Shannon L. Alder’s quote on courage is probably one of the most profound reflective yet ambiguous statements on the power of our thoughts that take us to a deeper understanding ourselves.
“Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.”
What I have realized through the experiences in my life is that, our understanding of who we are and what we can become is greatly influenced by the thoughts we harbor.
Controlling our thoughts by focusing on the positive aspects of life and people would help us become pragmatic to a large extent.
Making a conscious effort to steer clear of negative thoughts is by –
1) Indulging in activities that promote wellness like –
a) Regular Exercise or Yoga
b) Focusing on productive activities throughout the day
c) Indulging in Social or Charity Work
d) Making time to spend time with your loved ones
e) Refuse to indulge in unhealthy chatter either about people or something that does not help the listener or the speaker.
Speak on subjects that are worthy to discuss, for eg: matters that are relevant to improvement of life or information that enables the listener to understand the choices in life. It makes sense to refuse the urge to watch T.V shows that convey conflicts, betrayals and hatred. Any action or conversation that does not encourage us to think of positive productive thoughts or actions is best avoided.
f) Eating a balanced and healthy diet
Yes, you are indeed what you eat. Following a balanced and nutritious meal plan can help you feel more active and vibrant. If you do not currently follow a healthy eating pattern, check with a dietitian who will assist you by preparing your ideal eating plan. Make it healthy and creative so that you are unlikely to indulge in junk food cravings.
2) Avoiding Negative People
Whether you are part of a working environment that has a kaleidoscope of personalities or merely meet people as part of your professional socializing activity, it is indeed impossible to completely avoid negative people.
The key is to keep the relationship and conversations with them to the required level and not beyond. The less you make attempts to spend time with them, the lesser opportunities they will have to get you into a stressed or pessimistic frame of mind.
5) Question Your Purpose of Existence
Before embarking on the quest to self discovery, question your identity and purpose of existence.
Our understanding and acceptance of our identity along with our comprehension of our role in life is reflective of our desire to know ourselves.
It is this realization that creates in us an awareness on why self discovery is critical to our happiness, growth and success.
Self-Discovery is one journey that will not only enlighten our life but help us to make a positive difference to the world we live.