1. Thoughts become reality
All what we are is the result of what we think about ourselves. If a man speaks or acts with evil thoughts, the pain will follow him around. If a man speaks or acts with pure intentions, he is followed by happiness, which is like a shadow, will never leave him.
Buddha said: “The mind is everything. What you think you become.”
In order to live right, you have to fill your brain with “correct” thoughts. Your thinking determines the action; your actions determine the outcome. Right thinking will give you whatever you want; wrong thinking – is an evil that will eventually destroy you.
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2. It’s ok to start small
Everything in nature starts small. The jug is filled gradually, drop by drop. The tree starts to bloom flower by flower… Ralph Waldo Emerson said : ” Every artist was first an amateur .”
We all start out small, do not dismiss small things. If you are consistent and patient, you will succeed! Success doesn’t come overnight. Success comes to those who are willing to start small and work hard until they reach desirable goals.
Buddha said: “Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.” When you release those imprisoned by unforgiveness, you are released from the prison itself. You will not be able to suppress anyone without suppressing yourself too. Learn to forgive. Learn to forgive quickly.
Check out our post “Forgiveness will set you free”
4. Your actions are important
We all strive to grow and become a better version of ourselves. But do we actually do what we preach?
They say: “Talk is cheap”. The words are worth nothing without action. To grow, you have to act; to grow quickly, we must act every day. Practice makes perfect.
5. Trying to understand
Communication is the most important skill in life. You spend years learning how to read and write, and years learning how to speak. But what about listening? What training have you had that enables you to listen so you really, deeply understand another human being? Probably none, right?
If you’re like most people, you probably seek first to be understood; you want to get your point across. And in doing so, you may ignore the other person completely, pretend that you’re listening, selectively hear only certain parts of the conversation or attentively focus on only the words being said, but miss the meaning entirely. So why does this happen? Because most people listen with the intent to reply, not to understand. You listen to yourself as you prepare in your mind what you are going to say, the questions you are going to ask, etc. You filter everything you hear through your life experiences, your frame of reference. You check what you hear against your autobiography and see how it measures up.
When you are angry, you will miserably fail in understanding the other person. Take a few deep breaths, relax, and try to focus on how to be happy instead of being right.
6. Conquering yourself
“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.” – Buddha
To conquer yourself, you need to conquer your mind. You have to control your thoughts. They should not rage like sea waves. You may think, “I can’t control my thoughts. The thought comes when they please.”
Well, you cannot prevent the birds from flying over you, but, of course, you can prevent them from building a nest on your head. Get rid of the thoughts that do not meet the principles of the life you want to live.
Remember, “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.” – Buddha
Great post to read: How to stop overthinking and quiet the mind
7. Living in harmony
Harmony comes from within. Do not look outside for what can only be in your heart.
It’s a fact that we are all more alike than we are different. In effect, this means the more a person understands and admires traits and talents within him or herself, the more this person is likely to understand and admire about the rest of humanity. The fabric of humanity is woven of many threads and each of us can enrich and uplift the whole as best as we can.
Starting your day with harmony with ourselves gives us a new opportunity to make the people around us better.