Diving into that forbidden topic: Yourself. This is a merciless probe into who we are: A curiosity about our own honesty, A curiosity that can heal.

Dust and dirt adhere to an unpolished gem, but a perfectly polished gem will not be dirtied even if it falls into mud.

Polish the gem of your mind by spiritual cultivation so that it is impervious to stain, leaving sickness of the mind alone and giving up concern.

Yagyu Munenori

A monk asked an ancient worthy, “What is the Way?”

He replied, “The normal mind is the Way.”

Yagyu Munenori

Thinking unhurriedly, determine that today you will overcome your self of the day before, tomorrow you will win over those of lesser skill, and later you will win over those of greater skill.

Miyamoto Musashi

If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.

T. Harv Eker (via purplebuddhaproject)

When you are frightened, LOOK AT FEAR.

Then fear ceases to be the dominant situation that is going to defeat you. You can be free from fear, if you realize that fear is not the ogre. You can step on fear. But that requires that, when you see fear, you SMILE.

Chogyam, Trungpa. “Smile at Fear: Awakening the True Heart of Bravery.”

Our lives ought to be lived in pursuit of those noble goals that are right for our talents and dearest to our hearts. Then, the risks we take will most likely yield the results we value. That is the deepest practice of the art of achievement.