This month, I invite you to receive. Be open to receiving information to inspire your best evolving self. Be an information collector.
Do your best to resist labeling any information you receive as good or bad. Instead, receive praise as just information, receive constructive or critical feedback as simply more information. When you hear gossip and rumor, add it to the collection of information received.
Each night before going to sleep, replay the information received and filter it for truth, application and value. In a journal, write down the information that rings true, has application and is valuable. Jot down on the page any inspired options that surface, i.e., choices that you feel good about. Now sleep well. Let the day’s information inform and inspire your choices for optimal performance while you sleep. In the morning, get up and get going on your own inspired performance.
How I use the power of receive as a self-development tool:
I love to teach and learn. Delivering workshops is how I perform my great work. In my business, I receive instant feedback from participants, verbal and non-verbal. Written evaluations at the end of the session tell me how well I have met the audiences’ expectations, as well as what I ought to start or stop doing.
It is easy to get pumped up with positive feedback and it is easy to sink in what I consider to be “stinker” feedback (i.e. “Get a professional hair cut!”). When I receive all the feedback as just information, I am able to filter it for truth, application and value. I tell myself “I can use this,” “This is significant,” and “This is not mine.”
I give myself permission to keep, consider and/or let it go.
Truth, application and value serve to instruct me, helping me to improve. It also inspires me to reinvent myself. I decided that getting a new hairdo was a fine idea… and since I didn’t grab a pair of scissors and start cutting my locks over the bathroom sink, it might just be professional!