Consider giving yourself the following 10 priceless gifts that come for free and stay with you for your lifetime. These gifts can’t be exchanged for money nor can you expect it from others:
1. A Strong Resolve to Keep on Going
Dreams never come true through magic, they come into reality when you put in the best of yourself- unflagging hard work, awful of perseverance, supreme confidence and Patience. Together they mow down all your opponents and take you several steps closer to your dreams. Each opportunity has its own tricks and reward and it often appears in disguise of temporary failure, seemingly impossible challenge, and apparent misfortune. However, a strong resolve and contagiously positive attitude will ensure you keep on going and tap the best of the opportunities. A strong resolve will make a big difference in your life.
2. Unrestrained Imagination
Non-sense is what ignites creativity and awakens your intellect, compelling you to take actions upon serious consideration. Successful people are great dreamers who make the world go round with their imagination. Think about those imaginary nonsensical ideas that were worked on and took shape of aircraft, rocket, telephone, television, Computer, mobile devices and almost every useful machine and luxurious thing we use today. If you are not thinking something unreal and weird, you are not actually creating anything innovative things. Remember, the unreal has more potential than the real because the reality today has come through the unreal world.
“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ― Albert Einstein
3. An empty heart to embrace
Everyone is ignorant to something! Ignorance can, in fact, be a greatest gift as it also means your heart is open to embracing new things and learning lessons beyond the facts. Sometimes, we miss some of the greatest opportunities for not having an open mind. Having an open mind is not that you are accepting everything of whatever is coming on the way; it means that you are expanding your mind for better things and discovering your true potential.
4. A positive approach- The glass is half-full
Your thoughts, whether positive or negative, are a powerful instrument that impact the way you are perceive the world around. They impact your every move and hence decide your destiny. Negative thoughts are an equally motivating force that take you to a self-destructive path. We often let ourselves fall into the traps of circumstances or get influenced by swerving moods that ultimately beget misconceptions about ourselves. While your mind is overwhelmed and overtaken by your negative thoughts, is there any place left for positive one to give a lift?
External forces or events can’t truly hold you back until you allow yourself to yield to negativity and self-limiting thoughts. Buddha says it best, “a positive thought, no matter how tiny it may seem, has the potential to uproot a negative thought that weighs the size of a mountain.” Optimism is an awesome human-trait, nurture it.
“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
5. A Promise to Make the Best Use of what you Have
Different people have different dreams and different ways of accomplishing them but they share a common mission-SUCCESS. To discover your true potential, you have to apply the best of what you have. We seldom use our true potential or use them half-heartedly and stop trying half way through; as a result, we never get the desired results. If you think you don’t have what it takes to succeed, then think about Dashrath Manjhi, a landless farmer who single-handedly moved a mountain.
6. Give yourself Gratefulness
Appreciating and acknowledging others’ efforts that helped you create opportunity, happiness and hope are the key to getting abundance in life. Showing gratitude will never let you down; rather, it will lead you to some wonderful feelings of love, generosity, and compassion. Gratefulness will help you develop positive aptitude and open your heart to accepting criticism and give you courage to accomplish more beautiful things in life.
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer
7. Admission to the School of Life
“Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death” Education is a treasure and acquiring it consistently and continuously enlightens you with clear vision and better knowledge on how to shape up the indefinite future. Develop a passion for lifelong learning to find the real meaning of life, and live an enriching life of self-fulfillment.
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” Alvin Toffler
8. The Gift of Spiritual Growth
Knowing yourself and controlling your negative thoughts are the biggest challenge and the most significant task which can only be accomplished by engaging in spiritual practices. Spirituality acts as a motivational force or a filter that heals a depressed or stressed mind and engages you in awakening your enlightened-self. Further, it gives you courage to stay motivated and strong in front of difficulties.
You have little or no control on external events but you can control your mind and chose to be happy in the face of adversities. Mind is a very obedient and constructive servant but an equally arrogant and destructive master; therefore, don’t let it rule you. Once you have mastered over your mind, you will reach closer to your destination called realization of the VASTNESS of you.
“The goal of spiritual practice is full recovery, and the only thing you need to recover from is a fractured sense of self.” – Marianne Williamson
9. Sense of Humor
Sense of humor plays a most significant role when life throws some worst blows towards you. A well-developed and balanced sense of humor relieves your pain, alleviates your distressed mind, initiates a rich and interesting life, lightens the difficult situations, motivates you to accept challenges with a smile, and saves you from being too serious and monotonous.
“A sense of humor… is needed armor. Joy in one’s heart and some laughter on one’s lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life.” – Hugh Sidey
10. Your real-self (take the mask off)
If you are pretentious or have kept a false-self within you, then you are frightened of your imperfections and are playing the most foolish and betraying game with yourself. Never try to mold your real-self in any perfect, idealistic and heroic character you have read about, otherwise you will be lost between duel characters and the beauty and simplicity of your soul will be gone for never to return. So gift yourself your real-self.