1. Do the challenges you face seem so daunting that you have allowed your unique talents and unlimited potential to wither away in neglect?
2. Has self-neglect robbed you of the inner strength to act in your own best interests?
If you answered “Yes” to either of these questions, you can begin to strengthen your spirit and overcome the obstacle of self-neglect that perpetuates physical illness or loss of identity.
The courage to act is the mark of wholehearted living—the opposite of self-neglect. Ask yourself: “Do you despise your current vocation, or does your work bring you joy and fulfillment?” Throughout the day, how many masks do you wear that thwart you from your true Self? What mask are you wearing right now, such as depression, judgment, suffering or blame? Are you a “self-neglect profile” in non-courage?
Identifying the first small step to motivate yourself quells any anxiety. Focus on something immediate and easily reachable. This narrow focus helps you recognize that courage is an accumulation of small steps up the ladder, and this simple recognition helps you avoid standing on one leg in the dark. When was the last time you shed one false portrait?
o Helen Keller said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched … they must be felt with the heart.”
o Morale of the Story: The courageous power of your innate motivation can propel a courageous person beyond obstacles like self-neglect. If you are stuck in self-neglect, consider learning how to motivate yourself from within.
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