“The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater his success, his influence, his power for good. Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom.” – James Allen
When we think of power, influence, and success, “tranquility” isn’t one of the first words to spring to mind, is it? I’m not sure it’d even make the top 100, let alone the top 10.
Then James Allen comes along with a quote that makes you realize that tranquility and calmness are at the very core of power.
Mr. Allen wasn’t the only great mind to realize the importance of calmness. How did the great Rudyard Kipling begin his infamous poem “If?” – If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs… He went on to (beautifully) lay out many keys to success that fit through the keyhole of “If” but where did he start?
With keeping your head – being calm and tranquil.
When we fly off the handle, ranting and raving, we aren’t being strong and we certainly aren’t inviting success. We’re just being a sideshow or as Opie once said about Barney, we’re being a “sight.” The fewer Barney moments we have, the better.
Also See: If, by Rudyard Kilpling