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Be Like Michael

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
– Michael Jordan

I think pretty much everybody agree that Michael Jordan was a phenomenal athlete, and an extremely successful one as well.  We should all try and be like Michael.  Not because we should all try and be first class athletes.  That’s a nice dream, but we can’t all do that, there’d be nobody to watch if we were all playing  🙂  No we should all adopt his attitude of trying and failing.  Michael Jordan wasn’t afraid to try and he wasn’t afraid of failing.  He let go of the fear of failing and it helped him to succeed.

That’s pretty amazing. When you think about it, some of his biggest failures were on national television and live in front of thousands of fans. His lack of fear of failing led him to keep trying and trying, and as a result, having more and more success.  Imagine what your like if you would allow yourself to be like Michael?  Just go out there and try without any fear of failure.  What would you accomplish?  Really the sky is the limit.  So be like Michael and don’t let your fear of failure stopping you from succeeding.

Who Are You

I know for sure that what we dwell on is who we become.
– Oprah Winfrey

Who are you? If you’re like most people you have probably asked yourself that question at least a couple of times.  The Law of Attraction, and Oprah for the sake of this quote, say you become what you focus upon, and to some extent I think that’s true.  I actually talked about it with my students this past week in school.  We had watched the movie Cinderella Man and were talking about what it means to have a positive attitude.  One thing I wanted the kids to come away with is that a positive attitude doesn’t necessarily mean rainbows, fluffy bunnies and unicorns.  A positive attitude is when you work to make the best of what you have, or what life tosses at you.

In the movie, Jimmy Braddock, played by Russell Crowe had been given a rough row to hoe during the Depression.  Through out the movie, we see that it would have been so easy to just give up, but in the words of one of my students, he just “lived his best life.”  Jimmy Braddock didn’t dwell on what he didn’t have, or what he had lost.  He just kept working to make it better.  To me that is exactly what this quote is talking about.

You are, or you become what you are thinking about and focusing upon.  So really it’s up to you to decide who you are.  Focus on the things that are good, the things that make you strong and the things that help you live your best life, and you will absolutely have your best life.

Mistakes are Okay

When we give ourselves permission to fail, we, at the same time, give ourselves permission to excel. – Eloise Ristad

For the longest time, I thought mistakes were bad.  You didn’t want to make mistakes, you wanted to get the right answers and have all your projects work out correctly, right?  That’s what I thought, but I was wrong.  Mistakes are okay.  I may even go so far as to say that mistakes can be a good thing.

I know it sounds crazy, but it’s true.  Think about it. If you never push yourself, if you never try, you may succeed at what you’re trying to do, but what are you missing out on?  You’re missing out on the chance to find more, create more, discover more.  You’re missing out on the chance to excel and to soar.

I know that it seems counter intuitive to say it’s okay to make mistakes and it’s okay to fail.  But really it is.  Giving yourself permission to fail may take you out of your comfort zone, but that’s not a bad thing.  So tell yourself, that it’s okay to take chances, it’s okay to try something new, it’s okay to fail, and most of all, tell yourself that mistakes are okay.  They are, and who knows what you may find out by taking a chance and making a mistake.

Life Doesn’t Have To Be Perfect

Do not dwell so much on creating your perfect life that you forget to live. – Unknown

Have you ever gotten so obsessed with making sure something is perfect that you forget to enjoy it?  I have!  Think about a vacation you may have planned.  You can get so caught up in the planning and the itinerary, focusing on where you need to be next instead of enjoying where you are right now.  Think about weddings.  Brides and grooms strive to create the perfect day, and when it’s over, they can’t remember anything about that day.  Or worse, a small issue, like napkins in the wrong shade of ivory, can turn into a giant catastrophe.

It’s good to have goals and to strive to make things as good as they can be.  I want to have the best life possible.  But I don’t want to miss out on the life I have right now in trying to make my life perfect.  The fact of the matter is, it’s never going to be perfect.  Instead of stressing out over them, embrace the imperfections and you may find that they add to your life and make it even better.  But the only way you’re ever going to find out is to live your life.

How to Take Risks Like a Stunt Driver

How to Take Risks Like a Stunt Driver

If your dreams don’t scare you, are you sure they’re big enough? It’s easy to fall into complacency, especially when life is so busy most of the time, but setting goals can help you stay on track and grow as a person. Sometimes our goals and dreams seem risky — whether it’s a fear of failure, getting hurt, or losing something. However, passing up every opportunity to grow means you may miss out.

 

Taking risks sometimes gets confused with being reckless, but that’s not the case. There are small risks you can take each day to grow as a person. It may be reaching out to someone new and inviting them out to dinner or as small as trying out a new restaurant out of your normal routine. Larger risks may be making a move to a new city or completely changing your career path. Something all of these risks have in common is uncertainty and an opportunity for growth.

 

For a fun spin on risk-taking, we can look to some of the most daredevil professionals out there: stunt drivers. These risk-taking lessons from stunt drivers show us that there are times to take risks and other times we should play it safe.

 

Look for more opportunities to take risk in your life and discover the reward of taking a chance!

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Do Not Dwell

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate your mind in the present moment. – Buddha

I have been dwelling – a lot lately, and it’s not good.  I shared with you all a few months ago that I was dealing with some health issues.  I still am, and lately they have gotten a little worse.  It’s not like I’m dealing with anything terminal, so I am very fortunate, but I’m still dwelling on it a lot.  Translation, I’m feeling sorry for myself.  Dwelling on anything isn’t good, and that includes the past.  You can get so caught up on what was, that your forget about what is, and that’s right now.

I think that sometimes, it’s okay to have a good wallow every now and again, it can be healthy and even healing.  But to dwell just means you are focusing on what is negative or bad, or gone, and what good does that do?  When you dwell on the past, you’re focusing on what was, be it good or bad.  You can’t go back to it, and you can’t change it.  So if it’s good, appreciate it, if it’s bad, let it go and move on.

For me, with my health, I unfortunately, can’t let it go, and for the most part, I’m doing a fairly decent job of trying to be positive, but I think I’m still falling into the dumps about it a little too often.  So what I need to do is dig out my handy dandy tool kit of mood changers.  Yes I have a tool kit, I talk about it in Chapter 4 of my book Thinking Positive: Take the Journey into Positivity which is available on Amazon.  Some of the things I do is escape into mindless comedy on tv, or singing on the top of my lungs.  I also have a fondness for making up words, which while annoying for others tends to cheer me up a lot!

So do what you have to do to stop dwelling, be it on the past, or on something that is going on right now.  It’s not helping, and dwelling isn’t going to change a thing, so why bother.   What strategies do you have to let go of things and not dwell?  I’d love to hear about them.

15 Ways to Make Saving Money Fun

15 Easy Ways to Make Saving Money Fun
Matt Zdun

We all know that saving money is important for our future wellbeing. But, at the same time, it can be pretty difficult and not always the most fun thing to do.

In some cases, just thinking about saving money can bring you down. Studies show that a large chunk of adults — 85% — feel stressed about money from time to time, and a sizeable 30% of adults are constantly stressed about money.

It’s not hard to see why this is the case when you consider the fact that almost half of adults don’t have emergency savings set aside for unexpected life events, like the loss of a job or the illness of a loved one.

If you have struggled with saving money and find the whole process difficult or not enjoyable, you’re not alone. But the good news is that there are plenty of resources that bloggers, authors, and app developers have given us to spice up the process of saving money.

Credit.com has compiled a roundup of tips and tricks to make saving money fun and keep you in high spirits in the process. Check it out:

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The Benefits of Mindful Meditation

The Benefits of Mindful Meditation

Krista Harper

 

Meditation has been around for thousands of years. Initially, the practice was linked with certain spiritual aspects of some religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. It was used as a technique to help people achieve a higher plane of discipline in the said religion. It has evolved over time, however, with much of today’s discussion about meditation focusing on its benefits upon the wellness of the body and mind. Men and women of science have come out to show the positive changes that the body and mind can undergo as a result of consistent and mindful meditation.

What is Mindful Meditation?

Although there are many different meditation techniques, mindful meditation is one of the best and most effective. The trick here is to focus your mind on your very own experiences and make the conscious decision to focus upon your sensations, emotions, and thoughts in the present. Here the person meditating must be aware of their body and mind, practice breathing techniques for focus, mental imagery and muscle relaxation. When you focus on your experiences, a lot of things that were shrouded before suddenly become very clear.

 

Benefits of Mindful Meditation

Practicing mindful meditation is quite effective and offers practitioners a wide array of benefits to help nourish the body and mind. Some of these include:

 

Better sleep

Sleep is a crucial part of our lives. With proper sleep, you are more likely to find yourself in a great mood and feeling well balanced, full of energy and sharp as a whip. When you practice mindful meditation, you are able to clearly see what is keeping you from having a good night’s sleep.  This way, you have avenues to address the problem and achieve better sleep. According to certain research, mindful meditation has even helped older adults with sleep problems improve their quality of life by elevating their quality of rest.

 

Lowering stress

Stress is one of the few things that can cause us to get sick emotionally and also have a physical manifestation by evolving into other illnesses. Due to the fast-paced lives most people lead, we find that people don’t have an appropriate outlet for their stress. Therefore, it simply continues adding up to the point where everything can devolve and even begin to cause issues like heart disease, obesity, anxiety, and even depression. By practicing mindful meditation, you can actually reduce the amount of the stress hormone cortisol in the body bringing peace and clarity of mind.

 

Boost productivity

In most cases, the path to success is determined by how productive you are. The more productive you are, the better you perform at work and the better the chances of moving up the ladder. Researchers have found conclusive evidence that mindful meditation does a lot to enable the brain to retain attention for longer periods of time. What’s more, you also find that there is a significant change in executive functioning, working memory, reduced anxiety, and visual-spatial processing. As such, you are able to work for longer and process information a lot better. This will often give you an edge in a competitive environment.

About the Author:

Krista Harper is a local yoga instructor and freelance writer from Southern California. She regularly covers lifestyle, mental health, and nutrition topics and has a passion for helping people create balance in their lives.

Words of Inspiration Printables

Floral Printables to Inspire You Anywhere

Words of inspirtation
The words you share have more power than you may think. Our words have the energy to mold our emotions, mindsets, and potentialities. Not only can words boost our moods but they can inspire us to achieve goals we didn’t know were possible. It would only make sense if we surround ourselves with words to inspire us!

 

Inspirational or powerful words have the synergy to boost self-compassion, decrease stress, and advance our well-being. ProFlowers has designed 8 decorative floral printables that each illustrates a power word whose intent is to inspire and motivate you to be the best version of your self. Use these printables in your office, at home, or gift to a friend.

 

You may find all the wonderful printables here, along with 52 inspirational quotes from influential people. Empower the light within you by simply hanging a printable in each of your creative spaces. Start being inspired today!

 

8 Amazing Ways to Manage Your Emotions Right Away

8 Amazing Ways to Manage Your Emotions Right Away

Jack Greener

Emotions are a part of our daily lives. Feeling emotional is the thing that makes us human, but the objective is to control our emotions instead of being controlled by them. If you are here reading this article, then you have already taken the first step towards gaining control over your emotions. You have accepted that your emotions have to be controlled. There are many ways to control your emotions and stop them from negatively affecting your life. Here is a list of some of the best ways that are scientifically proven and I have personally used to control my emotions. So, give it a read if you want to become a master of your emotions.

  • Try Breathing Exercises

The first thing that you need to start practicing is some basic breathing exercises and meditation. It is scientifically proven that even simply taking three deep breaths can really help you control your emotions. This is a very effective and instant solution. If you are feeling angry, or you are feeling anxious and stressed, taking three simple deep breaths can get you in control of your emotions, and it can help you react to a difficult situation logically and professionally. You should also perform short meditation sessions in the mornings to clear your head and improve your emotion controlling skills.

  • Distance Yourself from the Situation

Everyone faces difficult situations which make them emotional, but if you react to the situation in an emotional state, you aren’t doing yourself any favors. If you feel like your emotions are overpowering you, try to distance yourself from the situation. You can go for a walk and think about your problems logically and objectively. It will save you from making any mistakes or saying stuff that you may regret later on, and it will allow you to respond to the emotional situation in a logical and prepared way. This is a super effective and simple way to start controlling your emotions.

  • Suppress Your Ego

Almost all emotional problems and conflicts are caused due to inflated egos. Controlling and suppressing your ego is the final step of becoming a master of your emotions. This isn’t easy, of course, and it takes a long time of practice and a lot of emotional strength to suppress your ego. If you can control and suppress your ego, you will feel a lot more control over your emotions, and you will be able to express the facts and issues that would otherwise make you emotional, in a professional, logical and objective manner.

A great tip to get started is to understand that the opinions of others about you aren’t a reflection of your personality, and they are, just opinions. Respect that people have the right to disagree and have opposing opinions about matters, and you will find yourself more composed and confident in otherwise emotional situations.

  • Learn About the Psychology of Emotions

A great way to gain control over your emotions is to understand the science behind them. You should study some basic psychology in your spare time. This will allow you to assess your own emotions, and it will allow you to understand the feelings and actions of others better. If you can understand why people are doing the actions that make others or them emotional, you will be able to look at the situation from a logical and outside perspective without getting angry or sad.

 

 

  • The Simple and Ancient Way

I found a very simple yet very effective method to control anger and emotions in ancient Muslim culture. I read that if you are feeling angry, you should sit down if you are standing and lie down if you are sitting. Though this may seem like a very simple action, there is a lot of science behind it.

Our posture has a major role to play in the chemical nervous system. When we sit down in an anger-inducing situation, the body relaxes, and the amounts of hormones that are affecting our emotions are also suppressed. Also, you are more prone to do something rash when you are standing. By sitting down, you take yourself out of the situation where impulse and sudden emotions can make you take an action or say something that you may regret.

  • Try Some Cannabis

Cannabis is an amazing herb that is being hailed as a wonder drug these days, and because of recent developments and studies that prove it to be a safe and medically beneficial substance, cannabis has been legalized in a majority of American states.

Cannabis is another amazing method to relax and control your emotions instantly. It is known to reduce stress and anxiety, and it takes the users into a pleasant euphoric state. This is a great way to gain more control over your emotions and without stress and anxiety, you can think about emotional situations logically and come to effective solutions. There are many types of cannabis concentrates available in the market if you want a stronger and quicker control over your emotions.

  • Exercise

Another amazing and super effective way to control and let go of your emotion in a controlled environment is exercising. Many people opt for exercise and activities like boxing and kickboxing to let go of their anger and emotions. Keeping emotions bottled up is bad for you, and it can affect you negatively. You should have a controlled outlet for your emotions, and exercising at the gym is a super healthy and effective way to control your emotions and channel them into something healthy.

  • Express Yourself in a Controlled Manner

A common misconception that people have is that they think that suppressing and controlling one’s emotions is the same thing. If you keep your emotions and feelings bottled up and suppressed, you are bound to have an emotional meltdown, which is not healthy at all. You should try to control your emotions and express them in a professional and logical way. If something bothers you or makes you feel angry or uncomfortable, you should express your feelings but in an objective and unemotional way.

 

About the Author:

Jack is a psychotherapist and neurodegenerative disorders’ expert. He has been practicing in New York for 25 years now, and since then he has been fighting to make marijuana legal in the United States for it comes with numerous health benefits. You can read his blogs at https://thegreenace.ca/category/the-green-ace-blog/.

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