Inspirational Living: Life Lessons for Success & Happiness
How Your Thoughts Create Your Life | Motivationals

How Your Thoughts Create Your Life | Motivationals

January 7, 2020

Listen to episode 438 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How Your Thoughts Create Your Life. Edited and adapted from “The Message of New Thought” by Abel Allen.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from “Message of New Thought” by Abel Allen, published in 1914.

Nature does not thrust powers and accomplishments upon us. In her infinite wisdom she leaves us a work to perform. Endowed by nature with inherent powers, it is left to us to develop them or not.

Wisely it was ordained that we should eat our bread by the sweat of our brow — for labor is the propelling force of human progress and advancement. Without it, we would have placed no value on that which satisfies our wants and ministers to our comforts. We value the most that which we accomplish by our own efforts, either physical or mental.

"Diamonds are found only in the dark places of the earth; truths are found only in the depths of thought," says Victor Hugo. In order to have a due appreciation of the forces and powers within us, we must learn to unfold and develop them for ourselves. This we can do only by the exercise of our own thought and will power.

Success Talks: The Importance of Achieving Perfect Poise

Success Talks: The Importance of Achieving Perfect Poise

January 2, 2020

Listen to episode 437 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Importance of Achieving Perfect Poise. Edited and Adapted from Poise: How to Attain It by D. Starke.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Poise: How to Attain It by D. Starke, published in 1916.

Lack of poise has always been an obstacle to those who wish to succeed.

In every age, the awkwardness born of timidity has hindered those who suffered from it. But this defect has never been so great a drawback as in the life of today.

The celebrated phrase of the ancient Roman writer who said, "Fortune smiles on the brave," could very well serve as our motto nowadays, with this slight alteration: "Fortune smiles on those who are possessed of poise."

The Power of Concentration, Visualization & Enthusiasm

The Power of Concentration, Visualization & Enthusiasm

December 31, 2019

Listen to episode 436 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Power of Concentration, Visualization & Enthusiasm. Edited and Adapted from The Victorious Attitude by Orison Swett Marden.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Those who concentrate upon an idea, who continue to visualize their dreams, to nurse them, who never lose sight of their goal, no matter how dark or forbidding the way, get what they concentrate on. They make their minds powerful magnets to attract the thing on which they have concentrated. Sooner or later they realize their dreams.

What could have kept Beethoven from becoming a master musician? What could have kept Thomas Edison or Steve Jobs, whom no hardships frightened, from realizing their wonderful visions?

If you can concentrate your thought and hold it persistently (work with it along the line of your greatest ambition), nothing can keep you from its realization. But spasmodic concentration, spasmodic enthusiasm, however intense, will peter out. Dreaming without effort will only waste your power. It is holding your vision (together with persistent, concentrated endeavor) that wins.

Motivation to Live New Year 2020 with a Great Purpose

Motivation to Live New Year 2020 with a Great Purpose

December 26, 2019

Listen to episode 435 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Motivation to Live 2020 with a Great Purpose. Edited and Adapted from the book The Architects of Fate by Orison Swett Marden.

Podcast Excerpt: It is a great purpose which gives meaning to life, it unifies all our powers, binds them together in one cable; makes strong and united what was weak, separated, scattered.

To succeed today a person must concentrate all their faculties of mind on one unwavering aim, and have a tenacity of purpose, which means death or victory. Every other inclination which tempts you from your aim must be suppressed.

An individual may starve on a dozen half-learned trades or occupations, but grow rich and famous upon one trade thoroughly mastered, even though it be the humblest.

Do not struggle to do two things at once. Throw your entire strength upon whatever you do. An intense energy should characterize everything you undertake, even your recreation.

The Greatest Christmas Gift | Friendship & Gratitude

The Greatest Christmas Gift | Friendship & Gratitude

December 24, 2019

Listen to episode 434 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Greatest Christmas Gift You Can Give. Edited and adapted from Evening Round Up by William Crosbie Hunter.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and joyful holiday seasons. Today I would like to share with you an episode of the Our Sunday Talks series which we offer to our patrons.

It’s a useful reminder that one of the greatest gifts that we can give to a friend, family member, or loved one is a few words (be it in a letter or face to face) expressing how much that other person means to you. It was edited and adapted from Evening Round Up by William Crosbie Hunter, published in 1915.

Do you have a friend who has been a great help and comfort to you? I have such a friend. Tonight I am in the mood to think of that friend and write them a letter like this:

This is to You. It is for You. It is about You. You, I have in mind and the good influence you have had on me. It is a happiness and satisfaction to know you, and to bask in the atmosphere of you. The world is better because of you. You have helped to raise the average.

The Best Way to Use Your Desire & Ambition

The Best Way to Use Your Desire & Ambition

December 19, 2019

Listen to episode 433 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Best Way to Use Desire & Ambition. Edited and adapted from How to Develop Your Personality by Clare Tree Major.

Motivational Podcast ExcerptAmbition is desire, the desire for self-expression along the line of least resistance. Desire is a thing to be cultivated. Feed it with your imagination. But do not desire to have things. Greed and envy, and a host of other uglinesses, owe their birth to the desire to have. Desire to BE, and the things will come of themselves.

To be a great success, a master in your chosen business or profession, that is a legitimate desire — an ambition that will be an incentive to the exercise of your highest faculties. To desire to be rich in order that you may possess things stunts the mind and works against success.

The first and most important thing to do with regard to one's career is to focus one's ambitions. To scatter your energy over a number of things means that none of them is going to get your best work. Be one-pointed. Have a definite mental picture always of the thing you want to become and that will concentrate your effort toward its realization.

Motivation for Building Self-Confidence & Positivity

Motivation for Building Self-Confidence & Positivity

December 17, 2019

Listen to episode 432 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Motivation for Building Self-Confidence. Edited and adapted from How to Develop Your Personality by Clare Tree Major.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Self-confidence means the difference between a restricted and developed personality. Keep constantly convincing yourself that you have no fear, that you are bound to succeed, that you won't acknowledge obstacles. 

If you are not all you would like yourself to be, build your ideal, and then strike out boldly to materialize it. Have the courage of your convictions. You owe it to yourself to leave nothing undone that will lead to your ultimate success. 

Enjoy your work. There is beauty and joy in everything if you will look for it. Work that is loved is half done before it is begun, and everything in connection with it, well done. However, work that is disliked is only half done when it is supposed to be finished.

Get something out of everything, even the thing that you thought would be unpleasant. It will destroy your distaste for it, if you look for the valuable idea behind it.

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The Power of Your Mind Over Your Destiny

The Power of Your Mind Over Your Destiny

December 12, 2019

Listen to episode 431 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How You Create Your Destiny Every Day. Edited and adapted from How the Mind Works by Christian D. Larson.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. You can help support our podcast by spreading the word to your friends on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, or by leaving us a positive review at the iTunes store. Thank you. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from How the Mind Works by Christian D. Larson, published in 1912.

Your destiny is being created hourly by you. And that something that determines what you are to create at any particular period in time is the sum total of your ideals. Your future is not preordained by some external power, nor is fate controlled by some strange and mysterious force that master minds can alone comprehend and apply. It is our ideals that control and determine our fate. And we all have ideals, whether we be aware of the fact or not.

To have ideals is to have definite objects in view, be those objects very high, very low, or anywhere in between. The ideals of any mind are simply the wants, the desires and the aims of that mind — and as every normal mind will invariably live, think, and work for that which is wanted by its present state of existence, it is evident that every mind must necessarily follow its ideals both consciously and unconsciously.

How to Live a Larger Measure of Life | Inspirational

How to Live a Larger Measure of Life | Inspirational

December 10, 2019

Listen to episode 430 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Live a Larger Measure of Life. Edited and adapted from How the Mind Works by Christian D. Larson.

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Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: The person who gives much of themselves will be abundantly enriched because they place in life a large measure of themselves to be filled. The one who gives things may lose all that is given. But the one who gives of themselves (the best that is in themselves) loses nothing. Instead they gain a larger and a richer self.

To have an abundance of life is to have the power to help yourself and to re-create your own world according to your highest desires. The gift of life is therefore the highest gift. It is also the largest gift because it includes all gifts.

To give one's life is to express in thought, word, or action, everything of worth that one may possess in mind or soul. That is, everything that one may live for. And how much we live for depends upon how largely the life is measured in our understanding.

The Power of the Spoken Word | Joy & Sadness

The Power of the Spoken Word | Joy & Sadness

December 5, 2019

Listen to episode 429 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Power of the Spoken Word | Joy & Sadness. Edited and adapted from Divine Adjustment by Henry Thomas Hamblin, published in 1930.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Words appear to possess a power and vibration of their own, a power that differs according to their quality or character. Thus positive words have the ability to awaken in us feelings and powers akin to themselves.

We can easily prove this for ourselves. If, when discouraged or depressed, we repeat to ourselves the words: courage, strength, hope, faith, victory, joy, happiness, etc., we find that there is something within us that responds to the power and vibration of the words uttered, so that we are raised above our weakness and depression to such an extent that we are able once again to face up the difficulties and problems of life.

However, if we allow ourselves to become depressed and discouraged, we go down and down, life becoming more and more trying and difficult as we travel downwards. But if we overcome our depression and discouragement, we are able to rise to higher achievement and to a stable, satisfying success.

It is hardly necessary to add that if instead of making use of positive words, we make use of such expressions as: 'I am fed up', or 'Everything is against me', or 'Everything I do ends in failure', or 'Everyone has good luck except me', or 'What is the use of trying, it is always the same result: disappointment, failure, injustice, bad treatment from others', and so on, then the results are disastrous.

How to Become Strong in Spirit | Freedom & Individuality

How to Become Strong in Spirit | Freedom & Individuality

December 3, 2019

Listen to episode 428 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Become Strong in Spirit and Life. Edited and adapted from Divine Adjustment by Henry Thomas Hamblin, published in 1930.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: It is necessary for us to develop strength and individuality. We have to become so strong that no dominating ego can have any power or influence over us. We have to maintain our liberty, and be free, individualized beings.

If we do not maintain our freedom, we not only become weak people without individuality or character, but we also are liable to find ourselves dominated by some strong ego to such an extent that our life ceases to be our own.

Now, many of us may recognize the necessity of being strongly individualistic and capable of resisting suggestion, but how are we to develop such strength?

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Creating a Success Mindset | I AM Success

Creating a Success Mindset | I AM Success

November 28, 2019

Listen to episode 427 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Creating a Success Mindset | I AM Success. Edited and adapted from Dynamic Thought by Henry Thomas Hamblin, published in 1921.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: It cannot be emphasized too much that success is not something to be won. It is a mental state, an attitude of the mind. The mind itself has unlimited power, and mental power (or thought) is the force that is greater than all forces. Therefore the power to accomplish all things is within us.

This potent power, however, cannot find expression in your life if your attitude of the mind is wrong. When the mind is naturally of the success type (or is made so by training), then its intense powers become focused into one powerful beam, which shapes and molds the outward life on the form of the inward pattern.

There is nothing of "magic" about this. It is capable of the simplest explanation. When your mind is of this type, the impulses sent to the sub-conscious mind can only result in successful actions. The sub-conscious mind is the seat of all action and contains unlimited power and energy.

This power and energy only needs directing into the right channel to accomplish anything that we may desire to accomplish. When the mind, therefore, is cast in the "Success" mold, only "success" thoughts and suggestions can go to the sub-conscious mind, and these in turn must of necessity be translated into successful actions.

The Simple & Timeless Truth About Life

The Simple & Timeless Truth About Life

November 26, 2019

Listen to episode 426 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Power of Truth (The Simple Truth About Life). Edited and adapted from The Power of Truth by William George Jordan.

Podcast Excerpt: The great question of life is not "What have l?" but "What am I?"  Most of us are loyal to what we most desire. The individual who lies to save a dollar, merely proclaims that they esteem a dollar more than they do their honor. Those who sacrifice their ideals, truth and character, for mere money or position, are weighing their conscience in one pan of a scale against a bag of gold in the other. They are loyal to what they find the heavier, that which they desire the more — the money.

But this is not truth. Truth is the heart's loyalty to the abstract sense of right, made manifest in concrete instances. The professional who lies, cheats, misleads, or overcharges and then seeks to square themselves with their anaemic conscience by saying, “lying is absolutely necessary to business," is as untrue in their statement as they are in their acts. They justify themselves with the petty defense of the thief who says it is necessary to steal in order to live. The permanent business prosperity of an individual, a city, or a nation rests finally on commercial integrity alone, despite all that the cynics may say, or all the exceptions whose temporary success may mislead them. It is truth alone that lasts. 

Inspirational Life Lessons | Dr. Frank Crane

Inspirational Life Lessons | Dr. Frank Crane

November 21, 2019

Listen to episode 425 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Inspirational Life Lessons | Dr. Frank Crane. Adapted from “If I Were Twenty-One” by Dr. Frank Crane.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Learn the art of conversation, of small talk. Equip yourself to be able to entertain the grouchiest, most blasé people. For there is hardly a business in the world in which it is not a great advantage to be able to converse entertainingly. The secret of being a good conversationalist is a genuine, unselfish interest in others. That and practice. It consists more in making the other person talk, than in talking yourself.

In addition, do not argue. I never knew one person in my life that was convinced by argument. Discuss, yes; but not argue. The difference is this: in discussion you are searching for the truth, and in argument you want to prove that you are right. In discussion, therefore, you are anxious to know your neighbor’s views, and you listen to them. In argument, you don’t care anything about the other person’s opinions, you want them to hear yours; hence, while they are talking, you are simply thinking over what you are going to say as soon as you get a chance.

How to Find Success & Happiness in Your Life

How to Find Success & Happiness in Your Life

November 19, 2019

Listen to episode 424 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Finding Success on the Hunt for Happiness. Edited and adapted from The Joys of Living by Orison Swett Marden.

Inspirational Podcast ExcerptWe may not recognize our motives, but we are all trying to better ourselves, to get a little more comfort, a little easier position, a little more happiness, a little more out of life than we have been getting.

Real happiness, however, is not titillation of the nervous system. It does not come from eating, drinking, seeing, or hearing. It does not come from the gratification of desires or of possession. Real happiness is born of noble endeavor, a useful life. It is extracted a little here, a little there, from a kind word, a noble deed, a generous act. We get a little bit from every right thought, from every kind word or deed, and it cannot be found anywhere else.

Happiness, it has been said, is a mosaic composed of little stones. Each taken singly is of little value; but when all are grouped together, combined and set, they form a pleasing and graceful whole — a costly jewel

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The Importance of Self-Education | Forbes Magazine

The Importance of Self-Education | Forbes Magazine

November 14, 2019

Listen to episode 423 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Importance of Self-Education | Forbes Magazine. Edited and adapted from Keys to Success by B.C. Forbes.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast, brought to you by the kind financial support of listeners like you. To become our patron for as little as a dollar a month, please visit LivingHour.org/patron. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from The Keys to Success by B.C. Forbes, published in 1918.

Education is not merely “a” key to success. It could almost be called “the” key to success. No uneducated, uncultured person is really successful — for true success consists less of money than of mentality; it is an inward thing, not an outward one.

Education is both a means to an end and an end in itself. Without education, no man or woman can reach the highest pinnacle of success. But education does not consist of merely of school learning. Education comprises the sum total of what we know. It comes, or should come, from our daily experiences in life. Education is observation rather than perspiration.

Books form the groundwork of education. Without well-directed, diligent reading, few people can hope to become really educated or successful. But not all wisdom is contained between the covers of books. We can learn daily from all sorts of men, women, and children — from what we see going on around us, from what we hear.

Self-education can become one of the most enjoyable habits, and certainly it is of all habits the most profitable. Education — knowledge — means power. It begets ability, and ability means advancement.

How Thought & Action Will Drive Your Success

How Thought & Action Will Drive Your Success

November 12, 2019

Listen to episode 422 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Combining Thought & Action for Lasting Success. Edited and adapted from Keys to Success by B.C. Forbes.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: The Empire State Building was once only a thought. Thousands of years ago an Egyptian king had a thought, and lo! every generation since then has gazed on its fulfillment — the Pyramids.

Thought is the parent of progress. Thought creates all. Everything springs from thought. Human beings are distinguished from other animals by this one power: the power of thought. The immortals of this world are they who thought deeper or more brilliantly than their fellow citizens.

Henry Ford once said: “My advice to business people is to read a lot, think a lot, and work a lot. I started that way. I kept on thinking and I am still thinking. The habit of analysis, the ability to get under the surface of things and at the vital essentials, gives you a tremendous advantage over those of your competitors who do not do likewise.”

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How to Make a Life Worth Living | Motivational

How to Make a Life Worth Living | Motivational

November 7, 2019

Listen to episode 421 of the Inspirational Living podcast: How to Make a Life Worth Living | Motivational. Edited and adapted from A Man Worthwhile by John Phillips Meakin.

Motivational Podcast Transcript: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get the best of our podcast in heirloom hardcover or digital e-book by visiting InspirationalLifeLessons.com. Today’s reading was edited and adapted from A Man Worthwhile by John Phillips Meakin, published in 1913.

The all-important question for everyone to ask of themselves if they have the slightest spark of intellectual ambition in them is, “How may I become a true individual?” Then another question will well up from the soul, namely: “What can I do to make life worth the living?” The answer will be: Look to the light, be true to your inner self, and have the faith of the poet who said: —

“Better to strive and climb

And never reach the goal,

Than to drift along with time

An aimless, worthless soul.

Aye, better to climb and fall,

Or sow, though the yield be small,

Than to throw away, day after day,

And never strive at all.”

How to Grow Rich in Wisdom, Love & Happiness

How to Grow Rich in Wisdom, Love & Happiness

November 5, 2019

Listen to episode 420 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Becoming Rich in Wisdom, Love & Happiness. Edited and adapted from A Man Worthwhile by John Phillips Meakin.

Inspirational Podcast ExcerptMen and women of character are the need of the day. People whose minds are developed in strict integrity and honor; people who believe in truth, who are broad-minded, who are deep-hearted, full of love and wisdom — their hearts continually beating in true affection for humankind — just plain, true, honest, thinking men and women, imparting their influence of joy and sunshine not only in their immediate circle, but wherever they may go and to all they may meet on life’s rough highway. 

Success in life does not only mean the winning of some great prize: it ought to mean the attainment of that physical and intellectual condition in the individual where all the various strings which make up the harp of life respond in fullest measure to the infinite vibrations of a throbbing, pulsing world.

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Be Pleasant & Live for a Great Goal | Inspirational Advice

Be Pleasant & Live for a Great Goal | Inspirational Advice

October 31, 2019

Listen to episode 419 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Be Pleasant & Live for a Great Goal. Edited and adapted from Think (a Book for Today) by William Crosbie Hunter.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: Be pleasant to live with and you will have more pleasant things to live for. There will be kindnesses, kisses, beauty, health, peace, fun, happiness, and contentment coming your way all along the great big road of life you are traveling.

Be pleasant to live with and the people will turn to you as you pass, and reflect your cheerfulness like the sunflowers turn to face the sun.

Be pleasant. Don't be cross and crabbed because someone else in your household is not pleasant. Do your part. You will likely thereby cure the frown habit on the face of the unfortunate disturber of your peace.

Make yourself right before you criticize your life partner. And it all begins by answering this question: "Am I pleasant to live with?"

Don't fool yourself in the matter. Get right down to brass tacks with yourself. Watch your moves, acts, and attitude for ten days carefully before answering the question.

Learn to Say No & The Secret of Aging Well

Learn to Say No & The Secret of Aging Well

October 29, 2019

Listen to episode 418 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Learn How to Say No & Working Until the End. Edited and adapted from Dollars & Sense by William Crosbie Hunter.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Since the age of ten years I’ve been thrust upon my own resources, and the 32 years since then have been years of study, work, and play — all blended into a happy life.

The jolts, the set-backs, the sorrows, worries, and discouragements are the things which made me strong. They were but experiences.

Smooth sailing doesn't bring out the stuff one is made of. It takes shadows to make sunlight appreciated. It takes reverses to make success. It takes hard knocks to polish you. And one of the most important things to learn early is to learn to say No.

Look over the history of the thousands who have failed in business, and you will find in nearly every instance the failure was due to an inability to say No.

The Importance of Perseverance & Punctuality

The Importance of Perseverance & Punctuality

October 24, 2019

Listen to episode 417 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Importance of Perseverance & Punctuality. Edited and adapted from Right Living by Susan H. Wixon.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. Get the best of our podcast in book form by visiting InspirationalLifeLessons.com. There you’ll find our trilogy of essay compilations: Evergreen: 50 Inspirational Life Lessons, Everest: 50 Motivational Life Lessons, and Evermore: 50 Life Lessons for Spiritual Growth. Learn more at: InspiriationalLifeLessons.com. Thank you.

Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Right Living by Susan H. Wixon, published in 1894.

The accomplishment of goals, the successes in life, are due to concentration of effort — to energy and perseverance. We see persons plodding along day after day, not showing much for their work at first, but then finally astonishing everyone by their acquirements and prosperity.

"They have genius!" it is said. But what is genius? The French scientist George Buffon famously said "genius is only patience." But it is more than that. Genius is work. It is the power to start work with an object in view; to never let that object out of sight; to keep straight on, no matter what stumbling blocks are in the path. It is keeping steady at one job till the work is complete. It is not being discouraged.

Living the Golden Rule | The Way of Love & Forgiveness

Living the Golden Rule | The Way of Love & Forgiveness

October 22, 2019

Listen to episode 416 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Living the Golden Rule | The Way of Love. Edited and adapted from Love’s Way by Orison Swett Marden.

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Today’s reading was edited and adapted from Love’s Way by Orison Swett Marden, published in 1918.

After an ugly scar had been made by a stone quarry in the mountainside opposite John Ruskin's home, destroying the beauty of his favorite landscape, he placed a big chair in front of the window of his study, so that it would conceal the scar from him while working, because it disturbed the harmony of his thought.

If you have received an ugly scar from someone perhaps whom you trusted and believed in; if you have a sore spot, a tender spot anywhere that mars your happiness, don't aggravate your pain by looking at it, keeping the sore open by reviewing a painful experience or cherishing a grudge against the one who injured you. Cover your wound with the mantle of love instead, forgive and forget the injury, and your wound will soon heal.

If you would be truly happy "bless where others curse; love where others hate; forget where others condemn."

Developing a Strong Personality & Perfect Poise

Developing a Strong Personality & Perfect Poise

October 17, 2019

Listen to episode 415 of the Inspirational Living podcast: Developing a Strong Personality & Perfect Poise. Edited and adapted from How to Develop Your Personality by Clare Tree Major.

Motivational Podcast Excerpt: Welcome to the Inspirational Living podcast. If you would like to help support our podcast you can do so easily by simply leaving us a positive review at the iTunes store. Or if you would like to make a one-time financial donation, go to LivingHour.org/donate. Thank you.

WHAT is "personality"? Webster interprets the meaning of the word as "individuality," but like many words that assume added meanings through common usage, personality also has acquired the suggestion of a quality not covered by the word "individuality."

You may be discussing a person you dislike very much, one who holds ideas that are rather loathsome, and while you might readily admit that such a person might be "individual," you would never for a moment say "So-and-so has personality." Why? Because the word "personality" has grown to mean magnetic power, the sort of power that consciously or unconsciously dominates and controls the individuals with whom it comes in contact. It is this magnetic power that is at the root of every successful career.

Review the life of any great individual. You will find that their success was the result, not only of careful study and of perseverance, but, more than all, of the subtle influence of personal magnetism. They succeeded because their personality convinced people that they were sincere, that they were strong, someone who could be relied upon. Without a well-developed personality, their good qualities would have lain unnoticed, and they would have been only another in the struggling, discouraged thousands.

Being Healthy & Anxiety Free | Happiness Podcast

Being Healthy & Anxiety Free | Happiness Podcast

October 15, 2019

Listen to episode 414 of the Inspirational Living podcast: The Happiness Cure | Being Healthy & Anxiety Free. Edited and adapted from How to Stay Well by Christian D. Larson.

Inspirational Podcast Excerpt: True happiness enjoys all things deeply, but serenely. And you can always know when you have had such happiness, because it makes your countenance radiant with a restful beauty.

To gain real happiness, the first essential is to train yourself to think constantly of the great value of happiness — especially with regard to its health producing power. Such thinking will tend to produce a subconscious desire for happiness, and what the subconscious begins to desire it also begins to create.

Train yourself to think of happiness as a mental necessity (just as food is a physical necessity) and you will gradually train every element and force in your body to work for the creation of happiness. By creating within yourself a constant demand for happiness, you will inspire the elements of your own nature to produce the desired supply, and before long the happiness you desire will become a permanent part of your life.

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