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The Importance of Knowing Your Own Mortality

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In these sporadic times it’s easier than ever to postpone the future. We push back our personal goals and front load trivial activities. Instead of enjoying the moments we have, we fast forward through them like an uninteresting video. We don’t make time for our loved ones and we chalk it up to our busy schedules.

Unfortunately, this is the case for many individuals who are not truly aware of the fragility of life. How precious the time we have is, and how little we have left. Now we may have been to a funeral and understand the concept of death, but we don’t truly have a grasp on the scarcity of these fleeting moments. It’s a surface comprehension but not one that truly stirs your emotions and makes you take action.

“Happiness, not in another place but this place…not for another hour, but this hour.” – Walt Whitman

The more in tune we become with our mortality, the more apt we are to making this time count. We know that our time is precious and not something to be squandered. Trivial things like entertainment take a back seat while we make moves that truly matter.

Given our finite timeline we must make an effort to cut through the many distractions of life and prioritize things of importance. Guarding our time like a silent guardian only to relinquish these moments to activities of substance.

Rather than giving in to those eager to pull you away from your mission you must stand with a steadfast resolve forever pushing towards your goals in an unrelenting fashion. Taking each day more seriously than the last as our internal timers continue to dwindle.

It’s only with this stoic mindset do we truly grasp the urgency of how we should live our lives. It’s not a welcoming subject and the thought of death scares most people, but after serving in the military you come to grips with reality of your daily situation.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

A grim reminder that there are no respawns and there are no mulligans. It’s not something to shy away from but rather embrace in order to magnify the importance of this very moment. With this, your loved ones are elevated to their proper position and embraced like never before. Let’s understand that together we can make the most of today while we build a better tomorrow.

Together let’s find the importance of our work and acknowledge our own mortality. Let’s not be afraid of the hands of time but use them to gauge the significance of what we do. Let’s do it together, let’s do it boldly, and do it in such a way that one lifetime is enough.

What are you doing today to make sure to take advantage of the life that you have? Leave your thoughts below!

Hi, I'm Victor Figueroa and I love personal development. I strive to be better than yesterday and my mission is to help inspire everyone to reach their full potential. Let's grow together as we travel through this changing world in search of health, wealth, and happiness. Join me at mentorsmindset.com as we shift our way of thinking and create our own realities. You can also follow me on instagram @mentormindset.

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Knowing Your Message vs Delivering Your Message

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Have you ever sent a text message only to have it misinterpreted by the person reading it? Happens all the time. Have you ever given a presentation that you were totally prepared for only to have it fall flat? Happens all the time. Have you ever had someone ask you something like, “Why are you mad?” when you were not at all mad? Happens all the time. (more…)

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The 3 Most Important Things I Learned About Personal Growth

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When you look back on your life, what do you want to think about? Do you plan to reminisce on all of the good things that have happened and how they shaped who you are today? Or would you rather remember all of the bad decisions, challenging experiences, and mistakes made that hurt or wasted a portion of your life?

In my opinion, I think it is important to reflect on both. While it’s important to remember the hardships we’ve been through in our lives – without them we wouldn’t be where we are now. There are 3 very specific areas that I feel have helped me grow in a personal sense more than anything else in my life so far. 

These aren’t simple lessons in a book or a lecture that you can just absorb and apply to your life. These are things that I’ve learned through experience and reflection, and I’m still learning and growing today.

1. We determine how much we’re worth by what we think about ourselves, others, and life in general.

This might seem like a pretty obvious lesson in life but it’s actually one of the most important because we can determine our own worth by how we think about ourselves and the world around us. If you’re looking for success in any kind of business or social setting (dating), then I’ll tell you right now that it doesn’t matter if you have 10 billion dollars or not – people are still going to judge you based on your thoughts and beliefs alone.

What determines our value isn’t necessarily what we do with our lives (which is often based on luck) but whether or not we believe that ‘our work’ is worthy or not in some sort of grand scheme or universe. We may not always be able to control what happens in our lives, but we can always control how we value ourselves and others.

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

2. You don’t have to change your habits or personality just because someone else doesn’t like it – their opinions are THEIRS alone.

This is another one of those lessons that people tend to pick up on a little bit late in life, but if anything that makes its importance even worse! Basically, there’s going to come a time when you’re going to meet someone who has certain expectations of you as a person…but these expectations might not be realistic due to their motivations and personal beliefs. For example, sometimes parents might expect you to be a lawyer or doctor because that’s what they believe is best for their child.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone and so maybe your passion lies in music or writing novels. In this example, if you were also pressured into becoming a doctor – then there would obviously be some kind of conflict going on within yourself as a person. You should never have to give up something that you want to do just because someone else doesn’t like it! The reason why we’re put onto this Earth is to make our own choices and go after our OWN dreams instead of letting others determine what we can and cannot do with our lives .

3. You can’t change your life until you accept that you need to make a change.

When I was younger, I thought that this lesson would be pretty obvious – but as I got older, it really made me appreciate the fact that there are always different ways of perceiving our lives. For example, if someone wants to become rich and famous one day – their mind might simply overshadow any other possibility in their head because they feel like this is what they NEED to do right now.

However, this isn’t always true within our own lives because we think about things too literally instead of having an open mind. If you want to achieve success in any kind of business or social setting (dating) then you should be willing to try out different things instead of staying in your comfort zone. If you want something, then it’s up to YOU to actually go after it – nobody else is going to give it to you!

The three lessons above are some of the main things I want to pass on to everyone because they’ve come at an important time in my life where I need to start thinking about others instead of only myself. It’s great if we can learn to love ourselves first before anything else, but that doesn’t mean you should neglect everyone around you even though they might be your friends and family members!

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Building a business is about more than sales, marketing, and flexing on social media. While those things tend to draw attention, they attract the wrong type of clients and are not how you build a sustainable and freedom-focused business. (more…)

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Practicing Self-Devotion: 3 Ways Towards a More Mindful and Compassionate You

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I can still hear the voices of my older relatives and my elementary school teachers telling me “be disciplined”, “keep at it”, to give time and energy towards what we want. As a young, impressionable child, I believed all those things because well, they made sense. They worked. And honestly, I felt like it’s the only way to flourish. (more…)

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