EFFORT TO IMPROVE
can not improve yourself without effort. You must make the intention to be a better person and take action to achieve your
goals. Life is not chance. Everything that occurs is pre-determined. You however do not know your pre-determination. You have
to work hard, search for it, and use your will power to make correct choices. Accept personal responsibility for mistakes.
Do not blame others for your problems. Learn from your past experiences, positive and negative. Good manners or experiences
should be reinforced while bad ones should be avoided.
Ultimate objectives: Keep in mind always the
three ultimate objectives: the pleasure of the Creator, wisdom, and success on this earth and in the hereafter.
Happiness is not an objective in life. Pursuing
happiness can be running after an illusion since happiness is not definable. The realistic objective is contentment and satisfaction
with yourself and what you have. However contentment should not be understood in a negative sense of refusing to take active
steps to improve some of the negative things in your character and behavior.
Needs and wants: Learn to distinguish between
what you want and what you need. Wants are emotional; needs are rational. Always choose needs over wants.
Realism: Be realistic. Do not live in a dream
world. Dreaming is good in motivating you and developing your creative thinking. Dreaming has limits if it obscures correct
perception of reality. Never entertain illusions about your strengths and weaknesses. Never deceive yourself. Never allow
others to deceive you by praising you and giving you attributes you lack. Such persons are your true enemies. Confront your
weaknesses and do not deny them. Do something about correcting them
cannot succeed on your own; this is a world of interdependence. You must learn to net-work and collaborate with others in
synergistic relations. Good manners and behavior are necessary for positive and meaningful interaction with people. You need
to learn to respect and protect the rights of others so that your rights may also be respected. Every action, behavior, or
habit has consequences. Always consider and think about the long-term consequences before you speak or act.
a positive attitude. Be optimistic and develop positive behavior. The world is essentially good and the hereafter much better.
There is more good than evil. You can always succeed in the long-run if you do not become pessimistic and give up. Look at
problems of life in perspective. What may look big may not be so in the long run. You may hate today what turns out to be
good tomorrow. See and emphasize the positive in any problem.
You should consider
yourself as living in the future. Life on earth is just a transition. Always prepare for the future (both what remains of
your life on earth and life in the hereafter). A futuristic outlook will enable you to deal with setbacks of life. You should
always know that the future could always be better.