What You Need To Let Go of in 2015

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Hey friend, you have too much weight on your shoulders. Let go.

You need to let go of the pain from the past.  Let go of that feeling you have eating the inside of your heart. It's time to let go of what's been holding you back.

Let go of worry. Stop worrying about the past and the future. Regret is a heavy burden to carry. The pain of the past isn't something to dwell in, it's meant to be transformed into life lessons. Your future isn't set in stone. It is always being written, edited, and revised by the decisions you make in the present.

Let go of the anger from those who wronged you. Grudges have a heavy weight on your heart. Forgiveness is a powerful tool.

Let go of trying to be perfect. You can't avoid mistakes. You can minimize the frequency that you make them and when you do make them, you learn from them.

Let go of seeing yourself small or selling yourself short. Saying, "I can't" limits your mindset. Instead, say, "I can't yet, but I'll figure it out." Setting small goals and dreaming small dreams diminishes your self-worth. Let that go. You need to have big dreams and enormously gigantic goals. You deserve it.

Let go of doubt. That feeling you have of "not being ready" is not serving you at all. You don't always need to be 100% ready to move forward. Not everyone feels 100% ready, especially the ones who are doing it.

Let go of what you think you know. There is always more to learn and new ways to see everything. Every once in a while, something or someone will come along to change your mind on what you thought you knew, which is pretty awesome.

When you let go, you let yourself be you. Being you is the best you can be. The best part is that you get do define what it means to "be you" yourself.

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Simple Thoughts on Human Kindness

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Being kind is a simple thing. It's choosing to be virtuous. It's actively choosing to be compassionate and caring, especially when it's easier not to be. Trust me, it's not always easy, but it's always possible to be a decent human being.

Every time it's hard to be kind, that's exactly when it's important to be kind. Surprisingly, the harder it is to be kind, the more important it is to be kind. With that, the times that are the hardest to show kindness to others is when being kind is the most important thing you can do.

The times when we are most angry at life or at other people is when it is crucial to be kind and act out of kindness.

Acting out of anger offends others and demoralizes yourself. It undermines the basic human dignity of both you and others.  It's perfectly alright to be angry at other people, especially if you've been wronged. It's just that if you act out of anger, you most likely are going to make a decision you are going to regret. If you shift your efforts and act out of kindness and love, then it pushes you to be the better person in the situation. It brings out the lighter side of your human nature.

Although it sometimes does cost money to do kind things for others (like taking them out for food or a recreational activity), it doesn't cost a thing to be kind person. That's a beautiful thing. You don't need anyone's permission or any type of license to be kind. It's all a choice you make.

If you choose to be kind, you will act out of kindness, and as a result, you will have kindness surround you.

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Make Bedtime Not Suck

Sleep is really (really) important, especially as a parent. Bedtime can be a battlefield. Most nights I just want my kids to go to bed. Sure, I want them to have physical and mental rest, but I also want some "me" time to relax, do chores around the house, or catch up on my favorite not-so-rated-G shows.

The later it gets, the sleepier I get, and sleep increasingly becomes what I want the most. The later everyone is up, the crankier everyone gets.

After many nights of this vicious cycle, I decided to write a book to help my kids fall asleep faster. It's designed to help my kids relax, receive messages of love and positivity, and feel a sense of comfort and security. When kids feel loved, safe, and supported, they are more likely to be relax and fall asleep.

It's also a good read for parents and children to share together.

My four-year-old loves this book. He loves reading this book with me at night. Quite frankly, I'm so glad that I created this.

For all you parents out there, The Good Night Book is a great read for bedtime, and it will definitely  help your kids fall asleep faster so you have more time for you. Grab your copy for $0 (or pay-what-you-want, for now).

Why You Deserve To Have a GREAT Day

Today has all the potential of being a GREAT day. You (yes, you) deserve to have a great day. Do yourself a favor and take some time to reflect and think about what it would take for you to have a great day and do it.

You are a person who is worthy and deserving of happiness.

Even if you're not having a good day so far, know that it's okay. It's part of being human. Unfortunate things happen, and it's normal to have an emotional reaction to them. Just know that your day isn't completely over, and that there is time to make it better, even if it's just a little bit.

For me, all I really need is a cup of coffee and some time with my family to make my day whole. A cup of coffee is my daily morning ritual where I ponder, reflect, and plan out my day. Spending time with my family keeps me grounded and my heart fulfilled. There are other things I like doing such as exercising and working on my creative projects, but those are added bonuses.

Anyway, I wish you a great day :)
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3 Easy (and FREE) Ways To Give Happiness

Happiness is a gift. Its something everyone deserves, but unfortunately, not everyone has. Having a happy life is what parents wish for their kids. Being happy is what couples wish for each other in their relationship. We are all capable of receiving happiness, but it's good to be reminded that we are definitely capable of generating happiness.

Based on my decades of life experience, here are the three easy (and free) ways you can spread happiness:

1. Give Your Presence

There is only one you in all of existence. Offering yourself in the form of friendship, companionship, or support is a selfless way to be for the benefit of others. Being physically there with someone shows that person that s/he is special and worthy enough of your presence.

Spending time with people is truly one of the best ways to make other people (and yourself) happy.

2. Give Your Time

The time that you have on this Earth is limited, and you can't spend every minute of it with everyone. When you spend time with people, you are showing them that you are actively choosing to spend your limited time with them, which truly is a gift. You could spend it in so many different ways, yet you chose to spend them with them. By giving your time, you are giving others something precious that you can never get back.

3. Give Your Attention

Nowadays with screens all over the place, giving someone your undivided and full attention is precious. It seems like everywhere I look, I see people on their smartphones, tablets, or some other type of screen and becoming more antisocial. To give someone all your mental focus is to give someone else all that you are. By listening to their stories, problems, or good news, it shows that what they have to say is important, and that they are important too.

Obviously, there are many more ways to give happiness to others, but these are simple enough for anyone (including you) to do on a daily basis. If more people in the world genuinely gave others their presence, time, and attention, the world would be a much happier place.
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How Taking Action Affects Your Happiness

Life rewards action. Taking action gets your closer to your goals and dreams. Taking action gets things done. Everything that you have accomplished in your life happened because you put time, effort, focus, and practice into your goals. You are where you are in life because of the actions that you have taken (and all the actions you haven't taken).

Of course, not every single piece of action you took may have had your desired outcome. Try not to think of those times as "failures," but times that you learned a good life lesson. Other people frame them as "learning opportunities." Even if some of your actions don't take you where you want to be, it's always important to try.

You've probably heard the Wayne Gretzky quote, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take." There is a lot of truth in that. Even champion hockey players don't make 100% of their shots, but they need to take action and try to make those goals in order to actually score.

In romance and relationships, taking the initiative to talk to someone and start a relationship will get you closer to being in a relationship than not taking any action.

Being happy is a luxury that people are fortunate to have. Attaining your goals, having your health, earning enough wealth for a comfortable lifestyle, and having meaningful relationships are all factors that affect your happiness. Moving towards a life that you're extraordinarily proud of is worth taking action for.

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Why It's Never Too Late To Make a Change

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"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
- George Eliot

Possibility and opportunity are always present. They are always surrounding you. It's never too late to live the life you've always dreamed of, no matter how far you may think it is.

Life is a process. Each person's journey is different. People become successful in their own unique way. Not everyone achieves success at exactly the same stages in life. Many have experiences success in their "later years." (See Walt Disney, Winston Churchill, and Warren Buffett.)

Your life is too short to not be living a life that you're not 100% proud of. You should be ecstatically happy in it. If you aren't happy about it now, then do something about it. It's within your power. Take action. Now.

If you want to make a change, you can do it; it's never too late. 

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How One Epiphany Can Drastically Change Your Life

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"Life is 10 percent what happens to me and 90 percent of how I react to it."
- Charles Swindoll

One of the most empowering moments of my life was when I realized that I had a lot more control of my life than I originally thought. I had given too much of my personal power to the thought of fate and destiny. I assumed that a good part of my life was predeterimined.

I'm happy with my life. I'm thankful for my family and what they've been able to give me. I'm happy with my friends and how we've shaped each other's lives. Not everyone is as fortunate. No one, not even me, has any control of the life that we were born into, and there's nothing wrong with that.

What we do have control over, however, is every choice we make in our lives. Of course, we're influenced by many factors, but every choice is ultimately our choice.

It's like the old adage "It's not about the cards you've been dealt, it's how you play your hand." Just like life, you can't control which cards you've been given, and all you can do is play your best with the cards you have. You may win some rounds. You might lose others. You could also win a lot. There are many factors and possibilities, just like life.

You have more power in your life than you know. It's true; it's a continual life lesson that I keep learning. You have the ability to choose every thought, every action, and every word that you say. Everything you do is your choice and your life is a reflection of it. Your well-being of your health (physical, mental, and emotional), your relationships (personal and professional), and everything else in your life is all in your power.

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The Significance of Struggle

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"I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion."
- Muhammad Ali

Progress doesn't happen by accident. Frederick Douglass, former slave, abolitionist, and politician, is most known for saying, "If there is no struggle, there is no progress." The implication of this is that in order to be successful, there are going to be periods of struggle.

That may sound intimidating, but struggle doesn't necessarily mean "hard times," although you can struggle through hard times. To struggle means to face a challenge, be taken out of your comfort zone, and stretched beyond your limits. Its when you push yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally harder than you are normally used to.

Think of struggle also as an investment. It's a temporary sacrifice now for better results in the long run. Athletes push themselves hard during training and practice so that they can meet (or exceed) the challenges they face on the field during games.

As an educator, I push my students as hard as I can through rigorous and meaningful material. Anything less would be a disservice. My intention for putting them through an intense (and fun) class, is so that they are equipped with the knowledge, skills (critical and academic), wisdom, and discipline to be successful in everything that they do.  Even if they don't see now why they need these skills, working hard now will benefit them in the long run.

Now think of what you've been avoiding because of the struggle you'll have to face. I'll admit it; struggle can be scary, but it can also be exciting. You have an opportunity right in front of you. Overcoming struggle is the process of pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone and into a new realm of possibility.

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Procrastination Can't Be Cured; It Must Be Managed. I Can Show You How.

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I'll admit it. I'm a procrastinator. I've battled with it my entire life.

I unashamedly wait until the last minute. I use the growing pressure of the upcoming deadline to power through at the end.

When it comes to dealing with procrastination, I'm a pro. Both in high school and college, I would start and finish my projects the same day that they were due. I (almost) always got a good grade.

To be entirely honest, I never could "fix" or cure myself of my procrastination: I had to learn how to manage it. As time went by, I got better and better at it. Through each battle, I learned tons of tips, tricks, and mind hacks along the way.

Now it's all in a book.

If you need to get things done, this is for you.

If procrastination is getting in your way, this is DEFINITELY for you.

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The True Benefit of Starting NOW

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"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now."
- Chinese Proverb

There is no time like now. We are all perpetually stuck in the present. Now is the only time we can do anything. We can't do anything in the past, it's already happened. The future isn't here yet, even though it's quickly approaching. Now is the best and ONLY time to take action.

If you think to the future, you'll probably have an idea of what you want your life to be like. That vision is both your life goal and guide of how to get there.

In this future, your future self will thank your present self for all the hard work and sacrifices you made to get there.

If you choose to save a portion of your income every month into a savings account, certificate of deposit, or another type of investment, it will significantly grow over time, especially due to compound interest. When you have a significant amount saved up in the future, you'll be glad that you were saving now.

If you're a student or in the beginning stages of your career, know that if you put in the hard work now, your future career, income, and lifestyle will be dramatically impacted. Ask anyone who's successful; it's true.

With the people in your life, starting and cultivating friendships will build you a lifetime of quality and everlasting relationships.

If you ever feel like you're in a motivational slump, remember that your future self will thank (or hate) you for what you do today.

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Why You're (Sometimes) Better Off Not Getting What You Want

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"Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck."
- The Dalai Lama

"You can't get everything you ask for just because you say you want it."

That's what I told my 3 year old son the other night. He wanted to play video games. He proclaimed multiple times, "I want to play Lego Star Wars" and expected me to drop everything and get it all set up for him. At my response, he was surprised and confused at why I wouldn't let him. I explained to him that he already played video games once today, that too much video games isn't good for him, and the weather outside was nice, so he should play outside. He didn't get it. All he understood was that he wanted to play video games and I wouldn't let him.

As his dad, I'm doing the bet I can to raise him to be an outstanding and honorable human being. Sometimes I have to deny his little 3 year old impulses to teach him responsibility and discipline, even if he doesn't get it yet.

He may not get everything he wants now, but he'll be better off for it.

When I first started college, I really wanted to study computer programming and have a career creating awesome computer programs. It ultimately didn't go that way. I ended up struggling with it and hating everything to do with computers. I couldn't imagine myself behind a computer staring at computer code for most of the day/week/my career. (By the way, it's cool if that's your thing; everyone is different. It just wasn't for me.)

I struggled with that phase of my life back then, but in retrospect, I'm glad it turned out (or didn't turn out) that way. During that time, I got to rediscover myself. I found that I had a passion for social justice, serving society, and having a career in education would be the best fit for me to do that.

I didn't get what I initially wanted to do in life, but instead, I found something else more profoundly fulfilling.

I know that when you don't get what you want in life, it can be really discouraging, but sometimes (if not, most of the time) you're better off that way. Remember that.

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Why You Shouldn't Give In to Fear and Take Action Today

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"There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing."

Life rewards action. Taking action is how you get things done. Putting in the effort gets you closer to your goals.

Not taking action leads to stagnation. Instead of being sharpened, your skills become dull. Motivation dwindles. Passion slowly vanishes. Without action, you can't live the life you've always dreamed of having.

I know that inaction usually stems from fear. Fear of failure or fear of change can be overwhelming and/or scary. Fear is a major thing that freezes people in place. It causes them to stop. Many people don't try out of fear of being criticized or judged. One thing that you need to know is that no matter what, the people who love you will still support you whether or not you succeed initially or at your next attempt (or every attempt after that). They are the people who are always there for you.

From my experience, action is the only way that I've been able to reach my goals. It helped me attain my education and advance my career. In college, I actively chose to spend extra time and effort in working on my projects and studying for my exams. In my career, I've taken many leaps and applied for many promotions (I eventually got one!). Taking action and initiative are also how I've built and maintained healthy relationships in my life with my friends and family. I've taken the initiative to reach out to people to connect (in any form of communication), hang out, or reconnect. Passively waiting only gets you so far.

Action almost always brings you closer to success. Even if you take action and it "fails," know that it was a lesson learned and you can move forward both smarter and wiser because of that experience. If what you do is successful, but not as successful as you'd like, then that's still progress and a mini-lesson-learned. Whether what you do is a success, a failure, or a mixture of both, it's all feedback that you'll get based on your specific actions.

Knowing all this, there is no reason to not take action today. The life you've always dreamed of awaits.

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Stressed? Use This To Clear Your Mind and Replenish Your Soul

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If you're like me, stress is a part of everyday life. Absolutely anything can be overwhelming and/or stressful.

Work. School. Family. Responsibilities come from all angles. Sometimes balancing it all is hard. No matter what, it's important to be calm and keep a level head. 

What helps me the most is writing. It helps me soothe my soul. In my exponentially-adventurous life, it helps keep me grounded. 

Especially when I feel overwhelmed, sometimes all I want is to have some private time and let myself relax and reflect. When I write out how I'm feeling, I let it all out on paper like a fighter sparring with a punching bag. For work or school, I usually write professionally. It's organized and polished. When I write for me, it's unapologetically messy. It's my stream of consciousness and my current state of mind. Spelling and grammar may not be perfect, but that's okay.

Putting words to paper is both soothing and empowering. It releases negative energy from you and spreads positive energy outward. No matter what walk of life you come from, writing has a lot of benefits for you.

22 Writing Prompts that Nourish the Soul is a printable e-book with 22 carefully crafted prompts to bring out the best in you. Unlike other similar products, in each page I invite you let your heart out. Write out all you want. Let your soul fly.

Since you get a digital copy, you'll have it forever. Since it's printable, you can reuse it over and over as much as you'd like.

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You Have Dreams. Here's How To Make Them Happen.

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Chances are that when you were a kid, you always thought about how your life would be when you grew up. How did you imagine your life to be?

Did you dream of being a doctor? A lawyer? Teacher? Perhaps maybe even a firefighter or police officer?

The question I want to ask you is "Are you living the life of your dreams?"

Chances are, it's a mix of yes and no. You may have accomplished so much, yet there are still goals to be attained and dreams to reach for.

Sometimes you don't know what you want, and that's okay. I've been 100% guilty of that. Sometimes you know what you want, but you just don't know how to get there or other times life distracts you with something else. It happens to us all. It's a part of life.

For you, I created The Daydreamer's Journal. It's a tool to help you dig deep and help you find out what you really want in life and create a clear and realistic goal. Then, by working backwards, you create a plan to reach your goal. By creating your plan, you also establish your support system. Following these steps has helped me achieve my current success and is still helping me achieve more. This tool is designed to help you create your own success.

The Daydreamer's Journal is a printable ebook that you can use on any computer or electronic device. I recommend printing it out and reusing it at different times for different goals. The beautiful part is that you only have to buy it once to keep using it for the rest of your life.

You deserve to live the life of your dreams. Get the Daydreamer's Journal and take action.

This is Why You Need To Truly Know Who You Are

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“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
- Eleanor Roosevelt

You, more than anyone else in the world, know who you are. No one knows more about you than you. You’re the expert of yourself.

If other people have told you otherwise, that you’re less than you value yourself to be or are something you’re not, know that they’re wrong. It may hurt, but they’re wrong. They may seem right (even to other people), but they’re still wrong.

You know it. Trust me.

Understanding that they’re wrong (for whatever reason) because you know it deep down inside is your shield from that type of negativity. Don’t let yourself internalize those lies and falsehoods.

You are awesome and you know it.

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Why You Should Go the Extra Mile

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“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.”
- Roger Staubach

More often than not, going the extra mile helps in your personal and professional goals. “Going the extra mile” means putting in the extra time and effort to get ahead. Sometimes it also gives you a competitive advantage.

This is something you should only practice wisely. Be aware of your limits. Burnout is no bueno. Don’t overwork yourself into physical exhaustion. Make time to maintain your relationships with your family and friends. Make sure you have enough “gas” to go the extra mile.

When you are more organized and practice productive habits, going the extra mile is easier. You are capable of getting more accomplished in a set amount of time (for example: an 8 hour work day). Being willing to do more than you’re supposed takes you down a road that most people don’t take.

It may be the less traveled road, but it definitely makes the difference.

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This is Why You Need to Kick Self-Doubt to the Curb

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"Whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right."
- Henry Ford

You can do anything if you believe you can and work hard to accomplish it. Having a positive "can-do" attitude is influential to yourself and the people around you. Inversely, the same goes for the opposite attitude.

Believing that you aren't good enough or that you aren't capable handicaps you. It's self-sabotage. Sometimes you don't even realize it.

Believing that you're not good enough for a promotion or not compatible to be in a relationship hurts. It may never be a subtle pain, but it's still not good for you. Believing that a graduate degree is out of reach or having a physically fit body is unattainable slowly sucks the life out of your soul.

Stop it. Now.

You are more than you think you are. You can do much more than other people say. You shape your abilities simply with what you believe. You're that powerful.

Keep believing that you can.

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Why Purpose is the Most Powerful Motivator

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"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."
- Mark Twain

Having a sense of purpose is arguably the most powerful motivator out there. I can't think of anything else that makes me push myself more. My sense of purpose gets me up, to work, through work, through my home responsibilities, and everything else that's thrown my way.

I've met a lot of people who've tried to find their purpose in life. Most often, it's categorized as a career. "My purpose in life is to be a nurse."

Sometimes it's a role. "I'm meant to be a dad."

I, myself have in some time and effort to find my purpose in life. For me, it wasn't entirely satisfying. I've found that soul searching is an ongoing process. I've learned it's a life-long habit to practice. It may change at different stages in life. While I believe that finding one's purpose is important, it hasn't been nearly as empowering for me as defining it.

Defining my purpose in life has been giving me a stronger sense of purpose than anything else. The purpose of my own life was now mine to mold. I chose to be in a career that made other people's lives better. I chose to be the family man that I envisioned to be. I decided what values I held in my heart the highest. I have been defining who I am, and that has been absolutely terrific.

What I want you to take from this is that having a strong sense of purpose is both empowering and motivating. You can find it and you can define it yourself. Either way, I hope this helps you find fulfillment for your days ahead.

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Why Practice is Vital in Achieving Your Goals

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"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have."
- Maya Angelou

Believe it or not, you are gifted. You have the potential in you to accomplish more than you have previously imagined; all you have to do is bring it out. It sounds simple, right? But what you need to understand is that it requires both effort and time.

Take math for example. Many people mistakenly believe that they're bad at it. It's just something that they're either good at or not. It's a misconception that they learned somehow along the way. What these people need to know is that with practice, their skills can get better.

It's basically the same way with any skill. With the right practice, you can get better over time. If you learn and consistently apply best practices, you will ultimately progress.

You've probably heard the phrase "practice makes perfect." Well, in fact, practice makes permanent. Your practice, good or bad, will make your skill level more permanent, so make sure it's good practice.

Good practice increases your skill level; bad practice decreases it. Make sure you're intentional about improving. When you practice, be actively aware of your progress. Just putting in effort without focusing on improving will leave your skills stagnant, or worse, make what you need to improve more permanent.

Effort is the key. You need to put in the effort yourself to become more skillful. As you put in more effort, the more skillful you will become, and you will be inevitably closer to your goal.

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You're Awesome. You Matter.

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"It's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years."
--Abraham Lincoln

You matter. Every day of your life preciously matters. Every moment in each day matters tremendously. It matters more than you may presently realize. 

It may sound a little cheesy, but every day you're alive is a gift. Not everyone gets this every day. Know and understand that if you're reading this, you're breathing and able to experience all the wonders life has to offer. You're alive, but what I invitingly challenge you to do is really live. 

What that means is maximizing each moment. It means being grateful for what you have. It means letting go of things that you can't control. It's finding forgiveness. It's living with love. It's finding a place for peace in your heart. It's realizing that reality is all about your perception and attitude. 

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Guess Who's Really in Charge of Your Life

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"You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame."
--Erica Jong

Believe it or not, you are the superstar of your life. You get to make everything happen. You control your thoughts, actions, and reactions. You control your choices, which ultimately affects every factor in your life. 

The most successful people I've met are the ones that have taken responsible role for everything in their lives. Even if they grew up disadvantaged, they learned to not dwell on it. They decided that they wouldn't let their history or current situation hold them back. They used their stories as motivation to make their lives better. 

Realizing that you are really in control of your life is freeing. It's an awesome feeling. You feel empowered knowing that you are (and always were) in charge of your life. 

Life rewards those who take action. They are the go-getters who decide to get started (and getting started is the hardest part for many people). Action brings you one step closer to attaining your goal, even if it's a failure. "Failure" is a life lesson disguised as a disappointment. Even challenges are life lessons make a stronger, smarter, and wiser. They give you the experience you need to make better decisions. Better choices lead to better results. 

Your life is (and always has been) all about you.

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Yes, You Can Do It! (Here's Why)

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"Do what you can, where you are, with what you have."
--Teddy Roosevelt

Everything you are and everything you will be exists inside of you ready to burst. The amount of potential inside of you is immeasurable. There is no way that anyone can tell you the limits of your potential. Anyone who tell you otherwise is wrong. 

If people tell you that you can't achieve your goal, they're wrong, even if they're well-intentioned. You may not be able to do it now, but that doesn't mean that you won't be able to do it at another time. By then you'll be smarter, wiser, and more experienced. Next time will be better. 

Unfortunately, you'll never fully be able to control the situations you're placed in. Life may unexpectedly hit you with a curve ball. What you can do is control how you react to the situation you're in. You can choose to be proactive and positive, or you can choose to give up. Don't give up. 

You can do it. Keep going. The potential power rests inside of you. It's time to bring it out. 

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What Life is Meant To Be

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"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all."
--Helen Keller

Life isn't meant to be boring. It's meant to be an exhilarating adventure filled with wonder, passion, and happiness. It's meant to have excitement. Each day is something that is packed with potential, adventure, and mystery. Anything can happen, especially good things. 

Of course there will be daunting days.  They'll be rough. They may be depressing. It may look like all hope is lost. The good news is that it's only temporary; it gets better. 

Each day is inherently neutral. It's neither automatically good nor bad. You make your own meaning out of it. 

The past is a story. It's the story of you. It's your story of how you came to be here. It's the story of why you are the way you are right now. It's the origin of who you are. 

This may seem obvious, but life is meant to be lived. You're meant to feel alive. The feeling is something like freedom bursting form the depths of your soul. It's that exciting feeling when you feel like you did some thing well or an outcome went your way. 

The cool part about life is that you're in charge of your own. You get to make the decisions that affect your life. You get to make your life better or worse. You get to live your own adventure. By your thoughts and choices, you get to make it all happen.

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Feeling Lost? Here's Why You're Not.

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What if I told you that you are exactly where you need to be? That you have been exactly where you needed to be to be brought to this present moment? It was all no accident. It all needed to happen.

Life is full of exponential factors, and while some things may be certain, there is always the possibility that anything can happen. Absolutely anything. The universe is wonderfully ridiculous and wild with opportunities and possibilities.

You have a purpose. There are reasons why you are right there right now. You may not know what those reasons are, but they're there. It may take years for you to understand the full significance of your current situation, but trust me, it's there.

One cool thing about purpose is that you get to define it. Other people can tell you what they think your purpose is, but it's flawed because they're not you. You're in charge of your life, not them. You are the one experiencing every little detail of your life, which automatically makes you the expert of yourself. As good as other people's intentions may be, your life, its meaning and purpose, is ultimately defined by you. 

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A Reminder for Whenever You Feel Low

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Hello Friend,

Just in case you need a reminder, I'd like to tell you that you are important. No matter what life situation you're in or how other people have made you feel, you are undeniably and irrevocably important.

You are here on this earth. Chances are you're overall better off now than you were years ago. If not, hold on tight; it'll get better.

Life always will throw obstacles and challenges your way. It does that to everyone. Every successful person has had to face, deal with, and put in the effort to overcome life's challenges. As life goes on, we tend to get better at dealing with these things.

If anyone disrespected you, or insulted you entirely, it's not your fault. It's usually their own issues. They are dealing with something that you possibly don't know about and are lashing out towards others. They may be good people who had a bad day/week/month. I know it's easier said than done, but you need to forgive (not forget) and move on. You owe it to yourself to move past it.

Let me say it again: you are important. There is no one else in this world just like you. Even if you're an identical twin (or even a triplet), you have your unique experiences that make you you. Your character and how others perceive you are shaped by who you are and what you do.

And so my friend, I wish that you never forget how important you are, especially on the days that it's easy to forget.



Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development. To get helpful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.