Aspirations

4 Reasons You Need to Keep Doing Hard Things to Be Happy, Healthy and Successful – Happiness Article

You need to do hard things to be happy, healthy and successful. Because the hard things ultimately build you up and change your life. If you already feel like you’re at the end your rope today with little slack left to hold on to, realize your mind is lying to you. It has imprisoned you by reciting self-defeating stories in your head—stories about your mistakes and what you should have done differently. And you’ve begun to believe that you’re really…

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16 Reasons You’re Succeeding in Life (Even If You Feel Like You’re Losing) – Personal Development Article

A big part of happiness and success is letting go of what you assume your life is supposed to be like right now, and sincerely appreciating it for everything that it is. At times we all feel less than adequate. We feel like we’re running in place, struggling to make even the slightest bit of progress. And while this is a perfectly normal feeling, you have to ultimately break free from it and see yourself and your life in a…

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10 Excuses the Mind Will Tell You Before You Take the Next Step – Self Improvement Article

STARTING NOW: NO shortcuts. NO quick fixes. NO blaming others. NO “I’ll do it tomorrows.” NO MORE EXCUSES! The mind is a wonderful thing. It’s also an excuse-making machine that frequently tries to convince us not to take actions we know are good for us. And this prevents many positive changes from taking place in our lives. I’ve had to learn to watch these excuses very carefully in order to make the positive changes I’ve made in my life: a…

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10 Insanely Popular Ways to Weaken Your Self-Confidence – Self Improvement Article

You can have all the knowledge in the world, but it means nothing without building up the confidence to do something with it. Two decades ago, when the bullies at our high school called her a nerd for being a virgin and a straight-A student, my best friend Sara smiled and confidently said, “Thank you. I’m really proud of it.” She honestly was. What those bullies said never bothered her one bit. And this is just one tiny example of…

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The Most Surprising Thing that Came from NOT Achieving My Dreams – Self Improvement Article

by Emma, creator of Simple Slow & Lovely “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”― J.K. Rowling Dreams and a vision for our future are wonderful things to have. They can inspire us, keep us motivated and help us to do scary things. But what happens when we don’t achieve our dreams? What happens when you wake up in the middle of your life and realize you haven’t done the things you thought or hoped…

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12 Hard Things to Start Doing for Your Happiness – Self Improvement Article

Trust that today’s challenges will be responsible for your future growth. Every day Marc and I work with course students who say all the right things and then do the exact opposite.  They hope to experience growth, but they resist change.  They want less stress, yet they indulge in drama.  They long for better relationships, and then they refuse to trust anyone. In other words, what they say they want, and what they actually do with their time, are hopelessly…

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12 Lies You Subconsciously Believe (That Are Keeping You Stuck) – Self Improvement Article

by Krista, creator of A Life in Progress “I lie to myself all the time. But I never believe me.”― S.E. Hinton Most mornings I wake up drippy with gratitude and delight for this imperfect and beautiful life of mine. I can hardly believe how fortunate I am to connect with women around the world, have space to putter and read, a family to love, and opportunity to use my gifts to encourage and teach on a daily basis. But…

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7 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself When Life Doesn’t Go as Planned – Self Improvement Article

When you stop doing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch up with you. I met a friend at a local coffee shop this morning.  She brought her work laptop along so she could show me some of her latest digital art designs.  As we chatted and scrolled through her artwork, the laptop suddenly started making an unhealthy buzzing noise, then the screen flickered on and off and finally cut off completely.  And as we…

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12 Little Things You Should Know Before Letting Go – Self Improvement Article

(This is an excerpt from the new edition of 1,000 Little Things.) She rarely makes eye contact. Instead, she looks down at the ground. Because the ground is safer. Because unlike people, it expects nothing in return. The ground just accepts her for who she is. As she sits at the bar next to me, she stares down at her vodka tonic, and then the ground, and then her vodka tonic. “Most people don’t get me,” she says. “They ask…

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5 Lessons I Learned from Overcoming the Hardest Days of My Life – Self Improvement Article

The hardest days make us who we are. Full disclosure: I set myself a challenge recently, and I’ve been failing at it. To help motivate a group of course students Angel and I have been working with, I set a goal to exercise for one hour every day for 90 days straight.  I chose this lofty goal because several of these students openly admitted that they struggle with getting to the gym.  And they were inspired by my willingness to…

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How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed (by Everything on Your Plate) – Personal Development Article

True purpose has no time limit.  True purpose has no deadline.  Don’t stress and overwhelm yourself.  Just do what you can right now. We all have days, weeks, months and—for some—even years of feeling anxious and overwhelmed with the work we have yet to do.  It’s an elusive feeling that aches from deep within.  From the outside, people think you have it all together, but they can’t see what’s going on in your head.  Stress fills your thoughts and emotions…

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3 Easy Things We Say to Avoid the Hard Things We Need to Do – Self Improvement Article

You are the person you believe yourself to be. “This afternoon I received a formal acceptance letter from Yale University, including a full basketball scholarship.  Despite everything my alcoholic father put me through over the years—the hungry, sleepless nights I spent in tears due to their relentless negativity—it didn’t ruin me.  With your coaching and guidance, I’ve worked hard to get out of this mess once and for all, and it’s finally paying off.” That’s the opening paragraph of an…

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1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently – Self Improvement Article

(This is an excerpt from the new edition of 1,000 Little Things.) Millions of people live their entire lives on default settings, never realizing they can customize everything. Don’t be one of them. Don’t settle for the default settings in life. Dare to make edits and improvements. Dare to make your personal growth a top priority. The truth is, you won’t always be a priority to others, and that’s why you need to be a priority to yourself. Learn to…

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20 Tiny Thoughts that Keep Crushing Your Dreams (and Breaking Your Heart) – Self Improvement Article

To a great extent, we make our own life stories by our thoughts. Starting right now, you can decide how you spend your time, whom you socialize with, whom you share your life, money and energy with.  You can pick your words and the tone of voice in which you speak to others.  You can select what you will eat, read and study.  You can choose how you’re going to respond to unfortunate situations when they arise, and whether you…

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Don’t Be Afraid to Do These 10 Hard Things for Yourself

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.”―Mae West This morning a close neighborhood friend, Alison, passed away far too early.  While Angel and I have spent most of the day grieving, I’ve also spent this past hour thinking about the fact that our lives are often much shorter than we expect, and that we need to do some pretty darn hard things to maximize our very limited time.  Alison strongly believed in doing the…

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10 Hard Things to Remember When You Feel Like Giving Up

Once upon a time, a young man and woman met, gazed into each other’s eyes, kissed, and knew for certain that they were supposed to be together forever.  In the subsequent days, weeks and months everything fell into place just as they had anticipated.  He was perfect in her eyes, and she was perfect in his. Oh, it’s the majestic harmony of young love!  When two souls who barely know each other believe they know everything that they must know…

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5 “Notes to Self” About the Precious Little Time You Have Left

A Good Girl (Who Didn’t Make It) Alyssa was my best friend.  She was a talented musician, a graceful gymnast, a brilliant writer, and a deeply passionate human being.  She cared about people.  Love bled from every facet of her being.  When she spoke, her eyes were as sincere as her words.  And she always wanted to understand what was wrong so she could strive to make it better. But Alyssa woke up one day during her senior year in…

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How to Stop Feeling Overwhelmed by Unimportant Things

by Dr. Samantha Brody, author of Overcoming Overwhelm “Be the type of person whose actions, words, and values always agree with one another.”—Marc & Angel I have been a fan of Marc & Angel and their work for ages.  In the summer of 2016 I found out they would be teaching a workshop in my hometown of Portland, Oregon at the World Domination Summit (a large-scale conference for creative types)… and I was too!  I would finally get to see…

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How Small People Create Massive, Life-Changing Results

Repression This morning, as I was relaxing at the water’s edge of Miami Beach, I couldn’t help but eavesdrop on a conversation four teenage kids were having on the beach blankets next to me.  They were talking about making a positive difference in the world.  And it went something like this… “It’s impossible to make a difference unless you’re a huge corporation or someone with lots of money and power,” one of them said. “Yeah man,” another replied.  “My mom…

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