Martin Luther King Jr. once said that, “Every single human has a violent civil war raging within”.
He also believed that through this internal conflict we learn to grapple with our good and bad impulses, our ambitions and principles, and ultimately our quest to become more in life.
Our quest to become more is deeply commendable. But, as Mr. King stated decades ago, the greatest war that resides within is whether or not we actually have the desire and energy to put in the internal work needed to become the best version of ourselves possible. That is the hardest work there is, thus his comment about a civil war raging within.
Doing this internal work requires taking a hard and honest look at ourselves, our life, our relationships, our routines, and the default settings that get in the way of becoming our best selves.
It is through this internal work that we strengthen our ability to win the civil war that rages within us. Maximizing the impact we have in the world and on the people around us depends on winning this civil war.
As each human life is extremely unique, the internal work needed is very contextual and deeply personal in nature. The battles we face vary greatly and come in many different forms. But, taking on this intense challenge is one of the most noble pursuits there is.
What civil war might be raging within you?
To what extent are you putting in the time and energy needed to address this metaphorical civil war?
Important questions to consider when trying to become the best version of ourselves possible.
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KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.