Your Version of Success

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Follow your own passion— not your parents’, not your teachers’— yours.” — Robert Ballard

We all want to be successful, but what does that look like? At one point, maybe you had your own perception of what success meant to you. When reading about success, it seems to be portrayed with some limitations. Be an entrepreneur and a leader, be extroverted, have a lot of friends and contacts, work remotely, develop a system so that you will make a steady stream of income while only working a few hours a week, and so on. A lot of sources assume that we all work in offices, or have a nine to five schedule. What about those who don’t fit these labels? What if you are not an entrepreneur, but you like where you work? What if you don’t have a ton of friends, but are close with the ones you have? What if you don’t work in an office, does this imply people like teachers, firefighters, retail clerks, and people who don’t fit these guidelines can’t be successful?

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Change Your Environment, Change Your Life

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“There is no question that the objects that surround us impact our experience of the world.”  ― Katherine Center

A lot of personal development sources focus on the importance of self-discipline when it comes to achieving goals. We are supposed to avoid the temptations that stop us from achieving our goals in order to reach success. While self-discipline is important, constantly avoiding temptations can be difficult. How do we make these temptations easier to deal with, in order to make it easier for us to achieve our goals?
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Acknowledge Your Impact

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“In every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact ―  Les Brown”

There are over seven billion people on this earth. Recognizing the number of people on this planet is a humbling experience. It reminds us where we stand in this galaxy. It’s an experience that’s so humbling that we might think we don’t even matter. People are always searching for new creative ways to stand out, to get acknowledged and recognized. When we are stuck in our normal routine, we might feel like we are just another person; a bystander in what happens and that we don’t stand out. I’d like to remind you of the impact you have on the world and the people around you, whether you realize it or not. Continue reading

Harnessing Habits

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“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.”  ― Samuel Johnson

Having goals is great, having habits is even better. Goals tend to be temporary, as they imply once the goal is completed you are done. Habits, on the other hand, don’t have this limitation.

Fortunately, goals and habits are related because our goals can support our habits, and we can use habits to support our goals. Before we dive in with too much depth, let’s get a clear understanding of the difference between goals and habits.
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Chaos to Control

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“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned. ~ Benjamin Franklin”

Everyone gets overwhelmed from time to time. There might be an illness to take care of, a car problem to fix, or some other unexpected incident that throws us off our regular routine. When all the work piles up it can feel quite stressful and chaotic. Getting overwhelmed is normal and it’s helpful to know how to go from being overwhelmed to organized. Let’s look over a few tips on how to control our situation before our situation controls us. Continue reading

Your Story is a Work in Progress

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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.― Maya Angelou

Think of life as a story. There is a beginning, a middle, and an end. It is an ongoing story, with no spoilers and no summarized versions. Our habits, goals, perspectives, places we have been, people we have met, things we have done are all part of our story. Some people are dissatisfied with their story. They feel that they have been dealt a series of unfortunate circumstances, that brought them to this point of their life. Or maybe we are unsatisfied with our lives, wondering how we got to where we are today. Wherever our stories are at the present moment, they don’t have to stay that way. We are the authors of our stories, and every day we get to write another page. So how do we do that? Continue reading

Stay True

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“The most important journey we will go through is the journey in ourselves.”  — Cara Delevingne

As children, we all have aspirations about what we want to be when we grow up. As we get older we come to grips with the world around us. Our dreams get pushed aside as we begin to unconsciously construct a mental reality where we are bound by the limits we set for ourselves. The value of money and material goods gets forced down our throats until nothing else seems to matter. We are told that beauty, fame, and fortune will lead to happiness. Things get loved and people get used. Popular trends get the attention, while timeless values are ignored. This may not seem like a big deal, but it is changing our world more than ever.
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