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6 Lessons You Can Learn From Robert Schuller’s Book: Tough Times Never Last but Tough People Do.

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The book, Tough Times Never Last but Tough People do, by Robert Schuller (A Christian Televangelist and Motivational Speaker) mainly discusses how individuals can overcome obstacles.  The book gives you faith during hard times, and makes you stop worrying about your problems.

I read the book twice and I think it’s one of the most positive books I’ve ever read. I learned powerful lessons from it and I would love to share them with you.

  1. People who Overcome Obstacles Never Stop Believing.

According to Schuller, a large percentage of the individuals who transcend their problems are those who never stop believing. These individuals believe in themselves and The Creator. They often pray for guidance and they trust in the ideas the universe gives them.

  1. Every Problem has a Limited Lifespan

Schuller teaches that no problem lasts forever because you’ll always find a solution.  According to Schuller, history is the best teacher on the fact that all our problems have a limited lifespan because all our past problems ended after a certain period.

Therefore, just like our previous hardships, our current hurdles will come to an end.

Storms always pave way for the sun, and winter always thaws into spring. Your storm will, therefore, pass – Robert Schuller

  1. Every Problem will Change You

Schuller writes that an individual cannot emerge from a problem unchanged, because problems never leave us the way they found us. They make us stronger and enable us to realize our faults.

In the book, he provides an example of a boring teacher who became a hard worker after being fired because he learned that his laziness was what resulted in him getting fired.

  1. Ask God/Infinite Intelligence to Help you Solve your Problems

According to Schuller, whenever we have problems, we must give God/Infinite Intelligence a chance to turn our problems into blessings. He also teaches that God/Infinite Intelligence will give you the strength to deal with your problems if you pray and stop exaggerating them.

  1. Problems Disappear if we Dedicate All our Efforts to Solving Them

Robert Schuller teaches that some of your problems never leave because you never dedicate all your energies to solving them. He believes that these problems will melt away if you use all your intelligence, abilities, and skills to solve them.

  1. Never Discard an Idea because There is Something Wrong With It

Robert Schuller teaches that there is no such thing as a perfect idea because all ideas have negative aspects. For this reason, we must never let these negative aspects prevent us from executing our ideas. Instead, we must focus on exploiting the positive aspects and sublimating the negative parts.

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7 Great Lessons From Byways to Blessedness By James Allen

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Although Byways to Blessedness was written in 1904, the book is still useful today. In the book, James Allen provides advice that enables readers to live a wonderful life. He encourages readers to find happiness by avoiding negative states of mind as they lead to suffering. Also, he enlightens readers on the importance of difficulties and solitude.

Anyway, there are many lessons James Allen provides in the book, but here are the lessons I loved the most.

  1. How You Begin Your Day Matters

How you begin your day matters because it determines how your day will be. Your day will be filled with joy if you begin it wisely and joyfully, and you might have a bad day if you start it with a poor attitude.

  1. How to be Great

If you want to be great, you must sacrifice pride because it prevents you from doing the things that will make you great. Besides this, you must be willing to dedicate all your mind and energy on one thing, and you must avoid focusing on the outcome.

  1. The True Nature of Difficulty

According to James Allen, difficulty exists in the mind, and that’s why a difficult experience for a child might be easy for an adult.

He also teaches that difficulty fosters growth and development because it forces us to exercise our intelligence and awaken our hidden powers.

  1. The Negative Effects of Resentfulness

Resentfulness causes suffering because it prevents you from attaining true enlightenment. Moreover, it hardens your heart and prevents you from receiving the blessings meant for you.

Furthermore, it makes you suffer because it causes a troubled mind and makes you remember the bad things some people did to you.

  1. See No Evil And You’ll Free Yourself From Suffering and Sorrow

According to James Allen, you free yourself from suffering and sorrow when you stop judging people from your viewpoint of what’s right and wrong; when you realize that people have their personal viewpoints which make them do certain things, and that everybody thinks that whatever he or she is doing is necessary for them.

  1. The Secret to Joy

James Allen believes it’s possible to find abiding joy while here on earth because you are responsible for creating joy in your life. He believes you can find joy by being selfless because selfishness results in suffering. He also teaches that you can find joy by avoiding the attachment to things and loving everyone.

  1. The Importance of Solitude

Solitude is necessary for your spiritual life as sleep is necessary for your body. Solitude is so important that lacking it can result in a spiritual break down. It enables you to find the strength, wisdom, and knowledge needed to overcome life’s hardships. Moreover, it enables you to realize your true self and the hidden powers or possibilities within you.

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8 Nuggets of Wisdom from the Four Agreements by Don Ruiz

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In his book, The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom, Don Ruiz, provides wonderful pieces of advice that will help you find freedom. The book is enlightening, and all individuals in search of true happiness should read it.

Here are seven nuggets of wisdom I learned from the book.

  1. We Always Domesticate Our Children

According to Don Ruiz, children are domesticated the same way animals are domesticated. We domesticate them by punishing them when they go against our rules and rewarding them when they obey us. They then grow up with a certain belief and behavioral system that is forced upon them.

  1. Our Belief System Guides Our Thoughts And Actions

We all have a set of beliefs that guide our thoughts and actions. These beliefs determine whether we’ll be positive or negative thinkers, and where we’ll end up in life.

  1. Why Your Beliefs Have the Power to Guide You

Your beliefs have the power to guide you because you believe they are true. You completely trust them hence allowing them to determine your thoughts, decisions, and actions.

  1. Our Biggest Fear is to Be Authentic

We avoid showing the world our true nature because our biggest fear is to be ourselves. Little do we know that most people who achieve personal freedom and true success are authentic. They never fear expressing who they truly are.

  1. Be Careful With Your Word

You must be careful with your word because it influences other people’s actions and attitudes. Your friend can start loving herself passionately if you constantly tell her that she is a wonderful being. Conversely, the same friend can dislike herself if you constantly tell her that she’s an ugly loser.

  1. Don’t Take Things Personally

Taking things people say personally shows that you agree with what they say. Stop agreeing with everything people say about you because whatever people say comes from their personal viewpoint. It’s all about them, and not you.

Taking things personally will waste your time and energy because you’ll keep thinking why some people said some things about you, and how you’ll get back at them.

  1. Stop Making Assumptions

Most of us make assumptions that eventually hurt us. For instance, we love making assumptions about our friends, spouses, and relatives. We assume they know what hurts and what doesn’t hurt us, and we get offended when they do something that hurts us.

  1. Always Do Your Best

Do your best because by doing so you’ll avoid guilt and regret as you’ll love yourself, and you’ll be more fruitful. Don Ruiz defines doing your best as enjoying the action you take without expecting rewards. You, therefore, know you are doing your best when you are working while not thinking about payday.

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