This book explains that the way to become a master of your emotions and gain self-mastery. Self-mastery is a continuous battle against fear. Perhaps the greatest chain that binds us is fear. It isn’t that fear will disappear, it’s that you have the option to choose courage. Fear was programmed into you by parents, teachers, pastors, and the people you grew up with. You constantly hear their voices saying, “don’t do this, don’t do that.” Never forget what you CAN do.
Being light-hearted and spontaneous. Acting with no hesitation. These are things you knew how to do as a child. But somewhere along the line, you were told that you were, “inappropriate, unprofessional, disrespectful.” Maybe you were punished and now you are afraid to act with boldness. You became obsessed over what people thought of you and began to fear rejection or failure.
“How many have given up their dreams to follow a more secure and profitable and socially accepted path? The aims of other.”
How many times have you seen someone stay at a job they hate just because of the paycheck? Ask yourself, is a steady paycheck worth being miserable. That is because they chose security over happiness
“We are more alert to the sound of dogs barking than angels singing.”
We belittle and criticize ourselves more than anyone else. Then that self-doubt creeps in. That’s when people start to belittle others. That self-doubt makes us put others down to feel good about ourselves. So in the end, the evil in one’s heart is a result of fear. We become blinded by our own egos.
“If yesterday’s hardships are stealing our aliveness today
Meet the challenge head on. I know that is easier said than done, but running towards your fear without hesitation is the best way to kill that fear. Be like the director of your life’s movie. You choose where to focus the camera and you choose what characters can star in your movie to make a meaningful story.
Become the guardian of your mind. Be aware that negativity will only enter your thoughts if you allow it to. Negative thoughts, junk food, self-pity are poisons that we allow inside of ourselves. Recognize your thoughts and emotions and take control of your mind.
Be the Most Grateful Person in the Room
Gratitude kills fear, boredom, and hate. As you practice gratitude your live becomes richer. The universe blesses you. The best way to get what you want is to be grateful for what you already have. Take pleasure in the little things and recognize that your life is short, take in every moment with gratitude.
Gratitude is not naive positivity. It’s a realistic knowledge that in every situation, there is something good.
Seeking greatness often means that you will stand out. People will misunderstand you. That is why most people settle for mediocrity, they prefer to just fit in. Setting yourself to a higher standard is not easy and it is not popular, but eventually the results catch up to you.
Your potential is unlimited, so live your life to the fullest and fulfill your dreams. The only person that can stop you is you.
“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve.”