Accepting ourselves completely, striving to become better, and living by example are practical ways to win at the game of life. We must not aim for perfection, which can be tormenting and is not obtainable. Let’s shoot for the stars and live an extraordinary life full of goal achievement and vitality. There is greatness in each of you, not yet realized.
Steve Jobs once said during a Stanford graduation ceremony, “Stay hungry, stay foolish.”¹⁶ Do what you think you can’t do, in order to actualize your true potential. Failing twice as much can get us to our destination much quicker. Being paralyzed by thinking about all the things that could go wrong leads us to nomad’s land. Start now, even without knowing everything. Learn, grow, and become better as you do more. Serve others and fulfill their desires by building the culture around and within your life. Making other people your number one priority, secondary to your family of course, pays massive dividends. Make sure your returns are in the black, not the red. Too much giving without reciprocal gifts can leave us empty and unfulfilled. Harmonious balance is a must. That is a path leading toward greatness, which you can achieve.
“The pupil who is never required to do what he cannot do, never does what he can do” (John Stuart Mill). There is not tomorrow, only right now. Live courageously by the motto, carpe diem, which means seize the day. In the tragic, yet emotionally poignant movie, Dead Poets Society, Robin Williams showed his students a trophy case in the school he taught at while describing to his pupils that all those trophies and pictures of people once their ages who were then old and gone had won at sports and in life do to seizing the day. Robin Williams profoundly said, “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”¹⁰ Live with a sense of urgency and make your dream life a reality, today.
“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).
It has been said, “If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change something, change your attitude.” Embracing positive mental attitudes (PMAs) coupled with principled moral codes act as beacons of light or a guiding compass that determines the potential altitude of greatness achieved. Continue being steadfast in your beliefs and faith. Carefully directed beliefs mixed with an unwavering conviction of faith, overtime, becomes a PMA focused on precise strategies of subconscious thought. Know what you believe and why you believe it in order to further know and master thyself.
Think of learning a new skill or observing a child acquire one. It took deliberate conscious effort. Riding a bicycle or learning to swim may have been scary at first, although once learned became automatic. Patience, courage, and deliberate intention produces results we desire when our want exceeds our fear. Tell yourself, “I am sick and tired of not achieving my aim. Do you mean it or not?” Write the goal down and get busy working on it day and night. Muster up the courage and just do it, leaving no excuses not to finish. Respect yourself enough to honor and complete your adamantly honorable desires. Persisting at anything long enough with sustained self-control will elicit all the blessings this world offers in direct relation to your endeavor and personal effort. Always do your best. What do you enjoy doing when time seemingly disappears? Why not do this more frequently and study the flow of your passions and desires more in depth?
“The way to develop self-confidence is to do the thing you fear and get a record of successful experiences behind you. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved” (William Jennings Bryan). Decide and do, sticking with plans until targets are hit. You will want to give up at times—don’t! Our beliefs, feelings, attitudes, principles, decisions, and values are key components that guide our self-image, self-confidence, self-worth, identity, thoughts, ideas, actions, behaviors, habits, and lifestyle. Whatever is on our minds is at the tip of our tongue or slip of our tongue. We can consciously focus on what we desire to think, say, do, feel, have, be, and give, thus work toward obtaining those desired results. Ideally, start with responsible love. Choose which path to take today, in turn, carving your own road toward or away from internal freedom. Demand responsibility for the past, present, and future you. Though there are varying definitions of liberty, ultimate freedom is being able to do what you want, when you want to do it, while intrinsically increasing love, peace, joy, fortitude, empathy, compassion, passion, fulfillment, helpfulness, understanding, and potentialities. What is your definition about personal freedom and why?