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Finding Opportunity In Difficulty

Finding Opportunity In Difficulty

Some people may look at this picture and see it as a miserable climb through snow and unforgiving cold. Others will look at it and see something to overcome. The difficulty of the snowy mountain becomes an opportunity for personal achievement and boasting rights.

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison

There are many opportunities in your life that you may miss out on because they seemed like too much work. But even the most troublesome tasks or issues are an opportunity for something better. All you have to do try. Don’t shy away. Rather seize the opportunities as they come, no matter how challenging or demanding they seem!

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Avoiding the Beaten Path

Avoiding the Beaten Path

The easiest way to walk through the forest may be to follow the already-laid trail, but is that the most satisfying? For me it is often more fun and exciting to step off the trail and explore the woods in my own way. Besides a sense of adventure this provides access to areas that the majority of people don’t know and may never see.

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

In your own life are you just doing what everyone else does or are you striving to do more than the norm. I urge you to be different, to be extraordinary. Listen to the advice and counsel of others but don’t be afraid to leave the main road. Life should be about forging your own path!

“Towering genius disdains a beaten path. It seeks regions hitherto unexplored.” – Abraham Lincoln

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How Music Affects Your Brain

Have you ever noticed how music makes you feel? Sad music makes you sad and happy music makes you happy, but what makes a song sad or happy? It all has to do with our brain chemistry and how our brain reacts to the song. Music can invoke a wide range of powerful emotions in someone. Even better, music has many positive benefits such as helping with long term memory, aiding therapy, kicking addiction, easing pain, and helping with lateral thinking and problem solving. So don’t hesitate on listening to music next time you need some extra inspiration!

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How to Be Whatever You Want to Be

How to Be Whatever You Want to Be

“You may be whatever you resolve to be. Determine to be something in the world and you will be something. ‘I cannot,’ never accomplished anything; ‘I will try,’ has wrought wonders.” – J. Hawes

A new year is often a time for new resolutions. But what about the ones you didn’t complete from last year? A new year, a new day, a new situation – it doesn’t matter. There isn’t certain time for achieving your dreams, that time should be now! Take your resolutions and meet them no matter what. Become who you want to be right now. Don’t worry about failure because a “can do” attitude will turn your stumbling blocks into stairs to success.

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Bulls Eye on the Front Burner

Bulls Eye on the Front Burner

I know I often have trouble staying focused; my personal goals, the task at hand, and my spiritual life are some of the things that are constantly revolving with worry, stress, and distractions for first place. But it is very important to keep a laser-straight focus on the bulls eye of whatever it is you want to accomplish. Keep your eye on the prize, as they say. Distractions are just a waste of time. What goals are you aiming at the bulls eye for in 2014? Pass it on!

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Want More Than Fear

Want More Than Fear

It takes a fair amount of courage to do what the guy in this picture is doing. Even with ropes and a harness there is always the chance that an accident will happen, and at his height that would be deadly. But the only way he is going to reach the top of that mountain is with courage.

“Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.” – Bill Cosby

Courage is almost always a prerequisite for success. The greater the goal the greater the fear of failure. But the only way to achievement comes from letting go of that fear. Let your passion drive you to greater heights in your work and your personal life!

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Be a Champion

Do you want to be the best you can be? A champion is someone who pushes themselves beyond their limits and go through great lengths to achieve, but they always come out on top. Do you want to be a champion? Then stand valiantly against defeat. If you are by yourself then be better than everyone else. If you are part of a team then help your team be better than all the others. Leave only your very best on the field. Be a role model. Be a team player. Be a champion!

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The Bond of Friendship Between AJ and AJ

This is a cool video about the power of friendship. AJ Starr developed Cerebral Palsy and as he grew up he began to think his life wasn’t going to amount to much. But then Alabama star quarterback AJ McCarron befriends AJ and helps him get a job as equipment assistant for the team. Now AJ Starr is living his dream of working with the Crimson Tide and has developed friendships with the other teammates as well.

It is cool because AJ Starr was able to overcome his disability and pursue his passion. It is also cool because the friendship developed between him and AJ McCarron was the driving force that allowed him to follow his dreams. This video is a great example on the impact a friendship can have!

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Breaking the Chains That Bind

Breaking the Chains That Bind

Chains are a heavy and unforgiving weight. What problems and situations in your life do you feel are binding you tight like chains? Are you staying connected to a job or relationship that you need to break free of? Are the burdens of a medical issue or lost loved one leaving you immobile? I urge you to break free of the people and circumstances in your life that are having a negative impact on you. Release the weight and live for something better!

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The Change You Want to See

The Change You Want to See is Up to You

The tide of the ocean, the rising and setting of the sun, the movement of the earthquake, the fall of the rain – these are all things that you have no control over. But there are things in life that you can control to varying degrees.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi

Are you happy with your career, your relationships, your spiritual life, your living situation, or your body? If not, then work towards changing it! Do you see a problem in your community or country that no one is fixing? Then work towards changing it! You can’t sit around waiting for change to just happen, you have to take action. Whatever you want, do it!