I recently had the amazing opportunity to travel to Las Vegas to attend Steve Pavlina’s Conscious Growth Workshop
. Spending a weekend with a 100 people who were passionate about growth was a fantastic experience. Those who have read Steve’s blog know that he can be a bit controversial at times, however I felt the workshop helped me tremendously in terms of my own growth and self development. I’d like to share with you an analogy that Steve explained during the workshop that helps clarify both your current situation and the place in life that you would like to be.
Planet A vs Planet B
The analogy is fairly simple. Planet A is where you are now, and Planet B is where you want to go. Do you want to have better relationships in your life? Do you want to experience financial abundance? Do you want to be surrounded with people who want to see you at your best? Think of Planet B as your ideal life. Getting from planet A to Planet B does involve a fair amount of effort but is certainty possible no matter where you might be.
Where Are You Now?
Right now you’re inhabiting Planet A, and Planet B is your ultimate goal. It’s essential that you take full responsibility for where you are right at this current moment. Is your life filled with people who bring you down? You own your planet A, after all you created it. Become aware of the the areas of your life that you’re not currently satisfied with. Are you overweight? Do you struggle financially? What can you do to change that? If you’re currently content with where you are great, simply look for ways to continue to improve. Before you can even think about reaching your planet B you must accept where you are now. This isn’t always the easiest thing to do but you can’t change your reality before being perfectly clear about where you are now. Depending on where you currently are, your Planet B may seem far away, but I assure you it’s a destination within your reach. Accepting your current reality rather than succumbing to falsehood and denial will accelerate your journey to Planet B. The longer you remain stuck in denial the longer you remain rooted in the confines of Planet A.
What’s Your Planet B?
Once you come to terms with your Planet A, then it’s time to begin thinking about where you want to go. Again, you could be very content with where you are now, however I believe there is always room for improvement. Keep in mind that, your planet B doesn’t have to be a completely new version of your reality. Perhaps you currently enjoy extreme financial abundance and are just looking to improve your health. That’s fine. Look to improve any area of your life that you deem fit. You don’t have to take off from Planet A unless it makes sense for you. I personally find journaling to be a wonderful tool to help me discover which areas I need to work on. For example, my current planet B involves creating more authentic relationships in my life. In order for me to do this however, I’m going need to expand my current social circle and reach outside my comfort zone. Regardless of which areas in your life you’re hoping to improve, it’s important to have clarity of where you want to go. While it’s possible to wind up on your Planet B by random chance, this path of action is highly inefficient. Knowing where you want to go will help make the journey go a bit more smoothly. That isn’t to say there won’t be detours, as there will always some unexpected turbulence, but having a general idea of where you’re going greatly enhances the enjoyment of your trip and chance of future success.
Creating Your Rocket Ship
Now that you have an idea of both where you are and where you want to be it’s time for you to begin creating your rocket ship. Your rocket ship is what’s going to get you from your Planet A to your Planet B. Here are some key components: Relationships
: One of the largest parts of your rocket ship lies in the relationships in which you have. In order to successfully launch off of Planet A you must have a social network that will help you reach your goals. Unfortunately, it may be necessary to alter your current relationships. Do you surround yourself with people who bring you down? Or do you surround yourself with people who want the best for you and humanity? Realize that your relationships can either accelerate your journey or keep you tethered to Planet A. Motivation
: In order to break the gravity of Planet A you first must have enough motivation to get you into space. Motivation is essential in reaching your Planet B. Fuel your motivation by reading inspirational books and blogs as well as hanging out with people who inspire you. Reading this blog for example is a step in the right direction. 😉 Clarity:
As mentioned earlier, clarity is very important for your space journey. While you can stumble around and eventually reach your destination, it’s much more efficient to have a clear but the more you have the easier your journey will be. Desire:
Do you really want to reach your Planet B? Or are you simply projecting what others want for you? Once you take off your rocket is fueled by desire. You won’t reach your planet B unless you have an intense desire to do so. Your journey will have hiccups, but your hunger will help overcome any road blocks you might hit. Make sure that you have clear intentions before you attempt to launch into orbit.
Most people go through their entire lives not knowing what their Planet B looks like, and consequently remain stuck in the safety of Planet A. Some know where they want to be yet lack the courage to take the necessary steps to reach it. Planet B, however is why we are here and what we live for. Throughout your lifetime you will travel to hundreds of planets (figuratively speaking of course) all of which help make you live the life you know you were meant to live. Do you think the human race was ‘accidentally’ able to land on the moon? Of course not. Humanity reached the moon because we had the desire to do so. Believe it or not, you also have the ability to reach your own ‘moon’. Traveling from planet to planet is no doubt a scary process but it is a process each and everyone of us must face. Your space travel may consist of high’s and low’s but you must always remember to enjoy the journey. Regardless of your current situation you always have the power to create the reality that you desire. You have the power to leave Planet A whenever you decide to do so. Stop waiting for your life to magically change overnight. Blast off and reach for your Planet B.