Is Political Correctness a Success Thief?

Is Political Correctness a Success Thief?

Political Correctness, in my humble opinion, is a HUGE Success thief.

Political Correctness is a majority opinion that looks first at simple things you agree with and then creates absolutes that take thought and care to disagree with.

Political Correctness feeds the SHOULD Thief.

Political Correctness is the THEY that say “you should…” just because they say you should.

Can you see how Political Correctness might limit your choices?

Political Correctness sets those bars that often stop people from thinking on their own. After all if they say, then obviously that is right.

Right?

Positive Discrimination can shine a light on something that only had a limited problem and blown it out of proportion to the size of the problem thus fulfilling the concernPolitical Correctness creates sacred cows. Common sense says certain things are true but what Political Correctness does is make shine a light and set new “rules” around a situation that may or may not have been a problem

The following examples are here for you consideration and comment:

  • The New Zealand anti-smacking law was brought in to stop deaths and violence against children. However the Ministry of Social Welfare reports that since 2006 there has been an increase in extreme violence against children. And worse several parents have been charged for smacking a child in public. We all agree smacking is bad, right. But what is the difference between beating a child and smacking their hand or bum to get their attention or make a point?
  • The New Zealand anti-smoking lobby began over 20 years ago. In the last 10 or so years it has become illegal to smoke in bars, restaurants, office buildings and many other public spaces. Are you aware of the statistics around lung cancer then and now? Could the increase be due more to the number of vehicles on the road or worse as one study I saw a few years ago said, the rate of smoking related deaths was equivalent to the rate women were wearing panyhose. How absurd?
  • Then there is the attitude around drugs to treat cancer. Why are some drugs readily acceptable while others that have only anecdotal evidence are rejected? And can anyone tell me why with over 50 years of cancer research and billions of dollars invested, cancer rates keep increasing? (As an aside, I know from personal experience that one can land up on the records as a cancer survivor if you have a non-cancerous lump removed)

And then there is this absurd example: In New Zealand we have a company who rents cheap vehicles and the PC brigade wants to put them out of business.

Why, you ask?

Because of the slogans on their vans.

Yes, many of their slogans are disgusting but…some people like them while others HATE them. Hate them to the point of criminal charges, reporting them to  Advertising Standards Authorities in Australia. In New Zealand, camping grounds are refusing them entry but…

Why did they start this campaign? Why paint their vans with “crudity”?

Because to stand out from all the other rental options, they wanted to be controversial.

Think of the marketing awareness they are getting because media reports something when ever someone “important” comments. Think of what is happening on Social media. Could you pay for that kind of awareness?

It almost reminds me of the Donald Trump campaign for President. Say the obvious. Talk about the issues in a controversial way that a lot of people agree with and the next thing you know people believe in you and start taking everything you say seriously.

Donald Trump is not anti political correctness I think that he wants to change the controllers of Political Correctness. He wants to give voice to another set of people who will reset the absolutes, the shoulds and the musts.

What can you do?

  • First be aware of what is happening.
  • Listen for the shoulds.
  • Decide if you agree and why you think the way you do.
  • Then acknowledge what is happening, accept the difference, appreciate the lesson and opinion and decide a course of action that will ensure you stay in control of your success.

Looking forward to your comments

#robertabudvietas

 

ABC’s of the Purposeful Living Paradigm

Do you love basics? Knowing the rules? Doing what is acceptable/expected? Then you probably have some ABCs that you do in your life and business. The basics!

Living in the Paradigm

The Purposeful Living Paradigm is a methodology we have been living for most of our married lives (a span of 48 years shortly). Peter  started living that way as a child, he has always lived to his purpose.

What is Peter’s purpose – to learn and understand as much as possible. He loves to synthesize new thoughts, new ways of looking at the world. He asks different and often difficult questions. He studies what people do and say and then asks them why and would they do things differently, if they could? His analytical ability astounds me. He is not a fan of formal education as he loves the research, the seeking out of patterns and behaviours. He listens. He prothletises. He challenges. He assumes very little. And he takes very little personally – your opinion is yours and he allows you to keep it.

My purpose is to help as many people as possible to live their purpose. As a business mentor this is often hard as I want to tell people what they should do if they really want the results they say they do. I tend to believe people and take them at face value. Sometimes this works really well but often people tell me only what they think I want to hear and that means we have a confused base to start applying the ABC’s of the Purposeful Living Paradigm.

Before I explain the ABCs, we need to understand the word paradigm and one of the quirks of human nature.

According to dictionary definitions: A paradigm is

  • a framework containing the basic assumptions, ways of thinking,and methodology that are commonly accepted by members of scientific community such as  a cognitive framework shared by members of any discipline or group.

A quirk – most people when they shift paradigms cannot remember ever having believed or thought differently. It takes awareness and discipline to recall old paradigms and when we shift our paradigms we generally believe we are moving to something better so why would we want to recall the previous paradigm. Shifting is because either the old paradigm did not work or we saw the light of the new paradigm. And yes I want you to shift but shift so that choose and remember.

That is importance of the A in the ABCs.

The ABC’s of Purposeful Living Paradigm

A: AWARENESS/ ACTION

  • Are you aware of your thoughts and actions?
  • Are you aware of what is happening around you without getting distracted from your activities?
  • Are you taking action and doing something that moves you towards meeting your needs and the needs of those around you.
  • Are you acting in a manner consistent with your purpose?
  • Are you acting according to your values?

YOUR ATTITUDE

B: BEHAVIOUR/BELIEFS

  • Actions matter but it is your behaviour that tells more. Using the Behavioural Archetypes, we often learn that we act in a way that is more reactive than natural.
  • Behaviour is how we live our values and our manifesto.
  • What you believe in keeps you on course to live your purpose.

C: CONCEPTS/COMMITMENTS

  • Concepts are the ideas and beliefs that we hold and we need to always live and act in a manner consistent with those beliefs. Unless we live purposefully according to our beliefs we can feel guilty.
  • Guilt and remorse are different. Remorse occurs when you inadvertently hurt someone. Guilt is when you hurt someone intentionally. Either way, apologise and forgive and move on. This is not easy but can be done without regret or concern.
  • What are you committed to? Passion and purpose fit with our commitments and our commitments are what we promise ourselves and others. Are you committed to live your values and purpose. Commitment overcomes obstacles and keeps you focused on what matters to you.

Are you using the ABC’s to live a purposeful life? Need help with these aspects? Just ask? You can learn and participate in the Paradigm by joining the Paradigm’s Facebook Page

May you always live in the Purposeful Paradigm

Word Mentalist

 

Awareness Stops Success Thieves

#awareness

A while ago,  I was listening to Ian Ferguson, one of New Zealand’s top Olympians discussing the secrets to winning gold medals. The secret…paying attention to what is happening to you and your body – i.e.AWARENESS.

Business advisors constantly tell you to focus on one thing at ta time. And when you focus you have to be aware. Aware of what you are doing what results you want. Aware of what is actually happening.

When you meditate, you are aware of your mantra, your breath or some other specific point. The greater your awareness of a single thing, the more you can find peace and answers.

Success requires that same level of awareness.

  • A laser focus.
  • A clear picture or objective, goal, outcome.

And when you are so totally aware of what you want, there is no way anyone can steal your success. You stop those success thieves simply because there is no room in your mind for them.

Doubt occurs only when you stop being aware of your objective and activities

Fear happens when you pause and lose focus.

Possibility Thinking

Anything is possible if you truly believe. The challenge is to keep doubt and fear away. Awareness is the only way of doing that.

What exactly should you be aware of?

  1. What you are thinking
  2. What you are doing
  3. What others are saying and more importantly not saying.

What is happening that you can control.

Always remember the Guide to Purposeful Living – Awareness, Acknowledgement, Acceptance, Appreciation and Action.

And live by the Manifesto to a Meaningful Life – Keep your word, Assume Nothing, Take Nothing Personal, Always do your best and Regret Nothing.

Through  AWARENESS YOU control.

Through Awareness You make choices that keep success thieves at bay.

Being Aware helps you feel purposeful, passionate and happy.

So be aware. Stop your success thieves.

Live long and prosper

Word Mentalist