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Change is inevitable

Everyone realizes change is constant and there is no rational choice but to embrace it, evolve with it, or at least find a way to adapt to the impact it has on our work. Embracing, evolving, or adapting is how most of us manage change in our personal lives, too. Although, we probably handle change in our business and professional lives much easier than we do in our person or home lives.

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Time for a do-over

A “do-over” isn’t necessarily about correcting a past mistake, as the words might imply. It’s more about putting life on a different track or moving in a different direction. It’s hard to do the latter if we see each day only as part of the big picture of life.

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The Choice of Someday

“Someday” can be an empowering word. It expresses a future without boundaries; a future for infinite possibilities of whatever it is we can dream. As much as we dream about the future, most of us will not make the choices necessary to get from today to “someday.” We choose instead to wallow in self-pity, covering ourselves with layer-upon-layer of negativity born from things we have not achieved, do not have, or times of situational sadness, all the while screaming, “Someday, life will be better….” Still, we choose not to take the first step in making our “someday” a reality. Self-pity

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The Inconvenience of Opportunity

So few of us ever realize the life we desire because perfect timing and circumstances are impossible to achieve. If we were to pay attention to our surroundings, we would see opportunities swirling all around, waiting to be plucked by a brave soul willing to take those risks that come with seizing an opportunity before the rest of the world is ready to acknowledge its existence.

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A matter of perspective

Our approach to life also depends on perspective. For example, when the sunlight streams through our bedroom window early on a summer morning, we are either grateful to begin a new day, or aggravated because our sleep cycle has been interrupted too soon. Regardless of how we feel about it, the sun is still going to rise. Either we get up with a smile, or we grumble about hanging darker curtains before the next morning.

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What do you chase?

The desire for a better life is the engine that drives each of us. How we define “a better life” is different, of course. Yet, I would be willing to bet we have all said; “I don’t want to be rich, I just need enough money to do the things I want to do in life–those things I’m passionate about,” in defining what a better life means for us. We have been conditioned by family, friends, and culture to believe we can engage in our passions only if we have enough money set aside to allow ourselves the luxury. So,

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How do you dream?

When we share our dreams with others we may hear, he’s a “big dreamer,” or she’s “dreaming big.” These designations are used interchangeably to question our abilities, but there is a subtle, yet critical, difference between the two. That difference is…

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Stories we tell ourselves

We create these stories using an invisible process that influences what we see and hear. We unknowingly funnel our new experiences through filters that prejudge and influence our thinking about people, situations, and even our abilities. We tell ourselves, “They’re wrong and I know it because…,”

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A net will appear

Most of us are not afraid to leap when we believe it’s necessary to do so. The period of free falling we do while we are figuring out what we should do next is scary only because we do not know when, or if, a net will appear. What we fear, I think, is not the leap or the fall, but hitting the ground.

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