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Be At Your Best, More of the Time

We can choose much more than we might realise who we want to be.

By the time we reach puberty, the world has reached us and shaped us to a greater extent than we realise. Our family, friends, school and society in general have told us - by word and example - how to be. But people begin to become leaders at that moment when they decide for themselves how to be. Warren Bennis

And it starts with being aware, being conscious:

Whether you are leading a group or going about your daily life, you need to be conscious. You need to be aware of what is happening and how things happen. If you are aware of what is happening and how things happen, you can act accordingly. You can steer clear of trouble, and be both vital and effective.
Remember that you too are a natural process. Being aware of how things happen includes being aware of yourself. Your life unfolds according to the same principle that governs every other unfolding.
Being like everything else means that you are ordinary. But consciously knowing that you are like everything else is extraordinary. And knowing that universality works and having the sense to act accordingly is the source of your power, your endurance, and your excellence.
Consciousness or awareness, then, is the source of your ability. Learn to become increasingly conscious. John Heider

The greatest discovery of any generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
Albert Schweitzer Close
I know where I'm going and I know the truth and I don't have to be what you want me to be. I'm free to be what I want.
Muhammad Ali Close
Those parts you're unaware of will make your choices for you. You cannot choose intentions consciously until you become conscious of each of the different aspects of yourself
Gary Zukav Close