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Afam Onyema

Take Your First Step

One of my favorite figures from history is President Theodore Roosevelt. He lived an amazing life. He accomplished so many big things - he built the Panama Canal, won a Nobel Peace Prize, started America's national parks system. But he received a great deal of criticism during his lifetime, exactly because he dared to do big things. After his presidency, he gave a speech in response to all of those who had been hollering and sniping at him through the years. In it, he said that "it is not the critic who counts. The credit belongs to the one who…

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Stop Living in Fear

There are many ways to live in fear. When we hear the word fear, many conjure images of death, destruction, abuse, abandonment.... Of course, all of these situations would likely cause fear to arise in most of us. Fear's power, however, is not limited to such severe conditions. In fact, I believe that fear's greatest damage is done in the subtlest ways, oftentimes when no one's even paying attention. The little girl who sits on the bus so quietly, praying that she won't be noticed, and bullied. The mother and father who regard their little boy playing in the playground,…

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Anna Cuevas

Turn Your Challenge into Triumph

What would you do if you came face to face with death and then received a miracle? Miracles often make themselves known when we face life's challenges. Life is a journey. Sometimes it's fast and exciting; at other times, it can be trying and painful. It is through the hard times that we grow and realize the people and causes that bring us the greatest fulfillment. It is during these times that we have an opportunity to see our life through a different lens, one that brings us closer to our true purpose and reveals different perspectives and priorities. I…

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Stop Complicating Your Life

Life is really a lot simpler than it seems. We typically make things more complicated than they need to be. Don't take anything or anyone (especially yourself) too seriously. Someone once said to me "Nothing is life or death, unless it is literally life or death." I have found this to be true. RELAX. Remember that you always have a choice in how you react to things. You can let challenging situations or circumstances hold you back, or you can allow them to propel you forward. If you live your life knowing that everything is happening for you instead of…

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8 Lessons Learned from Adversity

I have realized that it is often through the darkest experiences where we become the most enlightened. To shun these experiences is to remain foolish. To embrace them is to quickly ascend. At the age of twenty-six, I discovered that three of my four children were profoundly disabled with Fragile X syndrome, a genetic disorder for which there is no cure. What followed became the darkest period of my life. Here are the lessons I have learned from the darkness. I hope they will bring you further into the light. 1. I've learned that to bear another's burdens is to…

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It’s Never Too Late to Cook Up a Great Life!

If you want your life to be different, you must do something different. Whenever you face problems in life and work, there will always be an element of fear. Everyone has fears. Everyone has obstacles. You have to act on your fears in spite of your obstacles. This is courage. You cannot change, grow or progress without courage. You may have fewer opportunities to fail by not taking risks, but the negative energy from being stuck, unhappy and complacent surely outweighs the feelings of happiness. Live courageously and feel your "can-do, will-do" exhilarating attitude. When you honestly want something, you…

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Choosing Love, Not Fear

Life is a matter of choice. Every single moment we live presents us with an opportunity to choose. For a large part of my life, I didn't see life as a choice. Instead, I saw life as something that was happening to me. I felt like a victim, and I had evidence to support it! My father died when I was three. My mother left me and my sisters when I was fifteen. My first husband died in my arms when I was twenty-seven. To me, it seemed that everyone I loved left me - either by death or by…

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Why Taking Risks Is Worth It

Everything is a risk. It's a risk to stay where we are in our life just as much as it's a risk to step into unfamiliar territory. The question is not, "Which decision is a risk and which isn't?" The question is, "Which decision reaps the highest reward?" This is the principle of calculated risks, which governs our lives; take a step into the unknown and life will reward you for your courage. Yes, it may be scary, but fear is an innate part of the human experience. It can become the chain and ball that locks us in the…

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Aaron Ableman

The Great Importance of Perspective

Life is what you choose. Life is what it is. And life isn't what it isn't. The struggles of any life worth living require a practice of self-liberation, as documented in freedom songs or stories from here to Timbuktu. Despite having been thrown into the throws of a mysterious universe, our heroes choose love over fear, inspiration over death, freedom over enslavement. The truth is, all good stories and songs need a challenge or a conflict to keep the interest of the audience. In other words, transform your perspective and you'll see that no matter the challenge, you have the…

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Bevin Lynch

Today’s Brilliance from Bevin Lynch

Life is a series of choices. Choose to be happy. Choose to live your dream. Choose to live in the present moment. Choose to love with all your heart. But what happens when the choice seems impossible? What happens when you can't figure out what is the "right" answer? When I was 14, I faced a choice that seemed so difficult that I tore myself apart trying to figure out what was the right way to go. While the decision itself seems fairly trivial looking back, the wisdom that came out of it has stayed with me every day. After…

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Living a Life of No Regrets

A life of purpose cannot be defined by a singular accomplishment. Each person has a unique combination of gifts and abilities that make up their contribution to the world. I highly encourage reaching for the stars, but you don't have to be a Pulitzer Prize winner to leave a legacy. Leaving a legacy and living a life with no regrets is more about embracing the lessons life teaches. It is about having the wisdom to grow, learn, expand and change when needed. So What Exactly is a Legacy? A legacy is what you leave behind for the world to remember.…

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Alex Parker

Today’s Brilliance from Alex Parker

1. Take Advantage of the Digital Economy Available We are in a drastically changing world because of the evolutions in technology which are taking place. The technological world in which we live has changed the way we work in so many ways, but most importantly, it has opened so many doors for those who are looking to take control of their life. No longer is it necessary for people to trade time for money because of the digital economy available for us to tap into. Your life does not have to be filled with work, and it should not be…

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7 Important Truths About the Connection Between Your Heart, Mind and Brain

Every one of us has in our lifetime the opportunity to learn and to grow and to be more than we ever imagined we could be. My life's experiences have proven this to be true! But like many people, when I was young I was taught that I was here on earth to be the person that the people in my immediate environment, my family, needed me to be. I learned that I should strive to be the person that the world around me told me I should be. These lessons eventually made me tremendously unhappy. In desperation, I attempted…

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Create Life on Your Own Terms

Imagine a life orchestrated to complement your natural rhythms. A life where your work is your play, and your play is your life. You deserve to be happy, healthy and wealthy. You have permission to create your life on your terms. So instead of putting up with mediocrity, waiting for a knock on the door or an invitation to change, take your life's adventure to heart. The process begins here, now, today. It's time to get moving - to wake up, lift the veil of the status quo, and embrace the richness of a full life! Out of all the…

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Barby Ingle

Want to Change What You Get Out of Life? Change What You Put In

Even when things don't go the way we plan, everything will work out for the best. It is ok to give yourself a minute or two (maybe an hour or longer) to overcome the disappointment. For me, life is like the bank: you can only get out of it what you put in! I have worked with a lot of young people in the cheerleading world. Most of them learn quickly that if they don't put in the time and effort, they don't end up performing in the big dance. Once in a while, a girl will slip through without…

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Let Go of Your Toxic Expectations

The personal power and courage to have the best life possible are all nicely wrapped up in our package called self. Knowing when to unwrap and use each tool is a constant source of growth. Our personal tool chests have lots of "gadgets" just perfect to help inspire us and capture our heart's happiness. We regularly use "gadgets" like love, acceptance, sharing, creativity, passion, humor, kindness, embracing change, and the ability to continue to learn as tools of choice for life's jobs and journeys. For many of us the most powerful key to our best life is simply to have…

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The #1 Tool for Finding Calm

Trust. It allows you to be present in the here and now, it allows you to face the world with calmness and centeredness. Trust gives you the ability to easily let go and let God. Trust puts you in the zone and allows you to be the channel for the power of the Universe to flow through you, as you. Through Trust you will be supported in every way. The biggest thing that has changed my life has been learning Trust. It's not just about knowing what trust means, or being able to talk about it and explain it. Learning…

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Finding the Courage Within You

When my publisher asked me a few years ago what I wanted the topic of my next book to be, I told him that I wanted to write a book about courage and confidence. So many people have come into my seminars and trainings over the last 15 years seeking qualities that somehow eluded them. I thought I knew something about courage and that I had something to share. Little did I know how much I had to learn. Faced with a grave cancer diagnosis and a startling health challenge, I learned the true meaning of the words courage and…

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Celebrate YOU!

Along the journey in my life, I have accepted the affirmation that I AM the gift in my life. I never could have imagined considering this belief prior to my transformational path of self-awareness to accept that I AM the gift. It was when I denied the gift of a friend's compliment that prompted an immediate life changing transformation. My friend was disappointed when I didn't accept her compliment that I am a gift in life, which was her gift to me. Imagine if I told you that you truly are the gift in your life. Would you accept it…

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Searching for Your Purpose? Try This Exercise

Love yourself unconditionally, deeply listen to your heart's desire and every day take at least one courageous and inspired step toward making your dream a reality. Life is a precious, sacred journey with many unexpected detours, delights and delays. Remember that the end of this journey, love is the only thing that truly matters. Make a commitment to love yourself, put your needs first and then serve the world from your open heart. Here is a concrete strategy to help you define your unique life purpose and get love flowing back to your heart center. Human beings are driven creatures…

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Finding the Gift in Life

I'm lucky. I've been given a gift. It's not that I'm a successful teacher and musician for almost 40 years. It's simply the gift of life. A little over two years ago I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and the initial tests indicated a 10% survival rate. I felt as if I had fallen through a hole in the sky. Why me? I couldn't figure out what I had done to cause this awful disease. And then my doctor gave me a gift. She said, "This has nothing to do with what you ate or where you live or…

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