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Perfection is Overrated

I’m all about reaching for the stars.  Trying to be the best you can be and do the best you can do is fantastic.  But I’ve watched way too many people stress out over what they’re doing, trying to be perfect.  News flash, we’re not perfect.  We’re human, and humans are perfectly IMPERFECT.  We try, we fail and we try again.  That’s where the magic is.  It’s in the trying.  Sure strive for perfection, but don’t get hung up on being perfect.  Enjoy what you’re doing, be proud of your attempt and always, always, always give it your all!

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Move Beyond Your Limits

Einstein was pretty smart.  I mean yeah, he had that whole theory of relativity thing going on, but I’m not just talking about his amazing science ability.  He was an incredibly insightful man.  There are those who might say that if we accept our limits, we are bound by them, but I disagree.  Once we are aware of what our limits are, our natural inclination is to find a way to surpass them.  Think about people who run, they’re always looking to increase their time and their distance…to go beyond what they are capable of.  When you go to the gym, the first time you try lifting weights, you have a limit, there is only so much weight you are capable of lifting.  Once you know that limit, you are able to start working, to strengthen your muscles and push beyond that limit.  This can be applied to anything in our lives.  Once we see where we are, we can then start to think about just how far we can go from there.  Never stop pushing your limits.  Always strive for more.

Write Your Own Story

Growing up, especially for little girls, we’re taught to wish for our happily ever after.  The only problem with that is we focus so much on the happily ever after, we miss the whole story.  Forget about the happy ending…live in the now of your story.  Really experience it.  When you think about it, you are the author of the greatest story ever – yours.  I know it sounds so trite – you are the author of your own story, but really, you are!  Sure your parents may be pushing you to do this or that.  Maybe your job isn’t exactly what you want, and yeah, maybe life is getting you down.  So what, this is still YOUR story.  If you don’t like the way it’s going, write a new chapter, but most of all, find JOY in that chapter.  The more joy you find in your story, the better your story will get.  Enjoy it now, don’t wait for th ehappy ending!

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The Moment

Embrace the now, more than embrace it, love the now.  It’s okay to plan for the future, and it’s okay to remember the past.  But we live in the now, and you need to love the now.  If you are happy and love who you are and what you’re doing right now, that love you’re feeling, that love will grow.  It will grow and expand.  It will encompass you, and the more love you feel, the more that love will grow and expand.  It will envelope you and those around you, and the love can and will continue to grow.

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Make Peace

This is probably the best piece of advice I’ve ever heard.  It’s also probably the hardest piece of advice to accept.  We are so darn critical of ourselves.  When you look in a mirror, what do you see?  I’m betting you overlook every single good thing you could see and instead perseverate over every perceived flaw.  And when you make a mistake, I’m betting you castigate yourself instead of accepting it and moving on.  I’m going to say “hey, don’t do that,” but I also know how very hard it is to NOT do that.  Maybe if we talked to ourselves they way we talk to our friends and family we’d be better off.  You are not a perfect person, and neither am I.  Accept your imperfections and move on.  You’ll be happier in the end.

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Create Your Vision

I was talking to somebody about visualizing and they were sharing some of the things they were trying to visualize, and I have to say, they set the visualization bar super low.  So we got to talking about that, and they said they didn’t feel right asking for so much awesomeness in their life.  I asked them if they ever played my favorite game.  It’s called “What if I won the lottery?”  Man I love that game.  I can spend that money like it’s nothing, and they said of course, pretty much everyone plays that game, but it’s just a daydream.  That was kind of my point.  You don’t limit yourself on your daydreams, why oh why would you limit yourself on your visualizations?  If you want it, GO for it.  Reach for the stars.  Visualize your perfect life, with your perfect things.  Don’t dream of mediocrity; dream of the fantastic.  It can be yours, you just have to believe it to be true.

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Accept Truth

There is nothing worse than believing in something 100% only to find out that perhaps you were wrong.  Truth has a way of knocking our beliefs out from underneath us.  As we grow and mature, we’ll often be faced with some hard truths that can throw us for a loop, but looking at them and accepting them can open up a new world to us.  So when confronted with the truth, accept it with grace and dignity and explore the new world which may be opened to you.  You never know what amazing and wonderful things you may learn.

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Taking a Stand

So I’m more than a little sad right now because my students had NO idea how to respond to this quote.  The idea of standing up for something is a pretty foreign concept, and the idea of doing so if their friends aren’t doing it was absolutely terrifying.  Taking a stand is important.  And it’s not because everybody else is doing it, or because it’s going to make you look like a better person.  You take a stand because it’s the right thing to do .  There is an inherent risk in taking a stand, but that shouldn’t stop you from doing what’s right or for fighting for what you believe.  We stand up because we know it’s right, not because it may help us individually, but because it’s going to help – period!  It doesn’t matter who may or may not see you take that stand, what matters most ist hat you do it.

Courage is Contagious

I like facebook.  I probably spend way too much time on there, if we’re going to tell the truth.  I’ve seen more cat memes than I care to think about, but I’m seeing something different right now.  If you look past the bashing, and the and the fighting about politics, you’ll start to see something pretty amazing.  I’m going to preface this by saying that I’m not choosing one side over another here. This applies to both sides.  People have opinions, and people are sharing their opinions.  People are arguing yes, but that’s what’s great.  There are more people taking a stand, and more people arguing because they’re seeing other people do it.  Taking a stand is a very hard thing, but seeing other people do it is giving other people the courage to take a stand as well.  It’s kind of awesome actually.

You Have the Power

I listen to people tell me all the time, they have no choice, they have no power, it’s not up to them.  The list goes on and on.  Well I’m here to cry bull!  We have power…and it’s always up to us.  What we say and what we do is up to us.  How we react to what somebody else says and does, that’s up to us as well.  And if we don’t like something, we definitely have the right to do something about it.  We have the right to take a stand for what we believe or take a stand against what we don’t believe.  So stop thinking you don’t have any control, or power.  You have ALL the control and ALL the power, you just need to stand up and take it!  If you’re unhappy with the way your life is going, take control and make the changes that will make you happy.  Nobody else is going to do it for you.  You need to do it for yourself.  Don’t like your job, find a new one.  Can’t find a new one, figure out what you can do to make your current job more tolerable – even if it’s just taking a second to be grateful that you have a job – that one little change, that one second of gratitude can be the catalyst for something more.  It’s up to you.  Take a stand, don’t give up the fight….the fight for YOU

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