Expressing Your True Self
“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”– Dr. Seuss
Do you ever feel like you have to mask or disguise the “true you”? I’m talking about feeling completely comfortable in your own skin and accepting yourself for all of your strengths AND weaknesses.It can be very difficult to express our true selves.There is so much pressure to conform to the expectations of others, to not appear foolish, to do things that will impress other people.
This quote from Dr. Seuss is one of my all time favorites because it reminds us of one of the most important aspects of life… BE YOURSELF. This means showing your true colors in all situations. It meansacting wild and crazy even when others look at you funny. It means calling someone out when they need to be called out and being prepared for the ramifications.There is no truer sense of freedom then when you can 100% express yourself, your opinions and your true feelings. Make today all about sticking to who you are and letting the world see it!
Acting In Spite Of Fear
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do” — Eleanor Roosevelt
People generally fall into one of two categories when it comes to fear. They either acknowledge and face their fears or they deny and hide from their fears.The people in the first category are people who truly understand growth and how to get the most out of life.They see each fear as an opportunity to transform their life and reach new levels of success and consciousness.The people in the second category often resort to living a huge chunk of their life doing things that they hate. A crappy career, bad relationships, poor health and so on. They are unwilling to address key fears that are holding them back.
You are a category one person. I know this because you are reading this message right now. My goal today is to remind you of this discussion. Perhaps you have been hiding from some of your fears.Maybe you are currently being held back from a personal breakthrough because you are scared.Make today all about committing to the breakthrough DESPITE any level of fear. Focus on the gain and the positive outcome. You can do this.
Working On Your Passions
“If you feel like there’s something out there that you’re supposed to be doing, if you have a passion for it, then stop wishing and just do it.” — Wanda Sykes
Wishing and dreaming versus action and implementation. That is one of the key distinctions behind this program you are going through now.Many people who do personal growth programs simply stop at the dreaming phase. They think about their passions, their ideas to change the world, to improve their lives and then they read another book about motivation.
You are different. You understand that dreamers and doers are different people. You can strengthen your habit of being a “doer” each and every day by the actions you take. My challenge to you is simple. Before you go to bed tonight, take 1 bold action in the direction of your major passions. Whether it is working on a new business plan, a new charity, an event you want to run, a trip you want to take.. do it!
Then, starting tomorrow, you do it again and you commit to doing it for the rest of your life. Why? Because it is your passion and this is what you were born to do. When will there be a better time?
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.” — Booker T. Washington
Every successful person that you can find has overcome enormous odds and obstacles. In fact, there would absolutely no inspiration in the stories of successful people without it. You are no doubt facing a mountain of obstacles in your life right now. New challenges show their faces almost daily. The obstacles tend to grow in proportion to the size of your goals.
If you have a massive life goal you are working towards then you are likely facing massive obstacles. The people around you very likely don’t have as big of a goal as you… so you may feel alone throughout this process.
Take some time today to research and learn about people who are like you. Successful people who have overcome major obstacles on their road to victory. Remind yourself that if they can do it, you can do it. This is the winning attitude that will take you to the heights you are dreaming of today.
Making Changes For Your Own Happiness
“No one is in control of your happiness but you; therefore, you have the power to change anything about yourself or your life that you want to change.” — Barbara de Angelis
True happiness eludes many people in our world today. In fact, if you look around you, it ismuch easier to find people who are depressed, lonely, frustrated, scared or complacent. They have lost their zest for life.What’s worse is they have forgotten about the basic truth contained in today’s quote. THEY are the ones in control of their happiness (or lack of it)
Each and every one of us contains the amazing power to change our life at any time we decide todo so. We have to constantly take an inventory of what is working and what is not working. What areas of your life have you been neglecting? Can you identify some areas that require improvement? My guess is that you can if you are honest with yourself. Use today as a day to exercise your true power. Make a major change today that you know you have been putting off. Whether it is confronting someone who is making you unhappy, confronting a habit that is harming your health or maybe even changing the way you treat the important people in your life. Whatever it is, you have the power to make it better… so use that power.
Why Taking Risk Is A MUST
“There are risks and costs to action. But they are far less than the long range risks of comfortable inaction.”– John F. Kennedy
Some people view life as a set of choices with varying degrees of risk. They then make choicesbased on risk mitigation rather than potential gains.The truth of the matter is, if you want to make the most of your life and really experience everything you truly desire, you have no choice but to RISK.
This means taking risks despite fear. Taking risks despite being uncomfortable. If the end goal isimportant enough, the uncomfortable risk can be handled and managed.BUT you must find the end goal that is worthy of this sort of undertaking.
Use today to focus on those powerful goals and the powerful (and likely “risky”) actions that you can be taking to advance towards those goals.Focus on the win and accept the risk as the price you pay for the dream. Will it be worth it? You better believe it.
The Law Of Vibration — You Get What You Put Out
“Since you get more joy out of giving to others,you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
Most people are aware of the physical laws of our universe including vibration. You get what you put out!I want to challenge you today. Make your entire focus about exuding the energy that you want to attract into your life.
If you want laughter and happiness, CREATE IT through your actions. If you want compassion, go out and be compassionate to the people around you. If you want to be understood, be understanding of other people. Look at their lives and put yourself in their shoes.
Give away what you want today and pay very close attention as to how this attitude acts like a mirror.You will be amazed at the results you begin to produce.
Responding, Rather Than Reaction, To The Obstacles In Life
“Health, happiness and success depend upon the fighting spirit of each person. The big thing is not what happens to us in life – but what we do about what happens to us.” — George Allen
Life happens. Good things happen and bad things happen. They happen to everyone and seemingly in a totally random set of events and circumstances.We can argue about why these things happen and what causes certain events to take place but the fact remains…
We can choose to react to life. Or we can choose to respond to life.When you react you do so from a primitive mindset of self preservation and it usually translates to something negative. We think thoughts like “OF COURSE this HAD to happen to me.”
When you respond to life, you can be more proactive. You can look at even the most negative event and search for the hidden opportunity. You can remind yourself that most successful people found success out of problems and struggles. Maybe this moment is
YOUR BIG OPPORTUNITY?
When things don’t go to plan today, remember this and immediately hunt for that opportunity.
Exercise Your Persistence Muscles
“Persistence is to the character of a man as carbon is to steel.” — Napoleon Hill
How would you define your personal character? How would others definite your personal character? Persistence is really all about faith and belief.If you are working on big plans for your life, there is a very good chance that you are going to face obstacle after obstacle.
There isn’t really some magic event where suddenly all obstacles get removed and life gets easy. Life IS persistence and your ability to persist will ultimately define who you are.How strong is your own self belief and faith? Could it be stronger? Use today to think about your life in ways that will only strengthen your persistence muscles and drive you forward towards those big goals and dreams that you have been envisioning.
Make Today A Confidence Boosting Day
“If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life. With confidence, you have won before you have started.” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
Confidence is such an important component to personal success and happiness. It is also extremely volatile and unless we know how to summon our confidence, we can become shy, timid and inactive.Even the most confident people in the world like pro athletes can have their confidence shattered in a single moment. Their entire performance falls apart when this happens.
There is no magic pill that you can take to suddenly become confident but you can certainly make a habit of practicing your confidence.Use today as a “confidence boosting day”. Write down everything you are good at. Think about all of the wins you have experienced in your life. Big or small it doesn’t matter. Feed your mind with “confidence fuel”.
Convince yourself that you are DAMN good and experience the true feelings of confidence as it permeates through you. Now, imagine if you made this a daily practice. Your confidence would surpass anything you have experienced before. Make today your “confidence” day!
Could You Imagine Life Without Obstacles?
Suppose you are given a choice to live a life without any obstacles? Would you take that if it were possible? You may be tempted to jump at the chance. However, it is likely it would not measure up to your expectations.
Several years ago, one television program focused on only good news. It looked for good news in the local community and even in other places. The show did not last because people seem to be more drawn to bad news.
Our minds are hardwired to solve problems. When problems don’t exist, our minds become idle and we become bored with our situations. Therefore, subconsciously, we welcome obstacles so that we can figure out how to overcome or solve them.
Just think about an obstacle course. Why do these even exist? If we weren’t so inclined to solve problems, these never would have become popular. But, we still participate in them because of the challenge involved.
When we get past some obstacle, we get a feeling of elation, which increases in proportion to how extreme the obstacle. Getting past the obstacle may be instant or involve some time. It could be mental or physical, or both. It doesn’t matter. Whatever the situation, we welcome the challenge.
Some people will withdraw when faced with certain obstacles. They feel as though the obstacles are beyond their ability to solve them. This is unfortunate because we all have the capability of solving most situations. Even when the obstacles are dire, people who approach it in a positive manner will have a much greater chance of overcoming them. What is certain is if you don’t try, you will fail and that obstacle will become part of you in a negative way. It could destroy your life if you let it.
Obstacles are a part of life and as you have seen from this article, are necessary for our survival. They may be difficult to come to terms with. However, when we get to the point of overcoming them, we have tools we can use to make our lives better. This can extend to helping others as well.
Think about all this the next time you are faced with a difficult situation. It can make the difference in getting past the problem and you will become stronger in the process. You will also show others that you can deal with adverse situations.
Your Personal Vision For Your Life
“A great leader’s courage to fulfill his vision comes from passion, not position”– John Maxwell
This quote form John Maxwell is so rich with truth. The key words here are “vision” and passion.What is your vision for your life? What is your vision for your career? Your health? Your relationship? And so on…Take some time today to re-aquaint yourself with your personal vision for your life. How do you see your ultimate life unfolding?
Notice how your own sense of passion becomes activated as you think about your ultimate vision.What are you passionate about? Have you been neglecting some of your passions due to a hectic schedule?Just for today, remind yourself about all of these things. Recognize areas of opportunity to re-introduce your passions back into your regular routine.
Being Aware Of Your Own Self Worth
“Ordinary riches can be stolen, real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you.” — Oscar Wilde
This quote is really all about self worth. In our materialistic world, it becomes very easy to look externally and simply compare what we have (and more often, what we lack) versus other people.The truth is every person has amazing gifts, talents and passions that can brought to the surface and expressed in a way that far exceeds any of that material insignificance.
For some people, it is that ability to help a friend pull themselves out of a rut and find happiness. For other people that personal gift may be expressed in a specific hobby or talent where other people look at the result in awe.The same goes for you.Use today to focus on those aspects of yourself that CANNOT be taken from you. Imagine you were dropped in a new land with nothing but the clothes on your back. How would you use the gifts you already possess to make a new life for yourself?
Remembering The Importance Of Persistence
“The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new plans to take the place of those which fail.”– Napoleon Hill
First of all let me address this quote. Given the times that Mr. Hill lived in, we can forgive him for using the term “men” but let’s agree that this quote applies to everyone equally.If we are completely honest with ourselves, every one of us has come up short when it comes to finding plans that work. In fact, in most cases, when we have a new idea that we want to implement in our lives, our first attempts almost always falls short.
There is no “failure” per se but rather, a choice. Do we choose to draft new plans and keep going? Or do we give up on the idea and move on.The first thing you should recognize is that this quote should be taken to heart when it comes to fulfilling your ultimate goals and dreams in life. I’m talking about that goal you may have to ditch your desk job and start the animal sanctuary you’ve always dreamed of owning…. you know what I mean… the BIG dreams.
Right now you may be working on a big goal or a big idea and things may not be going so well. Remember this quote and remember to adjust, adapt and expand your ideas but NEVER give up if the goal is important to you.You can do it… you just need to persist. And sometimesthat persistence will be the only thing to keep you going.
Action Is The KEY To Success
“If your desire is to do good there is no need to wait for money before you do it; you can do it now, this very moment, and just where you are.”– James Allen
This quote from James Allen carries profound wisdom, truth and power.Let this quote help you bring your awareness back to the present moment. Realize that anything you want to do CAN BE DONE just where you stand right now.
One little action is all it takes.One action leads to a second action. Things begin to happen and before you know if you have momentum.Think about anything you may have built or designed in your lifetime. A painting, a puzzle, your garden, and so on.They all started with the first brush stroke, the first puzzle piece, or the first shovel of dirt.There is power in every moment you decide to act.So act!
Understanding What Gives Your Life Meaning
“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”– Mitch Albom
First things first. Take a few minutes to really contemplate this question… “Does your life have meaning?”Some people are totally in touch with what’s important and their lives have so much meaning and abundance. The majority of people, unfortunately, have lost touch with this part of themselves.
Their lives lack meaning. They have forgotten about the things that are most important in favor of the things they “have” to do.They spend more time surfing the web and watching TV than they do in true connection with loved ones.Spend some time today to think about the 3 aspects that have been brought up in this quote:
- Do you express your love for the people who love.
- Do you take time to immerse yourself in your.
- Are you creating something that makes you come alive and gives you that meaning we have been talking.
Be honest with yourself. You might identify some immediate opportunities to bring the meaning back into your life!
Here’s to your success!