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Sunday, July 11, 2010

Think Big

—Thoreau said,

"What a man thinks of himself, that it is which determines, or rather indicates, his fate."

"Man is the artificer of his own happiness." — Journal, 21 January 1838

Have a clear idea of the person you wish to be then begin acting like you are already that person, show compassion and do random acts of kindness if that is your goal. Start now, where you are with the tools at hand.

If becoming wealthy is your goal, repeating the words "I want to be rich" over and over, will not work.  Just follow your dream, and you will never be poor.

Find your identity and behave accordingly, that is act like you are the person you want to be.

Remember - Success is the progressive realization of your worthwhile ideal and you are the author of your own Happiness.  The following anecdote about a hermit makes this point:

An old hermit was once invited to visit the court of the most powerful king of the day.

“I envy a holy man, who is content with so little,” commented the sovereign.
“I envy Your Majesty, who is content with less than I.  I have the music of the celestial spheres, I have the rivers and mountains of the whole wide world, I have the moon and the sun, because I have God in my soul. Your Majesty, however, has only this kingdom.”

Source: Paulo Coelho's Blog, The kingdom of this world