Truth is Within You

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We live in a society in constant need of approval from “out there” which can never satisfy the soul within.

The “joy” of life is a spiritual connection with one’s I Am and not the approval of another person or society. Sure, such can uplift the ego but the ego is not your true essence. That resides between you and you (or for me, me and God).

From that place your true path, gifts, and purpose emerge. And from their you not only attract all you ever wished for in life but also extreme happiness 💝

Visionaries

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What do you typically see first?
Possibilities? or Obstacles?

Do you first feel how you can accomplish?
Or are you faced with the “I can’t?”

We live in a world of infinite possibilities in the greatest land to make dreams a reality. 

If not already, train yourself to first ask,
“How can I?” and act upon your vision 💝

Honor Failing

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How often have you felt or said to yourself, “But I don’t want to fail!” Or, such a thought actually keeps you stuck in an old pattern? Fear can be your enemy or you can turn it into a driving force.

Wondering how others “see you” or afraid to try something new is a kiss of death to remain stuck in a limited view of the world. Become adventurous! Get out and experience new things. You can only learn by failing - so don’t resist it - HONOR it! Make “failing” a fun adventure knowing you are growing, evolving, and creating a new and better life experience for yourself!

And utilize the simple philosophy of being your very best each day with whatever it is you are doing or tasked with. Ask yourself, “How can I be giving my very best right now?”

Then plan, do, check, adjust. Envision the outcome while being prepared to learn and adjust should “failure” occur. It is a process - Embrace it all!

Patience vs Wisdom

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I love how memes can paint the perfect picture!!!

A little patience will take you far in life. In this 'must have it now mindset,' a lack of patience can often lead to our greatest demise. True "Success" does not happen overnight. It takes discipline, work ethic, and diligence. What is gained along the way with the patience of maturing in a venture is wisdom.

Jump in and learn as much as you can when beginning a new adventure but also listen to the wisdom of those who've travelled before you. Allow time for your growth and greater understanding. Learn from the masters in your field to enable your path to be just a little bit straighter.

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An acquaintance proposed this question of what is the difference between noticing and judging? I found it interesting but even more so were the varied responses.

As I thought about it myself, I came up with this version of an answer. We are each our own individual. Not one of us is perfect. We each have our own flaws. But when we judge others by our standards we fail not only valuing the other individual but we also fail ourselves.

For in judging we are comparing and this means we are searching for value outside ourselves. This will never work. Observe others to learn from them but comparing yourself (better or worse) leads only to narcissism on the one hand or a pitfall of dispair on the other.

You are you and there is only one of you. You have skills and talents no one else does. Focus on becoming the very best version of you there is and watch the planets align in your favor. Leave judging to the higher power.

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Be willing to laugh - especially at yourself.
And I love all of you folks with a sense of humor that brighten my day! Your creativity brings new light to an often bitter world. Thank you for spreading your joy ❤️

This is a custom, one of a kind Schwinn 7’ Unicycle created by my Dad. I sat there and watched him sketch out the initial drawing on our kitchen table after I bent a shorter one he had brought home from Japan for me to try. He said, “What garbage.” And we went inside and he created the Schwinn Giraffe - this was a prototype but they decided to go with the shorter version for production.

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Success can be defined in many ways but for me nothing spells success more than setting a personal vision and accomplishing it.

It is personal and not communal. It is a reward from the inside out rather than acclaim and fortune. However you decide may you achieve the success you seek. 💝

This is from my devotional this morning and how appropriate to this post:

“Henry Ford went broke five times before he succeeded in business. Albert Einstein didn’t speak until he was four, didn’t read until he was seven, and was considered “mentally slow” by his teacher.

“The famous sculptor, Rodin, was thought to be an idiot by his father. Walt Disney was fired for a lack of creativity. Lombardi was accused of a lack of motivation [seriously?!]. Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade. Abraham Lincoln’s resume is one long trail of failures and disappointment. Fred Astaire was considered an average dancer and screen test failure. Rocky Marciano couldn’t make it in baseball.

IBM passed when first offered the photocopier (so did Kodak and RCA). Cheese, penicillin, paper towels, and aspirin were all by-products of mistakes [yellow sticky notes too!].

“History proves time and time again the number one qualifier for outstanding achievement is failure.

“We all fall down, but we mustn’t stay down. Every failure is an opportunity to begin again in a wiser fashion. We have more going for us than the formidable than the human spirit. We have the help of the Holy Spirit.

“Get up! Get moving! Quit whining! Seek guidance, and live your life to exceed every ody’s expectations.”

Deserving of Success

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How little this is understood today. In the "instant everything” we are surrounded by, so many are of the belief they should have things handed to them, or that success comes without real effort.

One fact of life will never change, even if you get "lucky" with instant success, your true self-esteem won't be lifted from the inside until you reach that point where you feel you are "deserving" of success. And to get to that point requires focused discipline and a solid work ethic.

Mindfulness

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Our language is powerful! And none greater than our self-talk. Our language tells us much of what’s going on within our own minds.

The more aware you are of the thoughts and words you use, the better you understand “you” on a daily basis.

Some of the greatest influence we have is with the young.

Be mindful of your words and actions for the subconscious mind of the child is being programmed directly by what you feed it.

During the imprinting years (roughly 0-7) there is a direct connection to the subconscious mind.

It is direct access without any filters. It's like being on the world wide web with no firewall, anti-virus, malware protection of any kind.

Masterful Leadership

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Vince Lombardi was one of the greatest coaches to emerge way before there were great coaches and still modeled today.

His secret was in motivating and inspiring his players to rise to the very best of their abilities while focusing on the team as a whole. This is an art of masterful leadership.

Each of us has the ability to be our very best each day. And what’s the payoff?

Higher self-esteem, greater self-worth, improved self-discipline, and the deserving of success. On a larger scale, you uplift, inspire, and provide hope to all others around you.
❤️

Jesus

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Wishing you a beautiful Sunday fulfilled with love and gratitude. 💝

Earlier in the week, my daily devotional had this sentence: “Cursed is all learning that does not point to the cross of Jesus Christ.” What a profound statement. But when I learned this was written in Princeton’s original charter I was amazed at how far we have come to remove God from our society in many different ways. Of course, it’s no longer a statement in their charter. 

That sent me searching and looking up all sorts of fascinating factoids last night which eventually led me to the meme’s quote - and it filled me with glee.