Everyone is like, oh you messed up… It’s ok… You’ll get up and get at them next time… Your gonna be fine… I’m here to say that every mistake you make, is there to cost you something you know you shouldn’t have to lose. There is not much in terms of happiness or dignity if you cannot get up every day and say that you gave 1000 percent towards your aims. If you cannot wake up and go to sleep saying that you utilized every opportunity afforded to you, then you are really just excusing your shadow self. Your shadow self is lazy, entitled, self-indulgent, ego-driven, and overall not really who you are. The part of you that you don’t like to have to be beaten into submission.
Every day you should wake up and try to figure out how to beat your shadow self at their own game. Sometimes that is via physical martial arts (perhaps he/she beats you up in dreams and you need to figure out how to master his realm…) or perhaps it’s the real world temptation they present. However they are messing you up, you have to plot to win the war against yourself. This starts with not putting yourself in bad situations or around people who just let their shadow self-run the show.
Are you proud of your friends, or ashamed of them? This is usually a good starting place if you are looking to fight this war. Don’t associate with people who you can’t tell people you hung out with. Just let the evil go… The world convinces you that indulgence is the only happiness… Nothing could be further from the truth!
“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become a habit. Watch your habits; they become a character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny.” Lao Tau