Why You Should Always Choose To Be Awesome

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If you’re going to read one thing today, read this: you are awesome.
Read it again if you have to, but this is my reminder to you that you are awesome.
I hope that you know that. It’s easy to forget sometimes, especially after a long/hard/stressful/(insert negative adjective here) day.
Even in the face of adversity, you’re awesome enough to overcome it. You have everything within you to succeed. It’s been there, you just need to bring it out.
You can be as good as anyone else at anything. If not right now, then later with practice. Practice makes you better.
There is absolutely no one else like you in this whole universe with your unique skills, experience, and personality, which makes you awesome.
People may underestimate you. People may downplay you or make you question your worth. It’s all because they don’t understand you. The truth is, no one besides can truly understand you. You’re the one who understands you the most, so that’s why it’s so imperative that you always remember how awesome you are.
Life is an adventure. Be bold, be brave, but always be awesome.

Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development and is a proud parent of a four year old who loves Lion Guard and a two year old who loves anything with wheels. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.
 

One Way To Be Happy with the Life You Have

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I’m lucky. Right now, my kids are at the age where they don’t ask me for things every time we’re at any store. The only thing they really ask me is to go to Chuck E. Cheese once every few days. Other than that, they seem pretty happy with what they have.
When we’re at at any retail store, they want to go to the toy section. They check out the toys, even play with them for a little bit, but they don’t ask me to buy it for them. Thank goodness they don’t cry or throw a tantrum when they don’t get what they want, at least for now.
My kids aren’t inhuman; they do want things. They want to play all the time, especially if it’s bedtime. They want to play with the same toy at the same time (and that’s when my wife or I have to play referee). Sometimes they want to eat a certain food (blueberries or granola) that we don’t currently have at home. But overall, they’re satisfied with what they have.
It’s something I admire about childhood. I wonder if we all were like that when we were younger and at some point, we learned to be greedy and selfish to a certain extent as we got older.
I know too many adults who are bitter because they aren’t happy with their life. It’s a tragedy in so many ways. Maybe we need to somehow go back to our youthful innocence and just be happy with what’s right in front of us.

Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development and is a proud parent of a four year old who loves Lion Guard and a two year old who loves anything with wheels. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

You Can't Control Everything in Life, But Here's What You Can Do.

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No matter how hard you try, you can’t control EVERYTHING in life. You can’t control the past, you can’t control the weather, and you definitely can’t control other people’s thoughts. You can, however, control one thing: you.
You and only you can only control what you do. No one else has control over your life. You’re the only one in charge of it.
You have the power to control your own thoughts and your own actions. No matter what life gives you, you have the ability to choose how you respond to it. Do you react negatively or positively? Do you react with hope or fear? Be careful; how you respond affects how life responds back to you.
Negativity spawns more negativity. Being negative inevitably has life react negatively to you. Your life will be affected in negative ways if you go down that path. On the flip side, positivity also spreads the same way.
A positive attitude is contagious. A simple smile can go viral. Reacting to anything and everything life throws at us with a positive attitude is the only way to have a positive life.
You can’t control the weather, but you can control how you prepare for it. You can choose to dress appropriately. If you’re going somewhere, you can plan an appropriate route that avoids nasty traffic. If there is traffic, you can allot yourself enough time to get there on time.
You can’t control what happened in the past, but you can control what you do now in the present. If you play your cards right, you can use all your experiences in the past as learning lessons to make smarter decisions today.
You can’t control what other people think or act, but you certainly can influence them, like how parents influence their children. If you’re trying to help someone, don’t beat yourself up if the outcome doesn’t come out the way that you want it to be. If you’re trying to help someone quit an addiction, it’s not your fault if s/he doesn’t cut the habit. You can be an influence for good in their lives, but keep in mind that they themselves are ultimately in charge of their lives, just as you’re in charge of yours.
Even if you can’t control EVERYthing, there are SOMEthings that you can control: your thoughts, your attitude, and your actions.

Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development and is a proud parent of a four year old who loves Lion Guard and a two year old who loves anything with wheels. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

How and What You Think is Surprisingly More Important Than You May Think

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Have you ever heard of a “self-fulfilling prophecy”? In a nutshell, it’s what happens when you think something is going to happen, and by that thought being in your head, it consciously or subconsciously influences your actions to make it happen.
If you think you’re not smart, you’re mentally limiting yourself. By thinking that way, you’re avoiding tasks and/or opportunities that could lead to bigger opportunities. This type of thinking keeps you away from your goals and dreams.
On the flip side, if you think you’re smart, you’re putting yourself in a positive mentality. You’re not limiting yourself; you’re actually telling yourself that you can do things that require a certain level of intelligence. If you think you’re smart, you end up doing smart things, and end up having your lifestyle shift for the better.
That’s just not with being smart, it’s with everything you can literally think of. If you think you’re lazy, you’re going to act that way. If you envision yourself to be proactive, then you’re inevitably going to take more initiative.
In a way, that’s pretty cool. The idea that you can control your lifestyle by the way you think is pretty awesome.
Now that you know this, you should always think of yourself more positively. Be brave, be bold, and always be awesome.

Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development and is a proud parent of a four year old who loves Lion Guard and a two year old who loves anything with wheels. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.

Teachers Don't (just) Teach

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I’m just going to say it: my teachers are my heroes.
From Kindergarten all the way up to graduate school, I’ve been lucky enough to have awesome educators that helped shape my life.
I learned a lot from them, but I wouldn’t have been able to learn from them if they didn’t care so much about me. Not only did they teach me so much facts and information, but they taught me how to think, and to a certain extent, how to live.
I know that it’s not glamorous being a teacher. Trust me, I am one. You can read all about the not-so-glamorous life of a teacher all over the internet. Those problems are not new. They’ve been around for decades. But despite all that, my teachers still chose to to be teachers and consequently inspired me to be one.
Looking back, my teachers weren’t my heroes just because they taught me stuff. They helped me believe in me. They helped me see all the potential I had and helped me bring it out. They helped me think and think for myself. They opened my mind to new ways of thinking and new possibilities. I realized that there was more to life than what I’ve just only seen with my two eyes.
They weren’t just teaching me content knowledge, they were also shaping me into who I am now. And for that, I’m grateful.

Roderick Conwi writes at NourishmentNotes.com about lifestyle development and is a proud parent of a four year old who loves Lion Guard and a two year old who loves anything with wheels. To get powerful insights that enhance your day, join his free newsletter.