“It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly” (Antatole France). If people think they should live with integrity, yet do not follow through on promises, there will be inner conflict. When we say and do what is harmoniously in sync with the internal blueprint regarding how we believe our lives, including the world around us should be, magnificent beauty and peace of mind triumphs. Integrity is only working at half its potential power when a person believes his or her integrity should be 100%, although only behaves honestly 50% of the time.
“If I can stop one heart from breaking, if I can ease one pain, then my life will not have been in vain” (Emily Elizabeth Dickinson). Remember that motive matters greatly. Relationships of great value are truly invaluable. Focus your time and resources upon adding value to the human condition by generously helping others with your time, talents, skills, gifts, and abilities.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7 NIV). Develop an insatiable hunger toward going after your transparent desires with an unstoppable, unyielding, relentless, determined, and courageous tenacity for results. Indeed, it is true that we get what we tolerate in life, as well as receive our genuine, honest, clear, and must have desires by asking, planning, doing, and becoming.
Look for good or bad in yourself and others and you will find it. Moreover, while considering to purchase a new automobile or driving one, we begin to see it everywhere because we are looking for it. Bundles of nerve pathways located in our brainstem collectively called the reticular activating system (RAS), filter and eliminate wasteful stimuli, while allowing essential data in. Thanks to our RAS, we can hear our names being called in a crowded noisy room and immediately become aware. Eventually, what we consciously seek, such as goals, becomes an unconscious automatic finding in our subconscious minds. Practice being a good-finder in all people, places, things, and events. In impossible we find possible, in can’t can, in hopeless hope, in faithless faith, in unbelief belief, and on and on. Again, look for good and you will find it. Delve deep within yourself to unleash those seeds of greatness our almighty God planted in you before you were even born.
“If we work upon marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles we are then engraving that upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity” (Daniel Webster). Look at Benjamin Franklin’s 13 virtues and various biblical principles that can be acquired and practically applied. Write down your own virtues, principles, and life philosophies. Examine your lists and decide which maps and strategies should be kept or thrown out. Seek additional beliefs that will profoundly add extraordinary value to your life, hence others as well.
Forget about justice, instead, focusing on grace and forgiveness. Nothing in life is more important than people. Allow mercy to be your policy for the fallibility of human beings. Be a person of value, subsequently adding value to others. Serve others, offering a helping hand, by caring first and foremost. Let helping people meet their wants and needs be a top priority in your life. Increasing energy and happiness will certainly ensue. Give others kind, affirming, and encouraging words, attention, praise, and listening ears. See each person as important and valuable, possessing multitudes of potential. Visualize, respect, and treat everyone as self-actualized, rather than how they see themselves currently. People have good intentions. Embracing positive mental attitudes is a lifestyle. Share with others, giving and doing all things in excellence, above and beyond their expectations.
“Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed” (Proverbs 16:3 NLT). God does not place something in our heart that we cannot accomplish. Let personal moral codes, principles, and life philosophy guide your thoughts, attitudes, words, actions, behaviors, routines, and lifestyle as you navigate through this colorful adventurous jungle terrain, called life. When I am proven my ways are wrong or can be better, I change my vantage point. How about you? This can lead to minds and behaviors cultivated for massive growth and delight.
“Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I can accomplish” (Michelangelo). Don’t’ limit God’s abilities based on your lack. Placing trust in God allows a person to know that God is greater than any fear. Rise above your emotions, intentionally investing in others. We must put our priorities in check, while respecting ourselves, so we can live grander, do better, and give more.
Reward healthy behaviors to reinforce specific actions that generate productive and effective results. The outcomes can be incentive in itself, therefore creating repetition, leading to habit formation. Ask yourself, “What can I do right now to better take care of myself and others?” Too many choices create confusion, complicating decisions, thus leading to paralysis by analysis. Focus on a need and fill it. Don’t think too much. Just do it!
Know your customs and why they are performed. Ask yourself, “Why do I think, believe or behave this way?” While in infancy we would learn ten different languages with ease if the people surrounding us spoke ten different languages consistently. If we grew up in an indigenous tribe that walked around naked, making their own weapons to hunt food, than conformity of that culture becomes normal. We tend to develop the same accents of the people around us growing up. Decide who you want to be and why. Don’t follow the herd mentality any longer. Unleash your unique one of a kind incredible greatness out into the universe, 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.