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Lighten Up

Lighten Up

This pandemic sure has been a lot of fun, huh? It feels like we have been held hostage in our own homes and waterboarded with the negativity and venom spewing from every device. The heaviness of the moment is enough to crush our souls and destroy our resolve.

Our kids were already growing up in a world that was pretty heavy. The lack of real connection in an overly connected world had curtailed their ability to grow. In addition, the desensitization to sex, drugs and violence strips them of an innocence that we all have a right to—even if it is just for a brief period.

I can see the heaviness in the eyes of my kids. You can tell that the overwhelming negativity within a confined world has deprived them of both the lessons of life and the ability to script their own story. Quite honestly, many of us have been living our lives according to somebody else’s narrative.

We are supposed to be free to pursue our own happiness. And while politics and governing bodies may seek to control many aspects of our lives, we have always had the right to stake our own claim. When egocentricity rules the day, however, politics reign and we don’t realize that we have been living according to someone else’s story all along.

We need to lighten up. We need to shed the heaviness and the negativity. In turn, we need to get back to engaging our senses, counting our blessings, and living lives that we can be proud of. We are all feeling the weight of the world despite not being responsible for all of it.

Living light and free means eliminating the false objectives that come from the narrative of others. It means being true to ourselves first and carrying hope in our hearts. We have to remember that success is rooted in our own minds and not someone else’s opinion of us. As I have told my kids many times, “No man determines your self-esteem.” On the contrary, self-esteem is earned by living light and living right.

In this moment, it may seem easy to talk about living lighter and much harder to actually do so. We are unable to escape the airwaves let alone our homes. We worry about what will happen to our businesses and our families. However, if we choose to control what we can control, then success and joy are within our grasp. Believing that good things are ahead is a great place to start living lighter.

Disbelief is negative power. When the mind disbelieves or doubts, the mind attracts “reasons” to support that disbelief. Doubt, disbelief, the subconscious will-to-fail, the not-really-wanting-to-succeed—they are all responsible for most failures. If you think doubtfully, failure follows. Think victory and success will follow.

Nothing—absolutely nothing—in this life gives you more satisfaction than knowing you’re on the road to success and achievement. And nothing stands as a bigger challenge than making the most of yourself. So, live light by believing in success and letting go of the heaviness.

Warmest regards,

Mark Potter

Mark Potter

Founder / Consultant

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