Throughout his career, bestselling author Paulo Coelho has amassed a following of many millions of raving fans that he regularly inspires with his books. Mostly known for his novel The Alchemist, Coelho uses a fascinating way of captivating his readers with inspiring stories of success and what it takes to live a better life.
But not only that, he also wrote a quick manual called Warrior Of The Light, which is an amazing read for anyone interested in growing as a person, overcoming failure, and rising to their destiny.
Here are Coelho´s top 6 lessons for life:
1. Repeated experiences teach you what you don´t want to learn
According to Coelho, all experiences that happen over and over again only serve one goal: to teach you that which you have refused to learn so far. Whenever you find yourself ending up in the same bad situation no matter how often you try, recognize that this is probably trying to teach you something. Your job is to find out what.
You constantly find yourself getting frustrated when encountering rude customers or can´t seem to make progress towards an important project? Maybe that´s because these things are supposed to teach you forgiveness, patience or persistence. Maybe they are feedback telling you that what you are doing right now is not working. Whatever the lesson is, find it and use it in the future!
2. Confidence comes from knowing your strength
Whenever you are confident in any area in your life, why is that? Whether in social situations, athletics, or your job, confidence comes from knowing that you can do something, and do it well. Whenever you know that you will perform well at something, you feel certain that you will succeed, and that makes you feel confident. Therefore, the key to gaining confidence is to know your strength and what you are good at.
But even when you are not good at something yet, you can develop confidence in yourself not because you excel at the task, but because you know that you can learn anything and overcome any challenges in your life. Develop a certainty in yourself that you can overcome anything that may happen to you in life, and you will find your confidence rising in all areas of your life.
3. Never stop improving yourself
In your life, there is only one limit, and that is the one you place on yourself. Self-development is the key to all happiness and success you want in your life because what you become is what you attract. The better you become as a person, the more you learn to master your attitudes, beliefs, thoughts, and habits, the better your life will be. As motivational speaker Jim Rohn said, “Success is not something you pursue. Success is something you attract by the person you become”.
4. Walk the talk
While it is great to dream and talk about what you will do in the future, at some point you have to start walking the talk. If all you do is constantly talk about what you are going to do when all the conditions are right, you are not just losing credibility with your family and friends, but also kidding yourself. As Goethe said, “Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do”. If you are serious about your dreams, wake up and walk the talk!
5. Live in the moment
Since waking up this morning, how much time did you actually spend being alive? If you are like the majority of people, it was probably not a lot. Most of us spend way too much of our time remembering the past of worrying about the future, thereby the only thing that we can actually change: the present moment. Whether you are thinking back at all the negative things that happened in your life or worrying about what might or might not happen at some point in the future, you are losing out on much joy and excitement in the moment. It is only while being in the present moment that we can be truly happy and productive in our lives. The next time you work home from work or just eat some lunch, try to be present. Set your phone on flight mode, stop worrying about tomorrow, and just enjoy today. As the lyrics made famous by John Lennon say, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans”. Don´t let that happen to you.
6. Every great victory is the result of many small ones
Whatever you are trying to achieve in life, success won´t suddenly show up from one day to the next through some form of luck, but rather requires months and years of hard work. Whether you are working towards your dream job or training for a marathon, every great victory requires many small ones that come before. It is only when small victory after small victory is accumulated that you can work on increasingly bigger tasks.
For example, when starting out with running, you won´t just run a marathon within a month. This great victory requires many smaller ones in advance, like finishing a 5k, 10k, and then a half marathon race before you are ready to tackle the big challenge. Whenever you are chasing big goals, keep in mind that they will only become reality after you accumulate many small victories on the way!