Don’t Lose Yourself.

” It belongs to the nature of man, as from Heaven, to be still at his birth. His activity shows itself as he is acted on by external things, and develops the desires incident to his nature. Things come to him more and more, and his knowledge is increased. Then arise the manifestations of liking and disliking. When these are not regulated by anything within, and growing knowledge leads more astray without, he cannot come back to himself, and his Heavenly principle is extinguished.” – Confucius

Reading about Confucius lends so much light to the art of living in my opinion. In my article: How to Find Your True Self I hinted on several things that derail and pervert us from our true godly nature. Like Confucius rightly alluded to, we have internal regulators that are akin to our very nature. Life will throw a lot of things at us that if we not careful, have the power to alter our fundamental principles upon which we were formed.

Not too many people recognize these internal regulators that are constantly pulling us back to our true nature when peer pressure and all other forms of alternative principles set to counter our very person strike. It is sickening and sad how people drastically change for the worse due to their ignorance of the powers and influences surrounding them.

Yes there is constant pressure both from within and without, constantly seeking our attention either to derail us from our path or to pull us back on track, yes it is difficult to identify the right path that we must embark on to achieve our purpose, I agree that it is extremely difficult to stay true to yourself in a world that is constantly forcing (indirectly) us to conform, but the importance of staying on track and holding firm to your heavenly principles and to the very reason why you were sent on earth cannot be overstated, you most, therefore, adhere to your inner calling, these internal regulators admonishing you either not to or to do things when faced with difficult situations. You must 100 percent trust your intuition because it will not lead you astray, for it is the very fabric that constitutes your being, it is independent of opinions and external influences.

To tap into this powerful resource, you must guard your mind with all that you’ve got” Do Not Conform (Romans 12:2). Paul’s letter to the Romans highlights the relative importance of us not losing our true identity, it also points to the fact that those of ancient times also suffered from these same things that plague us today.

Here are some questions to help you to asses where you are at the moment and where you want to be.

What is your belief system? If you don’t have any yet, isn’t it high time you found yourself one?

What do you stand for? What are some of the things your family, friends, and colleagues know you for?

What have you been feeding your mind with?

When was the last time you questioned your beliefs?

In all your ways seek wisdom, knowledge, and understanding Proverbs 4:5-9.

Sincerely answer these questions for yourself, then apply yourself to wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

Thanks for reading Bibobra!

Never Stop Moving Forward

The bigger your dreams the more colossal the challenges. Life will throw hits at you in direct proportion to what you are aiming to get out of it, the measure of success you are able to garner from life therefore, is a function of the chunk of challenges and obstacles you are able to conquer. Take the hits now and celebrate later or……

You may seem static at the moment but don’t stop believing, don’t stop pushing, don’t lose faith, and don’t give up. For it is with patience, perseverance, and trust that the biggest goals are attained.

Do you have a concrete process in place? Trust the process!

Have you earmarked your journey? Keep Moving!

Do you have doubters around you? Trust your guts!

Are you afraid? Trust God!

Are you tempted to quit? Remember why you started!

Are things not going in the right direction? Well ask yourself this…”have I done all that I can do to make this work for me?

Remember to review your strategy and effect necessary changes but NEVER STOP MOVING FORWARD.

Thanks For Reading!

Bibobra

 

 

Are You A Quitter or A Fighter?

Feelings of disappointment, lack of fulfillment, self-doubt, depression, and general sadness flood our minds when our expectations are not met. That awkward feeling of inadequacy, when we know that we are capable to get more out of life but can’t just seem to get it right, that moment when we begin to ask those depressing questions like why is my situation always different? Why can’t I just do incredible things and enjoy life just like every other person? Why am I so unlucky? Am I biting more than I can chew?

Negative thoughts like maybe I am not just destined for greatness, maybe I expect too much from myself, maybe I was not destined for success, maybe I should just settle for the little that I have, well in life there are two kinds of people the haves and the have-nots so maybe I belong to the have-nots since it is not working out for me; flood our minds constantly.

The debate continues within your inner-self…look at Jay, Jacinta, and Jake, we all graduated high school or college at the same time but they are all successful, it is not just gonna work out for me, come to think of it, I have worked so hard even more than them but I am just a failure, all those who looked up to me have now surpassed me, l can’t even pay my bills because I am investing so much in myself yet nothing to show for all my hard work, I wish I wasn’t born.

The truth is that we are all traveling through different paths, but are heading to a common destination. It is a fact that all streams flow into the sea, but they never take the same path; some may take longer but eventually end up in the sea. Be patient and continue to do your part and just as Proverbs 3:6 says, if you commit all your ways to God, He will make your path straight.

If at any point you feel like quitting and giving up, remember why you started in the first place.

Here is a short story to inspire you:

Once upon a time a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and that she didn’t know how she was going to make it.

She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed just as one problem was solved, another one soon followed.

Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Once the three pots began to boil, he placed potatoes in one pot, eggs in the second pot, and ground coffee beans in the third pot.

He then let them sit and boil, without saying a word to his daughter. The daughter, moaned and impatiently waited, wondering what he was doing.

After twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He took the potatoes out of the pot and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.

He then ladled the coffee out and placed it in a cup. Turning to her he asked. “Daughter, what do you see?”

“Potatoes, eggs, and coffee,” she hastily replied.

“Look closer,” he said, “and touch the potatoes.” She did and noted that they were soft. He then asked her to take an egg and break it.

After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked her to sip the coffee. Its rich aroma brought a smile to her face.

“Father, what does this mean?” she asked.

He then explained that the potatoes, the eggs and coffee beans had each faced the same adversity– the boiling water.

However, each one reacted differently.

The potato went in strong, hard, and unrelenting, but in boiling water, it became soft and weak.

The egg was fragile, with the thin outer shell protecting its liquid interior until it was put in the boiling water. Then the inside of the egg became hard.

However, the ground coffee beans were unique. After they were exposed to the boiling water, they changed the water and created something new.

“Which are you,” he asked his daughter. “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a potato, an egg, or a coffee bean? “

Moral: In life, things happen around us, things happen to us, but the only thing that truly matters is what happens within us.

Source: rishikajain.com

 

 

15 Inspiring Personal Growth Quotes

  1. “The best rules to form a young man are: to talk little, to hear much, to reflect alone upon what has passed in company, to distrust one’s own opinions, and value others that deserve it.” –Sir William Temple
  2. “It is only the very wisest and the very stupidest who cannot change.” –Confucius
  3. “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In the space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and freedom.” –Viktor E. Frankl
  4. “Change and growth take place when a person has risked himself and dares to become involved with experimenting with his own life.” –Herbert Otto
  5. “Things become clearer to us when we seek and find the answers within ourselves.” – Bibobra Alabrah
  6. “When we challenge ourselves to change, we find solutions to unchanging situations.” – Bibobra Alabrah
  7. “Let him who would move the world first move himself.” –Socrates
  8. “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  9. “Exert your talents, and distinguish yourself, and don’t think of retiring from the world, until the world will be sorry that you retire.” –Samuel Johnson
  10. “If we all do the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.” –Thomas Edison
  11. “We are either progressing or retrograding all the while; there is no such thing as remaining stationary in this life.” –James Freeman Clarke
  12. “Insist on yourself. Never imitate.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  13. “We only become what we are by the radical and deep-seated refusal of that which others have made of us.” –Jean-Paul Sartre
  14. “He who has a why to live can bear almost any how.” –Friedrich Nietzsche
  15. “You will know that you are growing when things that confused you yesterday, make more sense today.” –Bibobra Alabrah