The Scarecrow Effect is when the bird believes the appearance and gives reality to the illusion. The crow breathes life into something lifeless and makes it come alive. This is how fear works in us as well.
Most people have two appetites: they either hunger for something better, or their desires lead to destruction. And though they claim to have a hatred for their self-destructive behavior, they habitually line their life paths with land mines waiting to destroy their progress.
How do you develop patience? By staying aware that you’ll always be tested. You master yourself by mastering the moment, because life is nothing more than a succession of moments. The better you master the moment, the better you’ll master your life.
I don’t speak of destiny, but I will talk a great deal about destination. There’s a huge difference. A destination is simply a place that YOU’VE decided to go, and that’s the point. YOU make the choice about what your future will look like, and YOU decide how far you will go with your gifts, talents, abilities, and resources.
One of the most paralyzing emotions is fear, and you’ve probably heard that fear is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. Whatever you’re afraid of is probably not as bad as you think. And if you can push through the mental mirage of fear, than an oasis of achievement awaits you.
True, lasting success is not luck. It’s not the result of you just swinging in hopes of hitting something. Achievement in any area of life or business comes by consistently following the strict principles that govern success in those areas. To do that requires regular wise judgments and the discipline to stay on mission. You have a designated course, or path, and the challenge is to remain on it.
Motivation is not difficult, because you’re already motivated to do what you do whether it’s beneficial to you or not. Even the most lazy person is motivated in their laziness. Even the greatest procrastinator is consistent when it comes to avoiding the tasks they keep putting off. Either way, we do what we do for a reason, and the strength of that reason determines the strength of our motive.
Happy thoughts don’t create the kind of warriors we see in stories like Rocky, Rudy, Braveheart, or 300. Happy thoughts don’t inspire sacrifice, or move the wounded warrior to disregard his pain in order to win the day. For that, you need something higher. Something greater than yourself. Learn how.
Self-discipline is when you force yourself to do something you otherwise wouldn’t want to do. If you don’t have that force to exert on yourself, then you have to create it. Momentum is a principle you can use because momentum creates impetus and impetus is the force that makes something happen.
There was a time in my life when I could literally shut down everything that was going on around me and enter into absolute stillness of mind. You could’ve placed me in the middle of a raging crowd at a concert, and I would still be able to focus my mind. The endless hours of meditation created in me a monk-like heart of steel.