How to Use Your Past to Motivate Yourself

How to Use Your Past to Motivate Yourself

Obsessing over past mistakes or actions is one of the surest ways to obstruct and slow your way to success. Rarely, if ever, do good things come out of overanalyzing the things we can’t change. Once it’s in the past, we have no control over it anymore. But we can control our future. We can and should use our past mistakes as lessons learned.

Here’s how to use your past to motivate yourself forward instead of letting it get in the way of your future goals.

Understand that what you have done does not define your potential.

This is a common misunderstanding and an idea you need to get out of your head immediately. What you have or have not already accomplished in life does not define the potential you have to accomplish things in the future. However, who you are as a person does. If you know in your gut that you have a fearless and bold soul, you won’t let anything get in the way of your success even after you’ve failed 100 times over. Understand that the type of person you are says a lot more about what you can accomplish than what is on your resume.

Be aware of your potential and remind yourself of it often.

Even in the midst of failure, be aware of your potential. Remind yourself that you are capable of anything you set your mind to. Try to maintain a clear mindset with all things in life, and it will be easier to remember your potential even when things get complicated. By reminding yourself of your potential often, not only will you motivate yourself to get up, wipe your hands, and try again, but you will also inspire others to do the same. Your potential is what will help others recognize their own.

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes and make them.

Don’t be afraid to fail. Be audacious when it comes to anything that has to do with chasing your dreams. Make mistakes, and make tons of them because often times mistakes are what lead to breakthroughs. Making mistakes is how we learn what doesn’t work and what will work better next time around. As imperfect humans, remember that failure is how we best learn what we are capable of.

So use your failure as inspiration, not discouragement, to try again and again to get it right the next time.

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Travel Essentials You Won’t Want to Leave Home Without

Travel Essentials You Won’t Want to Leave Home Without

Wherever your destination is, whatever you plan on doing once you arrive, there are just some things you won’t want to leave home without. And it might not be the things you’re imagining. Sure, you’ll need your passport, your wallet (with the appropriate currency), your camera, and weather-appropriate clothes. But more than that, you’ll need a sense of adventure, an open mind, and a full heart. Traveling the world takes more than material preparation; it takes getting in tune with who you are; it takes having an understanding of other cultures and an acceptance of the way other people live their lives. It takes joy and willingness to explore. And in the end, bringing all of those things along with you will enrich you more than you know.

Let’s take a deeper look at each of these travel essentials you won’t want to leave home without:

A Keen Sense of Adventure

Exploring a new country can be fraught with anxiety and uncertainty. Especially when you don’t speak the native language, it can be daunting to figure out how to navigate the streets and find your way.

Don’t let that fear stop you from having an incredible time. Harness it. Use that heightened sense of awareness to drink in your surroundings. Tap into your keenest sense of adventure and let it lead you to places you might never have found otherwise.

An Open Mind for New Experiences

Once you get to those places that your sense of adventure led you to find, it’s important to unpack your open mind for new experiences. It’s easy to be comfortable and seek out the familiar.

You know that you enjoy lounging on the beach, but what if parasailing is your true calling? You won’t know until you let yourself try. Open up to those new experiences, and you will be unbelievably rewarded in kind.

A Full Heart, Ready to Give

As much as travel should reward you, you should also give back through your experiences. This is not a tacit endorsement of service trips, which are, of course, wonderful and worthy. Having a full heart that’s ready to give means so much more than planning a service trip, a volunteer trip, or even a mission trip. It means being prepared to give of yourself to others, no matter when or where the opportunity arises.

Once you bring your full heart along on a trip, you’ll never want to leave home without it.

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Top Three Things Every First-Time Traveler Needs to Know About Europe

Top Three Things Every First-Time Traveler Needs to Know About Europe

Traveling to Europe is a magical experience. The Eiffel Tower at night glitters like you would not believe, and, yes, you should absolutely try to hold up the Leaning Tower of Pisa with your hands. That joke never gets old.

If you’re planning your first trip, here are three of the top things every first-time traveler needs to know about Europe.  

The Traveling Clichés are Clichés for a Reason

As mentioned earlier, taking that quintessential “I’m holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa” picture is a part of the grand European travel experience. Everyone who has ever gone before you has reveled in that right of passage.

Just because it’s a cliché to kiss your sweetheart in front of the Eiffel Tower or toss a coin in the Trevi Fountain, it doesn’t mean that it’s not worth doing. People travel from all over the world to participate in just those very things. These traditions are clichés for a reason—they’re fun, light-hearted, and spectacular. Who wouldn’t want to take part in that?  

Cash is King Pretty Much Everywhere You’ll Go

Credit card companies will always try to sell you the line that they’re accepted “everywhere.” Sadly, that’s not universally true.

If you want to have a headache-free trip to Europe, then you should bring along as much cash as you can reasonably manage. Also, be sure to have a plan for keeping your cash safe from theft. When you’re out and about, don’t carry around more than you would be somewhat okay with losing.

Your European Trip is Exactly What You Make it

You can read all of the advice blogs in the world about what to do as a first-time traveler to Europe. The best piece of guidance you can get, though? Your European trip is exactly what you make it.

No trip is exactly the same as another. This experience is one that you’ll likely look back on fondly forever. Make sure you enjoy it for all the right reasons, and, of course, take more pictures than you think you’ll look at later. You’ll be glad you have some proof of the memories.

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How Life is a Lot Like Flying on an Airplane

How Life is a Lot Like Flying on an Airplane

Life is certainly a journey. At times, it feels like a never-ending adventure. It throws us for a loop from time to time, and it flashes by in the blink of an eye. There are also times, of course, when it seems to drag—when you’re waiting in line at the DMV or anxiously awaiting an upcoming event. Time just can’t seem to move quickly enough in those moments. In all of these ways and so many others, life itself is a lot like a long flight with God as the pilot.  

Let’s take a look at how life is a lot like flying on an airplane.

How We Deal with Turbulent Situations

You may not have much control over the turbulence in your life, but you certainly have control over how you react to it.

If you close your eyes whenever the going gets tough, then you’re bound to miss out on some of the most breathtaking moments in your life. Open your eyes and experience the world around you before that valuable lesson slips through your fingers.

How We Treat Our Significant Relationships

It’s true that you should always put your own life-saving air mask on before you help anyone else with theirs. The same principle applies to life.

You can’t love anyone else properly until you’ve learned to love yourself first, so be sure to take the time to invest in yourself, so you can more fully invest in others.

What We Choose to Prioritize

Packing to fly on an airplane really forces you to prioritize what you really need. Do you need six pairs of socks for a two-day trip to the beach? No, of course not!

Sadly, many people drag their baggage around with them everywhere they go, and before long, they end up feeling as though their dirty laundry is weighing them down to the point where they can’t move. They’re being held back by unnecessary pieces of their past, and they don’t have to be.
When you’re looking at your life, treat it as though you’re going on a really long trip. Only take what you need, and leave the rest of the nonsense behind.

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The Truth No One Admits About Going on Mission Trips

The Truth No One Admits About Going on Mission Trips

It is a noble cause to set out into the world with the aim to make it a better place. In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” That scripture can be taken to heart and put into practice in the form of going on mission trips. But there are some simple truths about mission trips that few people like to admit.

Before you commit to serving others and thereby serving God by going on mission trips, please consider these points of view.

The Best Way to Help Others Isn’t By Doing For Them

As the saying goes, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

When you’re heading out on your next mission trip—or your first mission trip—keep in mind that the best way to have a sustainable impact on any community is not to do for them, but to do with them. The most meaningful change comes from a heartfelt exchange of ideas.   

Many Villages Have Been Around Longer Than The U.S.

Keep in mind, no matter where you go in the world, that their culture and traditions have likely been around much longer than the U.S. has been established as a nation. We have so much to give others as a country, but we also have a lot to learn from other cultures that have been around for centuries longer than we have.

Enter into any mission trip situation with a heart that’s full of respect and reverence, and you’ll likely be met with surprising wisdom and gratitude.

You Will Likely Be More Impacted Than They Will

You may only go for a week or two to help build a school or teach art classes to orphans, but that week will stick with you for a lifetime. The school may fall apart (hopefully to be refurbished before too long), and the art lessons may fade from their memory, but the impact that community had on you will last forever.

That impact will flow through you and speak out in your everyday actions and choices. If you let them, mission trips can be truly transformative experiences.

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Top North American Resorts for Learning How to Ski

Top North American Resorts for Learning How to Ski

Skiing doesn’t come naturally to human beings. It’s not like walking or running—and it’s not even as intuitive as swimming. You don’t have to know how to ski to survive; it’s not a necessary part of life. That said, skiing is definitely a way of life for a lot of people, especially out west. Because everyone starts out as a beginner, it’s important to find the perfect place to get your ski-legs, so to speak.

If you’re interested in learning, check out one of these three top North American resorts for learning how to ski:

Aspen Snowmass, Colorado

Aspen is obviously one of the biggest names in the alpine sports world. It’s one of the first skiing resorts that comes to mind whenever anyone thinks of snow skiing or snowboarding. Even though Aspen itself is a behemoth, Snowmass is actually a fantastic place for beginners to learn how to ski.

Snowmass features much gentler slopes than the rest of Aspen, and they’re ideal for novice skiers. Not to mention, the fact that all of the ski instructors are extremely knowledgeable and are happy to help newbie skiers at every turn.

Okemo, Vermont

On the other side of the country, Okemo in Vermont serves as a great hub for skiers on the East Coast of all abilities. Whether you’re just starting out in the alpine sports, or you’re a seasoned snow-pro, you’ll be able to find a run that fits your speed.

One of the biggest draws for this particular skiing spot is the access to unique, heated chairlifts to transport newbie skiers up the mountain in comfort.

Big Sky Resort, Montana

With over 800 acres of beginner skiing, Big Sky Resort in Montana is a spectacular fit for first-time skiers. In addition to dozens of rolling hills that beckon beginners to conquer them, Big Sky also offers lessons with some of the best professional skiing instructors in the business.
There are, of course, dozens of great ski lodges around the country, but these three are particularly conducive to getting beginners on their feet—and on their skis!

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