We can accomplish great things, we can draw great applause and acclaim, all while remaining defeated within. This is because nothing can replace true strength of character. This is the battle waged within our own selves and it is only this battle that determines whether one achieves triumph or defeat.
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If you don't know where you're going, you'll never get there. Defining a successful life is imperative if we want to lead one. It may be the most important first step to leading a successful life. My definition is, narrowing the gap between who we see ourselves as and who we are.
Do you have a long list of wants? Would it be nice to have them or must you have them? Only when your "want" turns into a "must" do you get it. It is then that you're truly committed to doing everything to get it. So you see, it is you who prevents your wants from being actualized and it is only you can bring them to actualization.
Did you ever notice how the very thing you love about someone you sometimes can't stand? The funny thing is that the pros and cons are two sides of the same coin. Remember, this very same issue you're frustrated about is the very same source of their beauty which you love.
One should not be embarrassed when confronted by scoffers. Learn this and you'll become one powerful person. To be different, not to fit the norm, is a great fear that holds us back so often. That's why you should practice being different.
If there's one thing that is most detrimental to humanity, it may just be judgment. Most of us will acknowledge that we're still trying to overcome the judgments we received from others. Wouldn't it be worthwhile to practice minimizing our judgments on others?
There are tremendous benefits to stepping out of our subjective perspective and seeing how our world looks through objective eyes. There are also tremendous fears of accepting an uncomfortable new perspective. This is how growth happens!
We are expected to seek refinement. The way G-d created us demonstrates that. Refinement is a soulful life in a body as opposed to a bodily life with a soul.
We all live in a paradigm. When something challenges our paradigm, it offers us an opportunity, to learn a new paradigm or be more resolute in our current one. Only the liberal-minded have the courage to take a close look.
It is worth asking ourselves whether what we're about to say or do is dignified or not. If it isn't, we probably shouldn't say or do it. Acting without dignity is not a sign of authenticity and realness. It's a lack of respect and unwillingness to control our instinctual selves. We must pursue dignity.
Trendy and hip platitudes have a strong pull but they aren't always accurate. People like talking about the universe supporting them. Does the universe have consciousness or free choice? It's authentic confidence based on a reliable source that supports us, not the universe.
There's a simple way to get more of what we want. Focus on it. This always works because what we focus on grows.