Wednesday, June 19, 2019

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  • Article: How To Follow Your Heart And Live A More Authentic Life | By, Tony Fahkry

    Photo by by Aditya Saxena

    You Cannot Form A True Identity On Unstable Foundations

    “Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.” — Thomas Merton

    When we connect with the core of our being, we merge with the Truth of our core self. This self is not obscured by labels or limiting beliefs about who it should be, because it knows how to survive in the world. This self is your true essence and because we dissociate from it, we lose our way.

    But you can never become lost when you are tied to universal intelligence. We ought to find time for silence because without regular silence we are caught up in the outside world and get distracted by the external noise. Worse still, we move into our heads and listen to the stream of incessant thoughts which occupy space in our minds. I’m not suggesting we ignore our thoughts, rather our thoughts have little to offer us by way of who we are. They are labels, ideas and impressions we pick up along the way during our life’s journey. But just as a GPS device, they tell us no more of who we are if we are not connected to a satellite or use the wrong map.

    To reveal our authentic self we must learn to let go of ideas instead of accumulate more. Consider a hoarder who buys collectables without selling existing items. Soon enough his space is packed full of items and he cannot move around until he frees up additional space. Our minds are the same. It is full of thoughts, that it becomes a distorted representation of the nature of reality. I use distorted in the kindest possible sense to show it being obscured from seeing the truth.

    Consider the following tale and notice what comes up for you: A long time ago, there was a wise Zen master. People from far and near sought his counsel for his wisdom to become enlightened in the way of Zen. He seldom turned any away. One day an important man of command and obedience came to visit the master. “I have come today to ask you to teach me about Zen. Open my mind to enlightenment.” The tone of the important man’s voice was accustomed to getting his own way.

    The Zen master smiled and said they should discuss the matter over a cup of tea. When the tea is served the master poured the visitor a cup. He continued to pour until the tea overflowed the rim of the cup and spilled over onto the robes of the man. Finally the visitor shouted: “Enough. You are spilling the tea all over. Can’t you see the cup is full?” The master stopped pouring and smiled at his guest. “You are like this tea cup, so full that nothing more can be added. Come back when the cup and your mind are empty.”

    Like the important man visiting the wise Zen master, he cannot gain more information when his mind is full. Letting go of our stories, ideas and beliefs is not easy because we fear we will lose our identity if we do so. If you believe that to be true, you have built an identity on shaky ground. You cannot form a true identity on unstable foundations, for that is equivalent to building a house on sand hoping it won’t sink into the ground. That’s why we must gradually abandon our perceptions of life to replace them with the truth.

    Your Soul Knows The Best Passage For Your Life’s Journey

    “The privilege of a lifetime is to become who you truly are.”― C.G. Jung

    It may take an entire lifetime to awaken our authentic self, which is concealed by the weight of past conditioning. However, it is better to live an authentic life than imprisoned as someone you pretend to be.

    In her book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing, author Bronnie Ware states the following as the five regrets:

    1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

    2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

    3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

    4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

    5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

    The number one regret of the dying is to have lived a more authentic life and not live according to the wishes of others. Depending on your circumstances, you still have time to chart a new course while striving to live from the heart. The mind will lead you so far, while the heart with its infinite wisdom will direct you on a journey of self-discovery. Contained within this self-discovery is the journey to awaken you to your authentic self.

    Author Paulo Coelho writes in The Alchemist:

    Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”

    The heart is the seat of the soul and since your soul is infinite, it knows the best passage for your life’s journey. Soulful living is an invitation to live beyond the material world and be led by your heart’s wisdom. You will not be led astray if you follow your heart. Heart-based or soulful living is the awakening of your authentic self. Once you awaken this loving kindness within, you can never go back to living your former ways. Like a gradual awakening of the heart, you will experience life through the eyes of a child, because you now see life through an awakened mind, instead of an overflowing cup. As you follow your heart, it will lead you to destinations and experiences infinitely orchestrated for your personal evolution.

    Source: Medium

    Author: Tony Fahkry

    As always, do more of what you love. Be more of who you love. Seize Your Passion!

  • Video: 10 People That Turned Hardships Into Blessings | By Jay Shetty

    Ten inspiring stories about how our biggest failures, rejections, and lowest points can truly be our biggest blessings.

    These ten people were asked about their biggest failures, rejections, and lowest points. What they have to say is nothing short of moving, inspiring, and a great reminder for us all that we will get through our toughest times, even when our toughest times seem to go on forever, and we will be better and stronger for it. If we so choose.

    Source: YouTube

    Author: Jay Shetty

  • You’re So Money and You Don’t Even Know It!

    Maybe it’s time to redefine success….

    “You’re so money and you don’t even know it!”

    Remember that line from the movie Swingers? :-). The context may be different, but it’s sooo true!!! You are sooooo money!!! (And you don’t even know it).

    We all are!!!  So why don’t we allow ourselves to recognize or fully acknowledge that?!

    I think one reason is that we’re all so hard on ourselves, and we don’t give ourselves the credit that we freakin’ deserve! And that’s important!!!

    You are AMAZING! You’ve achieved and accomplished so much! You’ve overcome sooo much! You take care of and give so much!! 

    Own that! Embrace that! Acknowledge and celebrate that!!!! 

    Another reason we don’t do that nearly enough is because of how “success” has been defined for us. Not by us. 

    We take the word “success” to mean what our culture and society at large decided it means for all of us. But, in reality, how you define success is totally unique and individual to YOU; and it’s totally based on what’s important to you!!! Not to anyone or everyone else! And I think we forget that.

    And because of that, we end up feeling less-than, not enough, unfulfilled, unhappy, stressed, and sometimes even sick. Literally and physically sick.       

    Succeeding at the expense of our health and well-being is not succeeding.” – Arianna Huffington

    Meaning, we each need to redefine our own “success” in a way that allows us to thrive; in a way that compliments rather than contradicts our joy, our passion, our beliefs, our values, our dreams, our purpose, our meaning, and our true fulfillment in life!!!

    In a way that enhances and enriches and elevates us. In a way that speaks to, and brings out, your truth, and your best YOU!

    That’s true success in my book!! Right?!! 

    And yet, despite the fact that we know that, and even believe it to be true, somehow we don’t act accordingly. 

    (Which reminds me of another great movie quote from The Departed: “We’re all dying. Act accordingly!” Which was delivered brilliantly, by the way, by Jack Nicholson). 

    But what do we do instead? We beat ourselves up for not having gotten to some generalized, end-point, finish line that’s based on someone else’s definition of what success should mean to you. 

    When you think about it, It’s totally ludicrous! It’s absurd!

    And this whole notion of how we define “success” is totally related to what it really means to self-actualize, realize your full potential, and become your best self. It’s not about some finite end point, target, or any one goal. Rather, what self-actualization is really about is continuously evolving, growing, and becoming better. Each day, each year, each decade. 

    Actualizing your self is about pushing that potential, that innate greatness you have within you, a little (or a lot) further each and every day. 

    But because we don’t think about it in this way, the notion of realizing your dreams and becoming your best self ends up freezing us, and actually stopping us from doing just that! 

    We tell ourselves we’re not there yet, we’re not ready yet, or not good enough yet to reach that elusive, illusionary, end-goal target. 

    Instead, we need to remember:

    (1) Just how money you really are!!!!  
    (2) To start now, wherever you are, and just take a next step.

    A next step to evolving, growing, and becoming better than you were yesterday. That’s it. That’s self-actualization! That is, in and of itself, what it means to realize your potential. To consciously be on that ever-limitless trajectory of growth. Just better every day. That’s it.

    Do one new thing you love today. Do more of what you love, today. Be more of who you love. Today.

    That’s truly how you realize your dreams and become your best self! Today!!! 🙂 #SeizeYourPassion! 

  • The Need is Real! Self-Actualization at its Best

    Your desire to be your best, to realize your dreams, to be successful, happy, and fulfilled- it’s NOT just a luxury, or a “want.”

    Rather, that desire, that yearning to be all that you can be, to fulfill your potential, and to live your best, most joyous, meaningful, and fulfilling life, it’s a real, actual, universal, basic human NEED!!!!   

    In wellness terms (including your soul’s wellness, in addition to your psychological, emotional, and physical wellness), a “need” is defined as something that if goes unmet, creates a pathology (meaning a disease or sickness, as in the opposite of wellness) or a pathological problem.

    The most concrete example is your need for food. If that need goes unmet, it creates a pathological problem in your body.

    Our need for love is the same, though not as obvious in a tangible way. If your need for love goes unmet, it creates a pathological problem (meaning, a lack of wellness) in your life.

    (And by the way, that’s as true for doing what you love and being who you love – which is essentially giving yourself love – as it is for receiving love from others! They’re both equally vital to your wellness!!!. Because LOVE is everything! And everything starts with YOU! But I digress…..)   

    So too is it with your need to self-actualize!!!  Your hunger, drive, and desire to achieve and attain success, happiness, meaning, purpose, fulfillment, to be your best, to fulfill your potential, and to realize your dreams – that’s something to embrace, nourish, cultivate, develop, and maximize – NOT from a place of ego-driven entitlement or selfish want, but from a place of soul wellness and real, basic, human need!!!

    And I think it’s important to remember that. To remember and be reminded that your need for self-actualization is a beautiful and pure essential part of YOU, your being, and your wellness!

    It’s not something to shove away, bury, minimize, or be ashamed of in any way whatsoever (which I think is something we all tend to do sometimes – we think, who am I to want such grand dreams, or who am I to think I can achieve such success, or whatever form of beating yourself up you tend to go to).

    You NEED to Self-Actualize – to strive to become your best, realize your dreams, grow, evolve, and live your best life possible with meaning, purpose, passion and fulfillment – just as you need food, and just as you need love. :-)))   

    As always, Do More of What You Love and Be More of Who You Love!

    Seize Your Passion!!!!

  • Video: Shine Your Light!

    Lisa Nichols inspires and entertains in this awesome Goalcast video, and reminds us to:
    Shine Your Light, Baby!!!

    Shine Your Light, Baby!! Lisa Nichols shines, inspires, and entertains!!!

    Source: YouTube

    Author: Goalcast

  • Article: Self empowerment techniques that help you be your best

    Self empowerment is about taking control of your life. This involves developing the self-trust and self-awareness you need to set the right goals, make sound decisions, and understand your strengths and weaknesses – so you can thrive.

    Living a life fuelled by self empowerment is a refusal to allow others to make decisions for you.

    Instead, it’s claiming your own path – regardless of what anyone else says – because you know that path is right for you.

    It’s the harder path for sure. It’s far easier to settle for conventional rules and fall in line. It’s easier to play small and dumb down your goals and your ideas. But if you’re reading this, I know that’s not what you want.

    You want to dream bigger and achieve more. You want to explore your full potential and you want to feel empowered to take the actions and decisions that lead to an abundant life.

    So if you know there’s so much more out there, this article is for you.

    Keep reading and you’ll discover SEVEN powerful self improvement techniques that will help you cultivate the grit, self-trust, and confidence you need to be your best.

    1. Journaling

    “An unexamined life is not worth living.” – Plato

    Everyday you make decisions, ponder over thoughts, and live out experiences. It’s a big melting pot, which contains a host of insights ready for you to pull out.

    That’s what journaling helps you to do – it’s a practice that empowers you to examine your life for self empowerment.

    By getting introspective in your notebook, you can explore your thoughts and experiences more deeply. You can look for the connections, join up the dots, and get clearer on who you are.

    Journaling isn’t just about mulling over the here and now. You can also use this practice to reflect over your life so you can get more clarity on what’s shaped your beliefs and your thought patterns. If you struggle to know what to journal about, ask yourself questions or get your hands on some prompts.

    Do what it takes to get more clarity on the subconscious, hidden stuff that’s driving you, and you’ll be able to make more empowered choices moving forward.

    2. Make good decisions

    “It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Tony Robbins

    When you lack confidence and you don’t know yourself, it’s easy to be influenced by the people you admire and respect.

    Especially when it comes to those big, defining decisions!

    If you don’t trust your own judgement, there’s a good chance you’ll be persuaded.

    But what others think you should do isn’t necessarily what’s right for you.

    Often, we know in our gut what the right choice is, but we end up overriding that decision because of fear, ‘logical’ thinking, and the opinions of others.

    Decisiveness is powerful because it allows you to take control over your life.

    Instead of procrastinating, you can choose and act.

    So invest in developing your decision making skills.

    Train your mind to think widely about the tough choices – considering all angles so you feel confident you’ve chosen well. Of course, hindsight is a wonderful thing, but trusting yourself enough to go for what you think is right is a hugely empowering thing to do.   

    3. Set goals

    “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” –Bill Copeland

    When it comes to self empowerment, your goals are the drivers.

    Set goals and you begin to live your life intentionally. Instead of allowing each day to be like the one before, you set a course that allows you to create the life YOU want.

    Goals create focus.

    They tell your brain what’s important (and what is less so).

    They make it easy for you to prioritize what’s on your plate by putting the things that will take you closer to your targets first.

    Goals are the seeds of change and they put you in the driving seat of your life.

    What goals do you need to set – in your relationships, your work/career, your personal development, your finances, your hobbies, your health and wellbeing etc?

    Set goals that take you closer to the things you want, and take action on them, and you’ll feel more empowered than ever.

    4. Manage your time

    “The key is in not spending time, but in investing it.” – Stephen Covey

    Each day, you wake up with 1440 minutes deposited in your time bank account.

    Time is the greatest equalizer. It doesn’t matter who you are, we all get the same time allocation. It’s what you do with your time that counts.

    It’s easy to feel disempowered in life when time feels scarce, but the truth is you do have enough time to do it all. It’s simply a case of prioritization and allocation.

    Self empowerment is about taking responsibility for your time and ensuing you’re using it wisely. Ask yourself:

    • What are you doing that you don’t really enjoy?
    • Where are you wasting time through procrastination and distractions?
    • What could you outsource, delegate, or even scrap all together?
    • What are you not doing that you’d really love to explore?

    Time is too precious to leave it to chance.

    Instead, use a planner (such as the SELF Journal) to plan your day.

    Figure out your daily targets (ensuring they’re aligned to your goals) and schedule in all your tasks in the same way you would a fixed appointment.

    Budget your time to get it all done and there’s a good chance you will.  

    5. Don’t be afraid to fail

    “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford

    If self empowerment is about taking control and using your life to do the things you want, you MUST get comfortable with failure.

    No one likes to fail. It’s uncomfortable, it can knock our confidence, and it makes us vulnerable to the judgement of others.

    However, you can’t create a fully expressed life if you never push yourself out of your comfort zone. The things you want require you to take actions and make decisions that you’ve never taken before. It’s just the way it is! You can’t know everything in advance (and if you do, perhaps you’re not thinking big enough).

    So give yourself the freedom and permission to get it wrong.

    Change your perception of failure and see it as a fundamental part of the self-growth process. Turn ‘mistakes’ into learning opportunities and every time things don’t go as you planned, soak up the rush of fresh insights that will help you do more next time.

    You aren’t your mistakes. You are so much more than that.

    It takes guts to take a risk and push yourself further than you think you can go.

    But prioritize courage over comfort, and you’ll feel more self empowered than ever.

    6. Say no without feeling guilty

    “Just saying yes because you can’t bear the short-term pain of saying no is not going to help you do the work.” – Seth Godin

    Time is your most precious resource.

    So don’t waste it doing things you think you have to do.

    I get it, saying no can be really hard – you don’t want to let people down and you don’t want others to feel bad about you.

    But every time you say YES when you really mean no, you divert your time resource to activities you don’t really want to do.

    Let that sink in…

    Saying yes to someone else means saying no to you.

    It’s your life and that means you’re allowed to do things your way. You’re allowed to prioritize your needs over other people’s.

    Self empowerment involves being more mindful with your yeses and nos.

    So next time someone makes a request of you and you want to say no, but feel you have to say yes, dive deeper into your thought process. Grab your journal if you need to.

    When you understand your programming, you’ll be empowered to give replies that are true to you.

    7. Love yourself

    “Your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you have.” – Robert Holden

    How’s your relationship with yourself?

    How do you feel when you look in the mirror? Do you like what you see? Do you think you’re worthy of living life to the full and creating everything you desire?

    Without self love, everything else becomes so much harder.

    It’s why nurturing your relationship with yourself is one of the most powerful things you can do. In fact, self love is the catalyst to virtually everything (including self empowerment).

    • Prioritize your self care routines.
    • Make more space for the things YOU enjoy (and enjoy them without feeling guilty).
    • Do the work necessary to ensure your self talk is positive, encouraging, and loving.
    • Practice daily gratitude and own all the abundance you have in your life already.
    • Exercise, eat well, and take care of yourself like you are the most important person in the world

    Make sure your cup is full, and you’ll feel empowered to do so much more.

    Self empowerment is a journey, NOT an overnight fix

    Your ability to take control of your life and feel good in the skin you’re in is a state that’s constantly evolving.

    That’s the beautiful thing about self growth…

    The more you achieve and discover about yourself, the more you realize is possible.

    That’s why self empowerment isn’t a destination. Instead, it’s an ongoing journey of personal evolution.

    And at each stage, you open the doors to bigger and bigger opportunities and rewards.

    When self empowerment becomes a driver, you’ll always be growing. You’ll discover more and more truths about who you really are.

    And that is a mammoth reward in itself.

    Source: Best Self

    Author: Georgina

  • Your BEST Moments!

    And how to make them count, and last!

    You know those moments in life when you have this huge epiphany, or realization, or understanding of something in a new way – and it just FUELS YOU with energy and passion and excitement and determination?!

    Aren’t those the best?!

    You just get it! And you’re totally inspired and empowered, and filled with certainty and belief!!!

    ………

    But then, what happens? More often than not, that fuel and those amazing feelings gra-du-ally fade out….

    You still have the cognitive “aha moment” understanding; your head still remembers and knows it as truth, but your body and your spirit (your heart, your emotions, your soul, and your energy) don’t feel it in the same visceral way anymore.

    And then because of that, you look around you and what you see is- that nothing’s really changed.

    Your intellectual knowledge of that powerful and profound insight, that invisible and intangible thought, doesn’t seem to carry much weight or hold much significance in the real, physical, practical world around you. It doesn’t seem to make much, if any, of a difference. 

    Which, in turn, depletes the idea and enlightenment itself (and you) even more of its very power. Until eventually, it becomes completely disregarded, minimized, or even forgotten.

    Essentially, it gets filed in your brain under the –
    “I know this already, and I have nothing new to learn from it or use it for” file;
    or the –
    “This is one of those BS, cheesy, corny, trite cliches that makes no difference in the real world or in my life” file.

    And that perception, that realization, really, really sucks!!!! It saddens me, it angers me, and it actually fuels me in the same, but different, kind of way. To change it!

    So how do you change that? 

    How do you instead, empower the power of perspective shifts, of epiphanies, and of insights to empower you long-term, so they don’t fade out and do have lasting, tangible impact on your life?!

    It’s by taking those realizations and those epiphanies, which are in essence perspective shifts, and turning them into behavioral shifts!

    Because there’s a discipline and a practice to passion too!

    It’s the taking action piece of seizing your passion! But it’s taking the right kind of inspired action that comes from having the perspective shift first.

    You need the mindset first.

    (And even before the mindset, you need to understand your Self and know your Truth first, first-:-). Remember the Seize Your Passion cyclical framework of Self-Mindset-Action-Overcome-Success? If not, or if you want to reacquaint with it, go here).

    And then you need the action piece – you need to do something that comes from and out of that mindset!

    BUT, not just do that something once, or as a one-off. You need to do it regularly and consistently, until it becomes a part of your behavior, and a part of you. 

    That is when and how the intellectual knowledge, the cerebral perspective shift of understanding it in your head also turns into knowing it, feeling it, and experiencing it in your body and spirit!

    And the regularity of that experience, the consistency, and the repetition of it is what makes it a habit, and eventually even an effortless and almost automatic one!!!   

    And that is where and when and how YOU turn your perspective shifts into behavioral shifts that actually EMPOWER and IMPACT and TRANSFORM your life!!!!  

    I challenge you to start doing that now, consistently and regularly, with this simple, but profound truth we all know and understand in our heads  –

    Do More of What You Love, and Be More of Who You Love!!!

    I challenge you to take that perspective shift, that mindset, that cerebral understanding and turn it into a behavioral shift in your life!

    I challenge you to Seize Your Passion!!!

  • The Three Most Powerful Intrinsic Motivators We All Share

    And how they can help you live your best life possible!

    Question: If you had to pick, what would you say your top three motivators are? In general, as a person, and in your life?

    What are the top three things that really drive you to want to be your best, to want to succeed, to dream big, to actually want to get out of bed in the morning and go realize those dreams, and just in general, to want to live your best life possible? 

    Answer: The THREE MOST POWERFUL Intrinsic Motivators we all have (after basic needs for safety and security are met) – the three basic desires and drivers we all share that underlie pretty much everything we want out of life, however different the specific wants out of our own individual lives may be, are:

    1) Autonomy
    2) Mastery
    3) Purpose


    Autonomy being, the desire to steer your own ship.
    Mastery being, the desire to steer it well. 
    Purpose being, the desire for the journey to matter.


    How true is that?!!! And being aware of it is so powerful!!! Here’s what I mean.

    Autonomy- the desire to steer your own ship. We all want to be the designer and creator of our own life. We don’t want to live our life based on someone else’s creation or design. We want to be the one who’s calling the shots and be the director / author / CEO of our own life, right?! It’s our life, after all.  

    And we want (and deserve, and have earned the right) to live it based on our values, beliefs, standards, desires, and dreams; NOT based on someone else’s expectations, approval, control, or power.

    This is essentially what I mean when I say, all the time- Live Your Truth! It sounds simple and obvious, but how many of us really, truly do this??? 

    But, when we’re aware of it in this context, as being one of our 3 primary motivators for everything we want in life, it inspires and helps us to act and live accordingly; to make choices and decisions accordingly; to prioritize our time and energy accordingly; and to remember to stay true to ourselves and live our truth, not someone else’s.

    It’s huge. Autonomy. Then, Mastery.  

    Mastery- the desire to steer that ship well. We want to live our life well! We all want to live our life in the best possible way we can, right?! We want to be the best CEO, director, and author that we can be so that we can live our best possible life!

    Is there anyone who wakes up in the morning and says, “Nah – I don’t really want my life to be that great, I don’t really care if I f**k up my role as the creator and designer of my life.” Um, no! I don’t think so. 

    We all want to be the best we can be at life in general, and in whatever it is we do. No one wants to be shitty. 

    When we remember this, again – it inspires and helps us to learn, grow, evolve, and to continuously strive to become the best versions of ourselves so that we can master our skills, our abilities, and our capabilities to live our life well! It’s that simple.

    Autonomy. Mastery. Then, Purpose.     
     
    Purpose- the desire for the journey to matter. 
    OK, this one is dearest to my heart! Because, one of the foundational cornerstones of Purpose is Passion!!!

    We all want our life to mean something, and to have meaning. We want our life to matter. To have purpose. Why? Simply because one of the core elements that human beings need to be happy is a sense of meaning. 

    Passion is so often what gives us that meaning, and that purpose. Its what opens up the gates to discovering it, cultivating it, and attaining it! Passion is also what gives us the motivation and strength to persevere through challenges, rejections, and failures long enough to have a meaningful impact!

    And, there are two hungers we all have, and the word “hunger” here can easily be substituted with the word “passion.”

    1) The smaller hunger of what I want now, in the short term. The instant gratification hunger; and

    2) The greatest hunger of all, that which we all share – the hunger, the passion, for a meaningful, successful, and joyful life! The hunger to become all that we are capable of becoming, and to live our best possible life! That is the hunger, and the passion, that Seize Your Passion is made of! And that is the hunger, and the passion, that drives our desire to have Purpose, and to make the journey matter!

    “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”
    – Nelson Mandela 

    And then there’s LOVE. I can’t leave love out of this discussion because here too, the word “passion” can easily substitute the word “love.” And because, I really believe that at the end of the day, and at the end of all of our days, LOVE is really all that matters! 

    Did we love our life? Did we love ourselves? Did we love others? Did we live out of that love? Did we inspire love? Did we express and share our love?

    Whatever comes out of, or is a result of, LOVE, and I’m talking about real, true love (in any form, expression, or relationship) is always good, and always meaningful!

    That’s why doing more of what you love and being more of who you love is the key to feeding that greatest hunger we all have, the key to fulfilling those 3 primary drivers and most powerful intrinsic motivators we all have, and it’s the key to living your best life possible! 

    “Just don’t give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don’t think you can go wrong.”
    – Ella Fitzgerald


    “Love the life you live. Live the life you love.”
    – Bob Marley


    “Love is the oxygen of our lives. Breathe it in deeply today.”
    – Tony Robbins


    As always- Do more of what you love. Be more of who you love. Seize Your Passion! 

  • BLOG: Sisu!

    How to Realize Your Dreams and Become Your Best Self!

    I’ve got one word for you –

    Sisu!!!!!!!!!

    Besides the fact that it’s really fun saying out loud (I dare you to try right now), it’s such an amazing word because of what it means and stands for!

    Sisu is a Finnish concept described as stoic determination, tenacity of purpose, grit, bravery, resilience, and hardiness….It is generally considered not to have a literal equivalent in English.” – Wikipedia 

    Here’s my equivalent, and how I think we can embody Sisu and actually practice it in life to realize our dreams and become our best selves!  

    I often describe the framework of Seizing Your Passion as a 5 point circle, where each of the 5 points are interconnected, and directly related to the other; where one leads to another and back again, in a continuous, evolving, and cyclical process (kind of like a lot of things in life).

    The 5 points are: Self – Mindset – Action – Overcome – Success

    But it’s not linear like that, the way I have to write it out. It’s an ongoing circle, and one point feeds and leads to the other and back the other way again,  all interrelated and interconnected in a cyclical pattern. 

    Here’s a quick pic of what I mean (please forgive my less than stellar drawing skills :-)).

    SELF
    The top of the circle is Self because Socrates was right when he said, “Know thyself.” The starting point always has to be YOU

    Like everything else in life, realizing your dreams, becoming your best, and achieving your goals always starts with YOU, your SELF! It’s from there that everything else flows, and what all the other points on that circle are first based on.

    Knowing yourself, understanding yourself, loving yourself, and believing in yourself!!

    This has everything to do with self-awareness, really knowing who you are, what you love, what you want; your values, your beliefs, and living your truth based on that, versus living according to other people’s beliefs and expectations.

    And, it has everything to do with trusting yourself, forgiving yourself, being authentic, and being accountable to yourself in order to do that. And then, ultimately it’s about how you define, for yourself, what “success” is (which is where and why the last point on that circle connects back to the Self and the other way again).   

    MINDSET
    The next point is Mindset because how you choose to see the world, how you think about things, and your perspective on everything, dictates your behaviors, actions, and reactions toeverything!!! This has everything to do with your psychology and your belief systems.

    Do you believe in miracles? Do you believe in making the impossible possible? Do you believe you can always learn more, grow more, and become more? Do you live for today, for yesterday, or for tomorrow?

    Do you appreciate all that you have and all that you’ve accomplished already, without that taking away from the fact that you still want to strive for more? Do you believe there’s always a lesson to be learned from the challenges and “failures” you face in life?

    Do you believe you can accomplish pretty much anything you put your mind to? 

    Again, all these “Mindset questions” tie back to the Self point – believing in yourself, your values, your beliefs – and, they also naturally lead to the next point, which is… 

    ACTION
    Because again, your Mindset dictates your behaviors, your Actions, and reactions to everything!

    You know that believing in something, while crucial and necessary, on its own is not enough to make it happen. You need to actually do something. To achieve results, to move forward, and to progress, you need to take action

    But, the key is taking inspired action that is purposefully connected and directly related to your Self, your Mindset, and ultimately to the Success you want to achieve. Right?

    Otherwise, it’s just doing stuff with no meaning, no joy, no purpose, and basically getting trapped in the busyness of being busy. (Not particularly fun or fulfilling, and definitely NOT what Seize Your Passion and living life to the fullest is about).

    But, you also know that when you do take action, you’re inevitably going to stumble, fall, and hit some major roadblocks. Which is exactly where the inspired action – the actions you take that have a solid foundation of Self and Mindset already stacked under them – comes in to play!

    AND, it’s where Sisu gets to take the lead!!!! So that you can overcome those challenges and roadblocks.

    OVERCOME
    How you respond, react, and move past, over, under, or through those roadblocks so you can continue to take inspired action despite them (and sometimes because of them), that’s exactly how you Overcome them

    Having the sisu, the grit, the resilience, the perseverance, and the determination to do that because you have all the other elements of Self, Mindset, and Action already in place!

    The elements of knowing yourself, believing in yourself, and trusting yourself. Of knowing that you can learn and grow from this, believing that you can overcome this, and trusting that the best is yet to come.

    Of knowing that every choice, behavior, action, and reaction you take has a direct causal effect on everything else, that your actions make a difference, that your goals can be achieved one action step at a time, and knowing what types of actions you’re gong to take because of that.

    Of trusting, believing, and knowing that this too shall pass, that you’ll come out on the other side – better, stronger, wiser, and truer for it!!!

    Which will lead you to…

    SUCCESS
    If you don’t know where you want to go, or what that even looks like, then you’re not going to get there.

    The word “success” really has so many different meanings and definitions to each and every one of us, if we allow it to. The problem is, most of us confine ourselves to adopt without question the most prevalent, popular, and accepted definitions of it, without even giving ourselves the opportunity to truly define it for ourselves.

    It’s precisely why so many of us do everything “right”, everything we’re supposed to do, and everything we’ve been taught will bring us that accepted generic definition of success.

    We accomplish so much, we achieve and acquire a lot, and yet –why do so many of us so often feel empty, drained, stressed, anxious, unhappy, and sometimes just plain miserable – despite all that???

    The answer isn’t because that’s life, and life sucks. And it’s definitely NOT because you’re not good enough and you suck (though that’s typically the Mindset most of us tend to go to). 

    I think the answer has a lot to do with this point of Success on that circle, and how it relates back, and is founded upon, every other point too.      

    I think the answer is often because we haven’t allowed ourselves (and honored ourselves by doing so) to truly tap into our Self, our Mindset, our Actions, and how we Overcome shit, to know how we define what Success really even is, for us!

    And, by the way, your definition may actually end up being identical or at least very similar to the generally held one. And that’s totally fine and great (not that you need me to approve it for you). 

    The difference though, is that you’ll know that it’s yours! It’ll be based on your Self, and everything that flows from that – your truth, your values, your beliefs, your actions, your grit, your resilience, and your Sisu!

    It’ll be based on your Self, your Mindset, your Action, how you Overcome stuff, and your Success! 

    So you’ll feel that your entire life – everything you do, your perspective, your achievements, your mistakes, and your wins – match up with that definition.

    And because of that, you’ll feel less of the anxious, tired, depressed, and unfulfilled feelings, and way more of the excited, impassioned, determined, joyful, confident, empowered, inspired, and SISU feelings instead!

    And that, my friend, is what Seizing Your Passion is all about. That’s what Sisu is about. And, that’s what life is about!!!! 

    So, go forth with Sisu, my friend.
    Do more of what you love, be more of who you love, and Seize Your Passion! 

    Amen. 🙂

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