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Everybody wants to be a superhero…

"Use what you already have to its maximum potential and you may just find you have enough." - Zero Dean

Everybody wants to be a superhero, but if you’re not already using the tremendous powers you already have to do good in this world, then why would anyone expect superpowers to make any difference?

Use the powers you already have to their maximum potential and you will likely discover that you have more than you need to make a real & lasting positive difference.

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Everybody wants to be a superhero...

Playing the game of life.

Everyday we have an opportunity to make our lives fun or exciting simply by using our imagination or changing how we look at things.

Those who constantly rely on external sources to be entertained or amused are missing out on one of life’s greatest cost-free pleasures.

Not only does relying on external sources create and reinforce the illusion that you need someone or something outside of you to be happy, it distances us from one of the most powerful tools we have:

IMAGINATION.

As Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”

Children who haven’t grown up relying on TV or video games to be amused use their imagination often. A box, a tube, or a stick become can create entire worlds and keep them occupied for hours.

Children instinctively use their imagination throughout their development. Often to their own delight and the delight of those around them. The fact is, most people enjoy watching others, even animals, in the act of play.

Nowadays, it appears more and more adults rely more on being entertained than finding ways to entertain themselves. Even seeking knowledge can be fun (and extremely beneficial), and yet many lose countless hours of their lives watching mindless television. It’s not that there isn’t a place for this, but to do this excessively is to miss out on other more rewarding, and certainly more creative, experiences of life.

One is never too old to play. Those who scoff at the idea fail to realize that play is often associated with one of the primary contributing factors of staying youthful.

As a wise person once said, “You don’t stop doing things because you get old. You get old because you stop doing things.”

Life can be a fun adventure any moment of any day simply by changing how you look at it.

To be a passive player in the game of life is to miss out on many of the amazing experiences life has to offer.

Life can be an adventure, any moment of any day, simply by changing how you look at it. You, above anyone else, is in control of how you see the world and how you live in it.

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Playing the game of life.

With respect, tolerance, and an open mind…

As the media and politicians continue to polarize people, I think it’s important to remember that you don’t have to agree with anyone’s particular point of view or share their politics to get along.

People sometimes forget that some of the best relationships are those in which each person helps the other to broaden their perspective and grow as an individual.

To only interact with and surround yourself with people who agree with you and share your points of view tends to create a very narrow and distorted view of the world.

It has been said you become the average of the five people you interact with most. What kind of picture does that paint if you share exactly the same likes, dislikes, and view of the world?

To simply take offense at something without giving it any thought is to deny yourself an opportunity for growth. Even if that growth simply means reaffirming what you already believe.

To think you have to agree with everything about a person is to deny yourself of some of the best friendships the world has to offer.

To automatically dismiss someone because they are different than you does the same.

I think one of the best gifts anyone can give another person is something that results in the recipient saying, “I’d never thought about it like that before.”

An expanded point of view is a key to many locks you didn’t even know existed.

I certainly don’t expect everyone to always agree with me or see things from my point of view, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be friends.

And if we can’t be friends, that doesn’t mean we have to be enemies.

With respect, tolerance, and an open mind, anything is possible.

Your friend (the optimist),

Zero

With respect, tolerance, and an open mind...

Strength from discomfort

A world that continually caters to making people more and more comfortable creates a world full of people who are less and less capable of coping with — and being open to — even the slightest discomfort or inconvenience.

We need to teach people to be able to deal with the challenges of life, not attempt to remove them all.

There will always be bullying. There will always be inclement weather. Flight delays. Long lines. Loud neighbors. Bumps in roads. Rule breakers…

Don’t give your child an unusual name, they’ll get made fun of? No. How about we provide children with the ability to effectively deal with name-calling and to not have their self-esteem be under other people’s control. How about we teach critical thinking and real-world problem-solving skills?

How about we teach people effective coping and communication skills and stop encouraging a world of people who simply want to make noise and complain?

I’m sorry, but not having enough whipped cream on your Mocha Frappuccino is not a real problem. Having to wait in line is not a real problem. Being bored is not a real problem.

If you’re on fire, yeah, that’s a real problem.

The above inconveniences are simply symptoms of a problem. And the problem is that we should all be able to easily and effectively deal with these things without them turning into some kind of negative “event” in our lives.

Don’t give people or minor inconveniences the power to ruin your day. As that will be a day of your life wasted.

We should work on being stronger — and helping others be stronger — and not on constantly trying to make life easier and more comfortable.

The real world doesn’t go away just because we dress it up to look like something else. All that does is alienate us from what’s real and lessens our ability to effectively deal with the inevitable challenges we all must face in life.

We acquire the strength we have overcome.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

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You can’t measure love

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You can’t measure love. You can’t measure the impact you have on a person’s life. You can’t measure imagination or knowledge or creativity. You can’t measure an instinct or a gut feeling. You can’t measure synchronicity or serendipity. You can’t measure a memory.

You can’t measure some of the most important things that matter most in the world. And yet, this has no impact on the tremendous impact they have on our lives.

Not everything needs to be measured to be valued. And many of the best things can’t be.

You can't measure love

To Do: Write down your goals

Today’s To Do Item:

Write down your goals.

Committing your goals to writing can have a massive impact on the likelihood of their accomplishment. And it’s free. Just do it.

“The average stream of consciousness includes about 1,500 thoughts a minute. If your goals are only in your mind, they are invariably jumbled up, vague, confused, contradictory and deficient in many ways. They offer no clarity and give you no motive power. You become like a ship without a rudder, drifting with the tides, crashing into the rocks inevitably and never really fulfilling your true potential.” — Brian Tracy

Today's To Do Item: Write down your goals

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To Do: Write down your goals

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