Your opportunity to win an I-pad – and make a full-power start to the year. Challenge Six – Receiving
Ok, so this is the Knowledge Source Power Challenge – your opportunity to set a cracking start to the year and win some great prizes.
We’re getting down to the business end, but it’s not too late to get on board. This is where we are at so far:
Challenge One: Energy
Challenge Two: Know your pain
Challenge Three: Take the reins
Challenge Four: Radical Honesty
Challenge Five: Connection
Challenge Six: Receiving
Challenge Seven: LOCKED
Challenge Eight: LOCKED
So today, I wanted to look at the often-overlooked art of receiving.
The Australia Day holiday is coming up. It’s a good time to reflect on our capacity to receive – rest, nourishment, anything.
It is actually an art. It’s a skill that we need to practice. I think we start out pretty good, as children. But as we grow up, we lose the knack.
In many ways, growing up itself is learning how to give more than we receive.
And why are children so good at receiving? I think it is because they are ok with being vulnerable. They are little. They don’t have fire-arms. Vulnerability is their natural state.
When we receive, we are put in a vulnerable state. Power lies with the giver. They are the one with the gift. They are the one orchestrating the transaction.
And so as we become adults and no longer have the luxury of wallowing in helplessness, we turn away from vulnerability. It’s something we run from.
As a result, we become givers. We feel powerful when we are giving, and we find it difficult to withstand the vulnerability required to receive.
We cannot ‘tolerate’ it. It’s why so many of us just suck at receiving.
But receiving is a very important skill. I mean, think about your vision for where your life is going. Doesn’t it involve receiving a passive income stream from your investments, receiving love and affection from your family, receiving a Long Island Ice Tea from the pool boy?
Doesn’t the ultimate realisation of your vision involve a lot of receiving? So when are you going to practice that? You’re not just going to magically get better at it once you’ve made your money.
And what does the universe make of someone who is always pushing away opportunities to receive? What message is that sending?
So we need to practice the art of receiving. And to do that, we must practice the art of standing in our vulnerability.
So this is your challenge for today.
Place yourself in a situation of receiving. Ask your wife for a foot rub, ask your friend for a compliment, as the trolley boy to carry your shopping, ask your children to make dinner. It doesn’t matter, just find one thing that puts you squarely in the receivers seat.
Tell us what it is…
And do it.
And when you do it, treat it as an act of endurance. It’s like running a marathon, or jumping in an ice bath, or sitting in a super-hot sauna. But just notice how it draws on your inner resources just to be able to tolerate it.
Notice how we all have to learn to tolerate love, tolerate affection, tolerate care… as ridiculous as that sounds.
And maybe commit to building up your tolerance levels this year.
So that’s it. That’s the challenge for the week. Hit up the blog and let us know:
What are you going to do this week to practice the art of receiving? Just one thing. (And if you can’t think of one act of pure receiving, what does that say about your life?) How long were you able to ‘endure’ it?
And here’s hoping you’re open to receiving everything you deserve this year.
Ps – Hit us up in the comments of down below for this challenge, while –This link will take you to the previous challenges. It’s not too late to have the best year ever.