Dare to Live Without Limits
The Basic Principles
There are specific principles that can be utilized to reach your fullest potential. This chapter provides an overview while the following ones go into more detail. All of these principles are proven and time tested. They work reliably if implemented faithfully and consistently.
A change in action precedes a change in results. Only you can alter those aspects of your life you are not happy with. You can not blame anyone else for your situation. You can not depend on anyone else to alter your circumstances. What happens in your life is your choice.
These concepts, although simple and straightforward, can seem difficult to carry out. Why? Because their application requires us to think and act in a manner different from what we are used to. Altering entrenched patterns of thought and action isn’t easy. Improvements will not happen overnight. As you start to modify your habits you will notice definite results. Don’t get discouraged or frustrated. Countless others have achieved a rich and rewarding life through the application of these principles. You can to!
All of the following principles are interrelated. For the best results they should be applied simultaneously.
- You are what you think about
- Set goals
- Plan how to reach your goals
- All we have is today
- Never ever give up
- Education never ends
- Control your own emotions
- Guard your time
- Have an attitude of gratitude
- What you project you receive
1. You are what you think about
Your attitude and what you think determines who you are. How you think is the only thing differentiating you from others. Twenty-four hours a day your mind operates to figure out ways which will bring your thoughts to reality. Positive thoughts or negative, your mind doesn’t discriminate. Like a freshly plowed field, your mind grows whatever seeds of thought you plant.
2. Set goals
What do you want from life? You don’t need to project years into the future. You need to determine what you want now. It doesn’t matter what your goals are so long as they are your goals and don’t involve hurting others. Write down your goals and read them every day. Goals give you a definiteness of purpose and are the map to your desired destination.
If you don’t know what you want, spend time analyzing yourself to determine what you like and don’t like. Make two lists. One will contain everything you want from life, the other what you don’t want. Develop these lists without any restrictions.
3. Plan how to reach your goals
Determine what steps are necessary to reach your goals. Goals can seem overwhelming and unreachable if not broken down into a series of small, manageable steps. If you don’t know what steps to take, look to those who are where you want to be. How did they start and what path did they take?
4. All we have is today
The past can easily distract and affect you. Regardless of what you feel you should have, would have, or could have done differently, you can never go back in time to change anything. Yesterday is gone forever. If you dwell on the past your positive energy and motivation will be compromised.
Don’t allow your past to pollute your present. Learn from your past, don’t repeat it. Every day is a fresh start. The only direction you can go is forward. If you want to do something, start today. Today will become tomorrow’s yesterday. Act now so that tomorrow you don’t regret what you didn’t do today.
5. Never ever give up
Nothing is possible without persistence. You never know around which corner or beyond which obstacle your success lies. So why would you ever give up? There is no such thing as failure. People think they have failed because they don’t get up after falling down.
Things may not work out as quickly as you would like. So what. Time goes by anyway. What difference does it make how long it takes to reach your goal? If it’s what you want, get started, keep going and don’t stop. Focus your energy and always keep your goals in sight. Everything worthwhile takes effort.
6. Education never ends
Never stop learning. Education is a lifetime endeavor. Formal schooling is the least significant part of your education. Keep your mind open to learn new things every day.
Every person you come into contact with has something to teach you. It doesn’t matter what someone else’s educational level, social status, or age is. Learn from those you like and admire as well as from those you don’t care for.
Each situation you experience has something to teach you. When things work out as planned, you can learn. When things don’t work out as expected, you can learn. Actually, you can learn more when things don’t work than when they do.
In order to learn, your mind must be open and receptive. There must be room for new ideas. If a water glass is full, you can’t add more water. If you feel that you know everything, your mind is full and has no room for new ideas.
7. Control your own emotions
Don’t allow others to control your emotions. Although you can’t control your environment you can control your reaction to it. It doesn’t matter what other people say, think, or do. What does matter is what you say, think, and do. Often those closest to you, family and friends, will be the most critical and judgmental of your goals and plans.
If you want to attain other people’s goals then follow their advice. If you want to reach your own goals, follow your own path. It’s not easy, but it’s worth it!
8. Guard your time
Twenty-four hours a day is all the time any person has. Do you spend your free time working towards your goals? Every second that goes by is gone forever; it’s your choice how to use it. Your time is one of your most precious commodities. Guard your time and don’t allow negative people or activities to steal it.
9. Have an attitude of gratitude
Be thankful for and appreciate all that you have, whatever your circumstances may be. Take nothing for granted. Don’t compare your life to others. Never be resentful or bitter about what you feel you don’t have.
Bitterness is a poison. It will erode your mental and physical health. Bitterness will prohibit you from accomplishing your goals. No matter how bad you think your predicament is, people throughout history have endured hardships and overcome adversities that are unimaginable.
10. What you project you receive
You are a magnet. Your attitude and actions determine what you attract. A good attitude and good actions attract good people and situations and vice versa. You can get everything you want in your life by helping other people get what they want.
Don’t give with the expectation of what you will get in return. If rewards are your motivation, they will elude you. Only by giving without the expectation of receiving will rewards follow.
Anyone can smile and laugh when things are going well. But you must learn to smile and laugh when life seems to be at a low point. Only then will you be able to bounce back from adversity and continue the journey towards your goals.
If you are waiting for your situation to improve before your attitude improves, you will be waiting a very long time. Whatever you situation, attitude always precedes results. Whatever your circumstances are, you can improve them. No one can stop you. Only you can stop yourself.
Start today to act as if you already are where you want to be. Do whatever you can to help others.Originally from Brian Golden’s “Dare to live without limits” book.