Brilliance Archives

Each day, we ask our Luminary to answer, “If you only had 500 words to share, what wisdom would you want to pass on to humanity? What have you learned that matters, and what doesn’t?” We’ve featured wisdom from Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Marci Shimoff, Debbie Ford, Neale Donald Walsh, Mariel Hemingway, Jack Canfield, Janet Attwood and hundreds of additional Luminaries…. and it’s all available to you for FREE in the archives below!


1 Easy Way You Can Find Purpose and Break Routines

By nature, humans find comfort in routine. We love habits, as they make life comfortable and cozy. Instead of having to confront the dreadful anxiety induced by facing the unknown, we can simply find a soothing rhythm and live within the confines of that comfort zone. Of course, there is a downside to living a robotic existence. When we settle into a life of complacency, it quickly becomes stale, and at best, we end up striving for mediocrity. How do we overcome that inclination and utilize our time on earth to truly live an awesome life? The answer is to remember… Read more.

Invite the Lightning Bolt of Change into Your Life

There is a moment when the dirt and the dust rises up in your life, maybe it is abuse, lack of money, lack of kindness, whatever it is. There is a turning point when you stand still in time. Everything stops. It is very quiet. You say, this is going to change. You become a radical demand for change in your life, and in that moment, the world shifts. It is a glorious shift into the light when you know you’re knowing, again. When you stand in the brightness of you. This is you that everyone else always knew and you… Read more.

Who Are You Willing to Be

We have more power to design our life than we think.We don’t control what happens. We can, however, control our response to what happens. Every moment…now, and now, and when tonight becomes now… is a choice point. Who are you willing to be? Courageous? Compassionate? Clear? What will you put on your TO NOT DO list? Checking your phone every 5 minutes? The choosing that enlivens us originates from a creator mind-set, not a victim’s. See your positive power. Sure, there’s negative power over others, but there’s also the power to and with. The power to create with others originates… Read more.

Making Choices with Love

I’ve learned that I regret not so much the choices that I make, but the choices that I don’t; not so much the things that I’ve done, but the things I haven’t done. Not so much “mistakes” made, for there are truly no mistakes, only opportunities not explored. And there is the seed of growth and development in each of these. I’ve learned to allow myself to become, more and more, the witness and the witnessed, the seer and the seen, the observer and the observed. And I’ve learned to do this with a minimum of judgment. Although not with… Read more.

The Importance of Asking Questions

We spend so much of our lives seeking answers to others’ questions and to the Big Questions: Who are we? Why do we exist? Why do we die? What happens afterward? How should we live? How can we be happy? How can we give back? What does it all mean? It’s important that we give these questions their due, that we try to answer them for ourselves. But we must also strike out on our own. In contemplation of the grail quest, comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote, “Where there is a way or path, it is someone else’s path; each… Read more.

4 Ways to Slow Down and be Mindful

Slow and steady really does win the race. When we believe that we have all the time in the world, we start living like we have all the time in the world. The more we focus on slowing down rather than speeding up, the more we add time to our lives and we create more space to be and enjoy every moment. What does living like you have all the time in the world look like and how can you begin to create this now? 1. Wake Up In Beauty: When you wake up each morning, do not think of… Read more.

19 Principles to Strive For

1. Happiness and fulfillment come from getting the results you want – whether it’s developing personal relationships or changing the world. The path is seldom easy, but the formula for success is: 1) Know where you want to go 2) Take action toward that goal 3) Learn from the feedback to adapt your course 4) Take more action, and 5) Keep repeating these steps until you get there. 2. Small changes add up. Be endlessly curious, always look for opportunities to learn and improve. A slight change in your path today will lead to a massively different outcome down the… Read more.

It’s Time to Stop Being So Serious… Seriously!

The path to Freedom can sometimes seem like a never-ending battle. Even when we think we are getting somewhere, something is still missing. Almost but not quite was my story, as I tried harder and harder to free myself of the past. Just when I thought I let that go… there it is again. It is the fire of commitment that keeps us going no matter what. We intuitively know that peace and joy is our natural way to be… so what is missing? The sooner we discover how to not take things so seriously, the faster the Joy of… Read more.

With Empathy, Together We Fly

I invite you to be kind and listen. Some of you may know this as empathy or compassion, or the concern for what people are feeling and needing. I would invite you to practice the empathic thought…”I wonder what’s going on for this person?”, or “I wonder how I can be of service to them?” Learn to see empathy as more than just ‘swapping shoes’. Empathy is an action plan, a practice where we guess what people are feeling, along with a language where we ask them if they’re feeling what we are guessing.  See empathy as an action where we act… Read more.

Laugh Your Way to Success

Are you choosing to go through life as a crabby person or a lovable soul? Be the lovable soul and laugh. We’ve all heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine”. This often refers to using laughter as a means to rectify an unfortunate situation, or to salvage what is left after a failure. Laughter becomes a coping mechanism to help minimize our tears, our anger and our disappointments. It is the defense we use to make us feel better, and gain back our strength after the event occurs. Using laughter in this way will not lead us to success-… Read more.

Unleash The Leader in You

We are all blessed with a huge potential. We must understand this fact and unlock our potential. However, most people waste their precious time by thinking about their unpleasant past which cannot be changed, and worrying about their future which cannot be predicted. What we have now is the present. Hence, we must make use of the present to unlock our hidden potential to achieve amazing success in life, and help others grow in their lives. Great leaders are great learners, and help build the next generation of leaders. Hence, you must grow as a leader first to groom others… Read more.

You Don’t Have To Do It Alone

You don’t have to do it alone. All your worries, all your stress, all your secret agonizing over what will be, and ‘How can this huge problem ever get resolved?’ and ‘How can I help my child / spouse / sibling / friend to get out of the huge hole they’ve fallen into?’ – you don’t have to carry all that stuff by yourself. If you’re really honest, what can you actually do about it all anyway? Can you pull a million dollars out of thin air and solve your financial problems? Can you cure cancer, clean up the environment,… Read more.

You Hold the Power to Change

You underestimate your ability to modify the person you are. While humans are spiritual and complex creatures, they are also simple machines, and everything about us can be parsed down to a one or a zero. Your being is a collection of points of data that you are free to manipulate to a large degree, and if you are dissatisfied with yourself, it’s likely that the power to change is entirely within your hands. Anything about your person which you lack, but which is demonstrably obtainable by human beings, is obtainable to you. Confidence? You can build it. Defy the voice that… Read more.

The Power of Forgiveness

Forgiveness allows us to be fully present in this moment, right here, right now. Forgiveness enables us to wholeheartedly embrace what is and to be at peace with our past and fully engaged with the present. Making peace with our past is the most immediate way we can experience the abundance that is our birthright. Without forgiveness there is always something pulling us out of alignment with ourselves and with life; it is an energy drain in our system. Until we have made perfect peace with all that has occurred in our life, and with all the people who have… Read more.

The Freedom of Not Knowing the Answer

Not knowing can be paralyzing. The fear of someone asking me a question I couldn’t answer was overwhelming. I was driven to be the one person who knew all the answers. I learned in the corporate world that if we don’t have the answer right now, some one else “smarter than” us will. It can be a career killer. We are taught that knowledge is valuable, which is wonderful, BUT, if we have core beliefs that revolve around us feeling less than, that can translate into “if I don’t know enough, I am not valuable”. Somehow, along the way I… Read more.

A Simple Guide to an Honest Heart

The more we give to others the happier we become. It can be as simple as a smile, a helping hand, a listening ear or a prayer. These little things can change a person’s entire life. There is always good even in what seems like the worst situation. That might not change the way you feel, but it will eventually be understood. You can find comfort in the fact that one day, that moment will be the reason you are where you are. A messy house doesn’t mean you’re a failure- it means that you’re enjoying your family and living… Read more.

What Will You Be Remembered For?

Spend as much time as possible following your passions. Time, after all, is our most valuable resource. Why waste precious days and years doing something that doesn’t make us happy? Often, we are judged based on how much money we make from our job, how big our house is, or what kind of car we drive. The reality though, is that none of this matters in the long run. People will only remember you by the type of impact you had on the world. Take Nelson Mandela, for example. He is remembered as one of the most revolutionary people in… Read more.

We Are All One

In the end the question becomes ‘where to begin?’ Do you remember your beginning? The innocence that heated every breath? Don’t be afraid to go back to that in some small way. Let yourself be open. Open your heart to the fact that we are all one. We, and everything, are all connected beyond the scope and understanding of the brain. Trust your heart to lead your life. It is more capable than you know. Your head analyzes the sensible route. A road paved by fear, for it is only logical to take the path of least resistance and avoid unnecessary risk…. Read more.

Loving-Kindness as a Path to Inner Peace

Many of us spend much of our lives searching for happiness and peace of mind. However, some never find them, and the reason is that they’re looking in all the wrong places. They think they’ll be happy once they acquire a certain amount of material wealth and possessions. While these things can bring us temporary pleasure, they don’t bring us real happiness, or peace of mind. If we want to be happy and at peace, then we need to look somewhere else. A wise prophet once told us many years ago that whatever we sow, so shall we reap. Those… Read more.

Start Something New

Far too often in our daily lives, we have all heard that “It’s never too late” to start something new. For me, that mantra simply isn’t how I want to live the rest of my life. Life is too short and too precious to give myself an excuse to put something off until tomorrow. Instead, I firmly believe… It’s never too early to start something new. Just imagine for a moment consciously living your life looking forward to accomplishing something new instead of regretting what hasn’t even happened. Maybe this involves reading a new novel, listening to a new album,… Read more.

Live Your Purpose

The God of the Universe breathed power into you. You are alive. So live. Because you have received power from the greatest Power you have the ability to overcome, to move forward, to effect change, to make a difference. Do not squander your power. Certainly, joy comes when we extend compassion and service. But sometimes. Sometimes you have to come first. We worry it’s inappropriate, selfish, or even narcissistic to ever consider putting ourselves first. For whatever reason, sometimes we relegate ourselves to the end of the line. Maybe we feel we’re not worthy. Maybe we feel undeserving. Maybe we… Read more.

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