“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
What lies within me? I sometimes feel that my worth is directly correlated to the things I have accomplished, the things I have done in life that others tend to define me by. However, this is simply not true. As Ralph tells us here, the potential within each of us dwarfs everything that we have done so far, and everything that we are going to undertake. It is therefore of the utmost importance that I understand “what lies within me”–as well as spend time developing myself and my abilities–if I wish to find happiness and success in life.
We all have the potential for success already within us. We do not need to be intellectually gifted, or athletically gifted, or be superior to anyone else in any way–all we need to do is put forth the effort on our part. The amount of success we experience is directly related to the amount of effort we put into self-discovery and self-improvement. Therefore, a few key ingredients to success are hard work, perseverance, and a great attitude.
What would you like to be good at? Join a class; read books on the subject; practice more; watch some educational videos; find someone who has experience already that can mentor you; develop your abilities and find out what lies within you that you may not have been aware of before. With the right amount of work, you can excel at anything you want to.
Set aside some time for self-development.
Questions to consider:
How much have you worked at developing your abilities in your chosen field recently?
Is it possible to grow and improve by accepting the status quo and letting things ride?
What can you do today to start developing your expertise in a given field? What will the long-term effects be if you start and then keep it up?
For further thought:
“Your success and happiness lie in you. External conditions are the accidents of life, its outer trappings. The great, enduring realities are love of service. Joy is the holy fire that keeps our purpose warm and our intelligence aglow. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulty.” – Helen Keller