Think Into It

If today you expect very little for yourself, you are sure to gain very little. By setting the bar low, we can aim for nothing but to exist for another day. We would accomplish nothing, construct nothing and experienced nothing new, just as we set off to do.

From higher expectations of ourselves, we have the opportunity to thrive. The motivation to do so lies from within. It is no one’s responsibility to motivate us to want to do more each day. Don’t look externally for motivation, look within yourself where the power to excel and expand resides.

Anticipate the greater outcomes you will earn from your applied and highly motivated efforts. Thrive to change habits that need changing so that you can learn and relearn toward the higher goals. There are always new and better ways to proceed from higher expectations.

Give yourself a chance each day to be steeped in expectations for a greater good. Evolve from your directed experiences and the wisdom you will gain from them. Expect to continue learning throughout your lifetime. You will be so much farther ahead than if you would only have hoped to simply pass through time.

“Life is a mirror and will reflect to the thinker what he thinks into it.” — Earnest Holmes —

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Rigor

To learn requires that we continuously exert our minds to challenge ourselves to do more and to be more. Without a self-imposed challenge and a predetermined destination of progress to arrive at, we will simply ramble along. The challenge and the destination need to be set and met through rigor. Without the effort and the purposeful goal, no directional progress will be attained.

The rigor of continual learning and applying what we learn going forward starts with curiosity and is sustained through persistent effort. These are the force that move us with critical determination to excel above the norm. From our success, we discover satisfaction and happiness with our progress.

It is on us to challenge ourselves. It is on us to set a specific goal to arrive at. Then it is on us to learn our way through and beyond that level with rigor. We would never tire of learning, the mind is prepared for the long haul if we actively incite ourselves to do so. No rigor in carrying forward, no progress with our learning.

“Thinking is like exercise, it requires consistency and rigor. Like barbells in a weightlifting room, the classics either force us to put them down or exert our minds. They require us to think.” — Oliver DeMille —

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Peace

To be at peace with yourself and others requires an effort. Not to push only one agenda, but to find some common ground together. It will start with differences, but with open-mindedness, education, learning and dialogue for a better way is found.

Aim to relate for peace rather than conflict to simplify our lives in the end. An effort to do the right things over trying to always profess to be right.

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” — Albert Einstein. —

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Blessed

In the moments you need a blessing, they may often come to you. To remain positive and optimistic is half of the challenge. With an open mindset and a belief in yourself and others, your thoughtful actions will eventually lead to a better outcome .

Recognize and even celebrate the blessings you receive. Center on the positive and you will experience more of them.

“The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.” — William Penn. —

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Manipulate

When you would assume or be assigned a position as a leader of a group, know that your integrity and character will be duly noted by all that are intended to follow. Any effort to manipulate the follower to act in one fashion or another, without their earnest belief in the direction set, will have only minimal or even a negative effect for the group.

To be a true follower is to put your full effort behind a purpose or a cause to engage fully. Together, the leader will lead all to the best outcome. If we would all be heard to contribute to the cause, from the onset of planning to the very end, the composition of input and experience would drive to continual learning and improved outcomes that are sustainable.

To be a true leader is to set the stage for others to act on. It is not a manipulation of others to follow your script. For followers to invest, they will need to be an engaged member in the process. This key relationship variable is owned and trusted by all and is the one constant that will most determine the team’s eventual success.

“If we inspire people, they will give us more than we asked for. If we manipulate them, they will give us exactly what we paid for.” — Simon Sinek —

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Interpretation

It is on us to interpret the conditions and circumstances around us to determine what we take in as real in the moment. From our determination, we are capable to learn from the interpretations we have made for ourselves. The first interpretations may be more theory than fact, but they are the starting point from where we begin to find our better way.

To be conscious of the interpretations we accept as our emphasis for moving forward is critical. Are we making the choice to be popular and like the others most favored, or do we make the choice from our own learned experiences? Remain aware that the best pattern of interpretation for you is not to merely follow, but to think for yourself.

Also be aware that with too much or too little information, there is also the potential for too much or too little interpretation. Aim toward only the essence of the decision to be made for your intentional outcome as you pull together interpretations to be accepted.

“All things are subject to interpretation whichever interpretation prevails at a given time is a function of power and not truth.” — Friedrich Nietzsche —

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Earned Worth

In most circumstances, we have a choice. The path of least resistance for the simple and easy outcome or the path of greater effort to extend the value and the worth of truly applying ourselves. Either way, there is an outcome, but only in the way of a greater effort will we prosper and grow in relation with others.

For the greater good, there is generally an obstacle or challenge to overcome. If we shy away from the challenge to take the easy course, our expectations should me much lower. If we take on the challenge for the betterment of ourselves and others, it will be much harder. But, within that level of difficulty, paired with a concerted and learned effort, the effect of the hardness is where we will prosper in worth.

The easy choices are the choices that lead to a harder life and the difficult choices prove over time to be the easier life after all. Know that the work that you put into a better way remains in direct correlation with the outcomes you should expect from them.

Aim to fully experience the decisions that you make so that you may earnestly enjoy the fruits of your labor and the lessons learned along the way to be applied with the next challenging path.

“Ask that the journey not be easy; ask instead that it be worth it. — John F. Kennedy —

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Appreciate Enough

There is an inspiration, a driving hope inside many of us, that when we get the next great thing or accomplish the next great task, we will then become happy. The conquest is set for more and then more again.

To always have a desire for more, is to then become less appreciative of what we already have. What we have is often more than enough to live a full and happy life. It isn’t that we wouldn’t continue learning and thriving, it would just be that we recognize that we already have enough.

Be satisfied with the merits you have earned and the relationships that you have built over time. Hold up the value of these as being all that you would ever need. Should additional blessings come from your focused learning, only add that value to what you already cherish.

“Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have.” — Buddha —

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A Concentrated Few

Trying to do it all at once rarely leads to very much success with any. When your attention, thoughts and actions are spread to thin, you haven’t the time to do any of them well. When the sense of urgency presses you too broadly, it is time to prioritize and lessen the breadth of your focus.

What is best for us is to prioritize, to concentrate only on the few most important facets of our efforts in the best and most efficient time frame. Some issues from your assessment will matter less and these will need to be deferred or even shelved in the moment. The consequences of all thing’s done poorly amid a rush are much greater than only taking care of the precious few that matter most.

To have prioritized and correctly applied ample attention is your best strategy. There is great wisdom in the concept of managing your priorities and having learned to address only the most important matters well.

“Doing less, brings a double satisfaction.” — Marcus Aurelius —

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Anticipation

Anticipation may be a good sense or a bad one, the variance lies with you in how you get there. To wait for something could be that we are fearful or quite excited. As we anticipate future moments, there is great wisdom shown in having fully prepared and acted upon in good character to know more fully what is coming next.

With great curiosity, we come to discover new and greater things that we have intentionally driven towards. The great moments leading up to the positive outcome are some of the greatest memories of our lives.

With hesitation, we hope to not discover something new and we therefore hold back on our learning process. When we fear the outcome we pause to let them simply happen to us.

Through gathered knowledge and decisive, learned actions the outcome we pursue is much more easily attained. Learn a predictable way to arrive at the moments of anticipation through directed discovery over fear and hesitation. The results of an applied learning approach will be reflected by positive effort toward far more positive and well anticipated consequences.

“Fear defeats more people than any one thing in the world.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson —

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