Remember, a small acorn morphs into a sapling, which grows into a mighty oak tree. Plant fruitful seeds in fertile soil, nourishing and caring for them wholeheartedly, as they begin producing massive power, ascending heavenward. Major goals are to intentionally become better, do more on purpose, and give more of ourselves selflessly to causes we believe in. There is no arrival to a destination with a constant and never-ending goal-striving conscious and subconscious mindset. New feats to be won, done, and learned are in constant manifestation. Ardent desire combined with the execution of goal-setting and planning, while persevering, grinding, and hustling toward achieving new specific endeavors with precise set dates in time leads to exponential personal growth, meaning, explosive amounts of energy, aliveness, and vigor for life.
When we develop and root our thoughts, beliefs, principles, values, words, and habits into our automatic subconscious mind we operate at an expedited velocity and fuller capacity. We can truly live freely through consciously deciding to be responsible, optimistic, a good-finder, a go-getter, and a go-giver. Embracing an attitude of cooperation with utter faith, obsession, and conviction allows good that is imagined to permeate our subconscious as absolute belief and truth. Practicing these techniques can transform dream seedlings into dream realities.
“God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December” (Sir James Matthew Barrie). Think of a time when you went someplace, such as a carnival or ball game. Remember the scents, sights, sounds or shouts of excitement, tastes of delectable food, and feel of the seats or warm gripping hands that were held. We can consciously think of positive things and program our subconscious to accept them automatically, thus creating peak mental states to operate and live in. Smells are especially persuasive and easy to recall in our memory banks. These mental pictures or movies we create can act as an anchor to ground us back to a calm, cool, and collected state of mind when uncomfortable feelings or frustration arise.
We use the prefrontal cortex of our brain while using our objective conscious mind to rationalize, make decisions, influence behaviors, and view the beauty around us relative to individualized personality. The amygdala in our temporal lobes controls our emotions, feelings, memory, and survival instincts. Utilizing our subjective subconscious mind that is substantially faster than our conscious mind can bring our new fulfilling life to warp speed. Our automatic subconscious mind uses feelings and moods associated with senses of touch, sight, hearing, smell, taste, and imagination to manifest positive mental memories.
Private triumph allows for public victory. Evangelist, Billy Graham, practiced preaching to stumps before speaking in front of multitudes of people.⁴ What we do in private shows up in public. Start practicing and developing or enhancing any skill you desire to acquire or improve upon in a daily focused, determined, diligent manner. The best time to begin was one month ago, the second best time is right now. Learn from mistakes and keep on practicing. Personal success, relative to you, not comparative to anyone else, can be yours. How bad do you want it and why? Do you—everyone else is taken.
“Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people” (Jawaharlal Nehru). Not much in life beats a made up mind filled with passion, peace, optimism, confidence, determination, persistence, and love that is shared with many. Choose to be peaceful, while creating and giving peace to others through spoken and written words, silence, and intentional kind actions.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27 NIV). Embrace the tranquility of divine grace and forgiveness, sprinkled with relentless faith and self-belief. Persistently working hard, coupled with self-efficacy and gratitude manifest wondrous achievements. Be grateful often and in much to counter fear and anger, which can bolster optimism, peace, and positive mental attitudes (PMAs).
“No matter how dark things seem to be or actually are, raise your sights and see the possibilities—always see them, for they’re always there” (Norman Vincent Peale). Stop pondering pessimistically and do everything optimistically, regardless of how you feel. Pessimists are realists, whereas optimists are slightly delusional. They think and act positively, consciously working at not leaving negative thoughts in the dashboard or forefront of life. Practice making an art out of feeling uncomfortable and taking immediate action. Actions guide our thought life more so than thoughts leading to actions. Additionally, remember, actions speak louder than words. Embrace immediate, meaning right this very second, not a moment later. Lives are transformed through generating this seemingly magical breakthrough toward living optimistically this very moment and each present moment to come. Speak positive thoughts to yourself consistently, remaining determined in your optimism. Make your life gloriously victorious, today.
“Who does not grow, declines” (Rabbi Hillel). Victory is on the other side of fear, uncertainty, doubt, unbelief, and frustration. Learn to look at frustration as a growth opportunity. Ask yourself, “How can I press on despite this problem? What can I learn from this frustration?” Most things feared don’t even happen. Fear is a result of the conditioning of our thoughts, subconscious and conscious minds, beliefs, attitudes, feelings, perceptions and imaginations. We typically are just afraid of our own thoughts and shadows, which we call fear. Feel fear and do it anyway. Do not allow the past to dictate your present or future greatness. Win the prize that awaits by breaking through fear, uncertainty and doubt.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” (Eleanor Roosevelt). Maintaining a PMA and proper perspective toward our targets makes achieving dreams fully attainable. Decide what you want to do, why, and do it. No excuses, blaming, criticizing, regret, self-pity, gossiping, or procrastination allowed. Excuses only hinder, null and void the pursuit of goals and dreams, therefore stop making them. If something doesn’t serve you and others, don’t do it. Stop digging and start building.