“The aim of life is self-development. To realize one’s nature perfectly — that is what each of us is here for. People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one’s self.”
~ Oscar Wilde
This is the end of the chapter about self-development but for both of us, self-development is only getting started. Every day is a little life — you get up in the morning and you’ve got to seize it.
Most of the things written in this chapter you probably heard before but if at least some of the concepts were new for you or helped you to obtain a fresh perspective on your personal growth, I’ll consider this my small victory.
Once you have built the resolve to evolve, your mind sharpens your intent and the latter starts to transform the physical reality around you. Things start to happen; you start to meet the right people at the right times. As you progress in aligning all your daily routines with your goals, you will notice how the reality obediently complies to your will. You make a step and the Universe will step back to see your next move. Seeing how the reality bends under the pressure of your intent causes the shift in mentality. Your awareness of how your time can be best utilized will increase. You will strive to draw meaning even from your downtime.
Roughly speaking, a worldview is a product of the synthesis between the perception of reality and the ability to shape it through action. Accordingly, we may define the process of self-development as a series of consistent iterations on the belief system to fine-tune the way one perceives the world and himself, along with a simultaneous expansion of the zone in which he is able to confidently operate.
Although there are many technicalities that I wasn’t able to cover in the scope of this book, the fundamental principles of the self-development are blunt straightforward:
Visualize what you want to become.
Work hard to execute on your vision.
There are two qualities that will take you anywhere you wish to go: consistency and relentlessness. Be relentless to yourself. In English, people say: “Do or die”. In Russian, we say: “Die but do.” Clearly, in our language, even death is not considered a plausible excuse. This is yet another example of how a small change in wording causes a massive shift in paradigm. Be mindful of the words you tell yourself. What you think of you attract.
Don’t try to avoid the hardships of this life because you won’t. Instead, choose your hardships. Choose your ambitions and your obstacles, choose the way you are going to leave a mark in this world. An average Joe may dodge great suffering, but by doing that he will also dodge great opportunities. Being a mediocrity comes at a high price as the refusal to choose is also a choice.
Self-improvement is the highest form of self-love. So, love yourself. Invest time, invest money, put serious effort into making something of your life. You are the best project you will ever work on. You were born with a colossal potential to become a fascinating luminous being whose mission is to dispel the darkness in this world, however, whether this potential is to be realized depends on the choices you make every present moment. Here and now, choose wisely.
Thank you for reading my book “Meditations of the Millennial”.
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