Student: “Professor, I seem to do everything but the right thing when it comes to making effective choices in my life. I’d be willing to give anything to start choosing rightly when it comes to me. It seems that I’ve got great advice when it comes to other’s lives, but I rarely take my own advice when it comes to my life? It feels like everything is destined to go wrong in my life.”
Professor: “The feeling that everything is destined to go wrong is simply an erroneous feeling. It comes from erroneous beliefs. Knowing you the way I do, I don’t feel that way about you; not one bit do I feel that things are destined to go wrong for you. Have you ever heard the quote, ‘condemn not, for that which you condemn, condemns you’? Well, ‘that’ which you are condemning is YOU. That’s a fact, and it’s that fact that causes you to make bad choices. Stop, right now; stop condemning yourself. Stop putting yourself down. It makes you feel unworthy. That’s insanity. Others have stopped condemning themselves, stopped feeling unworthy, and soon thereafter they found themselves making wonderful choices; choices that opened doors to a brand new world. If others have done it, you can do it.
Student: “It can be done.”
“Others have done it.”
“I can do it.”
Professor: “That, right there, is a perfect choice for you.”