“If joy is to be your path, then gratitude must be your staff.” – Dusty Staub
What if everyone you knew, everyone you passed on the street were under a trance? What if everyone you worked with was under a spell? What if that spell, that trance state was one that kept people unconscious, unaware and deeply limited in their ability to create, to respond and to be fully alive in this world? Well, my friend, I suggest to you that most everyone you meet and most everyone with whom you come into contact is “sleepwalking” through life.
What do I mean by trance state and sleepwalking through life? Simply this, only a tiny fraction of your consciousness is in the light and what you see. The vast majority of who you are, your talents, gifts, your inner genius, the “bigger you” along with what truly drives you and runs your life are out of consciousness. It is to be found in the realm of all you do not know about yourself and of your rich heritage of possibility. A trance is a state of mind where you are aware of only certain things and are convinced that what you have been instructed to see or attend to are the sum total of what is going on around you.
Most of the executives with whom I work are in different degrees of “trance” where they limit both themselves and also those around them. For example, if you have the “If I want it done right, I have to do it myself” trance state then you never fully delegate or develop those around you. If you have the “Get them before they get you” trance state then you never build powerful, effective working relationships with others. If you have the, “I must be perfect” trance state then you never enjoy what you have accomplished and come across to others as critical and they never give you their best.
Their are many trance states. However, they do fall into about a dozen categories that I have identified over the years of working first as a clinician and then as a trainer and consultant in both small and very large organizations. Identifying your kind of trance, seeing it clearly and then doing the work to break free is very liberating. It also dramatically increases personal effectiveness both at home as well as at work.
For more information, I suggest reading my prior blogs to get the possibility / liberation gestalt behind this way of viewing the world. Then I invite you to contact me if you have any questions.