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Knowing You

One of the key elements to the successful process in any area of your life is a solid belief in yourself.  You have to believe that you are capable and worthy of whatever it is you desire.  If you do, then your potential to achieve is only limited by the roadblocks you create for yourself. In other words, like W. Clement Stone famously said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve”.

And in order to believe in yourself at the level necessary to start moving those proverbial mountains, you really have to get to know yourself.

This might be something you’ve taken for granted, or never really put any energy into.  If you haven’t, I strongly suggest that you start.  All of the answers about who you are and what you are truly capable of can be found inside yourself.

And no matter what you have heard, there is absolutely nobody on this planet that truly knows you better than you know yourself.

You may think you know yourself pretty well, but you also may not have a real confidence in yourself.  You may be battling through limiting thoughts and beliefs that have been created over a long period of time.  I can assure you though that your capacity to overcome your perceived limitations and rise to the level that you are capable of exists within you.  Sometimes reaching deep inside and finding the person you are destined to become requires reaching out for some help.  This can be the case if you have suffered serious psychological or physical abuse in your life.  But again, truthfully, the capacity to accomplish the amazing is inside you, and no matter how hard someone else or a bunch lousy circumstances have tried to take it away…it lives.

Once you understand who you really are and what you are really capable of, you need to make sure that you stay honest and true to yourself.  Respect yourself enough to not lie or try to cheat yourself.  And, whatever you do, don’t ever try to fool yourself.  In the end, you can’t get away with it anyway…and to try top do so, only leads to regret and misery.  Honesty is still and always will be the best policy.  Especially when you’re dealing with yourself!

I want to share a poem with you that I have kept with me for many years.  I’ve posted it before, and I’m sure I’ll post it again at some point, just because it has such a powerful message.  It really speaks to the whole concept of being truthful with yourself, and how at the end of the day, nothing else really matters that much.

And the thing is, no matter what results you might achieve, if you do it any other way than being honest with yourself, they really don’t have any lasting value.  The dollars you make don’t bring happiness, and the praise you receive doesn’t bring peace.  It’s empty stuff.

It’s only when you’re freely giving your talent to the world, being honest, authentic, sincere, and passionate about what you’re doing that you’ll receive the greatest reward for your success.  The happiness and peace will flow, and more than likely, so will the dollars.  Most importantly, you’ll sleep like a baby.

So, without further adieu, I give you the poem.  Feel free to leave your comments.  Here’s looking at you

The Man in the Glass

When you get what you want in your struggles for self,

And the world makes you king for a day,

Just go to a mirror and look at yourself

And see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t your father or mother or wife

Whose judgment upon you must pass,

The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the one staring back from the glass.

Some people might think you’re a straight shooting chum

And call you a wonderful guy,

But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum

If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest,

For he’s with you clear to the end,

And you’ve past your most dangerous test

If the guy in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years

And get pats on the back as you pass,

But your final reward will be heartache and tears

If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

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2 Responses to “Knowing You”

  1. avatar Lisa says:

    Mike, I really enjoyed this post. I loved the quote by W. Clement Stone–it’s one of my favorites. I’ve studied so many success teachers and motivational speakers in my life, over the course of many years. I really enjoy your down-to-earth approach in this blog, by the way. I especially resonate with that idea of knowing yourself. It’s such a process, but so worth it. Success is a journey, as they say 🙂 I’ve seen the female version of that poem you posted, but it was refreshing to see the male one too. Very awesome and inspiring for everyone though. Thanks for this post.

  2. Love this blog post, Mike. Yes, how we build ourselves up everyday, and how we maintain character and integrity throughout affects how we feel and what we perceive when looking in the mirror. Oh so critical, and I fear, a missed understanding by many.

    Love the poem. That’s a keeper!

    Cindy

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