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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…

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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-…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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12 Principles to Rock Your Life

1) What matters in life is finding and maintaining a connection with the most brilliant version of yourself—beyond your physical body and who you know yourself to be. Developing a strong connection with the divine is essential for trusting your own knowing and following your intuition, which will always show you the right path. 2) The question of whether you are worthy is irrelevant because your worth is already established simply by your presence here on earth. When you stop taking things personally and allow your bright light to shine, you cannot help but become magnetic to the right people…

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Blessed With a Hard Life

In Zaatari camp, a young Syrian boy with a love for soccer invited me into his home to show off his extensive collection of soccer medals. He so valued them that he packed them into a small pack slung on his shoulder during his journey fleeing the violence of his Syrian home, by foot, seeking refuge and safety in the desert. As I was leaving, he motioned for me to bend down, slipping one of his gold medals around my neck. I didn’t understand the Arabic words he whispered, but the power, love, and impact I felt in that exchange…

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Focus On What’s In The Glass

Is the glass half full or half empty? I am 66 years old and have been blessed to have a good life, a wonderful family and a pretty successful career. At age 60 I discovered Asset-Based Thinking and since then I have found more meaning in work, determination, personal fulfillment, confidence and humility than I could ever have imagined. As I contemplated what's ahead, I found it rewarding to look back through the lens of Asset-Based Thinking (ABT) and imagine the upside of the future. What ABT has shown me is that the glass is neither half full nor half…

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Your Dreams Are Waiting For You

Hello, old friend. (Yes, you. Really. You… reading this) We are writing to you because we miss spending quality time with you. Who are we? Your dreams — your unbridled zest for life, your spark of greatness. Did you even notice we’ve been missing? Sure, we drop in occasionally on birthdays, Christmas morning; sometimes we ride rollercoasters with you at theme parks. But, didn’t you know we’re supposed to be with you every day, every moment, even now? When you were very young, we were your constant companions, though that seems so long ago now. Granted, you’re not always miserable…

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The Biggest Life Lesson of All- Love

Love is worth it. It's been said a million times over for good reason. The immense gravity of love and connection is the biggest life lesson of all. It doesn't need to look how anyone else says it should. It doesn't have to check all the boxes that your family, your therapist, your friends, or society have laid out for you. What matters is that the love in your life touches your heart and resonates in your soul. Lean into it and let yourself be raw - in that rawness you will stretch your boundaries and live more deeply than…

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Greatness Takes Time 

The greatest piece of wisdom I have gained from my experiences to date is that greatness takes time. We have all heard the saying that “patience is a virtue". However, there is deeper wisdom in this statement and relevance to your life journey than you may recognize. Starting out as a keen and motivated young leader, I’ve been known to neglect this virtue. Perhaps driven by my passion and eagerness to create change, I have always tried to bring my ventures to fruition as quickly as I can. If someone was to tell me it would take over a year,…

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10 Tips for Tough Times

Breathe deeply. Breathe fully. Trust life. Watch opportunities unfold before you; especially when things aren’t going according to plan. There’s an immeasurable universe we are a part of. Understand you will not know the answer to "why". But you can gather information to use to keep moving forward in your life’s purpose. Have confidence in the decisions you make for yourself and family. • When choices feel right in the four corners of your home, then they are right for you. • Loving friends and family will honor your decisions. • If you begin to question your decisions, return to your home.…

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Time to Wake Up and LIVE!

You have something special to share with the world. It's up to you to figure out what that is and to share it with as many people as you can! If you don't know what that is yet, take a look at the people you admire and the people you admire. Think about what it is they are being, doing, or having that you wish for yourself and go after those things in your own life. You must do this, even if it scares you, because you are here to help. Each one of us is here to realize our connection…

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