The journey towards success, or a better life is laced with many obstacles and challenges, but the one that stops many of us, is that conviction that our dreams and goals are beyond our reach. Many of us have been sold this lie. We have allowed the many suppressive and negative forces to direct our thoughts and aims toward mediocrity.
In the beginning of our lives it wasn’t always so. God created us with a charge to have dominion over all things. The scripture says we are called to be the head and not the tail. As children we all had great dreams and goals. Visit any primary school today, or talk to any young boy or girl, you will be surprised that they have plans to conquer the world, to attain important positions in life, to become famous and wealthy, to be Olympic champions and so on.
But when they become teens and young adults, the negative suppressive forces that stopped their parents begin to work on them, sometimes it is their own parents and older relatives who failed to act on their own lives that set out to lead these young lads into mediocrity.
They begin to tell them, it is foolish to be a dreamer, that their ideas are impractical, unachievable, stupid, naïve, foolish, doesn’t suit the times and the economy, or that they would need a terrible amount of money to go anywhere in life, or that “luck determines who gets ahead or you’ve got to have important friends,” or you’re “too old or too young.” Continue reading Negative Opinion is Poison→
Many of us are very picky and particular about what food we eat. These days there have been so much consciousness on healthy diets. This is so because we know that our bodies reflect the diet fed them. Physical stamina, resistance to disease, body size, even how long we live are all closely related to what we eat.
While many of us have almost perfected the art of healthy dieting, we have failed to also realize that our minds also reflect the kind of “mind food” we feed them. We may have very healthy physical bodies, but we feed our minds with unhealthy junk meals. – Through the information, habits, and attitudes we pick from our environments.
Our environment shapes us, makes us think, talk, or walk the way we do. You are where you are in life largely because of well fed or how malnourished your mind is. Its time to become as conscious about what you feed your minds, as we are about what we feed our bodies, because the size of your thinking, your goals, your attitudes, your personality are all a reflection of your state of mind. Continue reading “Bodily Exercise and Food Gives Little Profits”→
“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” –Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Earl Nightingale in his famous classic, “The strangest secret, stated that we become what we think about most of the time.” And the scriptures also support this by stating that as a man thinks in his heart, so he becomes. “The size of our bank accounts, the size of our happiness accounts, and the size of our general satisfaction in life is dependent on the size of our thinking.”
We are products of our thinking, yet 99% of the time, most of us are thinking little thoughts. Most of us are thinking of our problems, our inadequacies, our wants, our troubles and challenges, and the more we think of those things, the more of them we have in our lives. We have allowed our environments to tug us and pull us down to settling for small achievements and comforts; to be content in being a little man or woman in the society. Continue reading Life is too Short to Think Small→
Paulo Coelho shared this story originally in his blog; “There was once a well-known scholar, who lived in a mountain in the Himalayas. Tired of living with men, he had chosen a simple life and spent most of his time meditating. His fame, however, was so great that people were willing to walk narrow paths, climb steep hills, swim rivers – to meet the holy man who was believed to be able to resolve any trouble of the human heart.
The wise man, as he was full of compassion, gave some advice here and there, but kept trying to get rid of unwanted visitors. Still, they appeared in larger groups, and once a day a crowd knocked on his door, saying that great stories about him were published in their local newspaper and that everyone was sure he knew how to overcome the difficulties of their lives. The wise man said…
“This life is a school. This school does not give out passing grades, but demands a perfect ‘A’ from each student on every subject. You can never quit this school and this school has no time limit for graduation. You will not graduate until you get it “right.” If you are a Christian, your schooling might end when you draw your last breath.
God is not democratic. He demands of His children the best they can be. He demands they be like Him and the cost for failing the courses is your liveliness and happiness. However, as long as you are fighting the battle tenaciously and courageously, the magical, unseen hand of the Divine is there to aid. This is not merely rhetoric, but a common experience that many people have found to be true…”
In most religious teachings, including my faith Christianity, we are often admonished to be humble, to be meek; to develop the child like attitude when dealing with others. I have discovered that while many of us talk about being humble, we find it really difficult to practice it.
Everyone wants to be heard and seen, the society labels you as a coward; sometimes foolish, if you give up the need to be right, and be kind. Or when you bring yourself low enough to reach out to others.
But I have discovered that humility is a very important ingredient in the recipe for greatness, as all truly great people who have walked this earth were considered as being extremely humble.
Recently I stumbled upon a text taken from the ancient Chinese classic “36 Strategies” in which it was written, “Pretend to be a pig in order to eat the tiger.”
“According to this concept, when the Asian hunter is ready to hunt the tiger, he will sit and contemplate the easiest way to bag a tiger. The conclusion he reaches is that he will make himself the bait for the tiger. He dresses in pig’s clothing and waits in the woods. The tiger will come close, thinking this pig will make a delicious lunch. When the tiger is so close the hunter cannot miss, he will shoot the tiger.”Continue reading Humility Costs Less but Pays Much→