This is going to be a bit on the philosophical side so bear with me.
At a fundamental level all life is movement. At the basest levels you heat exchanges and chemical reactions all the way up to body movement and social movements then onto the cosmic movements of the universe.
All life can be summed up as movement from point another. So with everything moving you are bound to have collisions.
In these collisions the bodies in motion change, they react to collision. They will change direction or shape.
As you improve your mindset and your life you will begin to move in a clear direction, with purpose and intent. Some will follow or emulate your actions and follow the path you cutting through the universe. I follow from people who have gone before and try to emulate their path when it goes in the same direction to my own. It’s natural in the strictest sense.
Others will attempt to derail your progress as you set forth goals and standards, particularly if they fall outside of those standards. For the most part there is a collision and you go your way and they go theirs. But every once in a while you encounter a person that requires you to be what I call a hard edge.
You have set your standards and your plans to get to where you want to go and there will be someone in your life that wants to get there but wants to do it outside your standards and your goals. They will not simply collide and go away they will push, they will pull, and they will cut against you.
You will need to be the hard edge they fall against as you make your way to your goals.
This is not simple, there is a problem with being the hard edge. It hurts. It dulls you. It slows you down.
You will question yourself. You will lose sight of the goal ahead and with it motivation.
As much as conflict can make you strong, it can also tear you down if you are not properly honed.
Being intellectually honest with yourself is key to staying the hard edge against the pull of other people. To stay honed ask yourself these questions and answer them as honestly as possible.
- Are you doing the right thing to the best of your ability?
- Are you trying to accomplish something that is good /purposeful for you or others?
- What is their motivation?
If you can say that you are giving your best effort to do your best work then do not worry.
If you can say that you trying to accomplish something of meaning that will help yourself and/or others then do not worry.
If you can examine their motivations and find them to be less than pure do not worry.
Be the hard edge.