What I mean by human transformation is simple. All of us, including myself, have the ability to transform who we are and how we live our life in any given moment that we choose to. As simple as that. If there was a bad day you had yesterday, just a bad day, you have the ability to transform that and have a good day today. If you had a bad week last week and it just wasn’t up to par, well you know what, there’s a new week ahead and you have the ability to transform that. If you had a bad month transform this upcoming month, and if you had a bad year or a bad decade, I mean, what’s stopping you to transform it?
Here are the first 2 Stages of Transformation.
Stage 1: Realize
Realize is the aha moment, a new realization about yourself and your relationship to life. A new and improved vision of who you are and what you expect out of life begins to develop so here’s what it means. You got to have a moment in your life that you take a look at your current circumstances, you take a look at your addiction, your mental illness, you take a look at your mental health, you take a look at your finances, you took a look at your physical body, your relationships and you say, “uh-uh this is not what I want for my life. This is not what I will settle for. I want more. I need more. I deserve more,” whatever that is for you. At first you have to realize that it’s not it. So when you look at the different areas of your life you can’t tell me that you’re content and happy with all of them because if you’re a human being, there has to be areas in your life that when you close your eyes and imagine them they’re not the way you imagine them to be, and you need that moment in that stage 1 of transformation. You have to realize what you have is not what you want, and that creates the foundation to go and create, to go and develop, to go and explore, to go and expand, a new experience. Like I said, if you had a bad day yesterday the only way you can transform today is to sit down and say, “that’s not the way I want to live my life.”
We only change through inspiration and desperation, my friends, nothing else.
I just did this talk with our program participants and I said, “hey, if you didn’t do anything yesterday you gotta ask yourself why. Why am I not doing all I can right now to make my today better than my tomorrow?”
So that’s the first one: you got to realize, and that’s different for everybody. That’s different for everybody, and I pray and hope that you experience one of the two following things. I hope that you get inspired enough by talks like this and different things that are available in life to say, “you know what, I want to make some changes.” Or number two, I hope you get desperate enough to make those changes. We only change through inspiration and desperation, my friends, nothing else. Inspiration is a hell of a lot easier and it feels a lot better and there’s a lot more laughter and smiling to it. The path of desperation is gonna hurt a little bit but sometimes that pain creates the motivation and enthusiasm to be able to change.
Stage 2: Release
Release stage is when you begin releasing the external components of your life that no longer serve you, leaving behind the emotional baggage mostly caused by former relationships, disappointments or upsets. So when you’re trying to transform you can’t hold on to everything you had before and expect to embrace a new experience. Look at this – if my hands are full with all my past baggage and all my past relationships and all my past traumas and pains and all that crap, if it’s full and life has all these new things available for me, can I go and carry everything from the past into the future? Well at some point what do I got to do? I gotta let go in order to embrace what is available to me. You cannot transform without releasing what you’re holding on to. And it’s not easy. You can’t just go and say, “I’m going to let go of all my past traumas.” You got to work through that stuff to release it. You got to earn it – that stuff’s like shackles and chains that’s been binding you and preventing you from exceeding freedom. You think you can just let go of that stuff? No, you got to earn it, you got to work hard at it.
Once you do you’ll be able to experience what transformation does. Because you can experience a new space that you can fill with the good stuff. See, I can’t hold on to my old ways and become a new person. I gotta let go of that. And you hear me week over week, week over week, I say your new life is going to cost you your old life. Are you willing to pay the price? Your transformation is going to cost you your old version of life. Are you willing to pay that price? Some people are, some people aren’t. Why is that the case? I do not know and I don’t think I’ll ever find out.
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