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Be The Change: Overcoming Your Self-Limiting Beliefs

“You’re under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago.” — Alan Watts

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones.”  — John Maynard Keynes

“To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often.”   —  Winston Churchill

You can change.

No, I’m serious. You really can.

But why don’t you? Why don’t we?

It’s important to know that you’re not alone in this problem of change. The struggle to change is a human dilemma that every individual faces to one degree or another. What is shared below will hopefully give you the tools to believe change is possible. The belief that can shift our self-limiting perceptions no matter how ingrained they may be.

Why Positivity Pays Dividends

Positive emotions can literally pay dividends.

“Dividends” are a form of recurring, passive income from larger investments in a business or company. Positive emotions emit intangible dividends that can add up, over time, into incredible sums of personal resourcefulness. And as Scott Belsky said so poignantly: “Resources are like cards. Resourcefulness is like muscle.”

I don’t know about you, but I would rather hedge my bets on resourcefulness over resources any day of the week. But the best case scenario is to build your resourcefulness while also growing your personal resources.

… so how do we do that? The answer might be easier than you’d expect.

HOPE, Pt. 1 - In-Process: A Catalyst for Hope

“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to ones courage."  — Anais Nin

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.” — Carl Rogers

Benjamin Franklin is said to have coined the infamous saying about the only two things that are guaranteed in life: ____ & ____. 

Unless you’ve been living underground, I’m fairly certain you passed the quiz with flying colors. 1) Death and 2) Taxes seem to be the only guarantees we have in life. 

Of course there can always be other arguments that are made. If you do a simple google search for “guarantees in life,” you will find endless articles on various opinions of what should be inserted in addition to death and taxes, but the original deduction by Franklin carries with it the right balance of brevity and truth that makes it a fair analysis of the human condition.

Part of the truth that this cliche conveys is that life is filled with movement, dynamism, and change. 

The Power of a Single Word

Build: My 2018 Word of the Year

 

… So what is a “word of the year”, and what are the implications?

The idea behind “word of the year” follows a parallel path to New Year’s Resolutions. It is a way to approach the year ahead with an idea, goal, or concept that you are resolved to pursuing. Typically, New Year’s Resolutions have a very low follow-through rate, meaning, the odds aren’t in your favor for the resolution to bear any semblance of fruit.

Resolutions present a dismal reality. The pessimist can easily conclude that any form of a new year’s resolution is pointless and a royal waste of time. I would probably agree with them…

Breathing - What it Means, What it Can Do, and Why

This past month I had the privilege of attending a “Breathing Performance and Recovery Camp" down in Costa Mesa, CA.  Now, in hearing the title, you may be thinking: what could possibly be the purpose in that? 

Simply put, breathing is the base source of life.  Without it, we don’t stand a chance.  On average, we inhale and exhale around 20,000 times a day!  When we inhale, Oxygen (O2) is delivered to the body by means of the lungs, and Carbon Dioxide (CO2) is then discharged by the exhale.  When we no longer breathe in oxygen, there won’t be enough oxygen in the bloodstream for the vital organs, and the result will ultimately be death.  This is not a trivial part of life, but rather an essential element.

Okay, enough with the basics, how does CONSCIOUS BREATHING impact performance, health, and human flourishing?