10,000 Hammer Strokes (Creation in Repetition) – Rhoads Life Coaching

One of my favorite stories is the legend of the poet Rumi walking through the gold smithing market of Konya and hearing the music of the hammer strokes creating the gold jewelry and wares for sale. Instead of seeing the hot, bustling, smoky, hectic and repetitive monotony of the market, Rumi saw the world being created through daily life.

Are you able to see the beauty in your daily tasks?

If you aren’t, what prevents that from happening?

How many times have you driven to work? Your life would be a lot different if you were not willing to make the effort to take that trip every day. How many emails have you sent? Your business would not be as productive if you were not sending emails. How many soccer/swimming/tennis/football/volleyball/baseball/basketball practices have you sat through? Your children would not be learning and growing and developing their view of the world without this effort! Are these repetitive tasks the monotonous hum-drum of life, or the world being created? You get to pick!

There is certainly an advantage to changing this perception. Suddenly your daily tasks are part of a bigger growth and adaptation that is always happening at a global scale. Even the laundry and the groceries become more important! Is there a disadvantage to seeing the world this way? I have trouble thinking of one!

What are the hammer strokes of your daily life? Where are the most repetitive things that become mundane and routine? What would it take to shift your perspective and see the world unfolding in the repetition of your daily life? – www.rhoadscoaching.com

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Repetition – Rhoads LIfe Coaching

There are things we repeat (over and over) that become our habits (good and bad). Think for a few seconds about some of the repetition and patterns you have created over the course of your life… The way you get dressed, or how you eat your eggs, or the stories your tell yourself about who you are or what you are worth… How many times have you repeated those habits (hundreds, thousands)?

To change an old habit we need to counter-act it with repetition of a good habit. All of the self-help books and videos out there offer options for doing just that. Some work and some don’t. John Wooden’s whole philosophy around winning as a team was and being successful as a person was embodied in repeating over and over what it looked like to succeed (all the way down to how to tie your shoes as an athlete). What in your life are you so passionate about that you are willing to make that kind of effort? What do you want for your life and how motivated are you to make it happen? The first steps begin with repeating the habits that will lead you to your goals.

What repeating do you need to make to reach the vision you have for yourself? What old repetitions are getting in the way? – www.rhoadscoaching.com

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