Tag: Perspective

Knowing Yourself and Living a Life Tailored to You

Like most people, you probably spend a lot of time and effort looking outward for the definition of success and adequacy.  You probably look at the paths and successes of others as a standard for where you should be at a certain point in time or at a certain age.  But does that approach really work?  Do you really feeling like you’re measuring up by looking at others?

Most people fail to realize that self-satisfaction starts and ends internally.  Those who have created their own success will tell you that they’ve focused on a few things that worked specifically for them.  Here are three things you should keep in mind as you create your own.

1. It is important to know yourself.  Take the time to learn what makes you tick and what you excel at better than anyone else. This is the easiest way to develop your competitive edge and beat the competition.


2. Stay true to yourself. This isn’t easy when everyone else is following the status quo and you seem as the odd man out.  But remember that there is power in being different, having an alternative point-of-view and edgy solutions.  Why do you think big companies value innovation and creativity so much?  That’s because this is what it takes to set yourself apart.  Apply similar strategies in your life; and start by embracing who you are.


3. Define and create the life you want. Once you figure out what works for you, align everything in your life accordingly.  If your interests and activities are tailored to who you are, it makes perfect sense to have your life follow accordingly.  On a small and grand scale, create the life you want, deserve and that makes you feel whole.


Have you experienced the challenge of looking outward versus inward to define your success and feel complete?  What did you learn in the process?  Did you figure out and apply an approach that works for you?

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Life is Fragile: Here’s How to Make the Most of it

I recently shared this on TheAfter5Edge’s Twitter handle and facebook page and received a lot of positive feedback.  For this reason, I wanted to take the opportunity to elaborate on what was a short but important reminder.  We’re often so caught up being “busy” that we forget what should take priority in our lives.  So I wanted to take a moment to stop and reflect.

Life is fragile.  We have the option of going through life quietly or living life boldly.  Either way, our time is limited.  It is ours now to treasure and we should make the most of it while we can.

Spend it wisely.  Despite our limited time, we have the option to live life with meaning, with purpose and by design.  Think of what you want to have in your life and create a plan accordingly.  Create a life that makes you feel whole and complete.  Do the things you want to do.

Do good deeds.  The world becomes a better place with each of our acts.  Reach out to an elderly neighbor.  Let someone go ahead of you in a line.  Give up your seat on the bus.  Donate your used clothing.  Give your old books to a local library or organization.  Buy lunch for a homeless person.  Your options for doing good deeds are endless.

Help and spend time with people.  Our best experiences in this world are created with the people in our lives.  Help others when you can and don’t underestimate your ability to provide value.  Take time to celebrate the achievements and special moments of others.

Enjoy each moment.  Take walks.  Eat outdoor in the summer time.  Take time to relax and meditate.  The destination is fulfilling but make sure to enjoy the journey.  Choose your battles.  Keep things in perspective and always remember that most things are not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.

What takeaways do you have about life and how to make the most of it?  What rules do you live by to maximize your experiences?

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How to Take Advantage of Inspiration from Home and Your Past

We all need a little inspiration every once in a while.  Sometimes it comes to us as we’re carrying on with our day.  We may be inspired by someone’s personal story that we hear or by another person’s action that we witness.  Other times, we actively seek inspiration.  In these instances, we may reach out to someone who we find inspiring or we may even look to ourselves, our past or our inspiration book.

Personally, I find a lot of inspiration when I spend time with family.  Amidst the laughs and good food, there are always stories being told.  Many of these stories came before my time and relate to crucial events that helped build my family’s foundation.  I have a deep appreciation for the sacrifices that were made by my family members so I’m always moved by these stories and take them to heart.  As my grandpa always said, “if you don’t know where you’re coming from, you’ll never know where you’re going.”  I believe this is true so when I’m with family, I’m always soaking up opportunities to get back in touch with the basics and be newly energized and inspired.  This helps put things in perspective, my vision becomes more clear as I look forward and I gain a greater appreciation for the big picture.

As I’m spending time with family this week, I’m taking in my usual dose of inspiration – not only by hearing but also by seeing.  Here are some of the inspiring pieces I’ve found around the house that reinforce the lessons I’ve been taught at home over the years.

This is on the wall in one of the bedrooms as a friendly reminder that you’ll see as the first thing the morning and as the last thing at night.

This is on the wall in a guest bathroom. It is a reminder that it is possible to defy the odds.


This is also on the wall in the guest bathroom. This reminds us that it is ok to stumble, fall, and make mistakes as long as we get up and push onward.

The truth is that you never need to go far to find inspiration.  Pay attention to the small things.  Listen to stories of those around you.  Talk to your elders and find out what sacrifices they made for themselves and their family.  Look back to your aspirations from when you were a kid and didn’t understand the concept of limitations.  You may be surprised by the power of these seemingly simple things to move you in the moment and going forward.

Where do you get your inspiration from?  I would love to hear from you!


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