Monday, September 19, 2011

Living an Exceptional Life

It seems fitting on an almost fall-ish Monday to write about something positive and inspiring- right?! I got an email about a month ago from someone who had been inspired by an article that she shared with me, and I thought this would be a good time to share it! The article that she sent me was entitled '21 Simple Ways to Live an Exceptional Life.' Many of the things on this list are what I would describe as forms of self-care... ways to take care of yourself and maintain your personal health (emotional, physical, spiritual). For more on self-care, follow this link.

Rather than list all 21, or send you directly to the link without a mention of particulars, I thought I would highlight my favorites from the list, which was written by Henri Junttila- for a complete listing of all 21, follow this link.

  • Face Your Fears.
    • Everyone has things that they are afraid of. The truth of the matter is that when you face your fears, they melt away. What happens is that you realize that your fears are nowhere near as scary as you make them out to be. So face your fears, and go after what you truly want, because that is what you deserve.
  • Be Kind.
    • One of the first things you want to do in order to live an exceptional life is to be kind. Being kind is nothing special, yet at the same time it is. It can be smiling at people in your neighborhood, or helping a friend out. Treat people as you would like to be treated.
  • Be Yourself.
    • Almost everyone has been taught that being yourself is not enough. But you may also have realized that you cannot not be yourself, because that is what you are and who you are. You are on this blue planet of ours for a reason, and the only way you can do what you were meant to do is by being yourself.
  • Kill perfectionism.
    • Perfectionism has killed many dreams; don't let it kill yours. You've probably learned that making mistakes is bad, but that couldn't be further from the truth. It isn't until you fail and make mistakes that you begin learning what works and what doesn't.
  • Enjoy Life.
    • Above all else, remember to enjoy life and smell the roses. When you walk, remember to breathe deeply and be grateful for what you already have. You can always want more, but stop and appreciate what you already have, because if you don't do it now, when will you?

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