: February 23, 2014 in Buddhism, Change, Habits
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Some time ago I was interviewed by a multi millionaire. We had worked out that the reasons for success in martial arts and wealth creation were the same. It was all about habits and mindset.

Success in both these fields, we found, was all about having a positive mindset and understanding that setbacks were necessary and unavoidable. The funny thing is, the setback is what creates the mindset. It’s the lesson learnt. You take a hit, experience pain, and change your game plan to avoid it next time.
The trick is to stick at it after the setback.
That’s all.
No secret.

The trick according to Buddhist philosophy is wisdom and knowledge. Wisdom comes from knowledge of life. The knowledge of cause and effect. The cause of suffering and happiness. The actions that create less suffering and more happiness.
Wisdom through knowledge.
Mindset through setback.
Same thing.

I thought I was smart when I worked this out then I realised that Buddha thought of it 2500 years ago.

I ain’t so smart.

To listen to part one of the interview, look up martial arts training in the pod cast section of the iTunes library.
Or go to:
http://martialartstraining.libsyn.com/rss

Change or be changed

Hot day today in Western Australia.

Plus a super storm also ripped through the Philippines.

It seems that the small things we did for the last few decades (at least) have had a profound effect on our life today. With global warming now an obvious fact, we are looking to the things that we can do today that will make a difference in the future.

Problem is, the changes we make today will have no effect tomorrow. We act now and nothing changes. We may even be worse off. It’s still hot in the frying pan.

It will take daily effort … for decades … to cause a turnaround.

Drop Falling into Water

The same applies for any negative situation in your life. Any emotion that you are experiencing today took years for it to become an automatic response. It probably made sense in the beginning. You were hungry so you cried and were fed. Seems easy. Next time you are hungry, you know what to do.

Comes a time though that the old tricks don’t work. You see many years of small decisions created your current situation. Finances, your circle of friends, your intelligence … everything. Problem is, any small changes you make today will have minimal effect tomorrow. The reward will gradually materialise over the long term. So why do some realise this and not others? Or closer to the point, why do I realise this sometimes and not other times.

Recently I wrote about the habits of the extremely successful. Little things done daily that the majority of people dream up excuses for. Success came to those who faced these daily decisions and triumphed over them. Staying strong in the face of laziness and apathy.

So now you know. If you want to change something about yourself it takes a small action repeated every day. That’s all. Just do it. (That seemed to be easy to say)

Back to global warming. Small acts repeated regularly bring dramatic change in the long run. That’s what it takes. Appropriate day today as it is the National Day of Climate Action as organised by activist groups including GetUp, the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Big ideas over time are created by many, many repeated acts. Whether you like it or not.

Change or be changed.