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.

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

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.

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



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.

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