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  • The You-est You!

    Julie Reisler, author, TEDx speaker, host of the podcast The You-est YOU®, and certified coach, talks with Seyopa founder and champion of Passion, Rachel Ellner Lebensohn, about what it means to be, and how to become, the you-est you! #SeizeYourPassion! This was recorded in 2017 for The You-est You Podcast, hosted by Julie Reisler. To learn more about Julie, visit www.juliereisler.com
  • Remember Who You Are!

    How to overcome the biggest obstacle to truly realizing your dreams and truly becoming your best self.
  • How to Find Light Within the Darkness

    Leia Baez: “I know that stars don’t shine in the light, and neither do we. It is during the darkness that we are forced to grow and learn who we are. So don’t run away from those dark times; embrace them. We are on a mission to better ourselves, to be successful, and to better this world….Your toughest battles will bring forth your biggest breakthroughs….Failure often turns out to be the start of something so much greater….Dream big, fail hard, but never give up.” Source: YouTube Author: Goalcast
  • Video: Seize the Day Every Day

    “Chase what you’re passionate about. You may not start at the top, but the money will come. And if you’re passionate about it, you’ll find a place that you fit so well that it will feel as though you haven’t worked a single day in your life….The only way to truly fail is to quit trying….Be proud of who you are and your unique abilities that positively affect everyone around you. Create a legacy that will continue to impact the world long after you have left it behind….If you want the most out of the short time we have on this planet, find your passion and chase it relentlessly.” Source: YouTube Author: Goalcast
  • Article: Learn from Walt Disney: How to Love What You Do

    In 1939, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs became the highest-grossing sound film ever.

    It was the first full-length traditional animation feature, and despite the world suffering from the effects of the Great Depression, its commercial success created a new media giant.

    Although The Walt Disney Company would continue to see many ups and downs over the next few decades, it had managed to infect the cultural consciousness. Animation wasn’t just for children. It became a timeless way to communicate the most basic of our human values.

    The person behind all of this was an eccentric man who had grown up drawing cartoons.

    The name Walt Disney is now synonymous with iconic film characters and the world-famous theme parks that bear his name, but in the early days, he was just a man with an artistic itch. He wanted to show the world what happens when you mix elements of fantasy with reality.

    The term artisan is often used to describe a craftsperson. Someone who makes things with their hands. However, it also connotes the idea of a job done with care for its own sake.

    While a case can be made that Disney’s success was attributed to his craftsmanship, the more interesting observation about his life and his work is the level of satisfaction he derived from his career by simply treating it as a craft. He was practically infatuated with his job.

    What you do for a living takes up a big part of your life, and it should be more than just work. It should be a craft. Disney was the prime example of an artisan, and his story illustrates this to its core. Let’s steal a few lessons.

    1. No Separation Between Work and Life

    One of the most common discussions regarding careers is one concerning work-life balance.

    We all have limited time, and naturally, it makes sense that we want to spread it across the different responsibilities in our life without falling into the trap of over-committing to any one.

    While the idea of having a balance is important, the distinction that is often created in such discussions is not. It separates your life from work when the goal should be integration.

    If you think about how much time the average person spends working (approximately 80,000 hours, or 9 full years, by some estimates), it becomes clear that there isn’t really a way to separate work from life. Even if we compartmentalize, that’s only a psychological distinction.

    We eventually become what we do. The daily actions you take as a part of your job become ingrained in you as habits, which shape your identity. This affects you in a substantial way.

    Walt Disney famously came up with the idea for the first Disneyland while watching his two daughters ride a carousel. He wanted to create an environment where families could come together to enjoy each other’s company just as he was in that moment with his children.

    Even when he wasn’t working, his work augmented who he was at home. Similarly, when he was at home, his family life inspired what he built and created for other families at his work.

    While boundaries are key, being an artisan isn’t just about having a work identity. It’s about aligning who you are as a result of work into a larger, holistic way of operating as a person.

    If you’re an artist, you are an artist outside of your studio. If you are an entrepreneur, you are an entrepreneur outside of the office. This is true regardless of whether you think that way.

    We are what we do. It’s on us to make what we do something we’re proud of outside of that.

    2. Progress Is in the Details, Not the Image

    Between 1931 and 1968, Disney was nominated for 59 Academy Awards, winning 22 of them. That’s the second most nominations out of anybody else and the most wins ever.

    As he inspired the creation of more and more animation films as a producer, he received more and more acclaim from the world. He went from being a simple animator in his early days to a man better described as an industrialist. His company became a force of nature.

    Yet, by all evidence, it appears that Disney was more concerned with details than image.

    His goal was always to mold the impossible in with the possible, and he defined his progress more by how each individual felt and reacted to his creations than by general perception.

    In most work, there is always an ever-present conflict between what you have to do to win over external praise and what you have to do to feel a sense of internal accomplishment.

    Often, these are interconnected. Sometimes, if you don’t win over the external praise, you may no longer have a job. That said, just as often, the external praise we seek is a product of satisfying the ego and not born out of necessity. That’s where things tend to go wrong.

    It may be gratifying to hear praise and to gain status or prestige in the moment, but at the end of the day, that’s not the kind of progress that really counts. That’s not what truly fulfills.

    Artisans do things for their own sake. They do things to learn and to master. To challenge and to be challenged. The goal is to be a little bit better today than you were yesterday, and that metric isn’t defined by some outside committee, but it’s determined by your product.

    You love what you invest in, but the best investment is found in the details. And the beauty is that, if you focus on simply learning, mastering, and improving, the image takes care of itself.

    3. The Reward of Good Work Is More Work

    The core intention we have for doing something shapes every subsequent choice we make.

    If your core motivation is success and fame and riches, then even if you consider yourself an artisan in your mind, your behavior won’t reflect what it is that you tell yourself about work.

    If you focus on mastery and have an intrinsically motivated definition of progress, however, then the only reward of going through the process of work is more work. It’s the luxury to do what you’re already doing in a more complex environment or on a more impactful scale.

    No matter how big The Walt Disney Company got, there was one thing that Disney would always remind people of. Profits were important, and necessary, but only for one reason.

    “We don’t make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies.”

    It’s a very subtle distinction, but making that clear changed everything from the projects they picked to who they partnered with to the kind of characters they choose to develop.

    If treated the right way, work can be one of the most rewarding gifts that life has to offer.

    Humans are creative and productive, to some extent, by nature. We make things, we build things, and we create on top of what we have already made and built. If a task is aligned with whatever drives our inner nature, we thrive on adding more complexity to our work.

    While there is a prevailing narrative in our culture that sees work as something to be done until you don’t need to do it anymore, the truth is that, if you truly respect and value whatever your work is, the real benefit of working is actually the ability to continue to do more of it.

    Waking up and feeling truly grateful to do what you do is the reward. That can’t be bought.

    All You Need to Know

    Due to individual circumstances, not everyone can aspire to the kind of work that brings out the artisan in them, but anyone can at least try to adjust their mindset with what they have.

    Walt Disney is one of the enduring cultural icons of the past few generations, and much of both his success and his level of fulfillment can be traced back to his craftsmanship at work.

    Most of us have careers that last between 30 to 50 years. That’s a significant part of life, and the only way to ensure they mean something is to treat what you do with the right intention.

    There’s an artisan in all of us. Whether or not it shows through depends on our daily choices.

    Source: besomebody Author: Zat Rana
  • Article: How To Follow The Deepest Wisdom Within Your Heart

    Soulful Living

    “The heart has its own language. The heart knows a hundred thousand ways to speak.” — Rumi
    Close your eyes for a moment.

    Bring your awareness to your chest and place your attention on the feelings and sensations in that area.

    While seated, continue to breathe and direct your focus on this region. You might encounter tingling feelings, images might flash across your mind — let them show up.

    Now open your eyes.

    Welcome to the resonance of the heart. You have embarked on the first step in experiencing your heart energy.

    The voice of the heart is quiet and assuring, though it can be drowned out by the relentless mental dialogue at play in our mind.

    The language of the heart is the call of the soul which echoes in a faint whisper.

    Upon closer examination, we see the ego is dominant, relentless and ill-advised to help us navigate life. It is the cunning friend with honest intentions, spurring you towards insensitive acts of courage.

    In comparison, the heart speaks in a clear and reassuring way to reinforce our personal success and soul’s transformation.

    I am reminded of a delightful tale by the late Indian Jesuit priest and psychotherapist, Anthony de Mello:

    “What must I do to attain holiness?” said a traveller.

    “Follow your heart,” said the Master.

    That seemed to please the traveller.

    Before he left, however, the Master said to him in a whisper, “To follow your heart you are going to need a strong constitution.”

    A strong constitution is required since the heart’s wisdom will often conflict the logic of the mind.

    It is experienced as an emotion, a sensation or an inner experience, while the mind’s narrative is firm and resolute.

    Soulful living is an invitation to live beyond the material world, rather than being dictated to by our thoughts.

    This is challenging because we are unfamiliar communicating with our heart, since our focus is fixed on left brain logic. It is the analysis and over-analysis which leads to paralysis of the body.

    It is as simple and yet as involved as the message from author Gary Zukav who affirms in The Seat Of The Soul, “Feel your intentions in your heart. Feel not what your mind tells you, but what your heart tells you.”

    Our addiction can lead us to react to external events while being insensitive to the call of our inner wisdom.

    Connect With The Heart

    “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart. Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” — Carl Jung

    To experience the way of the heart, we must develop the capacity to listen.

    This is challenging when our environment constantly summons our attention. We are exposed to fear-based news stories, products or services we don’t need or, worse still, a celebrity scandal that carries limited importance in our lives.

    We don’t have to be drawn into this endless drama and can choose to be pulled by life’s circumstances or be led by the call of our spirit, which knows the way.

    To know the language of the heart is the essence of love, the foundation of universal power.

    Love is the highest order conferred to us at the moment of conception. Millions of people spend their entire life in search of their soulmate, while all along they seek to experience the essence of their soul.

    “The human heart is a keenly sensitive area of feeling and knowing that is a portal to our deepest self. Heart wisdom is a blend of deep feeling and understanding,” states author John Prendergast PhD.

    We must try to live from the heart, instead of a self-centred existence imposed by what is missing in our life.

    This heart-based living I speak of is a return to wholeness. We never disconnect from this aspect of our being, aside from when we become distracted and lose our way.

    Similarly, language is not confined to that learned and communicated through words.

    It is conveyed through: intuition, sensations, feelings and an inner knowing. We must connect with this inner wisdom to know the entirety of our being.

    Meditation and regular silence is valuable to connect with the heart because we lower the volume on the endless chatter that occupies the spaces between our thoughts.

    For many, to retreat into silence means being alone with their thoughts, however disconcerting it may seem, rather than to realise their sacred nature.

    The American spiritual teacher Adyashanti affirms, “Who would I be if I fell into the heart, not as some sort of ideal, not as something I imagine, but something that I actually allow to happen at the deepest level?”

    The voice of the heart shows itself through feelings that connect you to your soul. When we honour these feelings and intentions they lead us back home where we yearn to be.

    It was Hans Christian Andersen who said, “Where words fail music speaks.” This music lives in our heart and is discernible if we fall silent long enough to hear its message.

    To be guided by your heart while using the logic of the mind is to unify mind and body, so that every thought and action emerges from intentional living.

    “When we are willing to set aside the contents of an “overstuffed” mind and walk the trail unburdened, we’ll discover that it’s difficult not to hear what the heart wants to say,” states author Dennis Merritt Jones.

    So as our attention deepens into our heart, we discover in that stillness our eternal soul calling us to be one again.

    For as the Master knew all along: to follow your heart demands a firm constitution.

    After all, the way of the heart will adopt everything the mind is unable to embrace.

    Source: Medium Author: Tony Fahkry
  • Article: Build Your Life Around What Matters Most to You

    If you left this world tomorrow, would you seriously care how much time you spent compulsively staring at your smartphone?

    “Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.”  — Steve Jobs

    Each day, you’re given 86,400 seconds to make the most of. You’re given the latitude to pursue what you want, even if it only ends up being for a very small percentage of those seconds. You have time. You have a shot — and that’s all that most of us can really ask for. So, when I see people squandering that time and wasting it on things that don’t add value and that waste their talents, it gets me down.

    But more than that — it puzzles me. So many of us don’t realize the opportunities we’re letting pass us by.

    An investment toward a venture and new beginning doesn’t take nearly as much time each day as you think. It’s not about one lump sum of output for one day over a few days or week. The journey is about repetition. It’s about consistency and continuous output. Showing up each day and finding a way to let yourself shine, in all your authenticity, in whatever your thing is.

    So why do we spend time on things that don’t matter? For one thing — too many of us haven’t defined what matters most to us. As crazy as that sounds, we simply don’t know. We haven’t taken the time in deep thought and imagination to actually visualize and verbalize what we love and what means the most to us in this lifetime.

    This manifests itself in our professional and personal lives, as well as how we perceive opportunities. Actually, it sometimes comes down to the way we perceive things like, well, vegetables. Take this from Stanford professor S. Christian Wheeler:

    You may wish you liked your job more than you do, and you may find ways to make it more palatable, “but maybe your job really is bad.” Or you may want to eat more broccoli because you know it’s good for you, but if you dislike the taste there may be no way to convince yourself to eat it.

    We shouldn’t have to convince ourselves to like something that isn’t worth our time. While many of us need jobs, we’d be better off taking the time to specify what we really want instead of languishing or suffering in a role that is more mentally and emotionally draining than worth its yield in monetary income.

    The Choice is Yours

    We have a choice — that’s the point. And choice is enabled when we brainstorm and list out things that mean something to us. These are values, goals, passions and defining what success or happiness look like. It’s not hard to wonder how someone became successful or why some people are happier than others. They didn’t just fly by the seat of their pants and stumble into those states.

    “The ultimate aim of the human mind, in all its efforts, is to become acquainted with truth.” ―Eliza Farnham

    They consciously planned, imagined, visualized and activated that successful state or feeling of happiness. It takes time and effort. So many people, due to emotions like nervousness, lack of faith, or the mode of indecisiveness fail to take the time to do this work. They think it should be overlooked and that they should just jump right in and keep churning away and working hard.

    But there’s a big difference between hard work without a light at the end of the tunnel, and hard, intelligent work that is designed to get us to an end goal and let us reap the rewards of learning and growth on our journey. We grow, we find meaning and we reach out pinnacle of self-actualization when we define what matters most to us and then approach that with a positive attitude and inspired, intelligent, industrious work ethic.

    So put your smartphone down. Turn down that invite for happy hour drinks on Friday night, that turns into a long night on the town, spilling into the precious time you could use on Saturday morning consciously plotting your future plans. It’s not worth it. Your devotion to what matters most to you — whether it be family, your job, your faith or your passion — should be valued above everything else.

    Don’t get disillusioned or caught up in the instant gratification social media world that prizes sensationalism and fleeting “cool” things over substance. Your journey to finding yourself and what you truly love is often long, sometimes lonely, but always worth it. An inspired, bold life is one lived on your terms and infused with doing meaningful, joyful things that light the fire inside of you, and simultaneously add value to the life of others.

    Go for it.

    Source: Medium Author: Christopher D. Connors
  • WATCH: Unmasking What Matters! Raw and Uncut

    An uncut, unscripted, and deeply authentic conversation with Sandra Joseph, one of Broadway’s biggest stars, about unmasking what matters, self-love and self-worth, standing in your field of power, and what it really means to Seize Your Passion!
  • Video: 5 Minutes for the NEXT 50 Years of Your LIFE

    “The question we’ve got to ask ourselves is what success is to us, what success is to you…Continue to ask yourself that question. Now, your answer may change over time and that’s fine. But do yourself this favor: Whatever your answer is, don’t choose anything that will jeopardize your soul. Prioritize who you are, who you want to be, and don’t spend time with anything that antagonizes your character….Be discerning. Choose it because you want it. Do it because you want to….Guilt and regret kills many a man before their time….You are the author of the book of your life.” Source: YouTube Author: Video Advice
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