The path to self improvement means living life in an increasingly conscious way. Rather than allowing ourselves to be swept through life - mostly unconscious and with little understanding or control of what is happening to us - we choose differently. We choose to become conscious and aware of our situation, so that we can improve our lives and the lives of those around us.
This self-awareness encompasses the inner workings of the mind, as well as, the outer workings of the body. In a forever evolving interplay between body and mind, in the subtle yet profound interaction between thought and action, we find a way to tangibly improve our lives.
The stepping stones delineate the way...
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny."
Thoughts >>>>>> Words
Words >>>>>> Actions
Actions >>>>>> Habits
Habits >>>>>> Character
Character >>>>>> Destiny
Out of this quote evolves a path for implementing proactive change in our lives...
These are the stepping stones to out-of-the-mind self improvement and motivation™. Each stepping stone encompasses a world of its own yet, at the same time, they are all inextricably connected. Make a change in one, and the entire path will change to accommodate.
"Your life is what your thoughts make it."
Everything begins with our thinking. Like a river, thoughts flow through our lives and give birth to everything we say and do.
Words are thoughts in tangible form. Words are thoughts 'in formation' - or information. This information is crucial to our personal growth and self development. It is the mirror to our inspiration. It is no mistake that thoughts and words are the 1st and 2nd stepping stones to out-of-the-mind self improvement and motivation™.
We use words to define our reality. We use them to describe who we are, what we want, and where we are going. We use them to define what is possible. The language we use delineates the boundaries of our thinking and of our world. Thoughts and words are an inspiring source of proactive change as we walk our path towards destiny.
"We first make our habits; and then our habits make us."
Our actions and habits flow naturally from the way we think. They also condition our thinking. Actions and habits are the 3rd and 4th stepping stones to out-of-the-mind self improvement and motivation™.
Harnessing the power of action & habit is to harness the power of everyday. Whatever falls into our daily routine gets done on a regular basis. Whatever doesn't usually gets postponed, rejected or ignored. We become what we do on a regular basis.
The power of our daily inspirations either works for us or it works against us - but it's always working. Sow proactively on a daily basis and you will have plenty to reap. Fail to sow by giving into reactivity, and you may very well weep.
Proactively tapping the power of habit is one of the surest ways to take control of the direction of our lives.
"Destiny is not a matter of chance, but a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved."
~William Jennings Bryant
There is a mysterious element to character and destiny. There are forces beyond our control which influence how our path to destiny unfolds. Yet, not everything is out of our hands.
We can change the way we think. We can consciously shape our habits. We can polish character.
Destiny is the fruition of a life. It's also a road we walk. When we walk, proactive and aware, we bring the process of our life to a whole new level. We see that we can accept, change and evolve. Our path becomes an upward spiral of personal growth and fulfillment on so many levels.
"It may be that we are puppets - puppets controlled by the strings of society. But at least we are puppets with perception, with awareness. And perhaps our awareness is the first step to our liberation."
Beyond the mind there is another world - a world of awareness. We have the unquestionable ability to be aware of the mind.
This awareness is the basis of our inner-freedom and conscious choice. It enables us to stop tolerating what we would rather change. It inspires and empowers us to step into the life and self we want. It blesses us with the ability to be proactive.
And it is with proactivity that our spiritual growth plan unfolds.
Live in gratitude and you will become the embodiment of gratitude. Live with purpose and you will become the embodiment of that purpose. Live a courageous life and you will become the embodiment of that courage. Live in love and you will become the embodiment of love.
The path to self improvement and motivation unfolds with the choices we make and the inspiration we follow. The possibilities are endless. The choice - yours.
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