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10 Harsh Realities that Help You Grow

All the world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming. — Helen Keller Character and wisdom are sculpted over time. They come with loss, lessons, and triumphs. They come after doubts, second guesses, and exploring unknowns. If there were a definitive path to happiness and success, everyone would be on it. The seeds of your progress are...

7 Things You Gain When You Let Go of Control

When you try to control too much, you enjoy too little. Sometimes you just need to let go, relax, take a deep breath and love what is. This morning I met up with an old friend, someone whom I care about deeply but have internally struggled with for years because I’ve always been worried about her health. I want to help her heal, because I feel I’m...

7 Reasons to Stop Proving Yourself to Everyone Else

You are GOOD enough, SMART enough, FINE enough, and STRONG enough. You don’t need other people to validate you; you are already VALUABLE. Sometimes we try to show the world we are flawless in hopes that we will be liked and accepted by everyone, but we can’t please everyone and we shouldn’t try. The beauty of us lies in our vulnerability, our complex...

Try Again: How to Restore the Faith You Once Had in Yourself

When I was a high school freshman, a 260-pound freshman girl showed up for track and field tryouts right alongside me.  Her name was Sara, and she was only there because her doctor said her health depended on it.  But once she scanned the crowd of students who were on the field, she turned around and began walking away.  Coach O’Leary saw her, jogged...

31 Five-Second Reminders that Will Make Calmness Your Superpower

Your goal is to grow so strong on the inside that nothing on the outside can affect your inner peace of mind without your conscious permission. The ultimate measure of your wisdom and strength? How calm you are when facing any given situation. Yes, calmness is a human superpower. The ability to not overreact or take things personally keeps your thoughts...

9 Hard Things You Have to Do to Move Forward with Your Life

Maybe it’s the life lessons I was forced to learn the hard way, or the toll of loss and failure I had recently endured, but fifteen years ago, in the midst of a panic attack on my 27th birthday, I had to admit to myself right then and there that the youthful world of possibility I once felt now seemed dead inside me. I wanted to feel light and free...

40 Quotes for Coping with Things You Can’t Control

The goal is to grow so strong on the inside that nothing on the outside can affect your inner wellness without your conscious permission. How you cope with unexpected stress and frustration can easily be the difference between living a good life and living an unhealthy one. If you choose unhealthy coping mechanisms like avoidance or denial, for example,...

An Open Letter to Those Who Are Trying to Make the Best of a Bad Situation

“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness.”— Iain Thomas This article was inspired by a short email we received this morning from a new course student: Dear Marc and Angel, There’s so much meaning and value I want to foster in my present life, and yet a tragic...

10 Things to Start Telling Yourself on Hard Days

Mental strength is incredibly important. Take care of your mind and the way you speak to yourself. Don’t let negative self-talk weaken you today. Life changes every single day, and so can you. That’s the truth, and yet oftentimes so many of us feel hopelessly stuck against our will. Why? Because the changes we seek breed uncertainty, and life can...

15 Important Reminders for Your Darkest Moments of Self-Doubt

Our character is often most evident at our highs and lows. Be humble at the mountaintops, be strong in the valleys, and be faithful in between. Why are we feeling this way—so beaten up and worn down? Why do we, who start out so passionate, courageous, worthy and believing, become utterly bankrupt by the youthful age of 30, 40 or 50? Why is it that...

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