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The Power of Motivation Is Limited (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 362)


“The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.”
— Arthur C. Clarke

Too often we think that the key to achieving our goals is being motivated. But motivation is very abstract. You can’t really catch it or grab hold of it and hang on to it. You can’t even force yourself into having it like you can with something like determination. It comes every once in a while. The rest of the time, it is up to you — your choices, your will, your self-discipline, your faith, and your persistence. Read more…

How To Develop Resilience In Hard Times (365 Days of Spirited Living — DAY 339)


“The oak fought the wind and was broken, the willow bent when it must and survived.”
— Robert Jordan

We tend to talk about resilience as a trait that people are born with but that notion couldn’t be further from the truth. We aren’t born being resilient; we learn to be resilient over time. Human beings have an amazing ability to be strong even in the midst of harrowing and discouraging situations. The will to survive is far more flexible than we imagine at first glance. Read more…

6 Things to Seriously Stop Expecting from Yourself (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 244)

6 Things to Seriously Stop Expecting from Yourself

“Expectation feeds frustration. It is an unhealthy attachment to people, things, and outcomes we wish we could control, but don’t.”
— Steve Maraboli

We all hold to the belief that we must achieve something great in life. We should. Life would be worthless if we sat around doing nothing at all to make a difference in the place we have been blessed to occupy. But sometimes in our attempt to achieve, we place too many expectations on ourselves and fail in our pursuit. We allow our expectations to set us up for disappointment. Most of these expectations are self-imposed thus leaving us with the choice to carry them as weights or release ourselves from their chains. Imagination can be a dangerous thing. When we stop imagining ourselves to be who we are not, we make room to learn, grow, and achieve. Read more…

Eliminate Negativity (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 61)

Eliminate Negativity

“The battle you are going through is not fueled by the words or actions of others; it is fueled by the mind that gives it importance.”
— Shannon L. Alder

It is inevitable that negativity exists all around us, but we don’t have to let it affect us. We can be consistently positive and optimistic while at the same time being a realist and practical. I don’t think we can remove every single bit of negativity from our lives, but I do believe that we can remove a large chunk of it. Eliminating negativity has nothing to do with actively trying to be more positive, but it has everything to do with intentionally removing things and people that suck the energy out of your life and waste your time.  Read more…

The Windshield and The Rear View Mirror (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 28)

The Windshield and The Rear View Mirror

“Holding on is believing that there’s a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future.”
— Daphne Rose Kingma

When driving a vehicle, you know that it has a big windshield in front of you and a small rear view mirror on the side. These views are not in competition with each other and they do not mirror each other. But both views are necessary for effective and safe driving. The windshield helps you to see where you are going — the journey in front of you. The rear view mirror gives you a small glimpse of what is behind you to aid you along in your journey.

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Quit Looking For Excuses (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 20)

Quit Looking For Excuses

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
— Benjamin Franklin

There is no such thing as too tired, too hard, too late, too early, too easy, too much, too little or too old — those are just plain old excuses. These are little lies that people tell when they lack the mental fortitude, motivation, or will to do something. You can let the excitement and creativity of the world pass you by, or you can stop hiding from life and start living life.

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Struggles As Stepping Stones (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 10)

Struggles As Stepping Stones

“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.”
— Steve Maraboli

We all struggle — even the best of us. You’ll never meet a person who has not struggled at some point and time with something in their life. If you do, be certain they’re lying. The return on nothing invested is very little. In fact, it is nothing at all.

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