The first place I came across this word “CHUTZPAH” was in Michael J. Gelb’s book; CREATIVITY ON DEMAND. Michael is a man I respect very much, he is one of the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development, and the author of the best selling book; How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. He is a senior Fellow at the Center for Humanistic Management and member of the Advisory Board for Leading People and Organizations at the Fordham University Gabelli School of Business. Michael approach in teaching about creativity and genius thinking is phenomenal. He has this unique method of helping you discover this Creative ability in you that you don’t even know is there. Among his many teachings and techniques showcased in his book; Creativity on Demand, this word CHUTZPAH among with many others striked a cord. But I want to talk briefly about the power of that word.
First, let’s begin with what is CHUTZPAH? Michael J. Gelb defined CHUTZPAH as “a Yiddish word that can be interpreted to mean audacity and nerve in the face of uncertainty”. The closest word to CHUTZPAH in English is MOXIE. Isn’t it very helpful that this word comes in handy especially with the uncertainties flooding our world today. Most times the meaning and value embedded in certain words can only be acknowledged or appreciated at the face of adversities in relation to those words. Consider saying sorry to someone who is hurt or wounded versus saying sorry to a friend who missed an appointment. The word “SORRY” wouldn’t hold the same value for both of them. To one it is considered a passive word, to another it is considered a healing word. It takes courage to maintain audacity in the face of uncertainty. It takes courage to lead when you are short of answers or don’t know the next steps. The world has shifted and it’s still shifting, “NORMAL”these days is whatever you make of it. Please I need you to understand the next sentences very well, you can go through it again if you need to. Today’s blog is not just about adopting CHUTZPAH as a lifestyle so you can face uncertainties. It is about you realizing that you have the power to choose to adopt CHUTZPAH or NOT, This means no matter what you face or go through, you still have the power to CHOOSE. One single mission I have here today; Is to remind us that although the world has shifted, although things have fallen apart, although what we regard as normal has been obstructed. Businesses shut down, Jobs lost, Loved ones taken away from us…. etc One thing we still have is the power to CHOOSE, the power to CHOOSE how we respond. That can never be taken away from us, we are creatures of choice, and that is our super power.
It is easy to forget about that power of choice when we are hit by unpleasant and unbearable situations. But am here to remind you, and to wake us up to that reality, that our choices can not be enslaved or taken away, the only person that has the capacity to enslave your power to choose is YOU!. Though you may not be responsible for what happens to you or around you, but you are responsible for what happens IN YOU. Isn’t it amazing that among all the creations of God, we are the only creatures of choice, we are the only creatures with the power to choose. And that made us very powerful. We choose how we speak, we choose how we think, we choose how we live… etc.. I believe God did that because he trust us, so let’s not disappoint Him. Whatever you have considered as a threat, disadvantage, unpleasant can actually be turned into an opportunity, advantage or even a weapon to help you become better version of you. All you need do is shift your thoughts and perspective, reconsider the way you view situations, choose to respond to uncertainties with boldness, choose to adopt CHUTZPAH as a lifestyle. Remember, you have the power to choose, it was never taken away from you. Make rethinking, relearning and unlearning a culture in your life.
Building and sustaining a culture that reminds you all the time that you have the power to CHOOSE is very essential for growth, progress and happiness. Your life is precious and valuable, so selling your POWER to choose, or given it away because you think you can’t BEAR that situation is foolishness. This will only lead to more misery and pain. I know one way or another we have all been on that rough path of life that seems to blind us or take away the reality that we have the POWER TO CHOOSE. And It’s not easy to regain that consciousness that we have that power of choice, but it is worth fighting for. Am here to awaken you from your slumber, Hey! you hear me, WAKE UP! NOW IS THE TIME, HERE IS THE PLACE. It’s been too long, not anymore, WE NEED YOU, THE WORLD NEEDS YOU, YOU NEED YOU. THE POWER IS YOURS TO CHOOSE..
As I leave you today, I want you to think about every situation in your life that has caused you to believe that you’ve lost control over it. I want you to write them down and think about it differently, approach it with different perspective, know that you have the power to think about it the way you want and how you choose to respond to it. Awaken that POWER OF CHOICE today, and make the most use of it, so you can experience grace, happiness, love and freedom. Like I said earlier, it’s not going to be easy, but I believe you can do it. But if you feel you need help please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Having a world free from MENTAL SLAVERY has always been my mission, so am here to help and it will be my honor to work with you..
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Acknowledgement; To a great coach and teacher; #michaeljgelb https://michaelgelb.com