Life is like a pack of cards….
We are dealt our initial hand when we are born, with the parents and family we are born into and the environment/country in which we live. We are born with our ‘set’ – our genes and our core personality. Have you ever noticed even a tiny baby shows their core personality immediately they are born, with some babies being placid whilst others are feisty etc.?
There are some things in life that we can’t change, like our parentage, our genes or our ‘core’ personality and yet we can change the ‘hand’ we’ve been dealt. We can learn new skills, behaviours and add to our knowledge. We can swap our ‘cards’ and try a different one, we can play a new game or a different game altogether if we choose…
Like our pack of cards, life isn’t fixed in stone and there are infinite combinations of cards and infinite changes to the cards, that we can choose to take.
When we try different combinations of cards, sometimes we win and sometimes we lose and yet we can always keep playing the game…
Learning what cards we need in our life game is part of the challenge for us. We can stick with the ‘old’ hand of cards that isn’t helping us win life’s game – those old beliefs that we developed as children and throughout our lives, those habits and behaviours that we have learned and that aren’t benefiting or enhancing our life, or we can recognise that we need to swap one or more of our cards for a new card that fits better with our life game..
The beauty of life, is that we can constantly evolve and learn new skills and lessons in life. We were born into a ‘set of circumstances’ – some are dealt a better starting hand than others and no matter what our initial hand was – either good or bad, we can keep moving forward, keep learning new skills, recognise and change those beliefs and behaviours that aren’t serving our purpose.
We can keep swapping cards and learning new lessons until we find the ‘right’ combination of cards that helps us win our game. There is always another card in the pack to help us find the right ‘combination’ of cards.
As we learn new skills, new behaviours and work to change our early learned beliefs, we can begin to reveal the diamonds in our pack – those cards that align to form a better ‘meld’ (a run of cards that work together).
We can choose to discard the ‘deadwood’ in our hand (those cards that simply don’t fit into our aimed for ‘run’). The ‘deadwood’ may be people that are holding you back – friendships or relationships that have run their course and no longer ‘fit’ with the direction you are travelling or the ‘run’ you are aiming for in your hand of cards..
Or the ‘deadwood’ may be those old beliefs, behaviours or habits, that you have learned and yet no longer serve the correct purpose in your life and need to be swapped for some new beliefs, new behaviours or new habits that better fit the vision of your ‘winning combination of cards’…
A card game would be pretty pointless and boring, if we had to stick with the initial ‘hand’ we were dealt and could never change any of the cards for new ones…….. Wouldn’t it?
Are you sticking with your ‘losing’ hand of cards… the hand of cards that isn’t moving you forward and helping you to achieve your ‘winning’ hand and leading you to your inner dreams?
Have you developed a ‘losing’ or ‘winning’ mentality for your game of life? Do you still think you have to ‘stick’ with those original ‘beliefs’ that no longer serve your purpose… are your ‘fears’ holding you back and blocking your opportunities?
Life is simple – we can always choose to deal ourselves a ‘new hand’… or change a few of our cards throughout the game. Even if we don’t find the card we’re looking for initially, we can swap and change, play a new game, until we find our perfect ‘meld’… and then….
Wow – the excitement of starting another whole new game in our life journey!
We always have a ‘choice’, even when we think we don’t… we can simply make the decision to swap some of our ‘cards’ or start a new game altogether…
In 2016, I recognised that my ‘current hand’ of cards simply wasn’t going to achieve my ‘vision’ for living the life of my dreams.
I refreshed my Vision Board and embarked on a journey to improve my card game, learning new skills, challenging old beliefs and changing some of my old behaviours in my hunt for the Ace in my pack.
Indeed I’ve just thrown my original ‘pack of cards’ into the air, given them a shuffle and am dealing myself a whole new hand!
How exciting my new game of cards is and I’m going to keep swapping my cards until I find the ‘meld’ that fits into my vision and helps me win my personal ‘life game’…
What cards do you need to swap in your current hand?