The POWER of the Like Minded
“I like your shoes.”
My husband and I had been winding our way through the streets of Ubud, Bali looking for lunch. A wild goose chase searching for a recommended vegetarian warung proved unsuccessful. Now, we were simply trying to decide where to plant our hungry selves.
The Australian lilt broke my concentration. I looked up to see a stunning young woman with a huge smile, who it turns out, is a fellow Canadian living in Australia. She is with a traveler from Rome, both guests at the same home stay down the street. We start talking and discover in 30 seconds we were all vegetarians looking for lunch. They asked if we’d like to join them. We did.
The next hour passed quickly. We discussed the benefits of a vegetarian and raw food diet, making the choice to leave university, travel the world and learn about life and how an old idea made new by applying it today could have the power to change how we do business.
The latter was from the Rome based young man, who had built a company that could very well change how we perceive currency. It is a fascinating idea with limitless potential and he is deeply passionate about the possibilities. In Ubud he was finding many like minded people, who embraced and championed his work. Positive energy surrounded him and he was filled with renewed spirit.
I’m reminded of the power of the like minded! Surrounding ourselves with like minded people can be like wind beneath our wings, the energy can carry us to great heights and propel us forward with speed and immediacy, fear literally evaporates in the presence of such a positive force. In the company of like minded we are uplifted, our momentum and growth, rapid and accelerated. Ideas flow. We become unstoppable.
Like mindedness was at work here… it began with the red shoes….moved forward into vegetarianism….jumped into creativity, new ideas, passion and adventurousness.
The red shoes opened the door to an hour in time I won’t forget.
reACTION [to change in the response to stimulus]: Surround self with like minded
Reach out to like minded people. Find a buddy or create a group to support your journey of fearless (re)discovery of self. It’s sometimes easier to have faith, courage and good ideas for someone else than it is for yourself – and easier for someone else to have them for you. Look at this relationship as a action oriented that offers moral and emotional support with the purpose of keeping you in ACTion. NOTE – Look beyond close friends or family members… in fact those who are acquaintances could be an ideal….there will be no history or expectation to cloud the shots of courage and motivation coming your way.