The concept of causality, is essentially that nothing happens in an of itself. There is always a cause, and it always occurs before the effect.
If the cause takes place, the effect will too.
It all seems so obviously true and unimportant. You don’t get rain without water vapor and condensation. Despite this almost universal acceptance and understanding, there’s more to cause and effect than first meets the eye. Our cause and effect universe has profound implications when it comes to your ability to succeed in business.
I am what I am
“I yam what I yam,” says the world’s most famous sailer man. And many other people do to, without any thought to what it implies.
The declaration “I am what I am” implies a person has little or no control over the way they are. It’s as if God made them that way, and there’s nothing they can do about it.
The declaration implies the causes that lead them to this point in their life (the effect), were outside of their control. By implication, this doesn’t bode well for the future. If the causes that lead to their present state were outside of their control, then so are the causes that will lead to their future self.
Such a person has no sense of control. His or her life turns out the way it will turn out, and there’s nothing they can do about it.
Such a person is a victim of fate. Or God. Or whatever object he or she considers to be in control of the causes that impact on his or her life.
We can cause effects
It’s demonstrably true that we can impact other people, and we can do this by choice. For example, a person might choose to sleep with another person’s spouse. This may be the cause of a divorce (the effect).
If we can be the cause of an effect with another person, then by implication, we can also be the cause in our own life. What’s more, it’s in our best interests to do so, because nobody is as concerned with our well-being as we are!
A universe of cause and effect, that allows us to play an active roll in being a cause, grants us a wonderful gift. It allows us to take some degree of control over our future.
Each of us is able to play a part in shaping who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we achieve.
Are you unhappy with the way things are in your life (i.e. some particular effect)? You don’t have to be. You can take any one aspect of your life (an effect), and change it.
You change it by making a conscious decision to change the cause of that effect.
Such changes don’t happen over night. If it has taken years to produce the effect, it may take years to put things right. The point is, you can do it. Any given effect has a cause. As long as you know what the cause is, you can replace it with some other cause designed to produce an effect you’d rather have. For example…
A lonely person recognizes that his shyness is the cause. Shyness causes him to do the things that make a person lonely, such as avoiding contact with others. He decides to change the cause, and instead starts doing the things that bring a person friends.
Of course, it sounds much easier than it really is. We all grow familiar (comfortable) with the way we act. We might not like the effect, but it can be hard to change the cause, because we associate it with ourselves being “that way.”
A shy person may regard themselves as actually being “shy,” as if the human body had a shy gland that prevents gregarious behavior. This is why it can take years to change an effect.
How to be successful
My point isn’t that this is easy to do. My point is that each of us has the power to change things about ourselves we don’t like. This includes the things that hold you back, and get in the way of your success in business.
Whatever it is you want for your business, you can achieve it. You need only work out exactly what that thing is, and then decide what the activities are that will deliver it to you.
If any of those activities seem like things you can’t do, then you need to go to work on the cause that has lead you to this effect. Change the cause, and you change the effect. You are then free to do the things you need to do to succeed.
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