One decision can change the entire trajectory and destiny of our lives. Hanging out with a gang or the wrong crowd can lead to mischief, pain, suffering, and even death. If you associate with pigs you will get dirty, and the pigs will like it. Eradicate toxic people like a bad habit. While being truly serious about change, similar to stopping smoking, cold turkey typically works best.
“Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them” (Napoleon Bonaparte). It is important to understand and accept that buying material items won’t create lasting happiness. It’s wonderful possessing nice things, although replaceable items will never bring long-term peace, fulfillment, and joy. Creating wonderful experiences and memories with people we love and admire, while sharing ourselves through giving our time, gifts, talents, skills, and abilities can bring lasting fulfillment and enduring joy. Use everything to create more abundance in your life. Being a producer leads to more of what really matters. Only consuming takes away without the wondrous gifts of return on time to do more of what you truly love.
“All things are difficult before they are easy” (Thomas Fuller). We become more fulfilled the sooner we recognize and accept the harmful self-inflicting problems we create within ourselves, while deciding to replace old destructive ways with positive forward moving and life-altering strategies. Paths toward healing manifest after recognizing a problem, accepting or owning the cause, and forgiving ourselves and others for partaking in immoral behaviors. We are ultimately accountable and responsible for where we are in life, period.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves” (Victor Frankl). Have you or a loved one ever felt trapped, seemingly with no way out due to bad decisions or uncontrollable circumstances? I certainly have and overcoming the seemingly inescapable confinement as a result of poor choices is a wonderful and liberating experience.
“I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more, as I grow older” (Catherine Drinker Bowen). Truths shared can brighten the loneliest and darkest holes of downward cyclical utter despair. Relentlessly seek and share personal truths and be exonerated from any black frightful abyss, which may be consuming your heavenly soul. No profit or earthly treasure is worth exchanging your own soul to acquire. Now is the time to get up out of that dastardly hole of despair and courageously crush through walls of darkness so you, too, can live in light of newly found truths!
“Self-evaluation is helpful, but evaluation from someone else is essential” (Andy Stanley). Be brutally honest while self-reflecting on right and wrong. Your answers are perceptions related to personal principles, beliefs, and experiences. Make sure your ideal self and real self are congruent, therefore creating peace and abundant fulfillment within. What do you stand for and why?
“Sometimes what counts can’t be counted, and what can be counted doesn’t count” (Albert Einstein). Do not compare yourself with anyone, except who you were yesterday. Your very own intangible character traits based upon what you stand for helps preserve visions, dreams, and goals while persevering toward greatness, despite adversity. Know both what to do and what not to do in varying situations, thus expediting your journey toward becoming the best version of yourself. Furthermore, another person’s perspective, especially from a leader, mentor, counselor or coach can guide, teach, inspire and direct our steps, additionally, helping to hold us accountable. Strive toward becoming the person you truly desire and are fully capable of being. Be you!—everyone else is taken.
Dare to be different and swim against the tide of societal norms. Passivity causes beautiful people to get tossed, turned, and plummeted into boulders, thrown from cliffs, and aimlessly submerged into oblivion. It takes diligent consistent effort and fully conscious decisions to abstain torrent currents, while climbing up dicey hammering waterfalls and freakishly antagonizing rip-roaring undercurrents by abstaining from the lure of trying to please everyone, while forgetting about what’s best for us. Attempting to appease all is futile because only some individuals can be satisfied, merely some of the time. Normal by society’s permissive, negligent or lax standards can lead to pain, poverty, struggle, and double trouble. Create and abide by your own disciplined moral codes, principles, priorities, and life philosophies, today.
Don’t acquire bad habits and you may live a more enjoyable life. The repetition is there again and again on purpose; therefore, the principles must be very important. Do what’s easy today and have a hard life or do what’s hard now and have an easy life. Stop hanging out with the wrong people that drag you down. Listen to positive uplifting music and watch inspirational movies. Stop filling your mind with vulgarity and violence that can lead to immorally hardened or fossilized negative mental attitudes and hearts. The adage, “If it bleeds it leads” is true relating to the negative news. Moreover, cease or replace watching ferocity and listening to profanity by filling yourself up with an abundance of good. Remember, where there is freedom for good, there is freedom for evil. Choose love, liberty, and an abundant life, intrinsically full of autonomy, growth, limitless ability, vision, meaning, and purpose.
It is far easier to avoid temptation than it is trying to beat it. Some people may say you should be strong enough to recognize a problem and be resilient enough to fight temptation by placing oneself directly in the midst of possible troubles. It is not wise to try stopping a drinking problem and hang out in a bar. Do not expect to fix a shopping vice attempting to restrain from spending money unnecessarily by perusing through a mall or any sources of online shopping. That is absurd. Acknowledging an issue as problematic, choosing to respond differently, replacing an unwanted bad wont with a positive habit, being okay with cravings, knowing this too shall pass—intellectually, spiritually or from experience, while positively persevering in thoughts, words, behaviors, and every day rituals give people leverage to unleash greatness that overcomes any and all walls of acquired poor routines.
“It’s good to learn from your mistakes. It’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes” (Warren Buffet). We will not live long enough to make every mishap available, while experiencing myriads of negative consequences is unnecessary. We tend to create needless personal problems by telling ourselves it is necessary to mess up in order to learn. Wisdom gained through personal experience can be beneficial with the right truths, lenses, and positive mental attitudes (PMAs) on board now or in time, although real blunders are not mandatory precursors to greatness.
Succumbing to the allure of sinful pleasures in any realm of life may not only manifest gradual physical, spiritual, and mental torment, but instant death. Enticing societal pressures can be resisted by creating personal awareness leading to radical reformation metamorphosis. Knowing what to do is extremely important, as is understanding what not to do in life.