You have significant control over your actions, your thoughts, your feelings, your words, your opinions. It’s not total control all the time but it’s a whole lot more than anyone else has.
The positive and purposeful exercise of that control is called discipline. It is something you can improve upon every day.
The more you experience yourself exercising discipline and the more you experience the rewards of that discipline, the stronger it grows. Certainly there are times when discipline does not come easy, and those are the times when it has the greatest positive impact.
What small part of your life today can you exercise more beneficial control over? Do that consistently, repeatedly, and the benefits will spread throughout your whole world.
Reality is always there to impose its discipline on you whether you want it or not. Answer that by getting out in front of reality with your own discipline.
Most people are not who you imagine them to be. And certainly you are not exactly as others imagine you to be.
So how can you hope to get along with people you don’t really know, who do not truly know you? You must think and act with respect and humility.
Rather than making weak and shallow assumptions, ask deep and meaningful questions. Replace the language of your own narrow perspective with words that encourage connection and understanding.
Every person you encounter is far more complex than you can ever know. Respect that complexity by not jumping too quickly to judgments and conclusions.
Someone who appears to be a villain when viewed in a single dimension could look more like a saint upon closer inspection. What a shame it would be to dismiss that person before seeing more of the picture.
Understanding is a continuing process. Go beyond initial impressions, keep the process going, and reach higher and higher levels of mutual understanding.
— Ralph Marston
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