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“At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Look at the people who inspire you. What do you admire about them? How does that admiration inform how you live and the decisions you make? Every day, you can come closer to living your life according to your values. Every day you can find more meaning and purpose in the things that you do.

Do you experience insignificance OR do you lead a spiritual existence?

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“Friendship doubles joy and cuts grief in half” – Francis Bacon

Nourishing foods, exercise, and sunshine may all help keep us healthy, but the best predictors of our well-being are the relationships we have with our family and friends. The day to day interactions and conversations, combined with the love we exchange, provide innumerable benefits and help sustain us as we go out into the world.

Do you take your nears and dears for granted OR appreciate your family and friends?

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“Individuals whom we describe as self-confident or possessed of self-respect seem to be characterized not so much by a feeling of esteem for themselves as by an absence of concern with themselves.” – David Shapiro

Introspection is a double edged sword. While self-reflection and self-analysis are essential to self-awareness, too much self-examination can narrow your world and limit your potential. A better and healthier approach is to focus on others, as well, appreciating that the world is bigger than just you. In fact, sometimes, when you are feeling down and out, the best antidote may be to do something for someone else!

Do you tend to engage in self–analysis OR focus outward?

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“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Nobody’s perfect. We all make mistakes. But how do you treat yourself when you blunder or blow it? Do you feel like a failure? What if you reframe the experience and look for the lesson in it? What can the error teach you about adjusting your course, changing your technique, fine tuning your strategy? Failure is one of life’s greatest lessons in doing things differently next time.

Do you experience your mistakes as catastrophes OR treat your mistakes as valuable feedback?

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“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen.” – Henry David Thoreau

Decluttering. Turning down the volume. Not overcommitting. Creating breathing room. When is less actually more? When doing less allows you to simplify your life, you have more of a chance of improving your quality of life. Taking on more responsibilities and cramming your schedule full may help you climb the ladder of success, but you may also be sacrificing balance and joy.

Do you take on more and more OR do you try to simplify your life?