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Stop Apologizing for Pursuing a Successful Life



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Humans have been taught to color between the lines from an early age. Conformity is seen as normal, and making waves, labels someone as high maintenance because they’re not “going with the flow.” As success-minded humans mature, they realize life has so much more to offer than doing what’s expected. We learn that we can’t and shouldn’t feel guilty about wanting more.

As we pursue our major life goals, we learn to dip our toes in the water (so to speak) and stop listening to resistance. Experiencing success helps us become bolder. There comes a moment, however, that we feel the pull to apologize for trying to be different and just doing us. 

Life moves quickly. No one knows when it’s going to end. Apologizing for claiming the life we truly want to live is a limiting belief that must be dealt with to experience true success. Here’s why you should stop apologizing for aggressively pursuing a successful life

Pursuing your goals is your prerogative. 

The idea of the “American Dream” lifestyle is not the same anymore. Wages are lower, and the cost of living is always increasing. The days of going to some job for 30 years and getting a hefty pension are over. Building a business is a decent amount of work. Don’t apologize for wanting more than what’s “normal.” This is your life and you get to determine what the “dream” means for you. It’s your right and responsibility to pursue success and not have to answer for making the best choices for yourself. 

“Make your life a masterpiece. Imagine no limitations on what you can be, have or do.” – Brian Tracy

You understand the value of your health. 

If others make choices about their health, that’s their choice. Don’t apologize for making the best decisions for your health. Your body is a temple, and you get to decide what goes in. If you choose to say NO, don’t feel bad or apologize. Your aggressive path to success means you’ll need to maximize energy. Your health choices give you what you’ll need. Don’t apologize for making whatever decisions that help optimize your health. 

You’ve moved beyond tolerating toxic relationships. 

Whether it’s friendships, family members, or a romantic partner, you understand that toxic relationships can ruin your life and you’re over it. As hard as it is, purging relationships from someone’s life that aren’t aligned is necessary for success. You may be seen as mean or even stuck up, but the path to success requires different thinking and a commitment to healthy mental bandwidth. Don’t apologize for making sure you’re surrounded by the best relationships.

You’re committed to avoiding complacency. 

Too often, we confuse being grateful and being complacent. You can be grateful, yet want greater experiences and goals in your life. Success-minded leaders know that being comfortable is the enemy of growth because it convinces a person to settle. Your commitment to avoiding complacency (at all costs) is one of the reasons why you’ll continue to grow. Don’t apologize for wanting more despite being grateful. 

You stopped looking back, and that’s a good thing. 

If you have left behind old thinking, and/or negative people, don’t apologize. Keep moving forward. The past is meant to be part of your learning journey. It helps you understand what works, and what doesn’t work for you. You don’t have to live there or be in chains to previous decisions. 

“The whole secret of a successful life is to find out what is one’s destiny to do, and then do it.” – Henry Ford

You’re confident in what you want. 

Often, confidence is confused with arrogance. The truth is that success-minded leaders know what they want, and go after those things. Stop apologizing for your certainty, determination, and persistence in accomplishing major goals. Confidence can be your guide through the times when doubt and fear try to derail you. You know what you want for yourself — own it boldly. 

Apologizing is a natural human emotion that we’ve been conditioned with. We can break free of the feelings associated with being selfish. Remember, there’s a big difference between being selfish and self-centered. 

The path to success will have a different meaning for everyone reading this, but a good universal definition is becoming the best version of yourself in every area of your life. Live life on your terms and spend time doing what’s important to you. Chase an unlimited life and don’t apologize for the decisions that help you create success, fulfillment, and happiness. 

Kara Dennison is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) who spent her career as a Corporate Recruiting Leader, working hand-in-hand with decision-makers to place hundreds of top-talented professionals. She has personally reviewed over 150,000 resumes throughout her career. She's helped hundreds of Directors, VPs, and Executives position themselves as leaders in the marketplace, leading to better job alignment, higher salaries, and increased workplace engagement, and most importantly, more fulfilled lives. Join her at Optimized Career Solutions.

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How Your Beliefs Can Supercharge or Sabotage Your Success

Your life is dictated by beliefs and biases that drive your thinking, behaviors, and decisions



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How to Break the Cycles of Mediocrity and Manifest Your Greatness

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity



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In just a few weeks, we will be wrapping up 2023. Can you believe it? This year has been absolutely incredible for me.

I have seen amazing doors opened, new relationships formed and I am seeing dreams realized in my life. While this seems like the hallmarks of a great year, this has also been the most challenging year of my life. With all of the change happening in my life, I have been forced out of my comfort zone and challenged to grow in every area of my life.

I can truly say that I have made the most of my moments this year and I have used everything as a catalyst for maximizing my greatest potential.

As a revolutionary leader, I have the pleasure of consulting and advising leaders around the world to fulfill purpose, realize their greatest potential and make an impact.

I want to share some insights with you that will help you to break cycles of mediocrity and manifest your greatness

Everything legal must come through the matrix

I am sure that some of you are wondering why I am using the term matrix. However, what you have to understand is that I am trying to make a highly complex spiritual principle practical to understand.

Regardless of your spiritual beliefs, every life has an origin and I believe that origin is divine and begins with eternity. You are birthed from eternity and into time to fulfill a unique purpose and assignment in your lifetime and generation.

The matrix is simply the portal or vehicle that brings something out of the invisible realm and into tangible form. The problem with much of the teaching today is that it excludes the matrix. We are told to believe that success is instantaneous and overnight.

Nobody talks about how a dream progresses through stages beginning with visualization and ultimately culminating in manifestation. Without a matrix or portal then everything that you attempt to birth and build will be illegal.

The matrix not only makes you legal but it gives you the authority and power to function as the greatest expression of who you were created to be. 

Every matrix has an incubation process

While many people admire and respect me today, I remember a time when nobody knew who I was or the significance of my message. How did I get to where I am today? I got here through an incubation process.

In other words, everything that has been destined for your life is incubating and awaiting a set time of manifestation. The problem is that most people live their entire lives idle and never initiate the incubation process.

What do I meany by that? Most people are living reckless and very few people are living intentionally. I am amazed at the number of people I have conversations with that have no vision, goals or strategies for their lives. They show great promise and they have undeniable potential.

However, without development they will die with their dreams still in them.

Everything that has been destined for your life must be incubated and converted to become realities born to time. 

“Visualize this thing that you want, see it, feel it, believe in it. Make your mental blueprint and begin to build.” – Robert Collier

You must give expression to that which is not yet born to time

When you think about a matrix or a prophetic incubation process, you have to understand that potential is often unrealized and untapped. In other words, your potential is in raw form and your potential cannot serve you as long as it is untapped.

The thing that makes me valuable is that I have the ability to convert potential into power. I have done it in my own life and I have empowered leaders around the world to do the same. How do you convert potential into power?

First, it is important to note that you have to perceive potential. If you cannot perceive your potential then you can never cultivate your potential. In addition, you must take the time to cultivate your potential. We often get excited about our capabilities; however, we never expand our capacity in order to realize our greatest potential.

In other words, the strength of your potential is only discovered through your willingness to stretch. The more we are challenged the more we are empowered to expand our capacity for greatness. Most of all, you must begin to express your potential. The expression of potential is different for every person.

For example, the expression of my potential is best demonstrated through the thoughts, ideas, products, services, books, etc.

For another person the expression of potential may look like a screenplay, artwork, sports, scientific discoveries, medical breakthroughs, etc.

Regardless of the form of expression, I know that you will live empty and unfulfilled until you make the decision to express your potential. The expression of your potential gives voice to your dreams, life to your vision, significance to your moments and activates your true power.

You must manifest your greatness

As a revolutionary thinker and leader, my work has impacted people around the world. I am grateful that my life is a source of empowerment to so many people. However, before anyone could ever benefit from my life, I had to make a non-negotiable decision to become who I was born to be.

I wish I could tell you that this journey is easy and that you will get there overnight. However, in a world that celebrates us for doing we are often criticized for being. As a result, I wasted a lot of time trying to be who other people wanted me to be instead of being who I was born to be.

There is no greatness without becoming and there is no becoming with authenticity. It is through our bravery to be vulnerable that we ultimately manifest our greatness. We do not bless the world by being a duplicate. We bless the world when we honor our difference. When you honor your difference you honor your potential.

Ultimately, your difference is how you manifest your greatness.

When you present anything but your authentic self to the world, you are playing small and you are robbing the world of your significance. Manifesting your greatness requires you to master your gifts.

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Here’s a Young Man’s Antidote for the Uncertainty of the Modern World

Why do a lot of young guys lack confidence in today’s world? 



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Toxic Leadership: 5 Ways to Identify a Bad Leader

if you have a leader who displays any of the toxic traits, it’s time to move on to greener pastures.



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Let’s be honest, we’ve all crossed paths with a toxic leader in our careers at some point. Unfortunately, while some toxic leaders don’t even bother to hide their behaviour, some know very well how to conceal their true selves behind a strong-built facade. The latter is the most dangerous of the two. (more…)

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