Fact: I’m all for increasing self-awareness, personal growth, transformational learning, and development, but enlightenment alone doesn’t pay the bills.
Fact: Making positive changes in our thoughts and behaviors requires self-awareness. After all, we can’t change (or accept) what we aren’t aware of. So go ahead: think. Don’t think. Meditate. Give the Buddha an orange. Get a coach. Have a conversation with someone that matters. Do whatever it takes to increase your self-awareness.
Fact: Awareness is not an end. It’s a beginning. Personal transformation cannot stop with simply being more aware as many so-called coaches, gurus, and spiritual guides would have you believe.
Fact: Change requires hard work and commitment. Not just knowledge and wisdom. Change takes guts, will, strength and endurance. Change requires that you push through the hard times and crap. Wise, enlightened people know a thing or two about crap.
Don’t stop with self-awareness. As the Buddha said, “before enlightenment, chop wood and carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood and carry water.” Use your awareness to do some work. Push on. Take action. Chop some freakin’ wood why don’t cha!
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