7 Virtues of the Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari” is an interesting spiritual fable by R. Sharma. In this book, he explains the seven virtues we need to live a fulfilled life.

In this article, we explain what they are and how to practice them.


1) Rule Your Mind

“The mind is a magnificent servant but a terrible master.”

Control your mind, and everything will follow. A daily practice is necessary to be the master of your thoughts because they cause your feelings.

“On a normal day, a normal person has about 60,000 thoughts. 99% of them are exactly the same as the day before.” A chain of thoughts creates a mental habit. As a result, every day you will think the same, and this happens for the rest of your life. This is why it is so important to control your thoughts.

“The best way to control your thoughts is to learn to meditate.”

One tip we can give you: Find the opposite thought.

When you catch yourself having a negative thought, you have to ask yourself “what is the opposite?” If you are having a bad day everything is going wrong, imagine what it would be like if everything was fine. How would you feel and act if you were full of energy? After a few minutes, you will see how your perception changes, and you will face the rest of the day with a better attitude.

2) Have a Purpose

Having clearly defined your goals for each aspect of life is as important as a beacon for a boat. It is possible that when the visibility is good you may think you do not need this beacon. But when the darkness engulfs you, knowing where you are heading will keep you safe.

Long lasting happiness is achieved by working constantly on reaching your goals. There is no other secret.

This does not mean that we have to become workaholics. It means that we have to take the time to learn and develop the skills to materialize our dreams.

You can create a vision board to keep an eye on your purpose. Write what you want and the steps you will take to get it. Commit to your goals. Share this commitment with your friends and family to hold you accountable.

3) Kaizen

Kaizen means constant improvement. It is a process of gradual self-improvement that allows you to expand your comfort zone without feeling overwhelmed.

To overcome the hard times, it is necessary to have the courage to face your fears and challenges. Implementing small improvements will allow you to persevere where the majority abandons.

4) Discipline

Discipline is fundamental to having the life you want. Instead of following your impulses, do what you know is best for achieving your final goal.

If you are trying to lose weight and you want a cheeseburger, if eating it will help you reach your desired weight. By exercising discipline, your spirit becomes stronger and staying on track will be less difficult.

5) Value Your Time

Well-organized time is the clearest sign of a well-organized mind.

The day has 24 hours for everyone. So, how is it possible some people have time for everything and others do not find time for anything? The answer is simple: there are those who use time wisely and those who do not.

Ask yourself why you do things. Review your daily tasks and prioritize. Do the most important things first instead of distracting yourself with insignificant activities.

6) Help Others

We learn through our actions and by helping others overcome their challenges. But do not expect special situations to act. Start by sharing comforting words with those who least expect them, by not neglecting friendships and showing affection to your family.

7) Embrace the Present

We must learn to enjoy the present and have all our focus on the now.

Practice mindfulness. Those who struggle with their future are not living in the present but in a fictitious future that makes them anxious. Don’t miss the blessings of today thinking of what you may be lacking tomorrow.

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