Are you seeing your business from a half empty or half full perspective?
In our humanness we tend to see and judge a condition or situation as only one thing. But in fact, according to the Law of Polarity, everything in the universe has its opposite. Everything is relative: within one situation lies the potential for the other. There are two equal sides to everything: there is no dark, only an absence of light; there is no sadness, only an absence of happiness. If something is bad, there is only an absence of good. It’s the old saying, is the glass half full or half empty?
What appears to be opposites is in fact, only two extremes of the same thing. Without one we would not have the other:
- good and bad
- night and day
- sad and happy
- pain and pleasure
- failure and success
- big and little
- black and white
- love and hate
- yin and yang
- masculine and feminine
When we work for ourselves it is up to us whether we succeed or not. That can be a lot of pressure on our psyche. Fear of failure and fear of success often go hand in hand. We have to keep in mind that within every failure lies the potential for success. Failure and success are a part of the continuum of the same thing; they are just on opposite poles of the spectrum. Without failure we would never experience success. What you experience is dependent on your choice and willingness to experience another outcome. Most importantly it is dependent on your perspective.
By itself, every situation we encounter in life and business, is just what it is. It is we who make it positive or negative by our judgment and how we choose to think about it. If you are in the habit of thinking negatively, your first impulse may be to jump to the worst possible scenario for every situation. This can be a slippery slope because we are what we believe and we attract what we expect. Thus it is important to stop analyzing situations and judging them to be good or bad. Few things in life are solely one or the other. Except in the most direst of situations, most of the time there is a bit of wiggle room for a different interpretation and a choice of actions.
It is only our perception that causes us to judge something good or bad. To change our perception it is necessary to be able to look at both sides of each and every situation. However, when we are caught up in a stressful situation we may be unwilling to look at another side. Keep in mind that “what you resist persists,” so the longer we hang onto our limiting beliefs the less willing we will be to see another solution or viewpoint. In essence, continuing to resist places the focus on what we don’t want to experience: what we are resisting only attracts more of it to us.
How do you stop resisting? By accepting. Acceptance of whatever you may be currently experiencing acts as the polar opposite of resistance. However, acceptance does not mean that you like what you are experiencing only that you acknowledge that it is happening which keeps you out of the state of denial. You can not let go of anything until you first acknowledge that you are holding on to it. If you are experiencing what you perceive as an unpleasant situation you can start by analyzing it from a different perspective and see if you can determine what is causing you to feel as you do.
Here are some specific examples of how you can work with the Law of Polarity as it relates to your business success.
Sickness vs Health
There is nothing that can derail your momentum and success like being sick and not having the energy to work your business. Sickness is an absence of health and well being. It is dis-ease and a sign of imbalances. When we get sick our bodies are telling us we are out of alignment and that we need to restore balance to our system by doing things that are harmonious with health. Physical illness can drastically affect your business success so look at any illness you have as a sign that you’ve gotten off course and need some correction maybe in the form of self care and healthy habits. Sickness can be a time of reflection, the motive to change, the instigator of growth and wisdom.
Failure vs Success
Failure is part of life and an important element in learning. Children learn to walk by losing their balance and falling down. This experience teaches them what balance is and what it is not. We actually learn more from our failures than from or successes. If you have experienced some kind of failure in your business, then congratulates yourself. You pushed yourself beyond the point of what you knew how to do into the realm of the unknown. Those who are successful in business know how to look at their failures with the perspective of what they learned from it that can help them do better next time. Keep the word “next” on the tip of your tongue and watch how your failures will feel victorious.
Overwhelm vs Voidness
As an entrepreneur who doesn’t feel overwhelm on a regular basis. Each day is like a clean slate that is up to us to fill in. There is no void or lack of things to do or a boss harping over our shoulder giving us direction. In our anxiousness to get it all done and be successful we overload our plate. There is so much to learn and do that we often forget to address our feelings about what we are learning and doing. Overwhelm is nothing more than a heightened state of awareness of all our choices. Yet choices mean opportunities. Choices mean potential. Overwhelm is part of the fear we have of our own potential. The opposite of having choices is having no choices, sitting home on the couch eating bon bons experiencing a void and emptiness. Look at overwhelm from the perspective of how great your opportunities are as it relates to who you are being and what you are doing. Wow! You’re being stretched like a rubber band being pulled back. The greater the tension the greater the opportunity for expansion in the opposite direction. When you look at overwhelm from this state of acceptance and with a lack of resistance (surrender) it is very empowering and liberating at the same time. It is extremely helpful when you are feeling overwhelm to use stress reducing techniques that help smooth out the emotional roller coaster ride so that you can have more clarity and focus.
As you see, once you have learned to look at both sides of every situation, your life and your business will start flowing smoother. When you acknowledge that one-sidedness is merely an illusion and not actual truth, it opens the doorway to producing different experiences and results.