Wishing You a Prosperous New Year
There are no spelling mistakes or grammatical errors here... what I want to highlight as we embark upon a new year, is our need to *listen* more carefully than ever. And to learn to listen to reliable sources of information.
When times are tough people often reach out to grab anything that they think might help rescue them and, in their desperation, may find themselves reaching for something that really doesn't help.
What looks like a lifeline might actually be a snake; what appears to be a shortcut may lead you off a cliff.
If you've ever read the famous book ‘The Richest Man in Babylon’ you may remember the chapter that stresses the importance of taking opportunities when they come. This can be a vital lesson, of course, but an earlier story in the same book highlights how disastrous it can be to dive in and trust someone who had no proven track record in a certain area.
"Every fool must learn," he said, "But why trust the knowledge of a brickmaker about jewels? Would you go to the breadmaker to inquire about the stars?" Algamish then said, "He who takes advice about his savings from one who is inexperienced in such matters, will pay with his savings for proving the falsity of their opinions."
The Richest Man in Babylon - George Samuel Clason
So, how can you know what to do?
Some people rely upon logic only. Like the Sage in the Team Me set of archetypes, they seek out evidence, they calculate the returns, they apply sound reasoning and distrust anything that does not stand up to their set of measures.
Some people will take any advice from those they know well – people they trust and feel connected to. Lovers want to be accepted by those they love so will go along with such advice, even when it’s not actually the best thing to do.
Some people simply follow their own gut. There’s a part of them they've learned to listen to that’s deeper than their logic, more trustworthy than their emotions.
YOUR TEAM OF ADVISORS
What I'd suggest is that you establish a balanced TEAM of archetypal characters that you can call upon. This can either be a team of real people you know and trust or, alternatively, a team of 'inner advisors'. These inner advisors are simply facets of your own character who represent the archetypal energies of Sovereign (King/Queen), Warrior, Sage, Mystic (or Magician), Jester and Lover.
You can take time to picture yourself in each archetypal role and ask yourself what the most's most important in this situation - then ask what would be the most effective thing to do.
If you practice this often, it's amazing how you can gain a rounded perspective on any situation - enabling you to make much more effective decisions.
In the workshops I'll be conducting London 2013, I'll be showing delegates exactly how to develop their own team of inner advisors to access perspectives they'd normal never attain.
Here's to your health, success and happiness in this coming year!
Here's something to fill you ears with immediately... I've recently posted the entirety of Chapter 6 from the Audio Edition of Team Me onto YouTube:
- Team Me Audio Edition - Chapter 6 - Part 1 - Shadow Archetypes
- Team Me Audio Edition - Chapter 6 - Part 2 - Overheated & Frozen Shadow states
- Team Me Audio Edition - Chapter 6 - Part 3 - Kid Gloves. Shadow Archetypes
- Team Me Audio Edition - Chapter 6 - Part 4 - A Summary of Archetypes