There are many ways to think of substance over style. Perhaps the most fitting, all-encompassing way to view it is that it's about going inward rather than outward.
Our outside world is a reflection of our inner world. That goes for individuals, societies, and the world as a whole.
We are miserable on the inside, so we only see misery around us. As a nation, we have collective distrust, so we manifest that through fear tactics and political mind games. As a species, we are polluted on the inside, and therefore there's pollution of our environments all over the world.
Our life conditions reflect our internal conditions. Individually, and collectively.
This is a fact that we must accept, and then get to work on our internal game. Not just mindset, but spirituality too. That is, getting to know the essence of who we are.
When we lead with substance, we learn that whatever style we were initially looking for naturally ensues.
In other words, when we realize who we truly are, and act in accordance with that every single moment, we grow and give more than we could ever do by just focusing on the outside world.
No outward solution is going to truly fix any problems. We all must look inside ourselves and detach ourselves from our minds, our egos, and become one with our true selves - the spirit within.
How do we do this? There are many techniques, most of which you can employ right now. The main idea is to be aware of your mind, thoughts, emotions, feelings, etcetera, just as you are aware of what's going on around you.
When you become aware of those things - your mind, emotions, body - that begs the question, who are you?
If you, the seer, are aware of your mind, then who are you?
The answer reveals your true self. The self that you ought to lead with in every moment of your life. The substance you, not the style you.
Only then will your problems start to disappear, and the world will start to be a better place.
To get what we're looking for, we must start within.
Live with substance!