Do your thing.

Stop worrying about how well you think other people are doing compared to you.

Because: 1. It doesn’t matter.

What matters is that you are taking action to do and be better at whatever it is you have chosen for yourself.

And 2. What you see in others and their so-called “success” is rarely the whole story.

Other people may succeed — and a few people even get “lucky” — but what you rarely ever see is how much they struggled along the way. You rarely see their hardships or their failures.

The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind the scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” — Steve Furtick

Remember, we are not copies of each other. Your life is yours. It will never be a mirror image of anyone else’s.

We all have our own unique stories, unique challenges, and unique paths to walk.

And as similar as some portions of those paths may be, they will never be the same.

So yes, use other people for inspiration and motivation, but don’t ever let the apparent success of others discourage you from walking your chosen path.

Because it’s not their path you’re walking. It’s yours.

So do your thing.

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‘If it’s a true ambition and you really have a passion…’

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“You know, all I can say is that it’s rewarding and challenging, and the competition is so strong that the chances of being successful in that area are statistically daunting. But most people give up, or are unable to sustain themselves until they have the opportunity to become successful which means to get work, so the only thing I can say is try to figure out how not to give up. If it’s a true ambition and you really have a passion for storytelling, try and figure out how to hang in there.” — Harrison Ford

You are responsible for the energy you put into the world.

You are responsible for the energy you put into the world.

When you are consciously aware of the kind of energy you project, you’re more likely to act and communicate in accordance with what you truly want out of your interaction with people.

Who would you rather interact with:

  • Someone with a tense and angry face or someone with a smile?
  • Someone who actively wants to solve a problem or someone who just wants to complain?
  • Someone who is cynical and pessimistic or someone who prefers to look on the bright side of life?

When you put out positive energy, you are much more likely to receive positive energy back. And, of course, the opposite is also true.

People respond to your facial expression, your body language, the words you use when you speak, and the tone of voice when you speak them.

If you frequently find yourself at odds with others, it may be a sign to re-evaluate the energy you’re carrying and realigning yourself with your true intentions.

If you want more of the good stuff in life, start by giving it. Because, remember, what you send out comes back to you.

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Your body language shapes who you are

This is a potentially life-changing and powerful TED talk by Amy Cuddy.

Even if you’re a master of body language, it’s worth watching as a reminder of how powerful it can be, not only with regard to how others perceive you, but how you perceive yourself.

20 minutes well spent.

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are (Link to video)

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Excerpt:

“Social scientists have spent a lot of time looking at the effects of our body language or other people’s body language on judgements. And we make sweeping judgements and inferences from body language. And those judgements can predict really meaningful life outcomes like who we hire or promote or who we ask out on a date.”

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The transformative power of classical music

If you have 20 minutes, this is a wonderful TED talk by Benjamin Zander. Benjamin is funny and enlightening. And the last 5 minutes are really good.

“Benjamin Zander has two infectious passions: classical music, and helping us all realize our untapped love for it — and by extension, our untapped love for all new possibilities, new experiences, new connections.”

The transformative power of classical music (Link to video)

Excerpt:

“Now, I had an amazing experience. I was 45 years old. I’d been conducting for 20 years. And I suddenly had a realization: The conductor of an orchestra doesn’t make a sound. … He depends for his power on his ability to make other people powerful.

And that changed everything for me. It was totally life changing.

People in my orchestra came up to me and said, “Ben, what happened?”

That’s what happened.

I realized my job was to awaken possibility in other people.

And, of course, I wanted to know if I was doing that. And you know how you find out?

You look at their eyes. If their eyes are shining, you know you’re doing it. … If the eyes are not shining, you get to ask a question, and this is the question:

“Who am I being that my player’s eyes are not shining?”

We can do that with our children, too. Who am I being, that my children’s eyes are not shining?

That’s a totally different world.”

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