4 septembre 2009

Les désirs, l'ordre du monde et le cinquième cercle

“We can’t do anything about things beyond our control so we might as well keep on focusing energy forward on the next thing we can create.”

Imaginer un cercle qui contienne tous ses sujets de préoccupation. A l'intérieur de celui-ci, imaginer un cercle qui contienne toutes les choses sur lesquelles on peut agir. Deux possibilités : soit accroître son champ d'action, soit restreindre le champ de ses préoccupations.


"You can either be proactive or reactive when it comes to how you respond to certain things. When you are reactive, you blame other people and circumstances for obstacles or problems. Being proactive means taking responsibility for every aspect of your life. Initiative and taking action will then follow. Covey also argues that man is different from other animals in that he has self-consciousness. Between stimulus and response, we have the power of free will to choose our response.
Covey coined the term abundance mentality or abundance mindset, meaning a business concept in which a person believes there are enough resources and success to share with others, when looking at optimistic people. It is commonly contrasted with the scarcity mindset, which is founded on the idea that, given a finite amount of resources, a person must hoard their belongings and protect them from others. Individuals with an abundance mentality are supposed to be able to celebrate the success of others rather than be threatened by it. "


"The people around us and the circumstances we face can make us feel upset, angry, frustrated, depressed, annoyed and any other possible negative emotion humans can experience. And when we experience these emotions we tend to latch on to them. Why? Because we believe we’re entitled to experience them.We have every reason to experience them.We have the right to experience them.(...) But rather than holding on to your right to be upset, ask yourself the following question:“Do I deserve to be upset?” If you don’t (and you don’t), then you shouldn’t insist on being upset. (...) Rights are intended to lift us up rather than pull us down. When they end up pulling us down, we can choose to abandon them. We have the right to a miserable life and the right to be ignorant and the right to be poor. But it doesn’t mean that we need to exercise these rights."

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