Once you have gained awareness and learned acceptance, you have reached the peak and will experience transformed perspectives, a new mindset. With this new mindset, you can begin to take integrated action, which will transform your interactions, and your relationships with others.
Integrated action is the ability to focus the power of your emotions and use them toward a purpose. Once you gain awareness, accept the reality of the situation, and know how to manage your emotions, you can use their power to motivate yourself. Motivation is movement with a purpose. Just as thought without feeling renders us incapable of action, feeling without thought causes us to act without regard for our safety or the safety of others. Reason and emotion working together will help you identify clear goals and purpose, and motivate you to move towards them. Emotions provide the energy, and the motivating force for action and decision making.
Integrated action means taking responsibility for setting and achieving specific goals. Assuming responsibility means looking inside. You are responsible for your destiny. Once you understand how to manage your emotions, it's up to you to set goals and keep them or change the goals you have chosen. Without goals, without purpose and intentionality, you will wander from one life project to the next, completing some, abandoning others, and learning little. If you don't know your ultimate goal, you'll have difficulty setting intermediate goals. You'll be pulled in different directions, motivated by different feelings, some of which can be at odds with one another. If you're not sure where you want to go, you can't know how to get there. It begins with a vision of your destiny and a commitment to directing your life toward that destiny. It's up to you what you want to accomplish. You are in charge. You have the ability to solve your problems and not succumb to them.
When you can visualize success, your will to succeed is stimulated in much the same way that your salivary glands are stimulated by the sight or smell of food. When you channel your emotions the way you choose, you won't be as tempted to engage in negative behaviors, and you won't be lured by quick-fix promises . Doing what you're good at builds self-esteem and will help you feel more confident. When you are motivated and stimulated by something you like, rather than by the notion that it's good for you, you'll know you're on the right track. Success invites success. If you feel successful you become conditioned to expect success.
The integrated person does not allow temporary setbacks to interfere with the pursuit of his or her goals. Feel the pain, experience the hurt, and then use what you've learned to move forward from the pain toward your goals.
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