I was reading an article by Ralph Waldo Trine this week and picked up these following tips:

1. First, form your ideals. And then follow them continually, where ever they lead.
2. Always remember that the great and strong character is the one willing to sacrifice the present pleasure for the future good.
3. Life is not for the passing pleasure, but for the highest enlightenment one can attain, the noblest character one can grow and the greatest service one can offer to mankind.
4. Resist the temptation to take shortcuts because they will not lead to real and lasting pleasure.
5. Thoughts are forces and each one creates its own kind, whether we realize it or not.
6. Rather than spending your days complaining about what bothers you, focus on your ideals and that will bring you closer to them.
7. Learn to use the power of suggestion positively.
8. It’s not the conditions of our life that define us, but how we meet them.
9. In the realm of our own minds, we have absolute control.

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