Most people are in favor of progress. It’s the changes that they don’t like.

Most people are in favor of progress. It’s the changes that they don’t like.

How do you condition yourself to actually make the changes that will impact the parts of your life that you most wish to change?

It is very easy to opine about how you would like to make a difference in some aspect of your life, and it is entirely another, to find the self discipline and desire to override any impulses within.

There are all sorts of perspectives on how to get yourself into that frame of mind, but in my experience, there is only one single circumstance that facilitates this kind of change.

Making a change in one’s life is easy in the sense that it is ultimately a determination within that becomes the ultimate catalyst to facilitate any deep catharsis.

With that determination in place, the resolution to adhere to whatever the determination requires, is strictly a matter of remaining faithful to the determination, such that any break from the choices that you have set forward, will feel like a significant step in the wrong direction.

Such results can only be realized through a concerted perspective that stays focused specifically on remaining within the course of actions that you have made a pact with yourself to adhere to.

There are times when even under the strongest pacts with ourselves, we must realize that we might stray from the straight and narrow, in order to fulfill a diversion that beckons our attention. That said, we do not need to see a tiny infraction here or there, as being the determination that the ultimate course of action that we have embarked upon, has been desecrated.

Rather, we are far more likely to succeed, if we can take a step back after such an infraction, and recognize that rather than throwing in the towel and giving up, we are wiser to jump straight back into the self-prescribed behavior and discipline that we have set forth for ourselves, and embrace it all over again, to enable us to continue to move forward with dignity and pride.

If we were to look at a single infraction here or there as being the line of demarcation between success and failure, we would be far more prone to be on a course of failing.

Instead, as we see our error in choices made, we are still very likely to succeed if we can jump right back into the choices or regimen that we have prescribed for ourselves and embrace it anew.

Success is a series of intelligent steps that are continuously in progress, and which are ultimately delivering us to where we most wish to be.

It is all truly a state of mind.

Happy Wednesday!

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!