We’ve all been within that paradigm of half-heartedness. It’s a defense mechanism, a nasty one. It’s designed to preserve the status quo; “Don’t rock the boat, don’t appear to be abnormal..” Ironic when they extol great innovators who dared to buck the system. But that’s not for everyone, apparently.
Real Conviction is Essentially Spiritual
Having the courage of one’s convictions is essentially a willingness to let go of preset mindsets and lifelong entrainment. What it boils down to for a sincere seeker is the onset of obvious truths of a continually changing reality – our essential need to keep in flux while a falsely structured "Matrix" surrounds us:
It’s not that big of a deal. It’s just letting go of where we are in order to move on. But we’re led to believe that isn’t possible, nor “normal”.
Taking the step to the next level isn’t that hard. It’s simply staying willing to keep stepping. Stop off points include many belief “systems” which result in adopted “lifestyles”, and they’re all around us; jobs and family, social constraints, set goals and objectives, these are the pre-determinded externally set parameters we need to be aware of.
If we don’t go with our hearts, our intuitive sense of what’s right and good and helpful and liberating, we won’t be living up to our potential. And yes, this means shedding the old, the programming, the conformity to the hardened and essentially calloused world around us.