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There are certain people and certain things in life which are anathema to one’s happiness and success. They need to be recognized, and then cut from one’s life to the greatest possible degree. Personal and spiritual growth and development is the aim, so why would we willingly carry inhibitors with us on our journey?

Mike Hazell (Image Licensed)

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You will find it less easy to uproot faults than to choke them by gaining virtues. Do not think of your faults, still less of others’ faults. In every person who comes near you look for what is good and strong; honor that; try to imitate it, and your faults will drop off like dead leaves when their time comes. 

John Ruskin (1863, by W. & D. Downey; Public Domain)

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Don’t give up emotional power to circumstances outside of your control; retain the ability to move into a mental state of your own choosing.

—Mike Hazell (Image Licensed)

I recall being at a professional football game several years back at which the home team—my team—blew a certain win and was handed an ugly defeat by a taunting opponent. As could be expected, the positive, energized emotions of some 70,000 screaming fans turned ugly seemingly on a dime. 

After the game, as everyone was shuffling up the stands toward the concourse, I heard one guy about three steps behind me angrily shouting up to the herd of people in front of him: “C’mon people, get a (expletive) move on!” I looked back to see a guy in his mid-40s, dressed in a one-piece orange jumpsuit, so angry that his head was turning beat red. The sight of that red face atop that orange jumpsuit made my own mental state immediately shift from anger and disappointment over the loss to surprise and then levity. He looked like a cartoon caricature! I always remember that event as evidence of just how quickly we can change our own mental state, no matter what is going on around us. 

It’s easy to be in an upbeat, sanguine mood when things around us are going great. Our true colors comes shining through, however, when the external environment is not of our liking. When we find ourselves in such a moment, instead of letting these figurative storm clouds take control of our states of mind, let us take a few seconds to thank God for the opportunity to sharpen our own prowess and move to a positive mental state of our own choosing.


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Win or lose you will never regret working hard, making sacrifices, being disciplined or focusing too much. Success is measured by what we have done to prepare for competition.

—Captain John Smith (Public Domain)

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Our life is what our thoughts make it. One will find that as they alter their thoughts toward things and other people, things and other people will alter towards them.

—James Allen (Public Domain)

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A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms against himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.

—Ambrose Bierce (Public Domain)

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Life is very short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future.

—Seneca the Younger (4 BC-65 AD, Advisor to Nero; Public Domain)

Anxiety is one of life’s great evils. It not only leads to an early demise, it chases happiness away from us in a chronic, relentless manner. Most try to hide their anxiety, with success to varying degrees. But for many, perhaps most, it is always there, like a ball and chain that restricts our freedom of movement.

Anxiety, however, is simply a state of mind. More precisely, it is a condition that seeps into several dark states of mind, from fear and apprehension, to sadness and melancholy. But here’s the wonderful news: we control our states of mind!

Recognizing that this ugly little creature called anxiety has seeped into our thought patterns, affecting our clarity and our well-being, is the first step towards eliminating it. Personify it. See it for what it is: a dark object constantly chasing happiness from our minds. Once we quantify this condition, we move it out of the shadows and into the light of day where we can attack it.

Our spiritual foundation is the ultimate weapon against anxiety. Realizing that we were put here for a purpose and understanding that all we encounter in life had to be, we can see and feel the anxiety begin to melt away. Instead of lamenting past missteps, we now realize that everything in our past was put there to guide us into a brighter future. So, we take a deep breath, look at this pathetic anxiety in front of us, and we move forward; fully embracing the day and with a new excitement for our future.

—Mike Hazell, Penn Wealth

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