“You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure.” ~Paul Coelho
Are you more likely to see yourself as a victim or an adventurer in search of treasure? Both are valid ways to perceive yourself in a given challenge, and your choice makes an enormous difference in how you experience those challenges.
“Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.” ~Harvey Fierstein
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of allowing other people (and their expectations) to define us. It takes courage to define ourselves. How have you defined yourself?
“Freedom is what you do with what’s been done to you.” ~Jean Paul Sartre
We don’t always have a choice about the things that happen to us in this life, but we can choose what we do with them. Freedom lies in making those choices consciously and intentionally.
Where do you have freedom to choose today?
“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castenada
The amount of work is the same, and it involves all those little choices we make about how we perceive things, the stories we tell ourselves, the thoughts we choose to entertain, and the ways we decide to respond. Those little choices add up to making ourselves either miserable or strong. Which one are you choosing?
“Let death be your advisor.” ~Carlos Castaneda
When facing a difficult decision or selecting goals for your life, the reality of your death and the shortness of life can be a great advisor by adjusting your perspective to those things that matter most. When death is your advisor, the superfluous quickly falls away leaving the options that best align with your inner values highlighted.