Don’t leave your sense of worth and well-being in the hands of others.


Excerpt from: Likability. Being liked and unliked.

If you want to reach your full potential, then you must learn to accept yourself for who you are & who you want to be and take personal responsibility for your life and how you feel.

And along the way to self-actualization, you must be prepared to be unpopular. Don’t leave your sense of worth and well-being in the hands of others.

Those who achieve greatness in life don’t let others dictate how they feel about themselves — and neither should you.


The next level


Despite expectations and intentions, everyone’s lives are occasionally punctuated with plateaus upon which little appears to happen.

Reaching a plateau in life is simply a sign that in order for things to advance to the next level, either you or something you’re doing must change.

“Change is not merely necessary to life, it is life.” — Alvin Toffler


Healthy habits harbor happiness.


Healthy habits harbor happiness.

Unhealthy habits hinder happiness.

Choose your habits wisely.


Stop encouraging mediocrity

Seen in a meme:

  • You’re amazing!
  • You’re beautiful.
  • You’re perfect!
  • You’re awesome.

The mere fact that a person exists does not make them awesome, amazing, or beautiful.

Contributing something positive to people’s lives and adding value to the world does.

Act and encourage accordingly.



You have it within you to be the master of your destiny…

Excerpt from: The master of your destiny


By resolving to bravely face the challenges necessary to get the positive results you want in life, you have it within you to be the master of your destiny.

But you must stop trying to cheat your way through life by looking — or waiting indefinitely — for the magic pill or shortcut that never comes.


When you improve your fitness you improve your life.


When you improve your fitness you improve your life.

The discipline you learn from getting fit is discipline you take everywhere.

The strength you acquire from physical fitness is strength you carry everywhere.

When you improve your fitness you improve your life.



If the results of your habits don’t make you better…

Excerpt from: The strength in tolerance and kindness


If the results of your habits don’t make you a better, stronger, or healthier person, it’s time to consider new habits that do.

“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” — Carlos Castaneda



What are your weaknesses?

This post has a follow-up here: Weaknesses are a leaky boat

What are your weaknesses? Have you thought about this?

Knowing what your weaknesses are is a major step towards gaining power over various aspects of your life that may often seem beyond your control.

Whether your weaknesses are exploited by others or simply ways in which you unwittingly sabotage your ambitions, your relationships or yourself, your weaknesses will continue to have power over you until you gain power over them.

Many of a person’s weaknesses are disguised as bad habits. They manifest themselves in actions we often perform without thinking.

The good news is that because they’re habits, we can choose to replace them with better behaviors.

Bad habits can be difficult to break, but if you plan on living a long, healthy, and prosperous life, don’t you owe it to yourself to make a conscious effort to improve the things in your life that you have the power to control?

When you make improving yourself in meaningful ways a priority in your life, you not only improve your life as a result of those priorities, you begin to make a positive difference in the lives of those around you.

Good behavior inspires good behavior.


What are your weaknesses?

What are the triggers that cause you to act in ways that are contrary to the person you want to be?

What are the things you do without thinking that are having a negative impact on your life, your health, your career, or your relationships?

If you’ve never given these questions any thought, you not only leave yourself open to self-sabotaging behavior, you are vulnerable to being exploited by others.

Common self-defeating behaviors:

  • Quick to anger
  • Easily frustrated
  • Feelings of self-pity
  • Low self-esteem
  • Oversensitive
  • Lack of self-awareness
  • Lack of self-discipline
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of focus
  • Apathy
  • Vanity
  • Insecurity
  • Selfishness
  • Bigoted views
  • Feelings of superiority
  • An inflated sense of importance
  • Poor social skills
  • Habitual quitting




Self-discipline is a key to many doors

Excerpt from: The strength in tolerance and kindness

Self-discipline is a key to many doors

Self-discipline is a key to many doors. Not least of which is one that leads to a better, stronger, and healthier version of yourself.