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How to Control Your Anger: Unlock 8 Simple Steps

How to Control Your Anger: Unlock 8 Simple Steps

Anger is the sensation your brain gets when you feel you are shortchanged. Perhaps someone cuts in front of you in the checkout line, or a lazy work colleague takes credit for the work that you did. Or maybe someone you love has betrayed or wronged you. We all express...

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Unlocking the Incredible Regenerative Power of Gratitude

Unlocking the Incredible Regenerative Power of Gratitude

Thanksgiving Day is observed in the United States annually on the fourth Thursday in November. Today marks another of such days, and similar days are observed in several other countries worldwide. Beyond the aroma of roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, and the many...

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8 Ways to Become and Stay Motivated

8 Ways to Become and Stay Motivated

As humans, we tend to naturally gravitate towards pleasurable things and follow the path of least resistance. Therefore, when we set a goal for ourselves — anything from landing our dream job, running a marathon, or starting a podcast — it is a big step toward...

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What Does a Person of Courage Look Like?

What Does a Person of Courage Look Like?

Two weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of forgiveness, and it had an unexpectedly strong response. It’s been a while since I got such an overwhelmingly positive reaction from people about a subject. This tells me that understanding how to forgive is a concern for...

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9 Strategies to Protect Your Success and Maintain Growth

9 Strategies to Protect Your Success and Maintain Growth

You desire to be successful. You long to achieve or surpass a goal or expectation you have set for yourself. It is a significant aim for anyone in life, and achieving it requires a lot of grit and intentional effort. But achieving success is only one side of the...

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The Importance of Forgiveness & 5 Powerful Ways to Forgive

The Importance of Forgiveness & 5 Powerful Ways to Forgive

We all make missteps. It’s part of human nature and seeing as no one is perfect, we’ve all likely been wronged at different points in our lives. These offenses can leave lasting impacts; therefore, it can be tough to say and truly mean the words “I forgive you.” That...

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5 Ways to Overcome Your Digital Addiction

5 Ways to Overcome Your Digital Addiction

You are waiting for an elevator. The doors slide open, you enter, and they close. As the elevator begins its descent, you notice another person is in the elevator taking this ride with you. The silence soon grows uncomfortable. Pop quiz. What’s your go-to move? A)...

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Why Experiencing Pain is the Pathway to Growth

Why Experiencing Pain is the Pathway to Growth

In the world of self-improvement, we often discuss “resiliency” as a barometer for mental performance. But, it wasn’t until I confronted some challenging experiences from my own life that I understood how much experiencing pain could be a doorway to growth. In...

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What Are Cognitive Biases and 6 Ways to Minimize Them

What Are Cognitive Biases and 6 Ways to Minimize Them

Have you ever, with your best intentions, made a decision that turned out to be a poor or detrimental one? You probably have. We all have made choices at different points in our lives that, at the moment, seemed right but, in retrospect, were completely short of logic...

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5 Steps to Change Your Perception to Create a Better Life

5 Steps to Change Your Perception to Create a Better Life

There is a simple and insightful psychological test where a glass is partially filled with water, and people are asked to describe the state of the glass. Some will describe it as half-full, while others will describe it as half-empty. This experiment aims to show how...

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Does Free Will Really Exist?

Does Free Will Really Exist?

For centuries, theologians and philosophers have debated one of the most central questions of human existence: whether or not we have free will. The question most commonly asked is: “Are our behaviors and actions predetermined, or do we have complete control over our...

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How to Manage Time: The Wisdom of the Stoics

How to Manage Time: The Wisdom of the Stoics

“Time is the currency of life” is a popular quote that emphasizes time’s importance. However, so few of us know how to manage time. American poet and biographer Carl Sandburg put it this way, “Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you...

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9 Ways to Deal with Chronic Loneliness

9 Ways to Deal with Chronic Loneliness

As humans, we are social beings who have evolved to co-exist and interact with one another. As a species throughout history, we have survived and prospered by banding together for mutual assistance and protection. Just as bees evolved to need a hive, humans evolved to...

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How to Heal the Shattering Consequences of Abuse

How to Heal the Shattering Consequences of Abuse

Over the past several weeks, I have interviewed several guests on the Passion Struck podcast who have experienced the consequences of abuse and neglect. These include Kara Robinson Chamberlain, who was kidnapped by a serial killer and sexually assaulted, and...

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Why You Fail to Take Responsibility for Your life

Why You Fail to Take Responsibility for Your life

I am often asked, “Why do people fail to take responsibility for their actions?” As motivational speaker Jim Rohn once said, “Either you run the day, or the day runs you.” This quote highlights the importance of taking charge of our habits or inadvertently allowing...

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Why It Is Perfectly Fine Just Being Mediocre

Why It Is Perfectly Fine Just Being Mediocre

I want to lead you through an exercise that quickly gets to the core of your sense of legitimacy and well-being: throughout your childhood, did you experience a feeling that you were — on balance — OK with who you are? Or did you derive the idea that you needed to be...

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Transforming the Mind and Body: 10 Benefits of Meditation

Transforming the Mind and Body: 10 Benefits of Meditation

Life as we know it is full of many ups and downs. These challenges can cut across any sphere of everyday life, including social interactions, finances, health, and spirituality. What if I told you there was a better way to handle these situations? It is the benefits...

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Unconditional Love: What It Means and 8 Ways to Find It

Unconditional Love: What It Means and 8 Ways to Find It

Unconditional love is a term that most of us don’t frankly understand. We live in a transactional world where people often offer love contingent on certain conditions, not because they genuinely care about those they give it to, but so they get something in return....

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Six Ways to Benefit from the Importance of Patience

Six Ways to Benefit from the Importance of Patience

We all have goals, dreams, expectations, and aspirations that we strive for each day. The achievement of these things makes us feel whole, joyful, and fulfilled and gives us reasons to keep living, even when things get tough. But in achieving them, we often want to...

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Why Life is a Journey Not a Destination

Why Life is a Journey Not a Destination

I love reading thriller novels. The stories usually have a complex plot with twists and turns that make you eager to know how the book will end. But if you just skip to the last chapter, you certainly lose the beauty and satisfaction of the story and do not fully...

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What is the Importance of Our Daily Micro Choices?

What is the Importance of Our Daily Micro Choices?

Today, much emphasis is placed on our big decisions like having children, getting married, learning to drive, buying a house, getting divorced, and quitting a job. But the reality is that it’s all the thousands, if not tens of thousands — of micro choices that create...

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What are 6 Proven Ways to Approach Emotional Healing?

What are 6 Proven Ways to Approach Emotional Healing?

If you found this article, you are likely in search of emotional healing. And, you are probably asking yourself, is it even possible. As I will explain, yes—emotional healing is a very real possibility if we take deliberate actions to tackle our pain instead of numbing it. 

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5 Key Ways to Create an Optimized and Healthy Brain

5 Key Ways to Create an Optimized and Healthy Brain

Have you ever wondered what it is in your physical body that enables you to comprehend the world in which you live and make everyday decisions? Are you curious about how you can generate thoughts and ideas that eventually translate into physical realities? Have you...

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What Is Learned Helplessness and How Do You Overcome It?

What Is Learned Helplessness and How Do You Overcome It?

Do you know people who never seem to take action to change their negative situations for the better? For example, an alcoholic may repeatedly try and fail to quit drinking. Have you ever felt you had no promising future? Do you ever feel out of control and unable to...

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What Does a Healthy and Balanced Life Mean to You?

What Does a Healthy and Balanced Life Mean to You?

I recently released an interview on Passion Struck with John R. Miles with the author Susan Cain where we discussed the importance of balancing joy and sorrow, bitter and sweet, and work and life. It got me thinking about what a healthy and balanced life really...

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The Science of Learning: It’s Vital For Your Success

The Science of Learning: It’s Vital For Your Success

In order to learn anything, whether it is math, a foreign language, or how to dribble a soccer ball, you need to create and strengthen pathways in your brain. Think about the first time you tried to kick or throw a ball. Your first time doing it, you didn’t have a...

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The Power of Empathy is the Greatest Gift to Human Beings

The Power of Empathy is the Greatest Gift to Human Beings

According to former President Barack Obama, "The biggest problem we have in our society and the world right now is a lack of empathy. We are in great need of people being able to stand in somebody else's shoes and see the world through their eyes." The gap that...

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What Are the 10 Keys to Building Healthy Esteem?

What Are the 10 Keys to Building Healthy Esteem?

Famous Greek philosopher Epictetus once said, "It is not what happens to you but how you react to it that matters." At some point in our lives, we've all had times when we felt inadequate and imperfect about ourselves, whether due to a physical flaw, how we perceive...

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Why Your Peak Experiences Create a Rewarding Life

Why Your Peak Experiences Create a Rewarding Life

"I don't live to work; I work to live." Although this quote is attributed to Noel Gallager, I first heard this expression years before living in Spain. A Spanish friend told me that he observed this startling difference when comparing our two cultures and what...

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Becoming Your Best Self is the Foundation for Everything

Becoming Your Best Self is the Foundation for Everything

Over the years, I have come to a much deeper connection with myself. The most important relationship I can have is with myself—the one true constant in my life. Everything that happens in my life for good or bad occurs based on my self-reflection and becoming my best...

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Navigating Life With Joy as Your Compass

Navigating Life With Joy as Your Compass

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” - Joseph Campbell It was past 6:00 pm on a cold Michigan day, and Kristen Jane Anderson was trudging through the park, tugging at her knit gloves as she set out to end her own life. She was...

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How to Teach Yourself Self Love

How to Teach Yourself Self Love

“In these bodies, we will live; in these bodies, we will die. Where you invest your love, you invest your life.” – Mumford & Sons. This line is one of the most potent lyrics the band has ever written, inspiring this article on self love. I love this lyric from...

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How Your Environment Impacts Your Growth

How Your Environment Impacts Your Growth

 Have you ever been in situations or places where you know deep within yourself that you could be achieving much more than you are but fail to do so because of the prevailing conditions of your environment and the people around you? Do you sometimes feel like things...

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To Achieve Success You Must Overcome 7 Stages of Pain

To Achieve Success You Must Overcome 7 Stages of Pain

Pain is the path to success. Yet, most people just want success in life without going through the hurdles we must face to achieve it. Success is like climbing a mountain with the different plateaus you cross along the way, which are met by unpredictable ups and downs....

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Why Materialism Is Impacting Your Happiness and Success

Why Materialism Is Impacting Your Happiness and Success

Materialism and the desire to flaunt off material things have become a significant part of today's society. We see influencers all over social media who are promoting luxury products or services and telling their audience, "regardless of all the privileges I have, it...

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5 Ways You Must Become Your Authentic Self

5 Ways You Must Become Your Authentic Self

Do you ever feel like you are not you? Like you are not your authentic self? Maybe you are unhappy at work, in your marriage, or with the general direction your life is going. It is not uncommon that we one day wake up and realize that we are spending a tremendous...

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6 Powerful Ways You Build Resilience In Your Life

6 Powerful Ways You Build Resilience In Your Life

Do you feel that your present is getting consumed by your past? That you are stuck. Feeling as though you were trapped on a ship lost at sea, surrounded by misfortune with no way to escape? You are not alone. A lot of people feel the same way and wonder how they can...

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The Importance in Life of Being Resilient

The Importance in Life of Being Resilient

I have recently been working on a final chapter for my upcoming book. It’s about the five transitions on the journey to becoming passion-struck. One of the characteristics of those who achieve the 4th or 5th level is being resilient. Resilience can often be obtained...

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Six Ways Successful People Ask for Advice

Six Ways Successful People Ask for Advice

Do you find seeking help at work or home repulsive? Do you have the feeling of inferiority when you ask for advice? You are not alone. The majority of people assume that asking for help symbolizes weakness. They don’t wish to feel dumb or seem needy. As Brené Brown...

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7 Ways to Create Mental Strength

7 Ways to Create Mental Strength

Do you have the mental strength to quickly bounce back from personal failures and setbacks, or is dealing with the harsh realities of life something you've always struggled with? Can you pick yourself back up and adapt to circumstances, or do you find yourself...

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How Your Mental Health Impacts Your Relationships

How Your Mental Health Impacts Your Relationships

Our mental health has a significant impact on the quality of our relationships. Just like every single other piece of your life, our mental health heavily affects our interactions with others and can lead to many relationship problems if not correctly cared for....

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Why is Intellectual Humility Vital to Your Success?

Why is Intellectual Humility Vital to Your Success?

Regardless of your self-identity, we envision a version of ourselves that is far different from how the world pictures us. In most cases, the way we see ourselves is glamorized into someone more intelligent, more decisive, and more liked than who we really are. And...

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5 Ways Our Ego is Our Trap

5 Ways Our Ego is Our Trap

I have written before about my time working as a Vice President (VP) for Lowe’s home improvement. When I started in that position, I worked as part of what I believed was a highly effective team of five VPs. Our group of five reported to the same Chief Information...

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Why Do We Keep Playing Small?

Why Do We Keep Playing Small?

I recently released an interview on the Passion Struck Podcast with Trav bell where we discussed the importance of creating and living our bucket list. During our conversation, he gave a quote about playing small that inspired this article. “How dare I play small. How...

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The Bold Skill of Being Tactful

The Bold Skill of Being Tactful

How often do we face situations in our career or life where we must present difficult information and do it in a way that preserves the relationship. That is why learning the skill of being tactful is so important to our personal success. Let me illustrate through a...

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The Connection Between PTSD and Suicide Thoughts

The Connection Between PTSD and Suicide Thoughts

Since we began the War on Terror, over 115,000 veterans have taken their own lives. Growing research demonstrates a connection between PTSD and suicide thoughts.  The research also shows that service members and veterans who have PTSD are 13x more likely to attempt...

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5 Signs You Are In a Toxic Relationship

5 Signs You Are In a Toxic Relationship

American Historian Tara Westover said, “At some point, you have to realize that some people can stay in your heart but not in your life.”  It might sound harsh, but you do not have to hold onto a toxic relationship or friendship that you have outgrown. Humans are...

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Why Comfort Never Leads to Breakthrough Ideas

Why Comfort Never Leads to Breakthrough Ideas

"Yes" is one of the most common words in the English language. And yet, many of us struggle to even utter it in response just when it matters the most. It's not for fear of the word itself, of course, it's a fear of the consequences of saying that word may bring. And,...

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Workplace Adaptability: Winning The Future Talent War

Workplace Adaptability: Winning The Future Talent War

It is becoming painfully apparent that we're on the cusp of a new reality that necessitates workplace adaptability. We are actively living with five unprecedented crises simultaneously facing us: a global pandemic, an economic calamity, the racial and social justice...

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Navigating COVID-19 Through the Power of Perspective

Navigating COVID-19 Through the Power of Perspective

It is truly amazing the impact COVID-19 is having on our daily lives. And, it is equally amazing what harnessing the power of perspective can alter in your life during times of crisis.   Why is it Important to View COVID-19 Through the Power of Perspective? I am...

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Is It Better to Burn Out than Fade Away?

Is It Better to Burn Out than Fade Away?

If Kurt Cobain was alive, he would be 53 today. Ironically, I happened to hear Neil Young- “My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)” earlier in the day on Spotify. Neil Young penned the lyrics to the song in the late seventies during a period where he was questioning his own...

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How Being Vulnerable Can Expand Your World

How Being Vulnerable Can Expand Your World

I find that some of my friends and colleagues struggle with the concept of “being vulnerable.” You’ve probably seen or witnessed the same yourself, either at home or within the workplace or even in someone famous like Nicki Manaj,  Floyd Mayweather Jr., Adam Levine,...

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The Power of Why: Why Knowing Your Why is Indispensable

The Power of Why: Why Knowing Your Why is Indispensable

It is easy in this world to concentrate on the day to day and forget about the power of why in our lives. Scanning the shelves at your local bookstore, it is all too easy to find titles that tell you to “focus on your ‘self'” and to “be you.” We are living in a world...

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Life Lessons Learned from Running

Life Lessons Learned from Running

For me, there’s nothing more liberating than going for a run. Somehow, the simple act of putting one foot in front of the other accompanied by nothing other than the sound of my shoes hitting the gravel path beneath me has the ability to free both my mind and soul....

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What Makes Successful Problem Solvers Unique?

What Makes Successful Problem Solvers Unique?

No matter how far back we stretch the timeline of our past, I believe we will never find a single day in history where successful problem solvers haven't been a part of moving evolution, individuals, and work forward. With the rise of the internet and it's globally...

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Mustering the Power to Do Something Different

Mustering the Power to Do Something Different

Today's business world has become extremely competitive, yet large and small businesses alike find it easy to stick with familiar ideas, procedures, and ways of doing business. Inertia kicks in. We follow unwritten rules or guidelines in our industry or sector because...

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