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Three keys for Self-mastery – Part 4

I can hear you say, “I am so busy, I don’t think I can do all of this”

“Fine”, I plead to you, “Could you give yourself, five minutes today?”

Maybe rest of the twenty three hours and fifty five minutes of the day you are helplessly dragged by your ‘burden of responsibility’. No problem, at least you have spent five minutes now doing what really aligns you to your purpose. Tomorrow you can add five minutes more. Keep looking at the big bucket every morning and evening and do what you can. Add today the little deposits of things that really matter to you and one day you’ll be pleasantly surprised to discover a billion dollars in your emotional bank account! It’s the little things that you want to do that are your true wealth. These things alone will make you peaceful. The noted American author and Christian minister Norman Vincent Peale said, “The cyclone derives its power from a calm centre. So does a person.” The more you live in that centre, the more you’d be effective on the outside.

At that moment it wouldn’t really matter if the world recognizes you or not. If they do appreciate you, it’s like a few hundred dollars have been added to your emotional account and you could gratefully accept the honours. But you know that you are now beyond the endorsements of this world; you are driven by a purpose, not the titillating pleasures of worldly tributes.

If you exclusively depend on the glories of this world, remember human beings have an incorrigible appetite to pull you down as well. They may deposit hundred, but their capacity to overdraw thousands is a reality. And when that happens, it could break your heart. So better earn your own ‘money’, don’t live on borrowed funds; the interest is abnormally high!

Let your life be determined by your vision and values. Don’t let others manipulate you through appreciation and rewards. Ask what would truly nourishes you and then do that daily, even if it means only a little of it. This daily practise to keep moving forward is the critical factor. American life coach Tony Robins put it succinctly; “in essence if we want to direct our lives, we must take control of our consistent actions. It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives, but what we do consistently.”

To be continued..

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