” It belongs to the nature of man, as from Heaven, to be still at his birth. His activity shows itself as he is acted on by external things, and develops the desires incident to his nature. Things come to him more and more, and his knowledge is increased. Then arise the manifestations of liking and disliking. When these are not regulated by anything within, and growing knowledge leads more astray without, he cannot come back to himself, and his Heavenly principle is extinguished.” – Confucius
Reading about Confucius lends so much light to the art of living in my opinion. In my article: How to Find Your True Self I hinted on several things that derail and pervert us from our true godly nature. Like Confucius rightly alluded to, we have internal regulators that are akin to our very nature. Life will throw a lot of things at us that if we not careful, have the power to alter our fundamental principles upon which we were formed.
Not too many people recognize these internal regulators that are constantly pulling us back to our true nature when peer pressure and all other forms of alternative principles set to counter our very person strike. It is sickening and sad how people drastically change for the worse due to their ignorance of the powers and influences surrounding them.
Yes there is constant pressure both from within and without, constantly seeking our attention either to derail us from our path or to pull us back on track, yes it is difficult to identify the right path that we must embark on to achieve our purpose, I agree that it is extremely difficult to stay true to yourself in a world that is constantly forcing (indirectly) us to conform, but the importance of staying on track and holding firm to your heavenly principles and to the very reason why you were sent on earth cannot be overstated, you most, therefore, adhere to your inner calling, these internal regulators admonishing you either not to or to do things when faced with difficult situations. You must 100 percent trust your intuition because it will not lead you astray, for it is the very fabric that constitutes your being, it is independent of opinions and external influences.
To tap into this powerful resource, you must guard your mind with all that you’ve got” Do Not Conform (Romans 12:2). Paul’s letter to the Romans highlights the relative importance of us not losing our true identity, it also points to the fact that those of ancient times also suffered from these same things that plague us today.
Here are some questions to help you to asses where you are at the moment and where you want to be.
What is your belief system? If you don’t have any yet, isn’t it high time you found yourself one?
What do you stand for? What are some of the things your family, friends, and colleagues know you for?
What have you been feeding your mind with?
When was the last time you questioned your beliefs?
In all your ways seek wisdom, knowledge, and understanding Proverbs 4:5-9.
Sincerely answer these questions for yourself, then apply yourself to wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.
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Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge
Nothing can stop a man or a woman of determination. However, your determination must be garnished with persistence to continue pushing when you’re tempted to quit in the face of uncertainties and difficulties.
You must regard failure as an opportunity to extract actionable insights, learn, and advance toward your goal more intelligently.
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- “I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.” – Jimmy Dean
- “Life is a succession of lessons, which must be lived to be understood.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
- “Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.” – Marcus Aurelius
- “We all learn lessons in life. Some stick, some don’t. I have always learned more from rejection and failure than from acceptance and success.” – Henry Rollins
- “Every time I thought I was being rejected from something good, I was actually being re-directed to something better.” – Steve Maraboli
- “Most fears of rejection rest on the desire for approval from other people. Don’t base your self-esteem on their opinions.” – Harvey Mackay
- “We will not allow rejection to beat us down. It will only strengthen our resolve. To be successful there is no other way.” – Earl G. Graves
- “Rejection doesn’t have to mean you aren’t good enough; it often just means the other person failed to notice what you have to offer.” – Ash Sweeney
- “I think that you have to believe in your destiny; that you will succeed, you will meet a lot of rejection and it is not always a straight path, there will be detours – so enjoy the view.” – Michael York
- “Have you had a failure or rejection? You could get bitter. That’s one way to deal with it. Or you could just get BETTER. What do you think?” – Destiny Booze
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- “Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.”- Heraclitus
- “Time is the wisest counselor of all.” – Pericles
- “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” – Pericles
- “Courage is knowing what not to fear.” – Plato
- “It is the mark of an educated man to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” – Aristotle
- “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle
- “The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.” – Seneca
- “The whole life of a man is but a point in time; let us enjoy it.” – Plutarch
- “He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.” – Epictetus
- “Make the best use of what’s in your power and take the rest as it happens.” – Epictetus
Choose wisely, you only live once.
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