Years ago, you could only kill one person at a time. Now, we can kill millions of people at the push of a button. So this is progress?


The desperate striving, in our society, for ‘growth’ and ‘progress’, at seemingly any cost, achieves neither.

We are like a baby that is trying to run a marathon before it can crawl. One step at a time, please.


It is a simple fact of nature that, sometimes, before we can step forward, we have to step back; or, even, to step out. Instead of just hammering away, without thought, sometimes, it is necessary to take a different course of action.

If you keep on hammering away, blind to the world around you, you might fail to realise that there is a door, which is unlocked, just a few feet away from you.


Real progress isn’t linear. It doesn’t occur in a straight line. And, sometimes, as you are moving forward, it seems that you have actually regressed.

As an example, Tiger Woods has been the best golfer in the world for ever, it would seem. And yet, even though he was number one in the world back in 2000 and 2001, there were aspects of his game that he wasn’t happy with. More so, he was concerned about how long he would be able to sustain his supremacy with his style of play.

And so, having dominated golf from 1999-2002, he completely broke his game down. As a consequence of which, he didn’t win a Major for 3 years. And he stopped being number one in the world. Many questioned whether he would ever get back to the top, whether his best days were past him. But from 2005 to 2008 he was resurgent, and even more potent and dominant on the golf course than previously.

And there will no doubt be times to come when he needs to break it all down. When everything he has trusted will be open to question. When others will seem to surpass him, as he steps backwards … Only for him to disappear over the horizon, once more …

Sometimes, to get to where you want to get in life, you have to leave your certainties behind and go through the wilderness of your greatest doubts and fears.


There is unlimited potential for growth and progress in life. So long as you remove every block, every barrier, every barricade and every boundary which separates you from experiencing this.*

The more we fortify ourselves against others, the more we fortify ourselves against life. Just as progress and growth is nigh on impossible in a war zone, it is nigh on impossible if, in your heart, you are at war.

*I have tried a lot of different things in my life. As it stands the most powerful and most effective practice that I have found in getting rid of my blocks is The Presence Process by Michael Brown. It is a 10 week process that, if you complete it, will change the whole course of your life around, and will enable you to take your life in the direction you really want to go. I can’t recommend it highly enough. You can get it on Amazon. And, for more information, check out Michael Brown’s website There are many very useful resources there.

© Phillip A. Klein March 2008

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