Silly Phrases: Powerful Meaning

We’ve all seen those little cheesy, inspirational quotes. We’ve heard them all, and I get an odd feeling that a good portion of us didn’t bat an eye for any of them. I mean, why should we? There just silly little sayings that don’t mean anything… Right?

I took a bit of time to look up some of those dumb little quotes and I noticed that they were a bit different from when I had heard them a long time ago. It turns out that those stupid quotes that we never really payed any attention to were actually some powerful stuff. Being an open minded person, I really began to think about the real message behind some of them and they actually mean a lot! I won’t try to explain any of them from my own perspective, but I want you to take a look at some of these seemingly simple and pointless, inspirational lines and see what you can get from them.

  • Just do it
  • Spread your wings and fly
  • Live as if there is no tomorrow
  • Be who you want to be
  • Hard work pays off
  • Make a life you’ll love
  • Shoot for the stars

They’re all seemingly simple phrases, so why is that they have so much power. I can’t really tell you how you should feel about them. Perhaps your opinion hasn’t even changed about them. But I believe that if you really take these silly little phrases to heart, they can really change your life. Who says you shouldn’t shoot for the stars? Why shouldn’t you be who you want to be? I sure want to make a life I’ll love. Don’t you want to, too?

I hope you found this post to be helpful so that you may grow and become a better person every day. If you like some of the other things on the site, feel free to subscribe for a notification to whenever a new post is out. Thank you all and may you live amazing lives!

 

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Remembering the Regret

Have you ever done something that you ended up regretting? You know what you did was wrong, and you tell yourself that you’re not going to do it again, but the thing is, you end up doing it again anyway? Why do we do that? Why is that we as people fully realize that whatever it is that we did was wrong, and yet we end up doing it again?

It’s a question I’ve asked myself personally a numerous amount of time. From major mistakes in my life to the tiniest errors that manage to repeat themselves throughout the day. While just today, I was feeling rather tired and found it hard to be productive, so I decided to take a 30 minute power nap to hopefully rejuvenate myself. However, my sleepy little head had hit that snooze button instead of getting right back up, and instead of awakening and getting right back to work, I had fallen asleep for about three hours. A mistake I’ve made several times.

So we all do it, right? I don’t believe that anyone has never remade a mistake, but what exactly keeps us from correcting these mistakes? I took a bit of time to really think of some key reasons that genuinely seem to hold us back.

  1. Laziness/Procrastination: The first and obvious answer is that we’re too lazy to actually correct the problem. Fixing anything is a chore, to put it simplest. Instead of actually doing the work that we have, we’d rather do something else with our time: playing games, watching T.V, going out, ect.
  2. False Reassurance: One of the many reasons why I, myself had this problem is that I tried to reassure myself that A). What I was doing was ok or B). Something else was making it so that I couldn’t do it. Something along the lines of “I can’t do my homework because I left my textbook at school.” Granted, there are certain things where that situation can hold you back, there are also a multitude of resources available to solve the issue.
  3. Conflicting Emotions: Instead of being lazy, you’re emotions are a big factor into why you may have a relapse in the action that you wanted to avoid previously. Say you’re being constantly overworked and you’re stressed out. Instead of getting more work done, you decide to say “screw it” and go on a binge of what may be called a “relaxation period.” Alcohol, fighting, even more procrastination, ect.
  4. Mind in Control: Most likely the main problem for me, I made myself believe that whatever my mind wanted to do was what I was going to do. If I felt as if I wasn’t going to go for a jog, I probably wasn’t going to, with the opposite scenario being the same case; if I wanted to jog, I would probably go and do it. I allowed my own head to dictate whatever I did right on the spot instead of forcing myself to be productive.

There are probably many more reasons but these were the first few that popped in my head. But the real question is… how exactly do we stop doing the above, and actually succeed in stopping a bad habit?

I came up with simple solutions that counteracts all the above with probably the simplest answers.

  1. Procrastination? Simplest answer is a personal favorite of mine: Just Do It. The Nike slogan sounds simple, but when you truly take the words to heart, it means a lot and can get an absolutely incredible amount of work accomplished.
  2. False Reassurance? Instead of listing off all the things that can go right with what you’re doing, begin to think of everything that can go wrong in the situation. You’re much more likely to not do something if all that comes to mind is negative consequences.
  3. Conflicting Emotions? While stress is a large problem with many adults and their work life, or maybe not even that scenario, it’s an issue that almost everyone must deal with. My solutions is to attempt to find a good stress relieve. Whenever I’m stressed out, I like to go for walks and listen to music. If that isn’t a plausible option, by all means take a little while off. Don’t want to work at home right after a long days of work? Go ahead, take an hour for yourself to relax, but don’t go all out, lest you forget what still needs to be done.
  4. Mind in Control? Admittedly, that is a relatively difficult one to answer. For me, I overcame it because of realizations. I realized that I can force myself to get what I need to do, done. While that may not happen for everyone, I think the best option is to try to find ways to sway your thoughts into doing something. Take some logic into consideration when your head makes quick decisions, way in the factors, and hopefully you’ll end up with the outcome that you would like.

I’m sure there are many other reasons out there as to why we redo actions that we didn’t want to do. If you can think of some, feel free to comment and I’ll try to think of a way to overcome it.

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Cherish Yourself

Never forget to cherish your own individuality. There is no one else that is more like you than you, and I think that’s something to hold onto for forever.

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Reflecting For the Future

As days go by, and time continues to tick away, we are given an opportunity to look back at the time that we have spent. While tomorrow is uncertain, yesterday is set in stone, and when you are able to look back at everyday that goes by and know that you did something, and you are happy with where you’re at, that’s when you know you’ve made it.

But until that day comes, we’ll continue to push ourselves and become something greater. We’ll fight for that feeling that we earn when we accomplish our goals and get a step closer to our dreams. Until we reach the day where our dreams come true, we’ll keep trying, we’ll keep working, and we’ll keep fighting.

One day, we’ll all be something that we’re proud of

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Mind Over You

The only thing really holding you back is your own mind. If you tell yourself you can’t do something, then you’re not going to do it. You can’t think like that, or else nothing is ever going to get accomplished.

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Searching for Success: Key Things to Know

Throughout my short life span, I’ve noticed a stunningly large amount of people that haven’t put a single thought into what they intend on doing in their life. Thoughts such as a future career, furthering education, or actually leading a life that they would find to be enjoyable. I was never one to live such a nonchalant life. I loved to think about what my future would be like, what I would be doing and if it was something that I would actually enjoy. I never wanted to live the average life where I would live obtaining an earned income and evidently have to spend it without having more than a few pennies left to save. So I thought I would take the time to give a few key things that you can do as well so that you can get a head start in leading a successful life.

Number one: Knowing What You Love

Probably the biggest thing when it comes to living a life where you’re happy is knowing what you love to do in your spare time, and then making something out of it. If you love to paint, then maybe find a career and major in something that allows your artistic abilities to flourish. A knack for computers and artistic abilities could lead to a successful and happy career in web page designing. If you want to be happy with what you do, you should always try to know what you love doing. There is no reason what-so-ever that says that you shouldn’t be able to mix work with your passion. If you want to live a happy life, then never forget about what brings a smile to your face.

Don’t know what makes you happy? Then get out there and explore different interests! It’s a great big world out there and there are opportunities! Don’t think of excuses that say you can’t go out and get something done. All excuses do is hold you back. You can’t get into town because you don’t have a car or a ride there? Ride a bike. Don’t have a bike? Walk. I walk about three miles everyday on my own free will because I enjoy it, if there’s something in town I desperately need, I just get up and go (which is much farther than three miles). Excuses prevent happiness and hold back opportunities that will lead you to a successful life.

If you’re not huge on the idea of finding something you like by chance, then check out this website. http://public.careercruising.com/en/

Career Cruising is a website dedicated on helping you find interest in careers. After creating an account, you can answer a series of questions about you that will both determine what jobs you would like the most, based off of your personality, and how good you would be at the job, based on current skills. It’s suggest many different things for me and I found it to be very helpful. I go onto it often to check my results or retake my tests in case anything is different. It’s incredibly helpful and will help you as well.

Number Two: Being Smart

You’re probably thinking of grades and GPA when I tell you to be smart (assuming you’re still in school), but that’s not the case at all. Something that I found immensely helpful when trying to prepare for the future was knowing more and more about life itself. Covering three useful topics: Money, careers, and opportunities.

Money

If you’re like me, you’re not a huge fan of the idea of working at a job, getting some money, and then have to spend it all back on food, insurance, or any other expenses. Sure you may have some cash leftover, but it doesn’t really give you the freedom to live luxuriously, or as luxuriously as you would like.

As explained in the book Rich Dad Poor Dad for Teens by Robert Kiyosaki, there are three types of income that an individual can obtain. Earned Income, Passive Income, and Portfolio Income. These three types of income will be explained directly from the book.

Earned Income: “Earned income is money you get from working. When you have a job, you’re paid a salary- usually in a paycheck you get every week or every two weeks. When my Poor Dad told me to “get a good job,” he meant to work for an earned income.”

 Passive Income: “Passive income is earned even when you’re not physically doing any work… Money made from real estate is passive income. This is how I made money for many years, and it was an extremely good way. I bought apartment buildings, and then leased the apartments to people who paid me every month to live there.

Passive income could also come from royalties- income that comes in from writing a book or a song or from appearing in a commercial that is on TV or the radio. Every time a book is sold, a song is sung, or a commercial is aired, the people who were involved usually get some money. Sometimes the money is just a few pennies, but those pennies can add up to become a lot of dollars.

People who are rich are usually good at generating passive income. Their money is working for them while they’re working in other ways- managing their portfolio, starting other businesses, or simply enjoying their lives”

Portfolio Income: “If you have money invested in paper assets (stocks, bonds, or mutual funds), you have portfolio income. Portfolio income works on the same principle as passive income. Your money is working for you even when you’re asleep!”

Having knowledge about money is a great way to ensure a successful and rich life because it helps you know the “do’s” and “don’ts” of the world, that will hopefully not come back and bite you. I encourage everyone to read this book, regardless of the fact that it says it’s for teens because it is just full of useful knowledge on money and can really help you.

On the note of the three types of income, the majority of the human population go with earned income. Not because they favor it, but because they generally don’t even know that the other two exist and that it’s the easiest to obtain. Admittedly, I think passive income is the best to have because you’re generating money, regardless of how much, without having to put much effort into it. The problem behind passive income is actually obtaining it, but where there is a will, there is a way. A great way to ensure a wealthful and successful life is managing to generate a passive income, on top of earned income.

Career

Knowing about the career you want or the career you currently have is a great way to set up a successful life. Not only should you enjoy the career you’ve chosen, but you should know what it wants from you, and what it’ll give you in return. Know what benefits your job gives you. Paid vacation? Sick days? Health insurance? Knowing what your job offers you is incredibly useful.

You can also learn about what it’ll take to rise up in the career. Never be content with where you’re at unless you’re at the top, or you absolutely love what you do. Look for the opportunities to get promoted or get a raise. If you seek out opportunities to help you rise up in the ranks, then it will pay off in the long run. Sure you may have to work a bit more, but successful people don’t turn away at the first sign of having to work. Plus, rising up usually means more pay, more power, more respect and if you enjoy the work that you do, which you should, then it will make you happier as well!

Opportunities

One thing that is true for almost every successful person on the planet is that they always look for opportunities. Opportunities comes in all kinds of varieties and they are probably your greatest friend in the whole world. They can land you jobs, more pay, passive income, or they can lead to even more opportunities.

My sister, Melody for example. She is an artist and a very good one at that. The sad thing about artists though is that there aren’t that many professions out there to choose from, and while she loves to draw, her current job doesn’t have much to do with the activity (she works at a tea store, and she loves the stuff, so it’s alright). Recently however, Melody was given the opportunity to illustrate a children’s book being made by a friend of hers. She is currently fulfilling that right now, as I type this out. Will this opportunity open any doors for her? I don’t know. The point behind opportunites is that they can do wonders for you, and should always be taken if given the chance. The thing is, you shouldn’t just sit around and wait for opportunities to come to you, you have to go out there and find them yourself! Don’t wait for the wind to blow the door open for you, get up and open it yourself.

Number Three: Believe and Achieve

As cliché as it sounds, you can’t get that far in life if you don’t believe in yourself. If you don’t have the confidence in yourself to get things done, if you let yourself give in to excuses, if you just sit around and don’t do anything with your the time that you have in this life, then you are not going to be successful. You have to break out of those chains that hold you back! If you want to be something, you have to work, you have to fight, you have to get off of the couch and do something! If you put in the effort, you can do anything. I don’t know if I’ll be anything. I have no way of knowing that someday I’ll be a rich and successful man with a great and happy life, but I will keep working and I’ll keep believing, and who knows, maybe I will be something big someday. But let’s not stop at just me. What about you? Are you going to be something great? ‘Cause if you are, you have to put in the effort.

Work. Believe. Achieve.

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Realizing the Problem

I understand that almost every person in the world, if not all, want to be something great when they grow up. No one plans to work as some cashier at McDonalds for the rest of their life. Everyone wants to be something. You and I are no exception to that rule.

The sad thing is, most people don’t get to live the life of what they would define as “something.” The world shuts a lot of great people down into a life of work and pay, where there isn’t all that much enjoyment. So how do we go about making sure that we don’t end up like that? Or how do we get out of that situation?

Now there are a lot of things that could be said, creating good habits, working hard, all that kind of stuff. Don’t get me wrong, all that stuff is great and can really help you on the road to success, but the real thing that I believe that is the most important step into becoming successful is realizing what is holding you back.

For me, I played games a lot. It dropped my grades, I never gained anything from it, and I never really did anything productive while playing it, extremely. I realized how much of a problem that was and how much that held me back. I analyzed, I did some experiments and I don’t play that much that often anymore, and with that being the case, I’m much more productive with my free time. I Figured out the main problem, and now I’m doing better from changing

So I think the first thing that you should do, in the first steps to becoming successful, is figuring out what is really holding you back. Do you have a gaming addiction like I did/do? Is there some other problem like work that conflicts with everything? You just need to find what is really holding you back, analyze the situation as best as you can, and make changes appropriately.

If you can solve the main problem, figuring out the rest should be a piece of cake.

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It’s That Simple

The easiest way to get something done is to stop making up excuses as to why you can’t do it, and then just do it. If you live your life like that, you can get anything accomplished!

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Some Time Off

Yesterday was the last day of school for me before I started spring break. If you’re like the average teenager, or any other person that loves long chains of day offs, then you were probably thinking something along the lines of “finally, I get some time off! I don’t need to worry about school or work. I get to just do whatever I want.”  Naturally, I thought that as well. I’m a human being and love the idea of getting out of work for a little while. The thing is, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to be working at all.

Don’t get me wrong, you should enjoy the time that you have off. You worked hard and now you get a little vacation. What I don’t want you to do is go the whole time just sitting around and not doing anything productive. It’s time off! Use that time to better yourself and get something done. I’m grateful for a little break, but I have no intention on just spending all of the time playing video games like I used to. I intend on using this time to make a better me and I hope that you guys will use whatever free time you get to better yourself as well.

As long as you can “do,” anything is possible. And you my friend, can do anything.

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A Bit of Feedback

Hey everyone, I was doing some thinking about what I’ve been posting and I know that most of it is supposed to help inspire others to be who they really are and to try to improve who they are, but I just wanted to know if I’m actually doing that. I’m genuinely curious, I want to know if anything that I’ve been posting on this blog has actually gotten anyone to really try to be something.

So I’m asking the few people out there who will actually care enough to comment. Am I inspiring you? If not, do you have any suggestions, questions, anything that may help me improve as a writer and inspirerer? I really want to get better at what I’m doing here so that I can not only better myself, but really get you guys to try to better yourself as well. I can’t doing my job if I’m not up-to-snuff on what this blog is all about.

Any feedback is appreciated. Please let me know if anything has really spoken to you and I promise I’ll get back to you on it!

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