Realizing Our Personal Legends

The Soul of the World is nourished by people’s happiness. And also by unhappiness, envy, and jealousy. To realize one’s Personal Legend is a person’s only real obligation. All things are one.

— Paulo Coelho (The Alchemist)

I am currently reading The Alchemist by Pablo Coelho.

While reading, I was struck by a particular thought. Coelho talks about realizing your Personal Legend.

“… (Personal Legend) ‘It’s what you have always wanted to accomplish. Everyone, when they are young, knows what their Personal Legend is. At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives.”

This sounds all well and good. I am certainly a dreamer who wants to realize her Personal Legend. But then he goes on…

“But, as time passes, a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their Personal Legend.”

The crystal merchant expresses how he dreams of a dream he knows will never come true but he is okay with it. He wants to go to Mecca but he has never been able to make the trip. “…It’s the thought of Mecca that keeps me alive.” He says. “I’m afraid if my dream is realized, I’ll have no reason to go on living.”

What if I live my whole life without accomplishing my Personal Legend? What if I think I’m headed in the right direction and I’m doing my best at everything I do along the way but I never realize the dream? Or what if I do realize the dream and I don’t feel accomplished? Is dreaming of the dream better than living it, like the crystal merchant says?

This can’t be the right attitude. We can let the “mysterious force” win!

I tend to believe if we are lucky enough to realize one dream, we will find another. No one says we have to stop wanting to accomplish things after having accomplished something else. There is not a limit to a single person’s amount of happiness or success…especially when it comes to one’s Personal Legend.

Our Personal Legends, to me, seem like they would be a process. A sequence of little successes building our ultimate selves.  So does this mean we should aim small in the short term and celebrate the small victories?  Or do we shoot for the stars?

I think the answer is both.

Even if a person dreams of becoming President or winning a Nobel Prize and never does, they were, hopefully, on a path of their choice. They did what they did with passion and enthusiasm, which in turn was following their legend.

“We all need to be aware of our personal calling. What is a personal calling? It is God’s blessing, it is the path that God chose for you here on Earth. Whenever we do something that fills us with enthusiasm, we are following our legend.”

The beauty of our calling or legend is that it can change and grow as we do. Whether you believe in God, the universe,  source energy, fate or that just gut feeling inside of you we always have the choice to live as we like.

“It’s this: that at a certain point in our lives, we lose control of what’s happening to us, and our lives become controlled by fate. That’s the world’s greatest lie.”

Do you have a personal calling or legend? Have you realized your dream(s)? I don’t care if you’ve answered yes or no…go on and keeping living it or towards it. Do what makes you come alive!

A little inspiring tune for you:

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Eliminate​ the Unessential

Needs and wants. Wants and needs. Do we really need anything? We tend to convince ourselves so…

“I need a coffee.”

“I need that car.”

“I need to get out of town.”

Okay, yes, we “need” food and water to survive. But I’m talking about the act of mistaking luxuries for necessities.

We want a lot of things in life. But that doesn’t mean we can’t live with them.

The true test of self-discipline, try living without something you think you need.

Give up coffee for a week and see how you feel. Take a break from TV for a week and see what you notice around you.

Making these little changes in your life can help you first, get out of your comfort zone, but also, you will find out what you are capable of doing and what makes you happy. You will start to see the difference between a want and a need. You can eliminate the unessential.

I think one of the biggest problems we’ve run into in modern times is feeling that we need technology. The words, “I need my phone” are probably uttered way too often.

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Obviously, in this day in age, it is almost impossible to tell you to give up your phone or the internet for a week. Most of our jobs and daily lives depend on it. This is kind of sad when you think about it… But I will challenge you to take a day. On the weekend or on your day off…let your phone have a day off too.

When we take such a prominent thing out of our life’s equation we might be able to appreciate and enjoy other parts of our lives in a way we haven’t before.

Here we go again, living life the hard way. If we voluntarily put ourselves in situations where we are uncomfortable, we can learn about ourselves and what really makes us happy.

If you find, after a period of time, that life is miserable sans coffee then by all means, enjoy your coffee but at least you know it’s possible to go on without it. You do not need it, you want it and that’s okay.

Is there something in your life that you believe you “can’t live without”? How will you know unless you try?

Try it. I dare you.

 

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Hitch your wagon to a star – Quotes for the Dreamer

“Everything starts as somebody’s daydream.” – Larry Niven

“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” – Henry David Thoreau

“Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?” – Frank Scully

“A dream is in the mind of the believer, and in the hands of the doer. You are not given a dream, without being given the power to make it come true.” – Anonymous

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“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
Barbara Kingsolver (Animal Dreams)

“If I am really a part of your dream, you’ll come back one day.”
Paulo Coelho

“We dream to give ourselves hope. To stop dreaming – well, that’s like saying you can never change your fate.”
Amy Tan (The Hundred Secret Senses)

“Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.”
Anaïs Nin

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“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.” — Alice Sebold (The Lovely Bones)

“It was impossible, of course. But when did that ever stop any dreamer from dreaming.”
Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1))

“Follow your bliss.” – Joesph Campbell

“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.”  — Albert Einstein

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting…” Pablo Coelho, The Alchemist

“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” — Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

 

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Do Superhumans Exist?

This song helped me write this, please listen while you read if you can.

Looking at all of the people in the world and what some of them have accomplished it’s hard to believe there weren’t some superpowers involved.

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Day 6 of Self-Discipline, everything we touch, every tool we use, everything we see, eat, hear and learn. All of it was discovered by another human. We live in an ever-changing world because of the self-disciplined people around us and those who came before us.

This should bring us hope! The people you see as successful, intelligent, beautiful, productive etc. They are just like you. We all go through different struggles and different times but in the end, we can all make a difference if we want to.

I told a friend yesterday, “I know that I am meant for more than what I am doing now.”

His response was, “You won’t know unless you make the most of what you’re doing now first.”

And he’s right, we shouldn’t waste time waiting for the right thing to come along. We have to do what we’re doing right now the best we possibly can. And then we grow. We have to pay attention to what is right in front of us before we can jump into the future we think we want.

I look at inventors, developers, business owners, writers, fitness models, singers, builders, and designers in awe. I have to do a double-take and remember they didn’t just wave a magic wand, get bit by the talent bug or come down from another planet (that we know of…). They worked hard. They made the most of their experiences. They asked questions. They challenged themselves. They made mistakes. They learned from their mistakes. And ultimately, they did something awesome. It gives us dreamers and goal-setters something to study and something to strive for.

So, unfortunately, superhumans do not exist in the flying, super strength, web throwing kind of way. But if we take the time to do what we do, the best we possibly can, I believe we can become super humans.

So do what you do today, to the best of your ability! Because you know you can. <3

 

 

 

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17 Quotes About Self-Discipline

“Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself.”  — Abraham Joshua Heschel

“‎Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else.” — Henry Ward Beecher

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“Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.” — Elbert Hubbard

“Respect your efforts, respect yourself. Self-respect leads to self-discipline. When you have both firmly under your belt, that’s real power.” — Clint Eastwood

“Parents teach children discipline for two different, indeed diametrically opposed, reasons: to render the child submissive to them and to make him independent of them. Only a self-disciplined person can be obedient; and only such a person can be autonomous.”  — Thomas Szasz

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“In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.”  — Harry Truman

“A vital part of the happiness formula is self-discipline. Whoever conquers himself knows deep happiness that fills the heart with joy.”  — Norman Vincent Peale

“Self-discipline is often disguised as short-term pain, which often leads to long-term gains. The mistake many of us make is the need and want for short-term gains (immediate gratification), which often leads to long-term pain.”
— Charles F. Glassman (Brain Drain The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life)

“Self-discipline, the key to eternal life, is doing something that needs to be done whether or not you find it convenient. Self-discipline is usually motivated by our convictions, our internal hopes, and our desires.” — Robert L. Simpson

“Seek freedom and become captive of your desires. Seek discipline and find your liberty.” — Frank Herbert (Chapterhouse: Dune (Dune Chronicles #6))

“To truly be committed to a life of honesty, love and discipline, we must be willing to commit ourselves to reality.”  — John Bradshaw (Healing the Shame that Binds You)

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment” — Jim Rohn

“We must all suffer from one of two pains: the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. The difference is discipline weighs ounces while regret weighs tons.”  — Jim Rohn

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Willpower is what separates us from the animals. It’s the capacity to restrain our impulses, resist temptation – do what’s right and good for us in the long run, not what we want to do right now. It’s central, in fact, to civilization. — Dr. Roy Baumeister, Ph.D.

“Freedom is born of self-discipline. No individual, no nation, can achieve or maintain liberty without self-control. The undisciplined man is a slave to his own weaknesses.”    — Alan Valentine

“We may think there is willpower involved, but more likely change is due to wanting power. Wanting the new addiction more than the old one. Wanting the new me in preference to the person I am now.” — George Sheehan

“Willpower is the key to success. Successful people strive no matter what they feel by applying their will to overcome apathy, doubt or fear.” — Dan Millman

 

 

 

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