Once a coach of mine said: “you don’t have to be more than 5% better than others to stand out… and become a winner.” He also said: “You Don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going.”
You don’t think you are clueless… You say you are confused, you don’t understand, you didn’t hear it… but clueless? No, that you don’t even consider.
But we, all of humanity are clueless… with some clues that are lead us to pay attention to what we know, and not to worry about what we don’t. And this is true across all strata of humanity, including scientists, smart people, ignorant people… everyone.
Your level of cluelessness is inversely correlated with your level of awareness, self-awareness, and reality-awareness. Your awareness of reality. And your awareness depends on the size of your cone of vision and on your about-me score. And, not in the least, on your ability to tell reality from unreality, made up, mind stuff.
To be aware you need to be in the present moment, you need to have a wide cone of vision, and you need distinctions. You need to be at least somewhat astute… know if something is real or not… because looking at something you can’t recognize but is similar, for example, won’t make it the same as what you think you know… you misjudge things. That cannot be called awareness… can it? I call that, in my Starting Point Measures, delusion…
The opposite of awareness is not unawareness: it is delusion.
As someone with dyslexia I deal with mis-seeing things… but you don’t have to be dyslexic to see things that aren’t there, and not see things that are there. To live out of your own interpretations, as if it were reality.
When I was 28 years old my much older boy friend sat me down one evening and said that we needed to talk. He started to teach me about men. He taught me that men, when they walk or drive you home and ask if they can come up for a cup of coffee, they don’t mean coffee, they mean sex.
I was mortified, dumbfounded, because I’d never known that, and I had been wondering why I had to get better and better fighting off men who wanted to have sex, in spite of the fact that I had no intention and no indication that I wanted to have sex.
I had myself as the alpha and the omega of things… and I assumed that everyone was like me. They weren’t.
I was clueless about people.
I was plain spoken, straight as an arrow, I said what I meant. It never occurred to me that other people would be different. That people would lie, use each other, borrow money they don’t intend to pay back, pretend that you are friends while they destroy your reputation, come to a party in your house and steal, compete with you… etc.
I also didn’t understand why so many people didn’t trust me: I have learned since that it takes one to know one. The saying may be true but it seems to be quite true about bad things.
So from age 28 till now, 43 years have passed and I have been educating myself. And yet, I am still surprised when I stumble on total cluelessness, mine or yours.
One way to be clueless like I was: innocent and therefore ignorant.
Wanting love, wanting to be useful… and attracting all the users… and crying foul.
Another way is to be someone with a hidden agenda, not expecting other people to be just like you… with an agenda.
All agenda is desire to receive for the self alone: dupe another person, and gain power over them. Borrow their money, their umbrella, and then complain when they want it back…
Or lend them money with the expectation (expectation is the politically correct name of an agenda!) that they will love you forever… Instead they will pay your money back, or give you a lot of politically correct reasons to complain, to gossip, to be angry, to feel cheated, slighted, superior, etc. But they won’t love you, they won’t be a good friend to you… That is not how life works. That is not how human nature works.
One of the signs of growing up, of maturity should be that you know that people are individuals, dealing with their own issues that are different from yours. And no love or like for a reason is lasting or real.
Judging from behaviors I can observe, maturation doesn’t finish till around age 26, maybe even later. and if you didn’t have a friend like I did… it may never comes. I was 28… a late bloomer.
Little kids cannot see anything from another vantage point than where their eyes physically are. Or walk in another’s shoes, not literally, of course. Not many people acquire this mature, this adult capacity, and suffer for it.
Ultimately, the ability and willingness to take responsibility for your behavior, your actions, for the consequences is part of becoming mature.
Mature isn’t old… it means to be in the possession and be able access your adult capacities.
I measure that in my Starting Point Measurements 1 .
That measure pretty much gives me the big picture about you and tells me a whole lot about your upbringing, and your abilities. Men have a higher number than women in having access to their adult capacities: women are trained by society to defer a lot to men.
Clueless is a person whose maturity level is low, whose access to their adult capacities is low, whose emotional intelligence is low. Virtually all people.
Emotional immaturity vs emotional maturity is a big topic, and there are thousands of books, articles, theses published about it.
In my programs I work with you to make you emotionally mature, because there is no spiritual maturity without emotional maturity… and you signed up with me to raise your vibration… And raising your vibration is a spiritual matter.
It’s a lot of work: no one course will be able to cause it all. Why? Because you can only act and practice what you can see… and the veil lifts only slowly, gradually, because you need to be able to see your own shortcomings, your own desire to receive for the self alone, your own delusions, and own them, before you can benefit from seeing reality fully.
Seeing yourself, the way you are, with sober eyes, without condemnation, regret, guilt, shame, is beyond where you are now… Let alone embracing, owning the stuff that you’d rather not have, or you’d rather keep but lie about.
It took me 10 years to declare myself stupid (stupid as the stupid does, not a lack of mental capacity!) and start my journey, in earnest.
You and I live in a world of emotionally, intellectually, socially immature people. This includes your parents, your peers, your children, your teachers, your gurus, your PhD’s, politicians, do-gooders, doctors, everyone.
You will not get any or much support from them, because your attempts at learning to become mature will trigger their crab bucket reflex. So I recommend that you learn to become mature as a self-study.
Obviously you will need to have a certain level of maturity already, to be able to keep your mouth shut. Certain soul corrections cannot keep their mouth shut… If your soul correction whispers to you that you are superior, that you should lead or teach others, you’ll talk, and never grow, never learn.
Each and every soul correction deals with one main and a few secondary lack of emotional maturity issues.
Lack of trust, lack of initiative, lack of astuteness about yourself, lack of proactivity (lacking “the sight”, i.e. seeing the consequences of your actions), lack of self-discipline, lack of choosing your context, lack of inner directedness, lack of seeing the big picture, lack of connection, lack of the willingness to stand alone, lack of the ability to let the past be the past… etc.
All children lack those…
Here is an extreme example: you act as if you were a psychopath… Psychopaths can’t feel pain, can’t feel guilt, and can’t learn from experience.
When you start feeling bad about your faults, that’s when I start having hopes for you ever becoming mature, ever be able to learn. Judging from the age when this happens, I find 25-26 years old a good typical time when this sudden and dramatic change happens.
If you lack the capacity to feel guilt or learn from experience, then you are beyond repair… and I won’t work with you.
Here are some of my courses and how they approach the issue:
- In the Soul Correction Workshop we identify a bunch of these…
- In the Instant Coherence Workshop (Aka Fall in love with yourself) we go further… and create a context inside which maturing is a must and it is self-directed
- In the Playground we map out the causes of the delusional behavior, and enlarge it such that actual emotional maturation can happen as a result of actually seeing… seeing yourself, seeing others, seeeing reality.
- In the Itch workshop we validate your energy source: wanting what you want… so you can use it to keep growing up.
- In the Learn to be detached… i.e. stay on the reality side of things, instead of jumping into the emotional dramatic side, I teach you and practice with you to activate that capacity.
PS: Here are 11 quotes from that same coach, Mike Litman
You Don’t have to get it right, you just have to get it going.
Procrastination is the silent killer. It keeps so many people from starting on their dreams. One of the biggest keys to success is getting started. Overcoming the inertia of inaction is the most difficult part. Give yourself permission to improve as you go, but first get going.
Greatness starts by saying “Yes” to an opportunity
So many people fail to take advantage of opportunities that could change the course of their lives because they’re afraid. Courage is taking action in spite of fear. Saying yes to something new and exciting can propel your life to a new level. Say, YES to new things that can move you forward
For once in your life give yourself the gift of focus
I’m currently using this quote as the mantra for building my communications company, Platform Giant. I’m doing a deep dive on the topic of personal branding. I’ve been reading, blogging and studying it almost exclusively to build my expertise. You can use this same idea to build your authority on any topic, if you’ll focus exclusively on that topic.
The way to go BIG is to go small
Sometimes we think we have to arrive at our dreams tomorrow and when we don’t get there, we give up and quit. Mike reminds us that the key to achieving our dreams is to improve just a little each day. He asks the question,
“What would your life look like in a year if you improved just 1% per day?”
Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated
You have to find your audience. You’re not going appeal to everyone. Quit trying to sell yourself to people who don’t appreciate you. Find or build a core group to build a community around your message.
You’re not here for everyone, but you’re here for someone
It is a crime and a travesty for you to keep your gifts to yourself. Not everyone is going to appreciate what you have to offer but someone will. Don’t worry about the 99 who aren’t into your message, focus on the one that is.
You have to vote yourself in.
This is crucial to all success. No one is going to tap you on the shoulder and tell you it’s your time. You have to vote yourself in to your dream. If you sit on the bench and wait, you’ll never get in the game. Stand up, put your helmet on and get in there.
Never go to bed the same person you were when you woke up
Learn something new everyday. Read something, extract a life lesson from something. Do something to move your life forward everyday.
Every level of income demands a different YOU
The person you were at $7/hr and the person you need to be at $50/hr or $100/hr are not the same. The skills, the mindset and the actions you must take are completely different. If you’re not happy with your income then go to work on becoming the kind of person who makes the income you want to have. You must study the mindsets of the people who are at the top levels of your industry or profession in order to have a shot of being where they are. Don’t hate the rich if you want to be rich, emulate them and how they think
You can’t surpass the level of mediocrity you accept
If you are willing to accept mediocrity in any area of your life, then you will never surpass mediocrity in that area. If you want to be excellent, then only accept excellence.
You can’t attract what you don’t respect
Whether it’s a million dollars or the love of your life, you must have respect and take care of whatever it is you want more of. If you don’t respect the money, I doubt more will show up in your life. If it does, it probably won’t stay.