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Ambition vs. Fear.

Most important things in life don't come to us. Nor do we get them by seeking/wanting them. It comes from letting go of the unimportant stuff.

The hardest part is letting go of the tendency to take the world as is. This is a habit of our past successes.

But success is not a destination, it is a STOP sign. You stop, wait, and move on. Too often, we are paralyzed by success into the fear of the new. We stall on the road to a new life. We need to break our inertia and move.

Our thoughts and thought habits are hard to break. But that is where we have to spend the most energy. Thoughts are always competing strands  - of worries of the past and anxieties for the future. For some of us, they are cleanly separated into rivers that nurture every place they travel. For most, they are like the torrents and trickles -- competing, rushing somewhere, stopping completely elsewhere, always mixing, morphing, competing, winning, losing.

Our thoughts are the potential difference between the two poles of our life source: ambition and fear.

Our ambitions drive the direction and speed of our habits and thoughts, but our fears drive the force of their release. Without matching ambitions, fear overrides everything else. On the other hand, when there is too little fear, we go at high speed along the road to nowhere -- unchecked ambition ruins everyone else. When ambition controls fear, we harness the torrents to feed and water every corner of our being. When fear controls ambition, we become creatures of habit.

To have ambition, we have to see ourselves as we are capable of becoming. This requires a good trusted setting -- something that we all need, and something that is essential and important.

People who generate trust around themselves are priceless. Cherish them, respect them, work with them. People who question you without fear are trustworthy. Children, spouses, parents, colleagues, friends, enemies -- are a gift when they belong in this circle. Keep both kinds around you, and your fears will benefit your ambitions.


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