As you continue to pursue your very best over time you will develop an appreciation for order, symmetry and control. It feels great to see the fruits of your planning and labor come together. There is indeed a core level of happiness to be derived from the simple elegance of a finely crafted life.
But by now you are well aware that the world around you—circumstances and people—will continue to come after your momentum and sense of order. The challenge, as it has always been is to handle it all and continue on in righteous defiance; to remain unaffected and keep pressing forward.
You will take pride in your ability to shake it all off and stride valiantly forward. There is no better way to live. You are taking on life with all that you have and justifying every breath you take.
As well as doing right by the Creator, you are also providing a tremendous example for others. By pursuing your very best each and every day, you will become an inspiration to those around you. They will see how you carry yourself and benefit from each encounter. This is something you will become aware of and it will add additional meaning to all that you do.
Those closest to you and those whom you allow into your daily life will see your Willing Acceptance of external events. And then your deliberate Right Action in response to those events in person and up close. Hopefully they will benefit from your example, but even if they do not you will continue on none the less. After all, this is just another opportunity for willing acceptance. What better way to make the point, drive the lesson home and continue to pursue your very best.
But then life can get complicated now and then. It’s one thing to remain calm in the storm. This is a tremendous skill to help you keep your bearings and break down obstacles objectively into their component parts. It’s another thing, however, to take action; and not just any action, but right action.
By definition, trials, difficulties and obstacles are not easy to overcome. In some cases, the proper response is not always evident. So let us discuss the underlying considerations necessary for consistently applying Right Action in your life.
Virtue should underlie all that you do. This is your foundation. And it is the best foundation for a happy and prosperous life. The world being what it is, there are no guarantees, but virtue will put you in agreement with the Creator. And it will ultimately provide you with the best possible life.
This is not about virtue signaling or running around being a “do-gooder” and seeking the praise of others. We will leave this to those whose lives revolve around the superficial and so called social justice.
What we are focused on here is a man’s virtue. These are implicit qualities such as morality, principle, discipline, restraint, perseverance, courage, competency, honor, loyalty, compassion, strength and mental toughness.
These are the characteristics that a man needs to be successful and lead a life of value and meaning. And I believe, these are what the Creator wants to see from His sons as well. He has created a difficult world for us to live in and it requires men of character and hardness to keep things in relative order.
The soft and the unprincipled will not have an easy time of it; in the end they will be the authors of their own demise. Nor will men of virtue get a free pass for that matter, but at least we will be able to pursue a life of meaning and purpose. We will have the natural order on our side and an opportunity to attain personal glory and peace of mind.
Take some time to reflect on your life as it stands right now. And reflect honesty on your character. Cut away the superfluous and the shallow distractions. This is the first step. It will clear a path for you.
When it gets right down to it you know what is right and what is not. A man knows when he is in the wrong or succumbing to weakness of character. Stop fooling yourself and get serious about living a life of virtue. You will never regret it.
Pursuing virtue in all that you do will create powerful momentum in your life. You will eventually bend the natural order in your favor. There is something to be said for living with a clear conscience. You will implicitly know what to do when life gets difficult.
Even if it is not always clear what the best course of action is, at least you will have the courage of your convictions to take some action. And then if it turns out another way is better, you will course correct and do what needs to be done. After all, all a man can do sometimes is the best he can and then adapt as necessary.
Do the best thing you could ever do for yourself and make virtue the core of who you are—a man’s virtue.
Knowing what you need to do is one thing. But consistently applying Right Action is another. Very often in life a man can be tempted to take the path of least resistance. It is often easiest to simply do nothing or let something slide as they say. Especially if it avoids conflict or nothing immediately bad happens by doing or saying nothing. This is living by preference rather than principle.
Weak men live by preference. Men of character live via principle. Choose the latter and it will make Right Action a core part of your being.
The common man will do what he prefers to do, rather than what he knows he needs to do. Conducting one’s self based on principle can be hard. And choosing the hard path takes an unyielding commitment to principle. Most men are not unyielding. They are soft.
Choose the hard path and steel your core. There is no way you can become a man to be reckoned with, unless you are willing take comfort in the discomfort of living a principled existence.
Sometimes it’s not a matter of right or wrong or virtue. Sometimes it’s just a matter of principle that some action or rule is to be followed; or that something needs to be said. Because without principle there would eventually be chaos. And disorder and confusion do not lend themselves well to Right Action. A man’s path must be clear and consistent if he is to apply himself correctly.
So set your principles for how you will conduct yourself. It will eliminate distraction and make your decisions in life easier. You will have some guideposts to keep you on track. And it will become very obvious to you when you consider taking a wrong turn. Your conscience will send up big red flags when you are about to contradict who you are or aim to become.
Take pride in being a man of principle. This is a healthy pride. Combining principle and virtue will make you a champion among men, no matter your social standing. And it will align you with the character of the Creator which is good.
Think about it. In this broken and difficult world we live in, what more could a man ask of himself? We are born fallible with the free will to make every possible wrong decision conceivable. And yet here you are, a man like any other, choosing of your own volition to pursue virtue and principle in all that you do.
Now that is a glorious path in my opinion. And one in which you will justify your life, become your very best and make the Creator Proud.
Finally we get to it—Right Action. Life is for the living and men who take action. There is no doubt about it. If you want to become your very best—to Become a Force of Nature in your own right—you will need to become a man of action.
And to make sure you finish strong and live your life up in the High Country, you will need to make certain it is always Right Action.
Hell, even if you do the right thing for the wrong reasons it’s still a good thing. This is simply the natural order. It is how the world works.
But take my advice. If you make a conscious decision to poison your soul by consistently doing the wrong things in life, there will be a price to pay. And you will pay it, one way or the other—in this life or the next.
When considering both Willing Acceptance and Right Action, make sure to prioritize the latter. Such as with inspiration, very often Willing Acceptance will follow taking action. Getting things done has a way of reconciling the mind. And then the mind will lend itself to more acquiescence the next time you are presented with a difficult situation.
Always make sure your perception remains objective, do the best you can with accepting your reality and then take the proper steps to fix whatever needs to be fixed. Frame your acceptance with objectivity and action. Do this in all matters, both large and small. Make it a habit.
Don’t expect to become untouchable right out of the gate. There will be lots of time to gain mastery over your emotions and state of mind. Simply making a conscious decision to get better will have the desired effect. Your mind will respond to what you teach it to do; if only reluctantly.
Eventually Willing Acceptance will become easier. You will realize that to do otherwise is to make your life more difficult. And then once the light of acceptance becomes part of who you are, there will be much less wasted energy. Things will happen in your life and you will move immediately to making them right. And as a result you will develop tremendous capacity and resilience.
With consistency and discipline you will begin to operate on a higher plane and rise above your former self. Then new possibilities will begin to present themselves. And then there will be a whole other level above that.
You are on your way.
You don’t even really need to be that good. Half the battle is just showing up. We will all take many gut wrenching disappointments and difficulties throughout our lives. The key is to know what you want, maintain your virtue and keep taking action.
Don’t stop and never quit.
Score some ugly goals. They all count on the scoresheet, regardless of how they went in. Not everything is going to work out perfectly. Be willing to keep at it. Keep slugging it out. Take pride in doing the right things, even if you disappoint yourself once in a while. None of us are perfect.
Throughout the ups and downs keep paring away at yourself. Work on your perception and willing acceptance. Become a witness to your own mind through failure and success. Make note of where you need to improve and then instruct your mind to do so. You will get better.
Accept what is, decide on the best course of action and then do what needs to be done.
Make this your operating system and apply it day in and day out regardless of everything else.
Keep at it with an indomitable spirit and you will lead a glorious life.
There is not much more that a man can ask of himself.
All the best,