Looking back on your life, have you achieved everything that you desire?
As you might have guessed, the most common answer to this question is “no.” If you said “yes,” that means that you’re content only scratching the surface of your potential. Even the most driven, successful people in the world strive to better themselves in one way or another.
Honestly, this isn’t supposed to make you feel bad about yourself. It’s simply a wake-up call to remind you that you deserve to be better. You have unlimited potential. This sounds fantastic, but what’s the caveat?
Just wait for it…
You have to work at it. Not once, not twice… you have to work toward your full potential every single day. Sometimes life is hard, but you have to try to move forward daily.
The secret to unlocking your full potential is found in the most powerful weapon you have: your mind. Each day is a battle with your mind. Sometimes you choose to take the easy way. Other times, you persevere. To be the best version of yourself, you need to unlock the power of the mind and use it regularly. In order to do this, you need to perfect your mindset.
Although the hard work is up to you, hopefully, this post points you in the right direction. Using three inspirational quotes from highly regarded books, you can begin to reframe your mindset. Start being the best version of yourself right now.
It’s Your Fault
“If you think I’m the problem, then you have to change me. If you realize that you’re the problem, then you can change yourself, learn something, and grow wiser.”
This was a pivotal moment in the book Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki. The reason this quote is mentioned first is because without accountability, you’ll never accomplish anything.
People blame the government for their problems, the way they were raised, the way their boss treats them, and so on. Ultimately, you can’t control these things. What you can control is how you confront these problems. Are you going to find ways that you can improve your life or wait for others to do it for you?
During tumultuous times, we always look for scapegoats. Instead, what if we thought about how we could change the situation? Let’s look at an example.
It Starts with You
Pretend that you’re overweight. You blame your parents because they didn’t help you much genetically. This makes you upset, and you begin to feel sorry for yourself.
Given this situation, you really have three choices. Sit back, complain, and do nothing. Eat more and sob. Or, you can look at your situation and identify things you can do to change it. You can make a plan to lose weight by exercising and dieting. Yes, it requires effort, but you are in complete control of the outcome. You get to decide what goes into your body; you choose whether or not to exercise.
The same logic can be applied to any scenario in life. Break it down into what you can control, and find a way to give yourself an edge. Remember, only you can make the changes needed to have a better life.
“The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world, and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon.”
Without context, this quote is a bit harder to interpret. In The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho, there is a parable within the book. The story is told about someone who is asked to balance oil on a spoon and walk without spilling it. Although he achieves this, he walks through a beautiful castle without ever really seeing it. After being prompted to try again looking up, he notices how magnificent the structure and decorations are. This then, is the secret of life.
In our own lives, we are consumed by daily minutia. We work for eight hours, then go home, too tired to do anything. Rather than accepting the ordinary as nothing special, this quote challenges us to take another look.
Every day, we are so focused on the oil (figuratively speaking) that we forget about the marvels we encounter. Think about the beautiful landscape where you live, the intricacies your loved ones possess, or even yourself. These are the little things that exist around us every day that we take for granted. Instead, we need to take time to appreciate the seemingly mundane moments in life.
Additionally, life is too short to forget to enjoy it. There are stories of people who hoard all of their money into retirement, never spending a dime. Up to a point, this has merit. But was it worth depriving yourself for your entire life only to be too old to appreciate it? Go on vacation with your friends or family, take time for yourself, do good deeds for people, and all the other things you want to do. Start living for today.
Stay focused, but don’t forget to enjoy life while you’re here.
“To find greatness, you have to go inside”
Meet the author of Can’t Hurt Me—David Goggins. This guy is the most intense, realistic, and mentally strong person on the planet. He had a terrible childhood, was overweight, had a miserable job, and then became a Navy Seal. In his life struggles, he learned to overcome his external problems and internal issues. To do this, he confronted himself.
The book does an excellent job of making it clear that in order to address problems, you need to be real with yourself. It puts a tremendous emphasis on highlighting your weaknesses, breaking them down, and building on top of the rubble.
Face Your Fears
Ask yourself this one simple question: What are you afraid of?
Create a list of your fears, insecurities, and shortcomings in life. Think about why you’re afraid—and don’t make excuses for yourself.
OK, now get do it. Keep doing it until you’re no longer afraid. Map out how to attack these and confront them head-on. Make a plan to annihilate your fears.
Each day is an opportunity to move toward a better you. By using these words of wisdom as a roadmap, we can begin applying important life lessons right now.
What are some quotes that have inspired you to be the best version of yourself?
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