Be Bold With Your Dreams
Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see.
– Arthur Schopenhauer
As children we learn this lesson: “do as your told; don’t make waves; be a good girl; be quiet; sit still”; and the rules go on forever. We learn to trade in everything we want to do, for the smile of happiness on someone else’s face. The smile is the proof that they love us, but only when we do as they say. So we become experts on putting on the mask. We squeeze ourselves into the mold provided and hope that no one notices how we spill over the sides of it. Adults think that they are molding our character, but they are in fact compressing who we are in reality.
The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
– Jim Morrison
Our brain keeps us in this position with self doubt and fears. These doubts and fears tell us that we don’t have a personal genius. We are told that we don’t have what it takes, or that we will have to walk away from everyone that we love as a sacrifice to achieve our personal goals. It keeps us framed into a small picture of who and what we are. We are walled away from our self confidence. It takes a daring attitude, and tremendous tenacity, to free our personal genius.
God has plucked you out of eternity, positioned you in time, and given you gifts and talents to serve him in this generation.
– Christine Caine
Nikola Tesla took a truly different route to access his personal genius. He didn’t let it out of the box, until he had taken his idea to completion. That way his brain couldn’t attack it and destroy it on the drawing board.
My method is different. I do not rush into actual work. When I get a new idea, I start at once building it up in my imagination, and make improvements and operate the device in my mind. When I have gone so far as to embody everything in my invention, every possible improvement I can think of, and when I see no fault anywhere, I put into concrete form the final product of my brain.
– Nikola Tesla
By keeping it inside, in his imagination, the mind couldn’t attack it until he had worked out all of the possible kinks it might have had. He put a fence around limitations and allowed his spark of brilliance to cascade until he achieved a solid plan for that invention.
You cannot discover your own genius if you set personal limitations that soothe everyone else around you. The spark of brilliance does not exist because of expectations. It (genius) sets the standard.
– Amy Larson
Not being a slave to the ordinary is the only way to access personal genius. In school you learn that if you want to be an A student, you give them the answers that they want. They may not be the right answers in your own mind, but you can’t argue or reason with them. They only want the answers they are looking for. They stay safely framed in a society that wants us to be small, to live in a fully interpreted world that makes being creative something you do when you have free time.
Personal genius happens when you leave that world behind you. When you go outside the normal, so that you only have your own experiences. When you have to figure out for yourself what it really means.
Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.
– Cecil Beaton
We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or others peoples models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.
– Shakti Gawain
The thing that seems so easy to you is your talent, your gift. You’re certain anyone could do it, but they can’t. So take off that mask in limiting beliefs in yourself and your talent. Unleash the imagination. Explore the possibilities of everything in life that you thought was so easy.
Each one of us has all the wisdom and knowledge we ever need right within us. It is available to us through our intuitive mind, which is our connection with universal intelligence.
– Shakti Gawain
There bound up in chains and buried in a deep hole is your personal genius. It is time to look into your magic mirror, your looking glass, and see another reality. Assert your integrity of purpose and become a visionary around this gift. Your future has been waiting for you to break free. Don’t let anyone put try to put in back into that limiting frame. Set yourself free, be free to become who you were meant to be.