You are at war.
Make no mistake about that. You are at war, and if you want to achieve your full potential – to live the rich and beautiful life you know is possible, then you have to fight.
Nothing will be handed to you on a platter. Your enemy is strong and clever. Your enemy is cunning and ruthless.
But this is the thing. The war is not out there. It’s in here.
And the enemy is not out there. The enemy is you.
Success has nothing to do with conquering the world. That’s just nothing but logistics.
Success is about conquering yourself – conquering lazy, conquering timid, conquering pitiful.
And it sounds easy until you actually meet that enemy in the field. And you see how tricky they are. You see how relentless they are.
And you see how, just as you stand on the cusp of your achieving everything you’ve been fighting for, your own mind will come from behind you, and drive rusty blades into your hamstrings.
And as you watch everything you’ve built go up in flames around you, you must face this bitter truth as well – that it was your own mind who betrayed you. That you have no one to blame but yourself.
This is hard. Bitterly hard. And it’s why so much human potential goes unfulfilled.
And so the first battle you must win is with your own mind. Minds are truly marvelous machines, but you have to take control. Submit to the disciplines and the practices that will give you this control, whatever they are.
Because if you win this battle here, the war is yours. From that point on, success is nothing more than arranging pieces on a board.
Go within. And slay the enemy you find sleeping there.