The more practiced we become in conquering ourselves, the easier it becomes to conquer our enslavement to the world’s demands. The easier it becomes to let go the hooks. The clearer we become as the fog lifts. The taller we stand because we’ve conquered.
Life is more on our terms, yet we aren’t demanding. We simply choose through a lens that elevates our self worth and that of others. We start to get what that means, and they take notice. So they dance with you differently. And your reality changes.
My son loves this word: metacognition. It is thinking about your own thinking. Observing your own thoughts. There is someone in you thinking, and someone else in you observing your thoughts. Use metacognition. Let the observer in you catch those circular arguments that the thinker in you sees in such linear terms. Rather than defending their legitimacy, choose to break them like the bad habits that they are and make different choices. Not for the sake of different but for the sake of what is true.
Rather than second guessing yourself, second guess the constructs that you have accepted long ago.
Become the greatness that you are made of, because you are all that. And when we truly know that, it comes out, not in bravado, but in humility and in radiance.