August 24th 2015: Thought of the Day

“Stop praying like this and you will see.

Not ‘some way to sleep with her’ – but a way to stop wanting to.

Not ‘some way to get rid of him’ – but a way to stop trying.

Not ‘some way to save my child’ – but a way to lose fear

Redirect your prayers like that, and watch what happens

-Marcus Aurelius

Praying can be an absolutely wonderful thing. But what are you praying for? You are not maximizing what you can get from this activity if your prayers are focused on satisfying an impulse.

Praying can be a wonderful activity. But what are you praying for? You are not maximizing what you can get from this activity if your prayers are focused on satisfying an impulse.

Last night I was reading Meditations and I came across the passage above. I thought it would help me expand further on yesterday’s thought of the day (Read More: Aug 23rd: 2015 Thought of the Day). As I mentioned yesterday, nothing externally has absolute importance. What is of the utmost importance is developing your character. One of the most important virtues to embody is self control.

Why is this so important? Because it allows you to NOT be a slave to your impulses. There is this misconception that we have freedom. However that is false. We have liberty over what we choose to do. But we do not have true freedom because we are a slave to our impulses. Only once we are able to master our impulses, are we truly free.

The ironic thing, as the quote points out, is the less we worry about the external and focus on developing our self control the better our external world will become. Self control is so important because it allows us to do what we need to do when we need to do it. It allows us to do what we say we will do. It allows us to ignore instant gratification in lieu of greater long term rewards. These are all traits of highly successful people.

So how do you develop your self control? You need to find something small that you will commit to complete every day through hell or high water. The particular new action I recommend one should incorporate into their routine is a 15 minute walk as soon as they get up. For the vast majority of people, they are not happy with their bodies and/or a lack or energy. This is the best way to get both these areas back on track.

You might be quite pumped up right now and excited to get walking now. However, in a few days the motivation will wear off. You will wake up one morning and not want to get up from your warm bed. This is exactly when it is most important to push through. Your emotions and your mind are holding you back! Being able to push through this will erase the negative self limiting beliefs that are holding you back. That is why when a person can change or master one particular aspect of their life the rest usually falls into place. Small right actions compounded over time can achieve truly anything.

Be Happy and Chase your Dreams,

Pavan Mehat

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