In Pursuit of Equanimity
In Pursuit of Equanimity
David Blanchard is one of the most inspirational people I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. He’s a man who is dedicated to using his life experience, faith and passion to help others succeed… And he’s changing lives daily through his work.
Dave took the time to record an interview with me for Money Revealed. He shared some deep wisdom that can help you not only in your entrepreneurial goals but also in your daily life.
A good deal of what drives Dave’s philosophy of life can be summed up in one word:
Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines equanimity as (1) Evenness of mind, especially under stress and (2) Right disposition: balance.
But when put into real-life action, equanimity is a concept that goes much deeper than the dictionary definition. It’s a game-changing, life-altering goal to work toward a way of life that, when embraced, helps you not only achieve success in your business ventures but also deep peace in your personal life.
According to Dave, equanimity is the peace and joy you find when you’re pursuing a goal… when you’ve got a dream and are doing the work to achieve it. The deep sense of accomplishment when you reach your goal is a feeling that nothing else can compare with.
And that’s what Dave is talking about.
How do you get there?
To begin with, the opposites of equanimity are trepidation and fear. These are enemies of peace and must be slain in order to move forward.
Fear can stop you from doing what you were created to do. It can bring your dreams to a screeching halt.
Often, fear is not based on reality… Instead, it takes hold when you “catastrophize” the future. By vividly imagining all the things that could go wrong, you allow fear to cloud your vision and slow your progress.
Another important step toward equanimity is making sure that your dream is something that you value intrinsically.
Your goal must touch on your core values in order to be the motivator you need to get through hardships one faces when in pursuit of their dreams. Is your goal simply to get rich or to please others or to look good in the eyes of the world?
Then it’s not a big enough goal to bring you equanimity.
True equanimity occurs when you’re working in concert with your own values, dreams and personal motivations. When you’re serving others, making a difference and doing what you love…
That’s when your efforts will not only be fruitful but also deeply satisfying.
Finally, it’s important to realize that in order to be truly happy and at peace, you need to embrace the work along the way. Getting from idea to the reality of your goals is where the rubber meets the road, and if you’re not able to find joy in the process, then you’re going to have a hard time getting there.
Dave says that “passion is the gift we’re given to sustain the work of creation,” and I believe that this is a key factor in success. The work is going to be hard, but if you can take joy in it and if you can maintain the vision through hard times, you’ll be successful.
As Dave says, you don’t get to skip the work…
… but you do get to choose your attitude about it.
One last look…
To achieve equanimity you need to:
- Refuse to allow fear to stop you
- Pursue a goal that has true intrinsic value to you
- Choose a positive attitude about your work.
David Blanchard is a wellspring of information on this topic… In fact, he literally wrote the book on it. If you want to learn more about equanimity and how to pursue it, check out Dave’s book Equanimity: Conquering Mt. Entrepreneur. Written as an allegory, the book is both insightful and a good read.
Wishing you success in your pursuit of equanimity!
Dr. Patrick Gentempo