Inspirational Living: Life Lessons for Success & Happiness
How to Live the Perfect Day | Elizabeth Towne

How to Live the Perfect Day | Elizabeth Towne

September 12, 2019

Listen to episode 405 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Live the Perfect Day. Edited and adapted from Lessons in Living by Elizabeth Towne.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: When Johnny Hayes won the Marathon in the Olympic Games, he trained for months before-hand. Every hindrance to his goal was laid aside; he ate the healthiest food, kept regular hours, trained carefully every day, kept his mind ever focused on the one thought of success in that race. 

The successful life is made up of a succession of successful days — every day being a little Marathon by itself. If we live a successful today, we make a wise preparation to live a successful tomorrow; and so on, day after day, year after year, through our whole lives.

Only today is ours. Today we can make the right preparation, make the right and easy start, run the successful race with time, and close the day a victor. This day it is possible to do that. So, how shall we prepare for it? How shall we manage our energy and direct our efforts?

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How to Develop the Power of Memory | Success Skills

How to Develop the Power of Memory | Success Skills

September 10, 2019

Listen to episode 404 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Developing the Power of Memory for Success. Edited and adapted from Secrets of Mental Supremacy by W. R. C. Latson.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: THE value of any person to themselves and to the world at large depends in great degree upon their memory — upon your ability to recall and to use at any desired moment the recollection of what you have seen, heard, experienced, or thought.  Memory is really the stock in trade of our mental life. Our perceptions bring to us a vast mass of experiences — things that we have seen, heard, touched, tasted, and smelled — our thoughts and experiences. But these things are valuable only when they are held in the memory. For, unless they are remembered they cannot be used.

Most of us have forgotten much more than we remember. We have studied at school, at college, at home. We have read many, many books. We have had any number of interesting and instructive conversations. We have, some of us, traveled and seen many rare and curious things. And of it all, how much is in our possession at the moment — how much is at our ready command? Not one tenth — probably not one hundredth. 

Imagine the enormous loss to us. Imagine the waste of time and effort. Imagine what it would mean to you or to me if, instead of possessing a memory which preserved for us only one hundredth of our experiences, we could remember and apply at will one half, three quarters, four fifths of what we have been through. 

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Inspiration for Opening the Door to a Larger Life

Inspiration for Opening the Door to a Larger Life

September 5, 2019

Listen to episode 403 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Inspiration for Opening the Door to a Larger Life. Edited and adapted from The Open Door by Hugh Black.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Who can set limits to what is? Who can draw a line and declare that within its boundaries lies all that is possible? Who can say what forces there are unknown that one day may be utilized by us all? The world is not one definite thing, but is whatever we (with knowledge, courage, and faith) are able to make it.

When we reach the borders, there is ever an open door into a larger place. The world is just as big as we are big enough to inhabit. Like all true things, this idea is not completely new. We have always known it in other regions of human experience: aesthetically the world is to each of us what we are able to appreciate.

How different a single scene may appear to different views. Buttercups and daisies, the common flowers of the field, may be a delight to a child and a nuisance to a farmer. A single flower is one thing to a botanist, another to an artist, another to a gardener, and another to a lover.

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Motivation for Making Your Life Great | Daily Heroism

Motivation for Making Your Life Great | Daily Heroism

September 3, 2019

Listen to episode 402 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Motivation for Making Your Life Great. Edited and adapted from Love’s Way by Orison Swett Marden.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: J.R. Miller once said: ''Some day we shall learn that the little deeds of love made unconsciously as we pass on our way are greater in their helpfulness and shine more brightly in the life than the deeds of renown that we think now make a life great." Never was there a greater mistake than to think that heroism, courage, and daring, are confined to the field of battle. It doesn't matter what post we are assigned to in the battle of life, we have an opportunity to do heroic things every day.

If we have the spirit of love, if we are filled with the love of truth and justice, if we are determined always to stand for the right no matter what the cost, we are always battling for the higher things of life.

It is as heroic to take a firm stand for honesty, when it may cost you your job, or to rescue a person from a burning building or from drowning, as it is to go into military battle. It is heroic to stand for the right when others sneer and condemn you for doing so. Indeed, it often takes MORE courage to stand alone for the right, for justice, for principle (when those about you ridicule and caricature you for your stand), than it would be to walk up to a cannon's mouth in battle.

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Inspiration for Self-Control & Building a Healthy Mindset

Inspiration for Self-Control & Building a Healthy Mindset

August 29, 2019

Listen to episode 401 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Self-Control and Building a Healthy Mindset. Edited and adapted from Light on Life’s Difficulties by James Allen.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Today, I’d like to offer some advice on the management of your mind. Before a person can see even the necessity for thorough and complete self-management, they have to throw off a great delusion that so many people have — the delusion of believing that their failures in life are entirely due to those around them, and not entirely to themselves.

"I could make far greater progress if I were not hindered by others," or "It is impossible for me to make any headway, seeing that I live with such negative people," are commonly expressed complaints that spring from the error of imagining that others are responsible for one’s own folly.

The violent or irritable person always blames those around them for their fits of anger. And by continually living in this delusion, they become more and more set in their irritable ways. For how can someone overcome — or even try to overcome — their weakness if they convince themselves that it springs entirely from the actions of others? 

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The Art of Speaking Eloquently | How to Speak Well

The Art of Speaking Eloquently | How to Speak Well

August 27, 2019

Listen to episode 400 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Art of Speaking Eloquently | How to Speak Well. Edited and adapted from Personal Efficiency by James Samuel Knox.

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Today’s podcast has been edited and adapted from Personal Efficiency by James Samuel Knox, published in 1920.

Very few people have ever been taught how to talk well, how to express themselves effectively. Yet every person would greatly profit by a good course of instruction in public speaking — for as Elbert Hubbard once said: “Truth badly spoken dies and dries and blows away, while a lie well launched sometimes lives for ages." How true that is! It certainly took the world a long time to believe in the truth of democracy and human rights, and to recognize the falsehoods of tyranny and autocracy.

According to William Jennings Bryan, the greatest compliment any speaker can pay to the subject they are discussing is to tell the truth about it and tell it effectively. In other words, to know the truth is a great asset in itself, but to be able to tell it with skill and power is to greatly add to one's influence in a community.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, who knew a thing or two about public speaking, said that the work of eloquence is to change the opinions of a lifetime in twenty minutes. A thorough knowledge of one's subject is the beginning of such eloquence — for the great public speaker is the one who inwardly digests facts and whose speech, therefore, becomes a living product. Or as Socrates said: "Every person can speak eloquently on that which they clearly understand," while Benjamin Disraeli added: "Eloquence is logic on fire." Another way to express the same idea would be to say that eloquence is facts on fire, because logic is based upon facts.

Positive Thinking for Success | Overcoming Negativity

Positive Thinking for Success | Overcoming Negativity

August 22, 2019

Listen to episode 399 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Positive Thinking for Success | Overcoming Negativity. Edited and adapted from Dynamic Thought by Henry Thomas Hamblin.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Dynamic Thought by Henry Thomas Hamblin, published in 1917.

People are divided into two types, positive and negative. Let me try and describe each to you.

Positive people are magnetic, attractive, courageous, happy, cheerful, healthy, energetic — are full of vitality, power, and the ability to succeed. They never doubt their ability to win; they never worry when things go wrong; they don’t complain when things aren’t smooth.

If a positive person meets with a temporary set-back, they become the more determined to succeed. They do not lay upon other people the blame of their own mistakes, but instead learn a lesson from their temporary failure which shall be a guide and beacon in all their future undertakings....

Ambition, Success & The Inner Voice of Wisdom

Ambition, Success & The Inner Voice of Wisdom

August 20, 2019

Listen to episode 398 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Ambition, Success, and the Inner Voice of Wisdom. Edited and adapted from Dynamic Thought by Henry Thomas Hamblin.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: WHAT is success? To one person it means one thing and to another it may mean something quite different. Some people desire happiness and love above all things, and could they but gain these would count themselves successful in the highest degree, even though their circumstances remained humble and comparatively poor.

Some desire fame and distinction in science. Their ambition is to invent, to discover or investigate, to do something that has never been done before. The only reward that they seek is the joy of accomplishment.

Some desire to be great in music, painting, in sculpture, while others seek to be leaders in their chosen profession of business, medicine, law, or politics. Still others have ambitions to serve their day and generation, to give and be spent in the service of humanity.

Whatever your ambition may be, follow it. Whatever you have a taste for (whatever it is you have a burning desire to accomplish), follow it and strive after it. It is useless to try and be successful if you are a round peg in a square hole. Before you can make your life a full and abundant success, you must find your "niche" and fill it.

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Motivation for Living Each Day to the Fullest

Motivation for Living Each Day to the Fullest

August 15, 2019

Listen to episode 397 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Joy of Living Each Day to the Fullest. Edited and adapted from A Way of Life by Sir William Osler.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: I have told you that my success philosophy for life is to live for the day only, to disregard thoughts of the future and the past. But now let us speak of the day itself! What first? Be your own day-captain! and sigh not with Job for any mysterious intermediary. Prepare to lay your own firm hand upon the helm. Get into touch with the finite things of the day, and grasp in full enjoyment that sense of mastery in a machine working smoothly.

Join the whole creation of animate things in a deep, heartfelt joy that you are alive, that you see the sun, that you are on this glorious earth which nature has made so beautiful, and which is yours to conquer and to enjoy. Realize, in the words of Browning, that "There’s a world of opportunity for joy spread round about us, meant for us, inviting us."

What are your morning sensations — for remember that they control the day. Some of us are congenitally unhappy during the early hours; but the person who feels on awakening that life is a burden or a bore has been neglecting their machine, driving it too hard, stoking the engines too much, or not cleaning out the ashes and clinkers. Or they've been indulging too much in the ways of Bacchus.

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A Way of Life | A Success Philosophy for Daily Living

A Way of Life | A Success Philosophy for Daily Living

August 13, 2019

Listen to episode 396 of the Inspirational Living podcast: A Way of Life | A Success Philosophy for Daily Living. Edited and adapted from A Way of Life by Dr. William Osler, a founding professor of Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Every person has a philosophy of life in thought, in word, or in deed — one that has been worked out in themselves unconsciously. Among the very best, they may not know of its existence. With the very worst, they may pride themselves as some kind of paragon. As this philosophy grows with our growth through adulthood, it cannot be taught to the young in formal lectures.

Why then should I trouble you? Because I have a message that may be helpful. It is not philosophical, nor is it strictly moral or religious, and yet in a way it is all three. It is the oldest and the freshest, the simplest and the most useful.

My message is but a word, a Way, an expression of the experience of a plain man whose life has never been worried by any philosophy higher than that of a farmer or shepherd. I simply wish to point out a path in which the wayfaring soul, though a fool, cannot err. Not a system to be worked out painfully, only to be discarded; not a formal scheme; simply a habit as easy or as hard to adopt as any other habit, good or bad. 

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How to Get What You Want | Making Dreams Come True

How to Get What You Want | Making Dreams Come True

August 8, 2019

Listen to episode 395 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Get What You Want | Making Dreams Come True. Edited and adapted from How to Get What You Want by Orison Swett Marden.

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Motivational Podcast Excerpt: You are victory organized. You were born to conquer, to play a magnificent part in life’s great game. But you can never do anything great or grand until you have such a conviction of yourself and your ability.

How often do we hear it said of some person, “Everything they undertake succeeds,” or “Everything they touch turns to gold?” Why? Because that person is constantly picturing to themselves the success of their undertakings, and they are backing up their vision by their efforts.

By clinging to their vision (by vigorous resolution and persistent, determined endeavor) they are continually making themselves a powerful magnet to draw to them their dream. Consciously or unconsciously, they are using the divine intelligence or force by which every human being may mold themselves and their environment according to the pattern in their mind.

Wake Up! How to Get the Morning & Day Started Right

Wake Up! How to Get the Morning & Day Started Right

August 6, 2019

Listen to episode 394 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Wake Me Up! How to Get the Day Started Right. Edited and adapted from Nerve Control and How to Gain It by H. Addington Bruce.

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Motivational Podcast Excerpt: I imagine that there are some of you who would say that things haven’t been going well with you lately — that you are nervous, easily tired, easily irritated. You may have been to the doctor, but they found nothing organically wrong with you. The doctor didn’t even find it necessary to modify your diet.

You yourself feel that the trouble is more mental than physical. You are worried by business conditions; the high cost of living weighs on your mind; you dread the bill collectors; etc.

You appreciate that worry will not mend matters for you. But what are you to do? If you could only afford to get away from everything for a while, you feel that you would be all right again. But you cannot leave your work.

There IS however one thing that you CAN do, at your own home, in the morning, that can change your mindset and avert the worry. It is a very simple thing...

Beauty, Truth & The Upanishads | Rabindranath Tagore

Beauty, Truth & The Upanishads | Rabindranath Tagore

August 1, 2019

Listen to episode 393 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Beauty, Truth & The Upanishads. Edited and adapted from The Realisation of Life by Rabindranath Tagore.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Every day our science is penetrating into the region formerly marked on the map as unexplored or unexplorable. Our sense of beauty is similarly engaged in ever pushing on from its conquests. Truth is everywhere, therefore everything is the object of our knowledge. Beauty is omnipresent, therefore everything is capable of giving us joy.

In the early days of human history, we took everything as a phenomenon of life. The science of life then began by creating a sharp distinction between life and non-life. But as science is proceeding further and further, the line of demarcation between the animate and inanimate is growing more and more vague. In the beginning of our understanding, the sharp lines of contrast were helpful to us, but as our comprehension becomes clearer they gradually fade away.

The Upanishads have said that all things are created and sustained by an infinite joy. To realize this principle of creation, we have to start with a division — the division into the beautiful and the non-beautiful. The apprehension of beauty has to come to us with a vigorous blow to awaken our consciousness from its primitive lethargy, and it attains its goal by the urgency of the contrast.

Fight Fatigue: How to Work with More Energy & Focus

Fight Fatigue: How to Work with More Energy & Focus

July 30, 2019

Listen to episode 392 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Fight Fatigue | Working with More Energy. Edited and adapted from Nerve Control and How to Gain It by H. Addington Bruce.

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Today’s reading was edited an adapted from Nerve Control and How to Gain It by H. Addington Bruce, published in 1919.

IF you have work to do — as I trust you to — do your work in the right spirit. That is, do it gladly, recognizing work for what it really is, one of the greatest blessings of existence.

Often we hear people say, "I wish I did not have to work at all." If they had their wish, they soon would regret it. For they would discover, as thousands have done, that entirely to abstain from work means mental and physical ill-health. People must work if they would keep well.

"That is all very fine," I hear someone objecting, "but there is quite a difference between working and working too hard. If I hate to work, it is because I have to work too hard. My work exhausts me."

There is, of course, such a thing as working too hard. If you are obliged to do that, I am indeed sorry for you. But are you sure that it is your work that exhausts you? May it not be that the real trouble is that you fail to keep yourself in proper fitness to do your work without becoming exhausted? This is a point many do not take into consideration. They attribute to overwork bad effects which actually result from some other cause.

The Power of Visualization | The Genie of the Mind

The Power of Visualization | The Genie of the Mind

July 25, 2019

Listen to episode 391 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Power of Visualization | The Genie of the Mind. Edited and adapted from The Secret of the Ages by Robert Collier.

Inspirational Podcast ExcerptThere is a very real law of cause and effect which makes the dream of the dreamer come true. It is the law of visualization — the law that calls into being in this outer material world everything that is real in the inner world. Imagination pictures the thing you desire. VISION idealizes it. It reaches beyond the thing that IS, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.

Make your mental image clear enough, picture it vividly in every detail, and the Genie-of-your-Mind will speedily bring it into being as an everyday reality. This law holds true of everything in life.

The keynote of successful visualization is this: See things as you would have them be instead of as they are. Close your eyes and make clear mental pictures. Make them look and act just as they would in real life. In short, day dream — but day dream with a purpose. Concentrate on the one idea to the exclusion of all others, and continue to concentrate on that one idea until it has been accomplished.

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Attracting the Good Things of Life | The Secret of the Ages

Attracting the Good Things of Life | The Secret of the Ages

July 23, 2019

Listen to episode 390 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Attract All the Good Things of Life. Edited and adapted from The Secret of the Ages by Robert Collier.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: William James, the world-famous Harvard psychologist, estimated that the average person uses only 10% of their mental power. We have unlimited power — yet we use but a tiny portion of it. Unlimited wealth is all about us, and we don’t know how to take hold of it. With giant-like powers slumbering within us, we are content to continue in our daily grind — eating, sleeping, working — plodding through an existence little more eventful than the animals' — while all of Nature, all of life, calls upon us to awaken, to bestir ourselves!

The power to be what you want to be, to get what you desire, to accomplish whatever you are striving for, abides within you. It rests with you only to bring it forth and put it to work. Of course you must know how to do that, but before you can learn how to use it, you must realize that you possess this power. So our first objective is to get acquainted with this power within.

Psychologists and metaphysicians the world over agree: the Mind is what counts. You can be whatever you make up your mind to be. Within you is a power which, properly grasped and directed, can lift you out of the rut of mediocrity and place you among the best who live: the entrepreneurs and scientists, the writers and artists, the doctors and teachers— the DOERS and the THINKERS. It rests with you only to learn to use this power which is yours.

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Meditations on Living a Joyful & Creative Life

Meditations on Living a Joyful & Creative Life

July 18, 2019

Listen to episode 389 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Meditations on Living a Joyful & Creative Life. Edited and adapted from Happiness Road by Alice Hegan Rice.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: “Dare to launch out on life's uncharted sea, for in you the Great Pilot, the Great Adventurer, the Great Poet, the Great Inventor, the Great Musician, the Great Artist, is making Its quest for individual experience. Genius springs from the soul that dares to drink at the fountains of inspiration in the Garden of Life.”

Whatever discouragement we may feel as to our ability to be of use in the world should be minimized when we realize that no one has ever had our exact inheritance and environment, and that we may be fitted to perform a task no one else can accomplish. Such a thought fires the imagination and makes us eager to discover just what our peculiar mission in the world may be.

The instinct to create springs directly out of the unconscious mind. And the finer the model presented, the finer the thing produced. Thomas Edison said: "As I analyze my reactions to thoughts and ideas which appear in my mind, I feel that the mere fact that I have an idea is proof that the same source that gave me the idea will also show me how to work it out, provided I hold on."

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Overcoming Loneliness & Enjoying Solitude

Overcoming Loneliness & Enjoying Solitude

July 16, 2019

Listen to episode 388 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Overcoming Loneliness & Enjoying Solitude. Edited and adapted from Happiness Road by Alice Hegan Rice.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Happiness Road by Alice Hegan Rice, published in 1942.

One of the hardest stretches we are called upon to tread in life is the one we travel alone. As long as we march shoulder to shoulder with a comrade, we can often make the grade. But in the deepest experiences that the soul can know, we must, of necessity, go alone.

The tragic loss by death of loved ones, the permanent physical separation or spiritual estrangement from friends, the isolation caused by prolonged illness, come to us all and must be accepted with what faith and courage we can muster.

The primordial need for companionship, for understanding, seldom finds its perfect fulfilment. Often the greatest individuals are the loneliest, rising like mountain peaks in solitary grandeur above their fellow citizens.

How to Travel on Happiness Road | Life Lessons

How to Travel on Happiness Road | Life Lessons

July 11, 2019

Listen to episode 387 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Travel on Happiness Road. Edited and adapted from Happiness Road by Alice Hegan Rice.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: What is the true nature of happiness? We know one thing for certain. Happiness is not a mere temporary, selfish pleasure that excites and exhilarates for a moment, but it lies in a state of mind. Also we know that there is a technique in attaining it. Yet while we devote years to the study of the arts, we give little attention to the most important of all the arts: that of achieving a happy life.

There are brilliant men and women the world over who have attained greatness in their respective fields, yet who in their secret souls are dissatisfied, thwarted, and disillusioned. They have been so busy achieving personal ambitions that they have overlooked the supremely enjoyable obligation of finding happiness.

On the other hand there are radiant personalities who go singing their way through life, sometimes under the most trying circumstances, yet whose very happiness helps and blesses all with whom they come in contact. They have learned that happiness is a by-product of right living and thinking.

In ordinary circumstances, we start out in life being happy. Children are happy under a blazing tropic sun or in the freezing blasts of the arctic. They build toy houses on the edge of a volcano or play tag on a battlefield. But with maturity comes knowledge and with knowledge fear. It is then that we must trust no longer to Nature, but consciously take control of our lives and live according to a fixed purpose.

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Awakening the Beauty & Greatness Within You

Awakening the Beauty & Greatness Within You

July 9, 2019

Listen to episode 386 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Awakening the Beauty & Greatness Within You. Edited and adapted from The Hidden Happiness by Stephen Berrien Stanton.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Many are the beings in us that are never born — many the lives beating their wings against our bars, seeking a freedom that we forbid. Until some enthusiasm is unleashed within us, we do not realize how partially, how timidly we have lived.

We are “used up” not by what uses us, but by what wastes us. Variety of work makes us untiring, just as we never weary of nature’s greenery. Time brings fulfilment only to that which fills time to the full. There need be no fear of outcome when all our powers are engaged. Whatever mode of life gives play to our largest interests is our proper field of endeavor. We are cut out for the career that inspires our enthusiasm. If we have been our most, we shall have done our best.

The goal of life is immanent in each moment (each thought, word, and act) and does not have to be sought apart from these things. It consists in no specific achievement but the state of mind in which everything is done, the quality that is infused into existence. The function of you and I is not to attain an object but to fulfill a purpose; not to accomplish but to be accomplished.

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Motivation for Confidence, Courage & Leadership

Motivation for Confidence, Courage & Leadership

July 4, 2019

Listen to episode 385 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Motivation for Confidence, Courage & Leadership. Edited and adapted from The Conquest of Worry by Orison Swett Marden.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Courage is the ability to continue to struggle in spite of setbacks, the determination to triumph over difficulties which most people would consider impossible. The real measure of a person is shown by their power of resistance, the point at which their courage breaks or doesn’t break. History is full of the deeds of men and women who won out against heavy odds through their indomitable wills.

If you can continue to struggle in spite of reverses, if you can keep the flag of courage flying through the darkest days of your life, no enemy can defeat you.

To cultivate courage, you must think courage, you must hold the courage ideal. To be a king or queen, you must think like a king or queen. To be brave, you must think courageous thoughts. Like creates like. The constant affirmation of power will create power.

Courage is a confidence born of a consciousness of power. It is an overpowering belief in your ability to meet any and all emergencies, to cope with obstacles, to master every situation that may confront you.

You can cultivate courage through self-respect, self-faith, self-confidence. Anything which makes you think more of your ability, gives you more courage. No one can be courageous who does not believe in themselves.

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How to Enlarge Your Mind & Live More Abundant Life

How to Enlarge Your Mind & Live More Abundant Life

July 2, 2019

Listen to episode 384 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Enlarge Your Mind & More Abundant Life. Edited and adapted from Thinking for Results by Christian D. Larson.

Inspirational Podcast Transcript: The attitude of kindness is one of the greatest states of mind. Kindness enlarges our inner awareness, thus promoting the enlargement and expression of life.

It also creates the tendency to give one's best, and there is nothing that brings forth greater life and power so quickly and completely as giving your best in all things and at all times.

Both the soul and the mind, with all their powers and possibilities, tend to unfold themselves through the actions of a strong, whole-souled attitude of kindness. In fact, no one can begin to unfold a larger life and receive the greater richness from within until they begin to give (through the attitude of kindness) all that which they already have in their personality. And the more you give of the richness of your own life, ability, and power, the more you will receive from the limitless realms within you.

However, giving is not giving unless it comes from the heart, and it must invariably be an act of expression for some great purpose. Your expressions, either of thought or action, will not open the way for inner unfoldment unless you give richly through a fuller and larger expression. And in all such expressions, you must feel kindly.

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The Power of Now | Living Life to the Fullest Today

The Power of Now | Living Life to the Fullest Today

June 27, 2019

Listen to episode 383 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Power of Now | Living Life to the Fullest. Edited and adapted from The Joys of Living by Orison Swett Marden.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The reason why our lives can, at times, feel disappointing and ineffective, is because we do not really live in the day. We do not concentrate our energy, our ambition, our attention, our enthusiasm, upon the day we are living.

Resolve to enjoy yourself today. Enjoy today, and do not let the shadows of tomorrow, the forebodings, and the things you dread, rob you of what is yours today — your inalienable right to be happy today.

Just have a little heart-to-heart talk with yourself every morning, and say: "It does not matter what comes or what goes today, what happens or what does not happen, there is one thing of which I am sure, and that is, I am going to get the most possible out of the day.

I am not going to allow anything to rob me of my happiness. I do not care what comes; I shall not allow any annoyance, any happening, any circumstance which may cross my path today, to rob me of my peace of mind. 

I will not be unhappy today, no matter what occurs. I am going to enjoy the day to its full, live the day completely. This day shall be a complete day in my life. I shall not allow the enemies of my happiness to mar it. No misfortune in the past, nothing which has happened to me in days gone by, which has been disagreeable or tragic, no enemies of my happiness, shall be a guest in my spirit's sacred enclosure today.

Only happy thoughts, joy thoughts — only the friends of my peace, comfort, happiness, and success — shall find entertainment in my soul this day.

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Learning from Criticism | Personal Development

Learning from Criticism | Personal Development

June 25, 2019

Listen to episode 382 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Learning from Criticism | Personal Development. Edited and adapted from A Life of Character by J.R. Miller.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you have benefitted from this podcast and would like to support us with a one-time donation, you can do so by visiting LivingHour.org/donate. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from A Life of Character by J.R Miller, published in 1894.

Perfection in life and character, should be the aim of everyone. Our prayer should ever be, to be fashioned into spotless beauty. No matter what the cost may be, we should never shrink from anything that will teach us a new lesson, or put a new touch of loveliness into our character.

We get our lessons from many teachers. We read in books, beautiful lines which set great tasks of attainment before us. We see in other lives, lovely things which inspire in us noble longings. We learn by experience, and we grow by exercise. We may get many a lesson, too, from those among whom we live. People ought to be a means of grace to us. Mere contact of life with life is refining and stimulating.

The world, of course, is not always friendly to us. It is not disposed always to pat us on the back, or to pet and praise us. One of the first things a young person learns when they leave home, where everyone doted on them — is that they must submit to criticism and opposition. Not everything they do receives commendation. But this very condition is healthy. Our growth is much more wholesome in such an atmosphere, than where we have only adulation and praise.

We ought to get profit from criticism. Two pairs of eyes should see more than one. None of us have all the wisdom there is in the world. However wise any of us may be, there are others who know some things better than we know them, and who can make valuable and helpful suggestions to us — at least concerning some points of our work.

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June 21, 2019

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