Comfort Zone Prison:

Most of us are inmates in a prison, and we don’t even know it. We wake up and move through our day without realizing or seeing the prison walls around us. We don’t see the handcuffs on our wrists or the bars on our prison cells. We have freedom of movement within this prison, so we think we are alive and making our own choices. But we are not.

The name of this prison is Comfort Zone. Stepping out of our comfort zone causes anxiety because the unknown is fearful. We become indifferent and say whatever will be will be. It sounds brave, but in reality, it is cowardice. We willingly lock ourselves into our cells every night, thinking we have no choice.

Our comfort zone may be anything but comfortable, but it’s what we’ve grown accustomed to, and we know how to handle it. We may not like it, but we at least know what to deal with daily. If someone asked us if we were happy, we would probably say yeah, but are you really happy? Probably not. You may not necessarily be depressed or suicidal, but you’re not overflowing with joy either.

Progress equals happiness; humans feel more alive and fulfilled if they’re growing and reaching their goals. Unfortunately, we grow stale as life progresses without us. We’re supposed to continue growing until the day we die. As long as there is breath within us, we’re supposed to continue. It’s not over until our last breath escapes our lips.

“Ambition unused declines. Strong feelings unused diminished. Faith unused decreases. It is a law” – Jim Rohn.

JCPenney said this at 92 when someone asked him how he was doing.

“Well, my eyesight is failing but my vision has never been better.”

Do you have a vision for your life? Do you have a purpose? You do have a purpose, but do you know what it is?

See, water is life-giving, but it also stagnates when it sits still too long. There’s an old proverb that says the plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance. The problem is that most people aren’t diligent with their plans. Or they might plan diligently but never follow through with those plans. See, there’s a universal law called you create or disintegrate.

You take an acorn and put it on a shelf. It will disintegrate and die, and the cycle of life is over. You take that same acorn, put it in good soil, water it, and let the sun shine on it, and the cycle of life will continue, and it will grow and become a tree. It will shade all sorts of animals and become a home for all kinds of species. It will also generate thousands of acorns. You see, nature will compound your efforts, but you’ve got to try. You’ve got to plant that acorn, and it will grow. But it does take some effort on your part.

“Life doesn’t get better by chance it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn.

It’s time to break out of that prison. Step out of that comfort zone. And become what you’re supposed to be.

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Laughter Really Is The Best Medicine [Norman Cousins]

Norman Cousins was an Editor, Author, and Philosopher who found his young life plagued with illness. In 1964, he was diagnosed with a deadly connective tissue disease and ankylosing spondylitis that left him paralyzed and in excruciating pain. The doctors gave him no hope, but he had been studying how emotions affect the body’s biochemistry and decided to try something radical. He checked out of the hospital where death hung in the air like the black fog from a diesel engine. 

Instead, he checked himself into a quiet hotel room where his doctor would visit him in a peaceful atmosphere. He was in extreme pain and sleep was rare. Then the nurses would routinely wake him and disturb him even more. Here in this peaceful place, he could sleep. Pain pills wouldn’t touch his pain. At one point they were giving him 36 Aspirin a day! 

In desperation, Cousins started laughter therapy and found that if he could really laugh for ten minutes he would have two hours of pain free, peaceful sleep. This encouraged him to continue even though the act of laughing was terribly painful. With this routine and keeping himself in a restful environment Norman began to improve. The doctor added massive doses of vitamin C to his health regimen and Norman walked out of that hotel. This was impossible because his spine was supposed to fuse together and he was going to have to choose between sitting or laying flat on his back for the rest of his life. Instead, he carved his own path and now laughter therapy is a well known, scientifically documented reality. 

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Humans have a hidden superpower. With it we can both create and destroy. In most people it is raw, unfiltered and troublesome. But, if we could train it and hone it to perfection, it is powerful enough to change the world.

There’s a wise old saying that says, “for as a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” What does that mean, exactly? It means you become what you think about regularly. Your consistent thoughts become your actions, and your actions change the reality around you. I know this sounds like a bunch of hoodoos, but I promise you there’s science behind it.

What if we trained our minds to create instead of to destroy? We could change the world with one mind at a time.

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What’s Holding You Back? Is it a Limit or a Limiting Belief?

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What’s holding you back from achieving your heart’s desire? Sure, there might be logical reasons, but most of the time, it’s nothing more than a few limiting beliefs.

What are limiting beliefs?

Before May 6th, 1954, science said running a mile in under four minutes was impossible. The entire world believed it. It sounds very logical. Unfortunately, it was not true. Read that again. It was not true!

Roger Bannister was determined to break the barrier, and he did on May 6th. That day he finished at 3: 59. With one race, Bannister broke a limiting belief held by the entire world. Think about it. This belief was held by humanity for six thousand years of recorded history, and one man broke it with one amazing foot race. 

So let me ask you a question. Think about all of the reasons you can’t achieve success. Write them down. Then I want you to study them carefully. Are they limits, or are they limiting beliefs?

If you think Roger Bannister was just some superhuman, let me tell you another tidbit of information. His record only lasted 46 days! Somebody else broke it six weeks later. Now more than 1400 men have broken the barrier.

So was it really a limit, or was it a mindset? It was a limiting belief.

How many times have you told yourself? You can’t succeed because you went to the wrong school or didn’t have enough money. If you study the most successful people in the world, you will find that most of them didn’t go to the right school, have the right name, or have enough money.

You’ll find people with dyslexia that failed school. When you start studying successful people, you’ll find high school dropouts, college dropouts, poverty-stricken people, and people of all sizes, shapes, and colors. It doesn’t matter what your limiting belief is. It can be overcome.

I think about one example that hit me hard. When I first heard it. I was writing true crime stories back then and listened to an interview given by Sammy the bull. For those who don’t know, he was John Gotti’s underboss. In this interview, he blamed everything on the fact that he had dyslexia and didn’t do good in school. No one was there to guide him, so he just went off the rails. Now, this sounds legitimate. But then listen to this. Richard Branson has dyslexia too. He didn’t do well in school either. At the time of this writing, he is worth 3 billion dollars!

If that doesn’t surprise you enough, guess who else is on the list of famous dyslexics on Google.? Albert Einstein! Yes, you read that right. The man known for his IQ and genius had dyslexia.

So let me ask you again. Why can’t you achieve what you’re going after? Are those excuses valid? Maybe you need to learn a new skill or find a mentor, but you can overcome your perceived limits most of the time. 

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What is possible in your life? Those with a fully expanded belief system would answer that virtually anything they want to do or become is possible.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: Not Really

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. You hear it everywhere during the holiday season, but not everyone agrees. It can be one of the most challenging times of the year if you’ve lost loved ones or suffered trauma. 

Change Your Idea of the Perfect Holiday:

Many silently suffer through the end of the year, dreading every party, event, and gathering. Why? It all starts with the mental picture we have of Christmas. We are inundated with a picturesque story of what the holiday “should” be. We suffer when our picture doesn’t match what we think is perfection. Unfortunately, no one tells us that we can change the picture.

Will changing the mental picture bring back our loved ones? No. Will it change our financial status? No. It will change your outlook on life, though. It will change your biochemistry and make you feel better. It will make the holidays seem brighter and more friendly. 

Change of Focus:

What you focus on, you feel. When we focus on the negative, we get more negative hormones, negative emotions, and negative behaviors. The same is true when we force ourselves to focus on the positive things. There are 1,440 minutes in a day. Ten minutes might be bad, but there are another 1,430 minutes left. Will you ruin the rest of the day by focusing on the ten bad moments? It sounds silly, but we do it all the time. 

This holiday season, turn your focus to the positive and see what happens. Every time that annoying co-worker spews at the mouth turn your focus to something else. Every time that manipulative family member starts, turn your focus. It’s not easy, but it’s effective. 

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Surviving Christmas with Gratitude:

Transform your chaotic holiday season with this journal and 5 minutes a day!

Not everyone enjoys the holidays. After losing loved ones, it’s hard to continue with the festivities, but it’s vital to learn how to live again. After suffering through trauma, it’s hard to celebrate with a loud and rowdy crowd. Did you know a daily gratitude practice will change your life, both mind, and body?

Studies have proven that our brains literally cannot be fearful, anxious, or stressed and be grateful at the same time. Did you know that? The part of the brain that handles these emotions cannot do both simultaneously. It has to shut one off to open the other. Now you can be anxious and immediately grateful afterward, but you cannot be both at the same time!

What if you reprogrammed your brain to refocus on gratitude and shut off the anxiety during this season?

With a daily gratitude practice, you will do just that!

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Where is your focus placed?

The word focus is thrown around a lot these days, but few pay attention. In reality, focusing is our superpower. Bruce Lee once said, 

“The Successful warrior is an average man with a laser-like focus.”

When a human focuses completely on a goal, very little can stop him from achieving it. Unfortunately, there are so many distractions nowadays that it’s becoming increasingly harder to focus. To make matters worse, many of those distractions are negative. The more we focus on negative news, the more increases we see in depression and anxiety.

People don’t realize that we feel in our bodies what we have focused on with our minds. I’ve been answering questions on Quora lately, many of which have to do with this subject. People wonder why they are depressed, but everything they watch on TV and on social media is depressing.

Another trap we find ourselves in is the trap of focusing on the things we can’t control. While the world news is important, we can’t do anything about it, so why are we spending all of our time focusing on it and stressing about it? I know that might sound harsh, but really think about it. Can you do anything about the things you see on the TV nightly? No, not really. At least a few years ago, we had one segment of world news at night, but now with the internet, we are swamped with the world’s stress and drama.

Humans need to focus more on our inner circle of influence and things we can control. No, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t care about humanity’s troubles, but we shouldn’t focus on them so much that it causes us more stress. We are literally trying to carry the weight of the world on our shoulders and it’s not humanly possible!

One final trap we find ourselves dealing with is the trap of focusing on what we don’t want. When we focus on something, we give it more energy. Meaning if you are focusing on the worst-case scenario, then you will get the worst-case scenario. You see, we reap what we sow when it comes to our thoughts. I hate the old adage, “prepare for the worst and hope for the best.” When you do that, you are literally asking the Universe for the worst. We must learn to visualize the outcome we want and focus on that. Sure preparation is essential, but not to excess.

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