“We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.” ~ Swami Vivekananda
It can be easy for us to lose focus of the incredible potential we possess to make ourselves into anything that we wish ourselves to be. All too often we let the little failures in life get us down, or we lock ourselves up into our current situations in life and our same old routines. But it is true what Swami says here: today, we are a result of our past actions… and it therefore follows that we can come to be whatever we wish, if we so choose to. The key is that we must choose to make positive changes… and then act upon those changes now.
The beauty of it is that we do not have to change all at once. We can make slight changes to our routines that help us to become more positive, more productive, and bring us closer to where we desire to be. For instance, if I am trying to become more peaceful and more focused, I can spend 5 minutes every morning reading and meditating to help me reach that goal. Or if I wish to lose some weight, I do not have to do so all at once, I can make progress towards my goal by spending 10 minutes every other day working out.
Our time here on Earth is quite limited. And if we wish to live each day of our lives to the fullest, we have to take responsibility for acting in ways that will help us to grow and to become the person we are meant to be.
Take action to bring yourself closer to who and what you wish to be.
Questions to consider:
Why is it easy to get caught up in who we are now and lose sight of who we want to be?
In what ways can you act to “make yourself?”
Why do so many of us tend to wait?
For further thought:
“Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!” ~ Og Mandino