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Trust Yourself. Trust Life. Do Not Block Your True Potential By Yourself

“Maybe you don’t have to push yourself forward. Maybe you just have to stop holding yourself back.” ~Doe Zantamata …

We generally gauge ourselves, and the progress that we make, by how well we are able to overcome obstacles and by how well we are able to rise to the occasion. If I failed to find success, then I obviously did not try hard enough, right. Well what if the answer were much simpler. What if, perhaps the only thing hindering my success, was myself?

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To Expect A “New” Result, Do A “New” Thing

“If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something, you’ve never done.” ~Drina Reed …

The truth in these words is quite beautiful–if we wish to experience anything “new” in our journey through life, by its very definition, we have to be willing to do something “new.” Success in life is recognized by not being afraid of change or of taking calculated risks.

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Refuse To Let Yourself Fall Victim To Circumstance

“Life begins for anyone when that individual refuses to be a victim of any delimiting experience: disease, accident, poverty, family pressure, marriage dilemma, neglect. Whatever the curse, if you will not take it, or accept the role fate seems to offer, you can never become a mental cripple and nothing can hold you back.” ~David Seabury

The only thing that can truly hold us back in life… is ourselves. The moment we begin to harbor a defeatist attitude, we are defeated. But as David points out, the moment we refuse to be a victim of our lives, is the moment we begin to truly live our lives.
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Do Not Allow Fear To Rule Your Life

“Courage is not the absence of fear but the acquired ability to move beyond fear.” ~Matthew Kelly

No one is born courageous. As Matthew points out, courage is something we acquire that allows us to “move beyond fear.”

There are endless examples of courage throughout history. Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Sophie Scholl, and Anne Frank standing up to the Nazi regime; the use of non-violent protest by Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr. to stand against oppression; Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates, and Galileo standing up for their beliefs; Nelson Mandela standing against apartheid and undoubtedly, the most famous example of all was Jesus Christ, who suffered death to spread his message of spiritual truth. Every single one of these individuals had to overcome fear to demonstrate the courage they held within.

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You Have Great Value: “All Life Is Sacred”

“If you find yourself constantly trying to prove your worth to someone, you have already forgotten your value.” ~Unknown

You have great value. Your worth was established the moment God created you… and it is equal to the worth of any other human being ever created. This is the truth that many often refer to as “all life is sacred.”

As a parent, I have come to understand the importance of instilling this value in my children. Growing up is tough. Children tend to hold the illusion that popularity and success equals worth, and spend the majority of their adolescent years trying to attain a greater level of success and popularity. This of course is not true, and as we grow older, we realize that this “popularity” is fleeting and darn near useless.

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Do Not Allow The Decisions Of Others To Cause You Grief Or Worry

“Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” ~Thomas a Kempis

Why do we allow ourselves to get so caught up in the lives of others? Perhaps I am upset with so and so for certain lifestyle, conduct, decision. Or maybe I am angry at my child for not pursuing something I felt they should. But as Thomas cleverly points out, I have a difficult enough time becoming who I wish to be, so why even bother with worrying about making someone else who I wish them to be.

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The Chances You Miss When You Did Not Try!

“Don’t worry about failures, worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.” ~Jack Canfield, Chicken Soup for the Soul

How we perceive life determines much of how we experience it. If I see it negatively, then life becomes quite negative, whereas if I see it in a positive light, it becomes very positive. So when we avoid risks due to fear or worry of failure, we miss out on real opportunities for growth and understanding. Likewise, when we misperceive our failures as mistakes, errors, or setbacks, we undervalue the very lessons and instructions that life is presenting to us. Therefore, as Jack tells us, we should concern ourselves instead with the “missed chances” for growth that we let pass us by.

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You Are Truly Unique: Let That Uniqueness Show!

“Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire.” ~St. Catherine of Sienna

Who was I created to be? Do I ever take the time to answer this question? Surely, it is a question with many answers… answers that change over time as I grow and experience new things in life. But am I aware of who I was created to be at this very moment? If I am, what am I doing to bring this person to life?

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Fill Your Day With Admiration

“There once was a child, and he strolled about a good deal, and thought of a number of things. He had a sister, who was a child too, and his constant companion. These two used to wonder all day long. They wondered at the beauty of the flowers; they wondered at the height and blueness of the sky; they wondered at the depth of the bright water; they wondered at the goodness and the power of God who made the lovely world.” ~Charles Dickens

I once was a young boy, who much like the child that Charles mentions here, wondered at the marvels and the beauty of this world. Whatever happened to that boy? The world is still filled with beautiful flowers; the sky is still filled with a rich blueness; the bright waters still reflect all their depth and wonder; and the goodness and power of God is still displayed in a world overflowing with lovely things.
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Find And Strengthen Your “Base”

Build today, then strong and sure,
With a firm and ample base;
And ascending and secure,
Shall tomorrow find its place.

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

As Henry tells us here, anything that is worth building in life is worth taking the time to build it right. This is an important aspect of life… yet even more important to me, are his implications of the importance of being well grounded in life.

When we are well grounded in life, with “a firm and ample base,” we ensure that we have what it takes to make the upward climbs in life. Additionally, when we are firmly grounded, the potentially harmful things that life puts in our path are things that will not succeed in uprooting us–we will simply pass them by as obstacles along our way.

Where is it that you ground yourself? In your religion? In your God? In your sense of self? In your possessions? In your knowledge and logical wisdom? Life is about growth and taking calculated risks. But before we step out on our journey, it is important that we find and foster a strong and secure base upon which we can build.

Take time today to find and strengthen your base.

Questions to consider:

Who teaches us how and where to ground ourselves?

Where do you find yourself most strongly grounded? Are you there often?

How do you feel in the times when you are not strongly grounded in the aspects of life that are most important to you?

For further thought:

“A plain is what a mountain aims to be: the closest you can come to being in outer space while yet having your feet on this planet.” ~Yann Martel

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