All of your disciplining of your mind, all of your devotion to self-improvement – what you believe to be good work toward the up-building and strengthening of your personal power – no matter how well-meaning your efforts may be, all of that is fruitless if you don’t work on letting go of your current identity.
There is nothing that can supply you with the power you need to make your ideals real, except the truth about yourself. The truth, and only the truth can set you free of those psychic chains that bind you to experiences of disappointment after disappointment, and a life of mild misery.
You are a rich and majestic child of Infinite Intelligence. You are marvelously made. And you are here to reveal and feel all that is good and beautiful about you. You cannot add one measure of betterment to yourself through methods of self-improvement. The authentic you is already perfect – that “self” is exuding with hidden talents and unrealized potential beyond your widest imaginings. And it’s right there – closer than the next breath you take – ready to express through you, and demonstrate itself to the world, if you simply allow it to.
Question: What must I do to awaken to the marvelously made me?
Answer: Arouse your attention in such a way and with such intensity that you become completely absorbed in resurrecting the authentic you from those senseless opinions that have you thinking less than the best about yourself. Shake yourself awake anyway you have to.
Just understanding this is a fabulous beginning.