Potential…

Sometimes others see potential in us that we don’t see ourselves. If you have heard this about yourself, pay attention and search within to manifest it. Unused potential is the same as having no potential at all…#heart #potential #gifts #drive #desire #purpose #inspiration #encouragement

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Jail…

We construct our own self-imposed prisons. There are no constraints on our lives other than the ones we place on ourselves. Live free and live with purpose…#heart #purpose #passion #drive #desire #free #inspiration #encouragement

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Pain…

The hardest thing I ever had to do as a father to two boys was to allow them to feel pain. Whether it was experiencing the loss of a football game they had played their hearts out in, or when our beloved dogs died, it hurt me to watch them hurt. Grief is never pleasant, yet resilience is built through the process. You learn you can get through it; life goes on but you are stronger. You just keep going…#heart #purpose #resilience #growth #inspiration #encouragement

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Poise…

Who comes to mind when you think about this word, “poise?” Technically, to be poised means to be self-assured, composed under pressure. Don’t we all want to be this way? We can be. Everything we want in this life and beyond is available to us, if we believe…#heart #purpose #poise #drive #desire #inspiration #believe #beliefs #encouragement

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Books…

Reading has been on a slow, steady decline for some time. That’s too bad. Reading opens up our mind’s imaginative powers and takes us anywhere we want to go. Reading is similar to exercise for your brain. What are you feeding it, if you’re feeding it at all? Be mindful…#heart #purpose #books #reading #imagination #connection #inspiration #encouragement

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Perseverance…

The world can be hard. People can be difficult. Expectations unmet. Sometimes it seems like we cannot get out of our own way. Two words: Keep going. The world is tough. Be tougher…#heart #perseverance #toughness #purpose #grind #pursuit #drive #desire #rise #inspiration #encouragement

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Environment…

Surround yourself with people who inspire you to be your best self. Protect yourself from “toxic” people and places. Keep close to the ones who will prop you up when necessary. Be a good friend and you will attract good friends…#heart #purpose #friends #inspiration #encouragement

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Control…

When you consider how little we have control over, it’s humbling. We cannot control whether the lights stay on, if we make it to work safely and on time. I can’t control whether or not you agree with what I write. We have control over one thing alone: our attitude. Be mindful of your attitude as you approach each situation of your day…#heart #attitude #purpose #drive #desire #control #inspiration #encouragement

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Fake It? I Don’t Think So…

In a world where “keeping it real ” is craved, we see people putting up facades to show us how perfect their lives are. Everyone has unseen challenges. Everyone experiences heartache. Those are more relatable than perfection. Shared experiences, good and bad, provide an empathetic response. But I believe the more “real ” ones come from bad experiences. The good ones might lead to comparison, or “one-upping” someone.

When you go through a rough period, don’t fall prey to “fake it until you make it.” No, you face it until you make it. We can’t fully live life, good and bad, with its ups and downs, as fakes…#heart #purpose #inspiration #real #live #fulfillment #encouragement

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