“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid” (Albert Einstein). Our self-image subconsciously drives us toward acting, behaving, talking, and performing in certain ways. An individual that sees him or herself as athletic will naturally strive to exercise and be active to maintain that image. In a synergistic state of harmony between our body, subconscious and conscious minds, our automatic mind allows our body to move skillfully while playing sports or agilely moving, such as during an exquisite dance. New skills become engrained into us and the ability to perform competently without nearly as much initial effort continues to enhance through daily repetitive practice. Develop the confident mindset, believing you can, which makes your beliefs come true. Work hard, get good, subsequently enjoying happiness.
“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry on as if nothing had happened” (Sir Winston Churchill). We must courageously heed truth when it helps us make a positive difference in our lives, in turn, in the lives of others. Let’s stop wasting our invaluable time and begin living meaningfully focused, purpose-driven lives. Time and truths have the potential to heal all wounds. Why not allow healing to begin?
“It is human nature to think wisely and act foolishly” (Antatole France). How are your actions representing your thoughts? Would you be proud to share all sound and video footage of thoughts and acts taking place behind closed doors? All of us have shortcomings we are not proud of. Let’s re-examine our life principles, moral codes, philosophies, and standards. Prioritize values and virtues that hold the most conviction and noble clout, while persistently putting them into practice each day. Actions truly do speak resoundingly louder than words, although describe our thoughts more. Be emotionally skillful and mature, behaving in a controlled manner, taking responsibility for all actions and subsequent good and bad consequences, while patiently walking or running through this joyous life.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NIV). For change to occur a person with a shopping problem should stay out of the mall. A drinker should stay out of the bar. A gambler should stay out of the casino. A person trying to lose weight should stay away from a buffet. It is easier to avoid temptation than it is trying to beat temptation. Acknowledging that we possess a self-created problem within ourselves allows the ability to let solutions work through and for us. That permits us to change our ways by living in a positive, progressive, forward moving, massively growing manner. As Tony Robbins advocates, “Raise your standards. Change your shoulds into musts. Stop shoulding all over yourself.”
“This is the first test of a gentleman: his respect for those who can be of no possible value to him” (William Lyon Phelps). Having observed an intoxicated driver hit and instantly kill an innocent young teenage girl as she drove home from work one night was heart-wrenching. The intoxicated individual stumbled out of his car and sat on the curb with a minor physical injury to himself. Caring for offenders that fatally kill, shoot, or stab innocent victims can be challenging. Knowing that people are children of God places different lenses over my eyes, therefore seeing them as potential beacons of light, at times in a dark, dreary, cold and unjust world.
“… Instruments of darkness tell us truths…. While you live, tell the truth, and shame the devil!” (William Shakespeare). Intentional evil in the world is a direct result regarding improper utilization or underdevelopment of our thoughts and minds, which is often caused by ignorance, fear, greed, or neglect. Unhealthy environments, people, and experiences during a person’s early years can condition poor behavior patterns, whereas bad decisions become his or her norm. That poor behavioral acquisition can be reconditioned into greatness and unconditional love, via the potent power of choice.
“In the province of the mind, what one believes to be true either is true or becomes true” (John Lilly). Think about your thinking because thoughts become reality. Additionally, strong feelings make for strong action. While motion or behaviors can be the precursor to emotions, feelings can generate long-term behavior and perceptual change. Allowing the mind and body to be in harmony with both thinking and acting creates potential ripples of greatness. Thoughts have power to morph into moods and automatic reactions, which when lingering long enough, becomes part of who we are. Continual hard work, determination, willingness, self-reflection, personal awareness, and persistence are crucial keys toward sustaining transformative lives. Be passionate about what you’re doing and give it all you’ve got. Decide to be someone great because everyone else is taken.
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” (Anais Nin). How we react to ourselves, people, events, circumstances, and our environments are direct reflections of the habits we practice on a daily consistent basis. Become proactive and not reactive toward both internal and external stimuli. We can change our reactions or responses to circumstances, people, and events by controlling our thoughts and attitudes, which can profoundly alter our lives in a positive, effective, and forward growing manner. Ask yourself, “How can I improve or cultivate positive mental attitudes (PMAs) today?” Our happiness depends on it.