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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