When we look at the grand accomplishments of other people it may feel like we will never be capable of achieving the same thing. This is partly because our present lifestyle may be so much different than the other highly accomplished person. It is difficult to imagine living life in their shoes.

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The idea that “we are what we think” has been around for centuries. Many of the greatest thinkers in history have taught that by altering what we think about and the beliefs we hold we can transform our life for the better. Despite this clear message that has proven true for many people, the majority of us will never change our negative thinking and limiting beliefs that run through our head on a daily basis. This is because we believe that we need different circumstances to have a positive attitude.

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In my continuing quest for personal refinement I’ve faced some extreme difficulties and learned some great lessons along the way. Some of which I’d like to share with you right now. See, I’ve spent a considerable amount of my time on this planet sitting passive on the sidelines, watching the world and the people around me change. Being a spectator was fine for a while until one day I woke up to the fact that what I was getting out of my life was much less than I knew I was capable of.

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There are many guides on how to be more productive, manage time, and make major life changes, though despite all of these wonderful methods, it can be all too easy to slip back into old habits. This is because it’s not about finding the right technique or strategy, but is about having the willpower and self-control to follow through and do what needs to be done.

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A leader wears many hats and can include a coach, mentor, social figure, or anyone who influences you that you look up to. As long as they embody the ability to connect with others, are genuinely caring, and inspire people to change for the better you have a leader in your midst. Whether you consider yourself a leader in the grand scheme of things, or fulfill this role in your daily life, it’s always an area to develop greater competence and expertise.

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The absence of illness doesn’t mean we are optimally healthy. We are living an optimal life, when we are physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually healthy, and are flourishing in our emotions and relationships.

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Living a confident, empowered, and balanced life is all about having a sense of control. It’s about believing you have what it takes to achieve your desired outcome. When we feel uncertain about who we are and what were capable of, it’s not very likely we’ll take risks and grow to reach our potential.

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Fear can immobilize us in many ways and in many situations. It prevents us from thinking new thoughts, having new experiences, and developing into a better person. I’m sure you know fear as the emotion causing you to experience the fight or flight response in order to protect yourself when a threat is present. Fear in this sense is very valuable.

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There’s an old story about three men working on a project in France. A tourist walking by asks them, “What are you working on?” The first man says, “I’m hauling rocks.” The second man says, “I building a wall.” The third man says with pride, “I building a cathedral.” This third man had a vision of the bigger picture and was enthusiastic and gratified by his work.

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