I’ve been reading and listening to a variety of self help books lately. They have been helping me to focus my life’s mission. It’s easy to get sidetracked by what someone else is doing, by their success story. What is it that gives us the feeling that another’s success is our failure? Suddenly we are second guessing our own intellect and wondering why we did not come up with the brilliant idea or plan.
Envy of other’s success only serves to distract from the task at hand. Second guessing only leads us to self immolation with a million tiny cuts. We can force ourselves into second guessing when we participate in activities that are against our nature or against our morals. If we overcome the second guessing that our conscience has provided us with, we become monsters of our own making. Napoleon Hill was a big proponent of morals as a centerpiece of personal and professional conduct and outlines a method for protecting oneself from negative influences in his book, Think and Grow Rich.
Define your principles and practice being firm and decisive, practice being resolute; it will come in handy when you need it. Now I’m not saying that you should be the stubborn old billy goat that no one wants to even come close to, just do what you can to build belief in yourself and what you are doing through principled actions and logical, resolution focused thinking. By doing the right thing constantly, you will build that belief.