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Are You Making the Grade?

When we graduate from school the temptation is to believe we will no longer be graded on our performance. However, the reality is that upon commencement is when the real grading of our performance begins. It can seem as if we're being continuously evaluated, or graded, by employers, customers, co-workers, family etc. There is no doubt that assessment is important and, when done correctly, can provide positive feedback and benchmarks for our professional development. Done incorrectly, feedback from the stakeholders in our lives can be painful and detrimental. It can also lead us to assess our own performance too harshly.…

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Simple Ways to Embrace Life

Love fully. Laugh daily. Be silly. Embrace your dreams! Feel gratitude for the simplest of pleasures. Discover the beauty of silence. Spend quiet time alone each day. Live from your heart not your head. Keep a gratitude journal. Be an inspiration to others. Shine your light for others to follow. Be more - do less. Release fear. Allow yourself to receive the blessings of life. Living a joyful life is a choice - choose wisely. Release the shackles of self-judgment. Step outside your comfort zone. Take baby steps each day toward the life of your dreams. Believe in the truth…

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How To Find Your True Purpose

Don't play it safe. Work tirelessly to figure out your purpose and what you were meant to do on this earth. If you have to test different jobs and experiences to find what you like, by all means do it. Apathy and fear of failure are your enemy, experimentation is your friend. Finding your purpose takes courage and a willingness to stumble. You will likely open some wrong doors before you open the right door. Don't expect the path to be linear and predictable -- be okay with the journey having its ups and downs. If and when others try…

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Do You Have Passion for The Possible?

On this day of my life I see clearly that we must explore and develop those ways to engender the passion for the possible in our human development while discovering what that "possible" is. In so doing we will discover ways of transcending and transforming the local self so that extraordinary life can arise. There is no question but that a larger life is latent in the human species and that we live only a small part of the life that is given. Thus it will require from those of you who are really serious about making a difference something…

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The 4 Keys to Fulfillment

The keys to finding fulfillment in life may be different for each of us, but here is what I have discovered to work for me... and the essence of what I've discovered after my years on this wonderful planet. I hope these insights launch you into the next stage of your life with powerful new renewed force and energy. I discovered these four distinctions in the 50+ entrepreneurs I interviewed, but I do believe at their core, they also lead to a more fulfilling life: 1. Embrace a consuming passion by sharing it with others. Surround yourself with others who share…

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Awaken to Your Precious Life

You are infinitely free, unendingly magnificent, undeterred by fear, overflowing as love itself. Isn’t it amazing? This way of being is available to you right now in this very moment. You can be free of the problems that define you. You can live in peace, ease, and contentment with things as they are. But it won’t happen unless you are ready to be conscious in your life. Consider these life lessons, and put them into practice. Then you can’t help but live the fullest expression of your natural, shining, inherently lovely self. Orient your whole life toward what you love.…

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12 Short Poems for A Great Life

Follow your Heart "Take time each day to laugh and to play, Be thoughtful in all of the words that you say. Please follow your heart as you go on your way, Then you will find pleasure in every day." Live life fully "We are all only dancing on this earth a short time, So be sure to dance with a happy song in your mind. Dance loudly, dance strongly to the heavens above, But most of all, dance with your heart full of love." On laughter "Don't lose the ability to laugh and to play, Learn to laugh like…

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Take A Leap For Your Passion

In today's world, so many people wake up to an alarm clock, less than thrilled to step out of bed and into the shower to prepare for a full day of work. After they brush their teeth and pour a cup of coffee to take with them on their morning commute, they ponder how many other things they could be doing over the next 10 hours that would be so much more productive than what they're about to actually do. But it doesn't have to be this way. What so many people don't realize is that you don't have to…

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7 Paths to the Life of Your Dreams

Be your authentic self. Be true to yourself always. Don't worry what other people will think. March to the beat of your own unique drum and do the things that make you happy. Magical things happen when you're following your passions, the things that you really love in life. Surround yourself with people who inspire you. Always seek to be around people who amplify your energy. After interacting with them, you'll feel uplifted and excited about life. Look for this reaction when considering friends, coaches, business partners, mentors, clients, Mastermind Group members, etc. Practice blissful thinking. Dream the biggest dream…

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The Spark That Lives In You!

There is a spark of vitality that lives in you. This spark is a miracle that only you can bring to life. It is your gift, your purpose, your passion...your presence. You must nurture this spark, and allow it to grow. Be curious, compassionate, courageous and committed as you discover what this is in you. Because it is unique to you and only you, I cannot tell you with certainty how you'll find it or know it. I just know that you must. When you find it, and I trust that you will, if you haven't already, the next step…

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What Matters Most (Poem)

There’s no right answer, to what matters most. The heart of each of us holds a special choice. What matters is living fully, in every possible way. Live like you mean it, like there is no next day. The answer lies within, deep inside your soul. Find those secret places, take a flashlight when you go. Shine down upon them, get still and really see. You will feel a spark inside, that fills you and helps you be. Play and dance and paint it out, until you light a fire. Raging brilliant flames, for your true heart's desire. Allow what…

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Ask A Luminary

How Do I Find My Gift In Life?

"I work at a hospital and I'm not sure what my gift is in life -- I'm not sure what I like doing. Need help!" ~ Vivian, Chicago, IL Dear Vivian, I can so appreciate your question! Just a few years ago I was in the same place myself - in a job I was good at but didn’t love and feeling empty inside, like I didn’t know where I was headed. I think I can help you with this by sharing a bit of my journey with you. First, it’s important to recognize that even if we are good…

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Ask A Luminary

HOW Do You Find Your Passion in Life?

"HOW do you find your passion in life? I am a 54 year old single woman who has been in the nursing field for over 30 years and I am ready for a change, but unable to take the plunge, change course, and do something different. I want to try something different, but am struggling with what that is....can anyone help? Thanks!" ~ Barb, Lakefield Your passion is a story of emotional authenticity, responsibility and magic. It is a story of self-discovery and embracing the power within you. The specifics of what you are meant to do will come alive…

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