While you’re reading through this, try to think about times when you may have felt critical of others or yourself.  Did holding those feelings help the situation or did they make it worse?

 As you become more aware of the energy and emotions you want to purge from your environment, try your best not to get caught up in criticizing yourself for the attribute you want to be rid of.  Please don’t be too hard on yourself for having apprehension or being restless or annoyed.  The fact that you’re taking notice of these tendencies means that you’re doing something – you’re starting taking first steps to take control of your life.  As I mentioned earlier, try to analyze these shortcomings with a very close eye.

 When you’re driving down an old road on a hot day and your car gets covered in dust, you wouldn’t think of it as right or wrong.  You understand that this is something that just happens, and you make a mental note to get the car washed the next time you’re in town.  Let’s pretend you’re in a car and it begins to rain, naturally your front window begins to get wetter and wetter so you turn on the windshield wipers to see better.  You’re not going to blame the rain for messing with you and say, “Why is this stupid water getting on my windshield and all over my car, and on a Monday of all days!?”

 It doesn’t really matter how you feel about the rain, partially because the rain doesn’t care about you either.  Maybe you have been experiencing a major drought where you live and you welcome the downpour with open arms, or maybe you’ve had drenching floods lately and you don’t want to see another drop of rain for the rest of your life.  Regardless of how you feel, you have to deal with what’s happening in the moment.  Getting worked up and allowing emotions to negatively influence you won’t help.  In order to move forward, you have to establish a balance, be positive, and take appropriate measures.

 Life is like sailing across an ocean, and in the same way that you experience rough and turbulent weather at times, so too will you experience fear or doubt or jealousy and you’ll want to have your umbrella with you. That’s perfectly natural.  Observe these attitudes for what they really are and, becauseyou’re being consciously aware just know that they’re holding you back, set your sights on removing them and replacing them with belief in yourself as your own unique person, gratitude for what you already have, and excitement to be alive with a new day of opportunity ripe for the takinIf you connect with what you’ve read here you might enjoy the book I wrote SEVEN STEPS TO INNER POWER, where I talk about other life experiences and what I’ve learned in the process.

About Tae Yun Kim.

Dr. Tae Yun Kim is a CEO, entrepreneur, author, martial arts grandmaster and expert in personal transformation.

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