North Star

Have you ever really thought about what provides the overarching personal compass that points out the right way for you in life? Have you ever considered trying to figure out the meaning of life and what are the principles that give you a sense of mission in the world?

In a world so spiritually disconnected while being instantaneously connected, it’s really hard to get a sense of direction or a guiding set of principles and morals. The ‘religiously’ uninitiated, have to figure out what it means to be a good person all on their own and to really think everything through. A disadvantage? Perhaps. But, to some of us, thinking things through is indeed a requirement for the enlightened of every religion. Faith doesn’t necessarily mean parking your mind and spirit on a shelf and navigating the world blind. You actually have to reason yourself into faith if it’s going to carry any weight.

There’s no escaping the need for a guiding star in life. And you really need to start working on yours.

“How,” do you say? Build systems or habits that will accumulate and compound over time to give you the things you want.

Great outcomes happen over a very long time just as long you build the discipline and persistence necessary to keep doing the right thing over and over and over again, even when nothing seems to be working and absolutely nothing is happening—especially then, even. This is where the word “faith” comes in.

If you can reason yourself into doing a course of action that is sooner or later going to give you some outstanding results, a resounding success, mastery of a skill, a stellar reputation for excellence, a strong healthy body, a business that can sustain itself and be your ticket to wealth and influence, or whatever else, then just keep the faith and keep going.

Your “vision” of what’s out there for you if you keep on the path is all the faith you need. Putting one foot in front of the other is the only thing that will carry you in those moments of hopelessness, when you’re feeling your worst—like a failure, even—and when those who are supposed to know you best abuse you with their harsh words and unkind looks.

Stay strong and keep going because sooner or later something’s gotta give.

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