There seem to be empowerment in self discipline. If you would have told me this ten years a go, I would have laughed at the idea. But now, I feel the need to prove my self that I am in control, not because I want to show others, but because I want to prove it to my self. The twenty five year old J.P. was so worried about what others thought about him. And this is a lesson I have learned.
Challenge your self, but only because you want to. The motivation behind what we do is an important thing. If we are motivated by power or greed, sooner or later it will all come crumbling down, it always does. If we are motivated by a desperate need to please others, we can never be true to ourselves. We just end up trying to mold into something the others expect us to be. We put pressure on our children even before they are barely half way through school, and we think we do it for their good. But are we not just feeding our own egos?
Sometimes it feels like we spent the fist ten to twenty years of our life’s trying to free ourselves from the expectations set on us by family, friends and society. But until our motivation is trying to make the best use of who we really are, we will not truly succeed.
And what is success anyway? Money comes and money goes. I witnessed firsthand the devastating effects trying to measure your wealth by money or possessions can have. Fame is only there to rub your ego, and often comes with unrealistic price. Recognition? At the end of the day taste is subjective.
So why not just try to beat the one person that truly matters to you? Why not try to beat your self? Try to be a better version of yourself?
The author J.P. Kallio is a singer songwriter To get EIGHT of his songs for free go HERE