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Finding an Enemy

Going anti-something, finding a villain, or a fictional antagonist to our lives makes us work harder, as a force awakens in us wanting to defeat the enemy.

We need to embrace this enemy in our lives and realize that even though this is just us fighting against ourselves, the fight is worth it.

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The underlying cause of our bad behavior, procrastination, slacking or avoiding something that is beneficial may or may not be what we think it is.

We need to identify our own self-defeating habits and behaviours. If we give shape to an enemy and think that what is happening to us is ...

If we believe that we are powerless and stop fighting against the enemy we've created, then we lose our inner strength and resistance to fight, as the body reacts according to our mind.

What our mind believes, our body accepts.

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