One of the young man who has passed through our Library came through to the Library last evening. He is on vacation from his studies at a top University across the Limpopo border. So we had a very long chat that started when the sun was still in the sky until the chickens had perched and gone quiet, the moon had started its journey across the sky. I was amazed at his growth, of course he has always been very sensible but now he had that maturity and clarity of thought that you just don’t get in kids his age nowadays. One of the things we kept on referring back to in our conversations was “personal philosophy.”
Our country is in a very difficult period, prices are increasing while salaries remain static and that is making life more and more difficult by the day. Because of this development, it is very easy to complain and throw blame at the government and at “insensitive” retailers but complaining hardly ever changed anything did it? I am very sure that we have become very good complainers and also another very unhealthy development in our country is how we quickly convert everything into joke. Yes we might argue that it is our way of copying with our troubles but no mhani, we cant be a nation of clowns. When other countries are facing challenges, they come up with innovative solutions and here we are turning into a nation of stand up comedians.
so back to the issue of personal philosophy. What does it take to achieve one’s goals? working yourself to the marrow? monk like commitment? Laser focus? Indeed these are very important and critical but they are not enough without a positive and organized personal philosophy. We are prone to believing that we have limitations either from within ourselves or from external forces keeping us from truly getting to where we want to be in life. Our tendency to think that we’ll “believe it when we see it” suggests that our mindsets are focused on our goals not really being attainable until they’ve been achieved. The problem with this is that this common mindset fuels our limiting beliefs and shows a lack of faith in ourselves, and this is a bad personal philosophy.
A positive personal philosophy entails a mindset that is poised for victory and believes that success is a personal matter and that one is able to change their lot with or without external help. One is ultimately responsible for their life in spite of limiting factors. One speaker put it aptly when he said that , 20% of life is what happens to us while 80% of life is how we react to it. So what is your personal philosophy? what pushes you? what convinces you that your life matters and that what you are doing matters?