On a daily basis my job is to help people put on another pair of glasses and see their own world in a different way. I have developed this special skill by failing, studying, taking risks and ultimately overcoming my own limited views with much grace. A guiding factor throughout has been my hunger. I can’t settle for second best. The definition of second best, and alternatively, first-rate has just changed over the years.
Spiritual Intelligence will Blow You Away
Skill is not what determines first-rate. Not the physical skills you might think of. It is not your talents and abilities that will set you apart. Your hunger for a connection with your Designer and living from your highest values will set you apart. Settling for second best – performance, success, comfort or pleasure will enslave your soul and dull your senses.
Ultimately you have to exchange your IQ (rational intelligence) for SQ (spiritual intelligence). You have to let go of what you think you know and allow your spirit to connect with the Source so that you can unleash greater purpose in your life. But first, be hungry. Hunger is the way. If you are simply looking for the next good job, special someone or adventure holiday you have not come to a place to understand that this world is fleeting.
You have to realise the paradox that in order to fulfill your destiny on earth you have to live from eternity now.
Check Your Connections
If you want to live form eternity now, you have to check your connections. Life is all about three different, but related connections. The first, as indicated above, is your connection with the Divine. God the Father, His Son and His Spirit. This is many times the most tricky because you cannot connect with mind. You have to connect with spirit that connects to body, mind and soul.
Some of the best work I have done with individuals (e.g. entrepreneurs, divorced moms, students, executives and emerging leaders) have been when they are open to expand their vision and beliefs about their reality and purpose. Many times people come to me not even knowing what it is they need. They just know something is missing. Doing the connection check is essential and spiritual intelligence is the connection to the Divine that is the starting point.
Once your connection with the Divine is solid you need to check your connection with yourself and then your connection with the external world (people and planet). If you need to reconnect with yourself and turn of the over active super-ego that makes you push, push,push, then identify what you need to connect with yourself again.
Once that is in place you need to show others the same love and respect that you established in your SQ (spiritual intelligence or connection with the divine) and connection with yourself. Got it? Good!
I know it is not that easy, but just reflect on the statement above in order to let it sink in. One step at a time.
Put it All Together
Once you have established your connections your place and purpose normally takes a turn for the better. It doesn’t mean that all of a sudden everything will fall in place, but it is the start of refocusing your attention on the greatest hunger – the hunger to reconnect your most important connections – and live from a place where that hunger has been satisfied with real spiritual and emotional food. From that perspective you can see that you are whole. Once you are whole, or connected, you can move on your potential.
It may sound very simple, but it might take some time. In short, I recommend a coach, mentor, pastor or wise friend that can help you reconnect. In truth we forget our connections to easily. We then try and fill the void of missing connections with busyness, stuff, addictions and other meaningless yet dulling activities. If we try to actualise our own potential in any way that is disconnected from our three most important connections (God, self, other), it is as much a drug as cigarettes or cocaine.
Do you see your hunger? Do you see your potential? Go from survive to alive!