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Do Not Let Others Pull You From Your Own Unique Journey In Life

“They will say you are on the wrong road, if it is your own.” ~ Antonio Porchia, Voices …

It is natural for us to seek others to journey through life with; after all, life can be quite lonely when we travel alone. And although travelling life in the company of others can have many benefits for all involved, it can also be deceptive at times. Other individuals can be rather misleading when they encourage us to follow them down the wrong paths in life simply because they wish to have some company along the way. Continue reading

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Success In Life Always Requires One Key Ingredient… A Determined And Positive State Of Mind

“Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, “Here is an opportunity for me to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.”” ~ Anthony J. Robbins …

Perhaps the only thing more important than what you believe… is the manner in which you believe it. We have unlimited potential in life; yet in spite of this fact, we often tend to limit ourselves by embracing a negative mindset, attitude, or emotions. If only we would always strive to put ourselves in a state of mind where we say to ourselves, “Here is an opportunity…” who knows what we can achieve. Continue reading

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Our Lack Of Self-Confidence Comes From Trying To Be Someone We Are Not.

“Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent. . . . Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing.” ~ Sydney Smith, Wit and Wisdom of the Rev. Sydney Smith …

According to Sydney, not following our talent is an utter travesty of our potential. And perhaps he is exactly right: if we are each created with a purpose, then we also each possess a unique duty to fulfill while we are alive. And if we ignore that duty–wasting our talents and our abilities–we more than fail ourselves… we fail the world. Continue reading

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Be More Conscious Of Your Attitudes

“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.” ~ Earl Nightingale …

Having a great attitude certainly does make our world a brighter place. But above all, it sets us up for our best chance of success and gives us the best opportunity to live our lives to the fullest. As the saying goes, “attitude is everything.” Perhaps one of the most important steps we can take towards reaching our greatest potential in life is to embrace an awareness of our attitudes–how they are affecting others and the world around us. Each day we decide what attitude we are going to present to the world. Similarly to getting dressed each day, we have to choose from a wide assortment of attitudes–some good, some not so good. The thing to make mention of, though, is that when we wear our best attitude, just as when we dress for success, we are most likely to encounter much of the same great attitudes, and be connected with “all sorts of serendipitous opportunities.” Continue reading

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Make Your Life An Affirmation, Defined By Your Ideals

“Practice rather than preach. Make of your life an affirmation, defined by your ideals, not the negation of others. Dare to the level of your capability then go beyond to a higher level.” ~ Alexander Haig, Former US Secretary of State …

It is those of you who convince yourselves that you are not capable of success–of realizing your dreams, of positively affecting the lives of those around you, of making this world a more ideal place–who allow their dreams to die a natural death and ultimately let themselves down. You are all capable of extraordinary things, but you must “practice what you preach;” you must strive to “make your lives an affirmation, defined by your ideals.” Continue reading

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Courage, Commitment, And Passion

“The mark of immature people is that they want to die nobly for causes, while the mark of mature people is that they want to live humbly for causes.” ~ Jerome David Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye …

Although not all of us may agree with this definition of maturity, I think the majority of us can agree that we have experienced both sides of this coin before in our own lives. I can recall a time when I went along with the stereotypical belief that it was heroic and honorable to die for a noble cause. On the flip side, I now feel that the true honor lies not in the recognition of fighting for a noble cause, but in the action. And if we are dead–that action will cease to exist. Continue reading

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Positive Actions

“The world is blessed most by people who do things, not by those who merely talk about them.” ~ James Oliver …

Have you ever stopped to consider just who might be adding blessings into the world around you? Better yet, how they might be doing so? I can tell you for a fact that it isn’t the talkers. The simple truth of the matter is that the blessings in our lives do not come from the individuals who have plenty of words but little action; nor do they come from the dreamers–those who are more than willing to lecture us on their ambitions and grand ideas, yet never make an effort to help those dreams materialize. The blessings in our lives come specifically from those individuals who have made the effort to fulfill the needs of others, who have dreamed big and then risked challenges and failure to make those dreams become a reality for the good of all. Continue reading

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