What lies before us and what lies beyond us is tiny compared to what lies within us. We can try to avoid making choices by doing nothing, but even that is a decision. Make the most of today. Translate your good intentions into actual deeds. Only a mediocre person is always at his best. It is better to light a small candle than to curse the darkness. First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits, or they will eventually conquer you. To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, be nothing. One cannot govern with buts.
In times of stress, be bold and valiant. All who seek the roots of life dig in solitude for them. Once you make the fundamental choice to be the predominant creative force in your life, any approach you choose to take for your own growth and development can work, and you are especially attracted to those approaches which will work particularly well for you. Some people have greatness thrust upon them. Very few have excellence thrust upon them. Self-image sets the boundaries of individual accomplishment. You must have long-range goals to keep you from being frustrated by short-range failures.