"The attainment of personal evolution, the harmonious orchestration of life for personal self-interest in each current moment of reality called "the now" is the opposite of sacrifice, of dependency, and is fueled by using reason, by asking yourself at each decision point: "Is this in my self-interest?" The power of self is the power of free thought, the power to move forward with reason and objectivity in everyday life."
Sounds like an Objectivist speaking. I have some experience with having tried to live that kind of rational, objectively self-interested life and I will tell you: it's not what it's cracked up to be, i.e., the solution to the human condition. OTC, it made me arrogant, self-righteous and pompous. It made me lacking creativity, empathy, kindness and cut me off from people and situations that I altogether relish now.
That kind of self-centeredness is diametrically opposed to the teachings of "The Power of Now". That kind of morality is what has resulted in the greed we hear about everyday in the news and in the material rapaciousness that is destroying the planet as I write. Rationalization for evil comes in many forms; one of the most deluded is the belief in self aggrandizement.
Asking one's self "Is this in my self-interest?" is a sure way to hide from one's self who that self might be. The power of reason is living dichotomously within the "ten thousand things". The power of the self has no need for reason; it just is. The power of the self "to move forward" is the ego's attempt to aggrandize itself in the future. The power of now is transcendent to all that. It has no time; it has no opposite.