Rural America, You Have So Much Potential

Growing up, my mother was told by my teachers that “I had so much potential!” The problem was I did not see my potential because I had such a limited view of myself and my teachers did nothing to pull what potential they saw out of me.  

It's the same with our communities. We cannot see from the inside what others see from the outside. We must draw out potential. 

I have a passion to build rural America because for more than 30 years, I have seen the innovation, passion, drive, business sense, and heart of people who love where they live and want others to love it. I have seen and know the potential of rural America - it's vastly more than agriculture! 

The result about potential is that rural America’s counties are losing more population than gaining.  The problem is not lack of buildings or industrial parks, bike paths, or lack of jobs.

The key to building rural America is relationships.

Communities must recognize and knock down the "walls" built through many years being jealous of other communities. For holding grudges from long-ago athletic competitions or school mergers where one community did not “get the building.” For family feuds created from generations of animosity toward each other. I know of one community who festered for 100 years before they realized how to grow.

You can draw out potential in your community by including new people who bring new ideas, new directions, and creative approaches to old problems. 

People will stay when they:

  • feel they belong. 
  • know that they belong to something bigger, with a vision for a better future.
  • see themselves as equal participants in community growth. 
  • know why the community is a good fit for them.
  • know that the community has a sense of purpose.

The role of community leaders is not to come up with the great idea, but to create an environment in which great ideas can happen, are encouraged, and are supported.

Ask these questions of your "newer" citizens to help your community see itself through the eyes of another, perhaps one whose grandparents aren't buried in the cemetery.
•    How long have you lived in this community?
•    Why do you think we continue to exist as a community?
•    For whom do you think we are a good community?
•    Tell me a time when you did not feel you belonged/were welcome in this community.

When you open your environment to Welcome, Understand, Comfort, and Appreciate new people, new ideas and creative approaches to old problems, your school will increase enrollment, your tax base will increase, and you will have more volunteers. 

Want to draw out potential in your community? Check here for more ideas and call us to grow, 712-250-0275; kim@ghorizons.com.  http://www.bewuca.com/blog/relationship-economic-development-wuca-ize-your-community

 

We Live in a Vibrational Cloud

As you think, you become.

Our bodies are a complex of thoughts, actions, beliefs, chemicals, and electrical energy. We live in a big world with much that happens around us and through us.

It is our response, thoughts, and actions to what is happening in our environment that determines who we are and what happens to us.

Let me explain.

When something happens in our environment, we experience it through any of our five senses. The mind then affects our body through our cells, releasing a multitude of proteins in our bodies. We determine what it means and if we accept it or not in our minds.

Our cells and bodies create energy from each thought, action, or experience that happens to us. This energy sends a vibration into the environment that attracts more of the actions or experiences of the same vibration and the cycle starts all over.

Only it goes with intensity as our emotions enter.

We call this a “vibration cloud.”

Vibration Cloud

This is why “like attracts like” and “as you think you become.”

Your vibration cloud is all around you. It is always working and where your thoughts and attitude affects your health. In fact, it affects everything about you every single day.

The great news is that you can affect it in the way that you want your world to look like and what attitude you will have. For example, if you wake up and decide it is going to be a bad day, your experiences line up to prove you right. But if you say “It’s going to be a great day!”you look for things that will make it great.

Every smell you have, everything you feel, see, hear, or taste, influences your attitude, arranging your response to arrange for you to enjoy your experience.

No matter what you do during the day, at any time you are creating energy.

  • Ideas are energy.
  • Mp3 devices are energy. You experience energy in everything you hear.
  • Inventions are energy before they become structure.
  • Food is energy.
  • Magazines are energy
  • The books on your bookshelf are energy.
  • Television shows are energy.
  • Drinks are energy.
  • Your computer content is energy.
  • What you hang on your walls is energy.
  • Thoughts are energy.
  • Feelings are energy.

Everything is energy. You cannot get away from it. It affects everything you do your life.

So to make your day the way you want it, review your thoughts and create your environment. Your internal environment reinforces your external environment.

It begins within you! The world without will not change for you unless the world within changes.

What will you become today?

Change

Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing in the same way and expecting to get different results. Creating change requires personal action to achieve a different outcome. Many times we vote with the “throw the bums out” mentality. We fire people when we don’t like the environment.  We throw out the volunteer when they do something we don’t like and the activity is not going the way we think it should. We don’t like the way things are so we want someone else to change them.

We say, "we need change and we need it now!! I don’t like what is happening to me!" So we vote for people that promise us change. We hire people with different experiences to change our environment. We select people to lead us in organizations so we won’t have to do the job.

But then we complain about the change that we demanded; that we wanted. We say, "we can’t do this" or "we can’t do that" because:

"WE HAVE NEVER DONE IT THAT WAY BEFORE!!”

Or

"The change didn't turn out the way I thought it was going to turn out. Even though the change is for the better, it is not for the better for me and my situation. The environment changed, but our circumstances did not.  I am no better off now than I was before the change happened."

Is this what we hear in each political cycle? The problem is that we are the ones that need to change and we don’t want to. We really actually like things just the way they are because they are familiar, even if we complain. Even if someone that we vote into an office says they will change things and they actually do, we say "NO!" We don’t want to do that!"

We only like change if the change does not affect us!

The future remains the same because many people often refuse to take our role as responsible citizens to make the change that is necessary because it is hard work. It is messy. It requires talking to people. It requires acknowledging the world is not as black and white as we thought. Change requires slogging through the "gray" of an issue to see it through the eyes of another's experience.

If you want things to be different in your world, you have to have change. You have to let new things happen. You need to act the change that you wish to happen.