Friday, 28 September 2012

Ten massive benefits of rational living. Personal development requires a rational philosophy. Inconsistency creates stress

Ideas are precious and constitute the basis of civilization. Without the concepts of free trade, freedom of speech, and human rights, our standard of living would rapidly fall to medieval levels. Personal goals shape a sustained vision that transforms our talents into valuable products of services.

Closed doors reflect fear of change

Closed doors reflect fear of change. Rational objectives will take you forward, but it is essential that those are compatible. Inconsistent principles rob each other's force and deplete each other's resources. Keep you door open to new concepts and ideas, but make sure that those are logically integrated.

When you discover that some of your goals are wrong, you should discard them. On the other hand, if your ambitions are annoying but consistent, keep them, since they might lead you to a breakthrough improvement.

Integrated goals will take you places

Integrated goals will take you places, but inconsistent ambitions will wear you down. Pursuing compatible goals increases personal effectiveness and enhances creativity. Consistent ideals also improve man's reasoning capacity. Modern life requires instantaneous choices. Individuals who possess well-integrated goals can deal with complexity in the most effective manner.

Rational men ensure the consistency of their actions by defining clear objectives for the remaining decades of their life. Effective living requires that our choices, minor or fundamental, are aligned with our overriding goals. Individuals who follow this principle tend to become an outstanding success.

People who lack consistent goals often sabotage their own efforts. Pursuing integrated objectives requires sustained focus and can bring spectacularly positive results.

Ten massive advantages of rational living

Few persons establish a definite direction for their life, but those who do, can reap enormous benefits. Motivational consistency brings, amongst others, the following advantages:
  1. Financial resources can be used with a minimum of waste by avoiding random decisions and useless purchases
  2. A clear vision of the future feeds the motivation to develop specialized skills and accumulate intellectual capital.
  3. Consistent objectives build perseverance and credibility. On the other hand, random behaviour tends to damage a man's reputation and destroy his assets.
  4. Rational goals lead men to entertainment that reinforces values and involves aspects of learning.
  5. Compatible, long-term objectives provide the energy needed to undertake ambitious projects that make a difference in one's living conditions.
  6. Logic and ambition supply the resilience needed to undertake boring maintenance tasks that bring substantial long-term benefits.
  7. A stable vision and a lifetime perspective lead man to avert excessive risks, lotteries and other forms of gambling.
  8. Consistent objectives render man's mind active and willing to explore innovative options. In contrast, contradictory goals lead to mistakes, waste, and paralysis.
  9. Long-term ambitions enable man to accept mistakes as part of a learning process. The opposite phenomenon, intolerance, frequently arises out of pursuing contradictory targets. Individuals torn apart by diverging goals find difficult to explain their own actions.
  10. Convictions in line with reality allow man to connect deeply with other human beings. Irrational objectives prevent individuals from communicating clearly, leading to irritation, confusion, misunderstandings, and errors.
Human beings can guide their lives properly only by reason. Dogs and cats perceive a narrow part of reality, but man is aware of hundreds of interconnected details, past and present, that are relevant in each situation. Our mind calls for logic and consistency. Happiness becomes impossible if we ignore our rational nature.

Personal growth: How to lead an effective life

Workable, compatible, long-term goals render man truly human. Leading an effective life requires individuals to select rational objectives that comprise their whole lifetime. A consistent vision that reaches into the next decades is the most reliable tool for making optimal choices in the present.

For more information about rational living and personal growth, I refer you to my book about how to be rational  "The 10 Principles of Rational Living"


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My best 18 investment ideas. Stocks to buy in the stock market today. What to invest in for future income

  • Stocks to buy in the stock market today. 
  • What to invest in for future income
  • Dividend stocks to create an income stream
  • Solid growth stocks for conservative investors
My best 18 investment ideas
  1. Bank of Nova Scotia (Canada)
  2. Sysco (United States)
  3. United Technologies (United States) 
  4. Medtronic (United States)
  5. Arcelor Mittal (Luxembourg)
  6. Ericsson Telephone Company (Sweden)
  7. Delhaize Group (Belgium)
  8. Nippon Telegraph andTelephone (Japan) 
  9. Schlumberger (United States)
  10. IBM (United States)
  11. Baidu (China)
  12. Ford Motor Company (United States)
  13. eBay (United States)
  14. 3M Co (United States)
  15. Astra Zeneca (United Kingdom) 
  16. Market Vectors Africa (ETF Africa)
  17. iShares MSCI Russia Capped Index (ETF Russia)
  18. Kraft Foods (United States)

Disclosure: either I already own shares of these companies or I am currently considering to add them to my investment portfolio.

Free e-book about how to be rational and find peace of mind. Stress management under difficult circumstances

  • How to be rational
  • Stop worrying
  • Build self-confidence and self-esteem
  • Overcoming obstacles to personal growth
  • How to deal with difficult people
  • Stress management
  • Overcoming anxiety
  • Self-development in difficult circumstances
  • How to find peace of mind
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