Without Struggle, No Progress

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If you are not good at facing your struggle now, you will have a difficult time facing it in the future.

You can’t live your life without encountering setbacks in your life. The purpose of a setback is to bring out the best in you. It is not to stop you, but to push forward.

You must face your setbacks. If you don’t like to face them, you must face them anyway.

Because they are there. They are not going anywhere. So if you want to be successful, if you want to do more, if you want to recreate yourself, you must do more than you are doing right now.

If you don’t face setbacks in your life, you are not playing the right ball. You are playing the wrong ball.

If you want more, do more. If you want less, do less. Whether you do more or you do less, there is no short cut to where you are going.

Setbacks are inevitable. Disappointments are inevitable. Failures are inevitable. Doubts are inevitable. It is up to you to create your own life.

One thing is clear: There is no life without obstacles, lots of them.” You know yourself. No one knows you more than you know yourself. There is no life without struggle. According to George Gurdjieff, “Without struggle, there is no progress and no result.”

Without struggle, there is no life. Without struggle, there is no pain. Without struggle, there is no success. Without struggle, there is no movement. And without struggle, there is no growth.

If you want to be successful, you must have the courage to face your struggle. You are enough to face it. Do it for yourself.

Don’t Disappoint Yourself

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It will never end. Life never ends. Even when we are no longer here, life continues.

Life is a journey. It continues. Do not expect it to end. If you do, you are going to disappoint yourself. So don’t disappoint yourself.

It is easier to disappoint yourself than to disappoint others. How? Because you are able to hide your true life, your true self, the true story, your failures, your mistakes.

Be authentic. It takes courage to be authentic. Remember, you live your true life when you are authentic..

Barbara De Angelis said, “We need to find the courage to say No to the things and people that are not serving us, if we want to rediscover ourselves and live our lives with authenticity.”

If you cannot live with authenticity, do not expect it from other people. Do not expect what you cannot give yourself from other people.

If you are not good enough for your life, you will never be good enough for other people’s lives.

General Colin Powell writes, “Always do your best. Even when no one else is looking, you always are. Don’t disappoint yourself.” He is right.

To live your true life, you must rise above yourself. You find your true self when you are committed to something bigger than yourself.

If you walk around with hate in your mind, you cannot live your true life. And to live your true life, you must replace hate with love. Because love is life.