What keeps you up at night? Maybe you regret something that you did or feel guilty about something that you failed to do. Perhaps it’s because you haven’t been honest with others or true to yourself. Or maybe your conscience is just trying to get your attention. In any case, have you ever wondered why some people are up all hours of the night, while others have peace of mind? The fact is, inner peace is a byproduct of how you choose to live your life.
Quite likely, your habits are so ingrained that you never think about your behavior or the many choices that you make. You choose to live in the moment or to dredge up your past, see the glass half-full or see it as half-empty, and live with honor or turn a blind eye to unethical behavior. Those habits have a significant impact on your psyche as well as on your general well-being.
Peace of mind begins with the right mindset.
Inner Peace — Be Cool, Calm, and Collected
If you’re yearning for peace of mind, give these 15 guideposts some serious thought.
Accept responsibility. Be the master of your destiny rather than outsourcing your responsibility to others. Stand tall by accepting accountability for your choices and for the consequences of your actions.
Find your purpose. Make a difference. When you do something for satisfaction rather than reward, the reward is often the satisfaction of doing it.
Live with honor. Do what’s right, not out of fear of getting caught, but because your integrity matters.
Be reasonable. Strive for excellence, not perfection. Excellence is more than sufficient.
Develop trusting relationships. Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you. Gain their trust by proving that you’re worthy of it.
Make everyone a winner. Focus on win-win relationships rather than on winner-take-all. Seek areas of common interest, where everyone can benefit, rather than on optimizing your individual situation.
Be thankful. Learn the meaning of enough. Find your happiness, not by seeking more, but by appreciating what you already have.
Strive for balance. Enjoy the journey as well as the destination. Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance.
Learn to say “no.” Make your priorities a priority. Know what matters most to you and be unwilling to compromise those priorities at almost any price.
Live in the moment. Leave the past behind. You can’t do anything to improve your past, but you can learn from it to improve your future.
Unclutter your world. Take a load off your mind. Don’t allow fear, guilt, worry, envy, and anger to weigh you down.
Control what you can. Keep things in perspective. You can’t control the uncontrollable, but you can control how you respond to it.
Be true to yourself. Reach for the stars and be proud of your achievements, but also take pride in the way that you achieve them.
Build good karma. Give of yourself, not because you expect something in return, but because witnessing others’ happiness is, by itself, a worthy reward.
Hold your head up high. If you don’t believe in yourself, why should anyone else?
If you believe you can’t…you won’t.
Find Inner Peace
Some folks are wealthy, but their relationships are poor. They have a big title at work but aren’t much of a Dad or Mom at home. They’re successful, but everyone knows how they achieved that success. The truth is, some of those folks are self-centered, ruthless, and unapologetic — and they know it. Maybe that’s why they’re not sleeping.
Inner peace isn’t just the ability to deal with conflict; it’s knowing full well that you’re a person of honor and integrity. It’s knowing that you do the right thing, serve as an exemplary role model, and make a difference in the lives of others. That enables you to hold your head up high and to sleep well at night. Marvin Gaye of Motown fame once said, “If you cannot find peace within yourself, you will never find it anywhere else.” What some folks overlook in their quest for power, fame, and fortune is that following your conscience, and having inner peace, clearly outweighs the material rewards received along the way. After all, you have to live with yourself for the rest of your life.
Follow your conscience. Sleep well!
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